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All hail, the Worlds are upon us. The time trials should be events where all VSP participants can rack up some decent points. Remove team tactics, national team versus trade team allegiances, using this event to train for another event, bonking and hanging onto team cars from the equation. All one is left with are possible flat tire, possible mecha...

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  1. The UCI may not have start lists, but they do have a TV broadcast list: http://www.uci.ch/mm/Document/News/NewsGeneral/16/69/24/2014UCIRoadWorldChampionshis-TVSchedule_Neutral.pdf »

  2. Hard enough without a start list, even harder without knowing how bad the injuries from the Rabo-Liv crash are. VSP PICKS: 1. Ellen van Dijk 2. Solovey 3. Villumsen 4. Annemiek van Vleuten 5. Carmen Small »

I don’t mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that’s how it comes out. - Bill Hicks That famous quote from the Greatest Comedian Of All Time™ has resonated with me for many years. It became my silent mantra, as I don’t suffer fools gladly and sometimes don’t make much effort to conceal the fact. Lately, I̵...

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  1. @brett I think it’s interesting that the thread rapidly reached the same recommendations as the Rules, without needing to reference them. It’s like they are divinely ordained, or part of human nature (or everyone is smoking the same thing). Something, … »

  2. Rule #2. Rule #3. Close the thread. »

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...

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  1. @Deakus I can’t find a link, but I read that Contador and Valverde had a falling out at the 2013 TdF. The story is that Contador had been trying to bully Quintana into helping him more against Froome, and Valverde got upset about it. There was a yelli… »

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...

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  1. @minion No, I have a Wilier. Don’t have a good photo around – this will do: »

The Ride. It is the cathedral of our sport, where we worship at the altar of the Man with the Hammer. It is the end to our means. Indeed, The Bike may be the central tool to our sport, but to turn the pedals is to experience the sensation of freedom, of flight. It is all for The Ride.The world is overflowing with small, twisty roads that capture ou...

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  1. @Mikael Liddy The trick with Ridge Rd is not to stop in Mylor. It hurts more if you cool down. So I have a story… There was a particular bit of the route I wasn’t too sure about (Whitewood), so I found some guy with a Garmin 800 with a map and follo… »

For the 2014 SA cogal we were very generous in lending the keys to the kids down south. As you’d expect they treated that responsibility with absolutely no respect & delivered the kind of temperatures that would have made Satan break out in a sweat. As a result, we city folk are taking control back & doing the only logical thing, moving...

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  1. For the 2014 SA cogal we were very generous in lending the keys to the kids down south. As you’d expect they treated that responsibility with absolutely no respect & delivered the kind of temperatures that would have made Satan break out in a sweat. As a result, we city folk are taking control back & doing the only logical thing, moving the ride date further back in to the middle of the Australian summer (shaddup, it worked fine last time)!

    Some of the other capital cities in Australia would hate to admit it, but for the last week in January, the cycling focus lands squarely on Adelaide & under that spotlight we’re going to run the first of two SA based Cogals for 2015 on the Saturday preceding the Santos Tour Down Under.

    Make no mistake, this course will require generous helpings of rules 5 & 10. The course as it stands is about 120k with 2,700m of climbing, including the now well known Corkscrew rd.

    Come & join us on January 17th, We’ll start at a lovely French cafe, empty your climbing legs up in the hills & then return to the Belgian Beer Cafe for recovery beverages before heading in to the tour village to watch the team presos.

    Strava Route is here.

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    Date - January 17, 2015
    9:05 AM - 6:00 PM

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The Ride. It is the cathedral of our sport, where we worship at the altar of the Man with the Hammer. It is the end to our means. Indeed, The Bike may be the central tool to our sport, but to turn the pedals is to experience the sensation of freedom, of flight. It is all for The Ride.The world is overflowing with small, twisty roads that capture ou...

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  1. Umm that was a pretty hard ride. Over 3500m climbing, and at least 5 hills hitting over 20%. I’ll write a bit more when I’m not on a mobile. But it was fun… »

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...

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  1. @Mikael Liddy Looked good out there! »

Every now and then, I see a headline that I know won’t soon drift from my memory.  Frank Vandenbroucke was found dead today in his hotel room; he had apparently died of  a blood clot.  The death reminds me of a similar headline in 2004, of the death of Marco Pantani. Both capable of incredible rides, both prone to devastating depression, b...

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  1. There’s a great cyclingnews piece on VDB at the ’99 Vuelta: http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/vuelta-a-espana-iconic-stages-vandenbroucke-and-the-99-race »

The modern day Pro cyclist has many disadvantages stacked against them by comparison to their forefathers. They have to ride plastic bikes with little or no distinguishing character or discernible caché; they must willingly or perhaps unwittingly subject their body to an array of questionable “training techniques”; and they have to sp...

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  1. @frank Best kit ever. Is that Jean François Bernard? Not sure about this though: »

Brett’s recent post about Jensie brings up the dilemma of professional cycling for me. I admire many of cycling’s famous riders yet I don’t admire cheaters. Luckily for me I can fervently embrace opposable ideas within my consciousness and sleep well at night. Which also means I would have been one of those cheaters. I also see the tangle...

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  1. @Owen +1 »

The modern day Pro cyclist has many disadvantages stacked against them by comparison to their forefathers. They have to ride plastic bikes with little or no distinguishing character or discernible caché; they must willingly or perhaps unwittingly subject their body to an array of questionable “training techniques”; and they have to sp...

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  1. Ha! That pic clearly had to be posted. »

  2. I’ll just leave this here »

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...

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  1. @Mikael Liddy Yep. World Champion this year, MSR and LBL next year. #bigcall »

  2. Horner is out: http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/news/lampre-pulls-horner-out-of-vuelta-for-conflict-with-mpcc_342072 VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. Quintana 3. J Rodriguez 4. Valverde 5. Aru »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. Quintana 3. J Rodriguez 4. Valverde 5. Aru »

Jens Voigt is set to retire as we speak, having one final crack at a long break in some race in the Cycling backwater of the USA. Is it fair or fitting that he should go out like this, slipping out the back door with little fanfare, while others have been doing a farewell tour of all the big races, replete with fancy commemorative shoes and a son...

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  1. @Harminator Watch the interviews, and read this (by McGee): http://www.theage.com.au/sport/cycling/how-dopers-stole-the-best-years-of-my-career-20121026-28aif.html It’s hard to say who did and didn’t dope, but that reads like pain to me. I’ve just fin… »

It has been many years (25!) since professional female cyclists have raced on the cobbles of the Champs Elysées. While running the Giro Donne concurrently with the Tour de France makes no sense to me, this Sunday’s women’s race does make sense. It should be the model for a Women’s Tour de France: the route, infrastructure, roadsi...

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  1. Bronzini Delgado  Vos Delgado Johansson Delgado Armitstead Delgado Wild Delgado Damn »

Attention all Velominati. The Tour VSP is going on line and it should be a good one. Sure, between Froomy and Bertie a person could hedge their bets but Moviestar is all in for Valverde, BMC for TeeJay, Astana for the Shark and Garmin is finally committing to a team leader in Talansky. Some other teams (ahem…Trek Factory Racing for one) have...

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  1. @il muro di manayunk No. Inhalergate and the TUE thing are nothing more than forum wanking. Inhalers don’t improve performance, and the TUE thing just shows the UCI couldn’t organise a snowfight in a blizzard (nothing new there!) If you use that leve… »

  2. The VSP Rules page is down atm. I assume you get a bigger penalty for doing swaps on the 2nd rest day? VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Nibali 2. Porte 3. Romain Bardet 4. Valverde 5. Rui Costa »

Tempo means time in Italian. Riding tempo means riding steadily, like a metronome. It is an important skill to have and since it’s Italian, it sounds cool. What it does not mean is riding at a constant speed, half-wheeling or killing it at the front. Riding at a constant speed is like having cruise control on in a car; the car seems to accelerate...

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  1. @tessar This. Read the book Faster, and realize no one knows anything. The author was wind tunnel tested by  Simon Smart, and when he asked why something sped him up Smart replied that it was because that’s what the wind said. He could look at it mor… »

Attention all Velominati. The Tour VSP is going on line and it should be a good one. Sure, between Froomy and Bertie a person could hedge their bets but Moviestar is all in for Valverde, BMC for TeeJay, Astana for the Shark and Garmin is finally committing to a team leader in Talansky. Some other teams (ahem…Trek Factory Racing for one) have...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. Contador 3. Nibali 4. Valverde 5. Rui Costa »

Why are women’s races run concurrently with men’s races? I would get it if it was the women’s Tour de France, but I don’t get it when it is the women’s Giro in July. Since the Tour de Swiss there has been a lack of stage racing (in my TV watching schedule) and seemingly a perfect time to present a women’s stage r...

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  1. Only women’s race I’m not tipping Vos for. She only won 3/8 stages last year, so I’ll have to tip her teammate instead. VSP PICKS: 1. Pauline Ferrand Prevot 2. Mara Abbott 3. Claudia Häusler 4. Marianne Vos 5. Evelyn Stevens »