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Married with no kids (out of choice), Cyclist (obviously!) social and sportives on and off road, Adaptive Ski Instructor. Home Base Surrey UK and also Crested Butte Colorado (Winters with Adaptive Sports Centre). Previously spent many years Offshore Yacht Racing. The boring bit is in IT / Telecomms - got to pay for the above somehow!

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After a night of sinning, the body must be cleansed. -The Prophet, Eddy Merckx After a week away in Atlanta for business, I feel thick and heavy. These trips away are killers; the shift in time zones means the already-too long work day is extended by a further three hours. I try my best to watch my diet, but in a town like Atlanta where even sush...

@Teocalli's posts:

  1. @Nate Like it, you could be onto something there! »

Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour...

@Teocalli's posts:

  1. @taon24 Are you sure login does not work and not that it’s your browser cache.  Sometimes when I login it looks as though I’m not logged in but if I then do a screen refresh or cache flush it’s all OK? »

After a night of sinning, the body must be cleansed. -The Prophet, Eddy Merckx After a week away in Atlanta for business, I feel thick and heavy. These trips away are killers; the shift in time zones means the already-too long work day is extended by a further three hours. I try my best to watch my diet, but in a town like Atlanta where even sush...

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  1. Caveau du Pain.  Hmmm.  Let me see. Caveau is the French word given to a small cellar used exclusively to house the finest of wines. Pain = Bread So the “legs deadened as quickly as possible” is a figment of the second bottle down in the cellar, the “c… »

Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour...

@Teocalli's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. froomdog 2. quintaples 3. sand martin 4. against the door 5. you ran »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. froomdog 2. quintaples 3. talant sky 4. against the door 5. you ran »

PerfectionThe fifth Cogal to be held in Scotland will tackle what is considered to be the UK’s toughest road climb, the famed Bealach Na Ba (Pass of the Cattle) Wester Ross. Rising from sea level to 626m in 10km, this jewel is the closest thing to a true Alpine pass that Britain has to offer. For anyone thinking that this is it, be advised that...

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  1. Perfection

    The fifth Cogal to be held in Scotland will tackle what is considered to be the UK’s toughest road climb, the famed Bealach Na Ba (Pass of the Cattle) Wester Ross. Rising from sea level to 626m in 10km, this jewel is the closest thing to a true Alpine pass that Britain has to offer. For anyone thinking that this is it, be advised that the total climbing for the 144km ride is 2770m and this is only on day 1. Day 2 will be shorter (70km)but being the Scottish Highlands will not be flat. Did I not mention that this is a weekend event? Hell yes!

    Lodgings are available in the Kinlochewe Hotel where pre ride espresso and post ride recovery beverages will be taken. The hardy will share the attached 12 bed bunkhouse whilst those who demand a greater degree of comfort can stay in the hotel itself. Tel 01445 730253 to book in.

    Join us UK based Velominati, for what will undoubtedly be a rugged classic.

    Route Day 1: http://www.strava.com/routes/98589 Day 2: To be decided over beer.

    VLVV

    JohnB

    Event Details

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    Date/Time
    Date - August 23, 2014 - August 24, 2014
    8:05 AM - 8:30 PM

    Location
    Kinlochewe Hotel

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

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Details are what separate the Velominatus from the Cyclist; we don’t just pay attention to them – we devour them. Our bicycles are carefully curated with every part sourced to meet our personal specifications, requirements, or whim.And just as fine cufflinks round out a finely tailored suit, the Velominati V-Cog bar plugs dubbed the Han...

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  1. @Giovanni Speak to Frank…………….dunno but I heard a rumour something could be in the offing downstream. »

I have met @chris on the original Keepers Tour. He seemed like a reasonable person at the time. Then again, @rob passes himself off  as a rational person yet he signed up for the Too Much on 100 ride and completed it. People sign up for these crazy rides because it forces them to get in the best shape possible. It makes these long rides more enjoy...

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  1. @Chris OK ta.  I’m toying with going up to my Mum’s and potentially seeing if I could pick you up somewhere around / after Bakewell and do an Imperial Ton with you before meeting the VMW somewhere.  I’ll take a look at that and the map and see – though… »

PerfectionThe fifth Cogal to be held in Scotland will tackle what is considered to be the UK’s toughest road climb, the famed Bealach Na Ba (Pass of the Cattle) Wester Ross. Rising from sea level to 626m in 10km, this jewel is the closest thing to a true Alpine pass that Britain has to offer. For anyone thinking that this is it, be advised that...

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  1. Perfection

    The fifth Cogal to be held in Scotland will tackle what is considered to be the UK’s toughest road climb, the famed Bealach Na Ba (Pass of the Cattle) Wester Ross. Rising from sea level to 626m in 10km, this jewel is the closest thing to a true Alpine pass that Britain has to offer. For anyone thinking that this is it, be advised that the total climbing for the 144km ride is 2770m and this is only on day 1. Day 2 will be shorter (70km)but being the Scottish Highlands will not be flat. Did I not mention that this is a weekend event? Hell yes!

    Lodgings are available in the Kinlochewe Hotel where pre ride espresso and post ride recovery beverages will be taken. The hardy will share the attached 12 bed bunkhouse whilst those who demand a greater degree of comfort can stay in the hotel itself. Tel 01445 730253 to book in.

    Join us UK based Velominati, for what will undoubtedly be a rugged classic.

    Route Day 1: http://www.strava.com/routes/98589 Day 2: To be decided over beer.

    VLVV

    JohnB

    Event Details

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    Date/Time
    Date - August 23, 2014 - August 24, 2014
    8:05 AM - 8:30 PM

    Location
    Kinlochewe Hotel

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

The Bike. It is the central tool in pursuit of our craft. A Velominatus meticulously maintains their bicycles and adorns them with the essential, yet minimal, accoutrement. The Rules specify the principles of good taste in configuration and setup of our machines, but within those principles lies almost infinite room for personal taste.It seems in s...

@Teocalli's posts:

  1. @Rom Sweet. »

I have met @chris on the original Keepers Tour. He seemed like a reasonable person at the time. Then again, @rob passes himself off  as a rational person yet he signed up for the Too Much on 100 ride and completed it. People sign up for these crazy rides because it forces them to get in the best shape possible. It makes these long rides more enjoy...

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  1. @Chris What time will you set out? »

  2. @Chris – Me twit, I didn’t spot the link – got the route. »

  3. @Chris Have you got the detailed route and and time plan?  I might see if I can get over somewhere in the southern half part if you need some drag team support (if allowed) – not that I’m big enough to create much of a vacuum – and assuming I don’t lose… »

Cycling is a mighty sport with a rich and complex history. Every company, racer, piece of kit, and component has a legend, a story behind it; in many cases it also has a personal and nostalgic connection to our lives.  While this particular sport is steeped in tradition, it is also fiercely modern, a fact that serves only to deepen its complexity...

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  1. @ChrisO  @Frank   I presume they are just posting on a random name and  email combination without registering so maybe just checking that people are registered to post?  If they are registering automatically maybe insert a check to delay say a day before … »

I bought a Road ID the day I learned of Jon Lennard’s death on August 12, 2013. Someone in the posts of the original announcement of his passing (below) mentioned he was identified by his Road ID. Of course he had a Road ID. What I knew of him made that perfect. So responsible and sensible.The nature of this community is a strange thing; we d...

@Teocalli's posts:

  1. Couldn’t get out yesterday so took some time out today.  Cruising along and thinking of @itburns and another cycling buddy I lost recently (through natural but unexpected causes) and suddenly this raincloud appeared and it dumped huge raindrops for a shor… »

La Vie Velominatus speaks through you when clad in the Zwarte V-Jersey, custom-made by Kallisto. This is the ultimate cycling jersey; the cut is extremely anatomic for on-the-bike comfort. This is amazing, top-qualitiy stuff. Look deep into your soul and then deep into the sizing chart; this is race fit gear; no vanity sizing here.According to anc...

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  1. @Rob Rob, as I understand it supply is on hold pending Frank sorting out an improved supply chain vs the old batch process.  However as I further understand it, there are still some glitches with the old process orders to be unravelled before Frank can … »

There must still be a few readers out there who have not followed the Dutch Monkey down the merry tubular path; for them I offer an update on an alternative. Road tubeless has been lauded as the best thing to happen to cycling since the introduction of seatpins. These have been around for years but the road version has not gathered the expected mom...

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  1. @Gianni Ta, looks like it is not available in the UK. »

We are the Keepers of the Cog. In so being, we also maintain the sacred text wherein lie the simple truths of cycling etiquette known as The Rules. It is in our trust to maintain and endorse this list.The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path to La Vie Velominatus, not at the end; learning to balance them against one another and to welcome them...

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  1. @ChrisO   I bow to your superior knowledge on some aspects of that post! »

There must still be a few readers out there who have not followed the Dutch Monkey down the merry tubular path; for them I offer an update on an alternative. Road tubeless has been lauded as the best thing to happen to cycling since the introduction of seatpins. These have been around for years but the road version has not gathered the expected mom...

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  1. @Gianni Also running Schwalbe One and like them a lot.  Though today had an unrecoverable one.  In fact double punctured but the front sealed.  Previously used the original Bontrager R3 and found them suspect.  They would lose 5 psi min overnight and w… »

We are the Keepers of the Cog. In so being, we also maintain the sacred text wherein lie the simple truths of cycling etiquette known as The Rules. It is in our trust to maintain and endorse this list.The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path to La Vie Velominatus, not at the end; learning to balance them against one another and to welcome them...

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  1. @chrismurphy92   Exactly! »

  2. @Anthony Would she go out to a party wearing a red dress without matching/toning handbag and shoes? »

If @steampunk can’t take much credit here I guess we can’t take any. We can take pleasure is seeing someone’s kid hauling ass on a bike, a Velominatus spawn, even better. We all came to cycling by different paths, seemingly few by our parents. It is impossible to outguess one’s children; they are clever little bastards. Hop...

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  1. Nice read, nicely written.  Chapeau. »

The race of the funny hat.Every team seems to have included one or two riders fresh off the Tour. One would either feel ruined or unbeatable a week after that slug fest, more than likely, ruined. I imagine there are a few riders dodging calls from their directors this week. Continue reading...

@Teocalli's posts:

  1. @Jay Well at least you can say “if only” vs me being in dunce’s corner “null pointe” »

  2. @wiscot   Ditto!  I think I’ve focussed on “non fallers” so if a bunch of my picks bite the dust on this one I’ll know it’s me. »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. avamaert 2. slagter 3. sagan 4. gilbert 5. bakelans »