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To keep chickens is to walk a path towards introspection. From the songs they sing after laying an egg (which I assume is “chicken” for “I’m Every Woman“) to the sheer glee they show when they find a worm in the mud, chickens provide a perfect example of living life in and for the moment. The most interesting aspect o...

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  1. @frank There’s more too it than just shallow drop bars, though. Seat to bar drop is much more now than it was in the 70’s and 80’s, and in some cases the modern hoods are almost as low as old-style drops. http://inrng.com/2013/01/cycling-position-cha… »

I’m getting too old and cranky for all this race schedule changing. I know they already did this last year and presumably I had the same gripings then, but Lombardia is supposed to close out the season and I’m downright angry that Paris-Tours is closing out the books now; it only seems right that one of the most beautiful races should...

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  1. 1 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin Sharp 6:25:33 2 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:01 3 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida  4 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol  5 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team  »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Valverde 2. J Rod 3. Michal Kwaitkowski 4. Dan Martin 5. Tony Gallopin »

You can only spend so much time with the Schlecks before you start talking like them, and the fabulous Fabs seems to have crossed the threshold. I’ve heard more complaining from him this season than I have talk about pushing harder on the pedals or going steady up with more speed or going full gas like everyone else, but just doing it for ...

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  1. I like Kwiatkowski. What he did to Sagan at Strada Bianchi was awesome. He hardly came from nowhere, either. He medaled in the european and world junior championships in 2007 and 2008. »

It never gets easier, you just go faster. - Greg LeMond Rule #5 looms above the other Rules in terms of sheer relevance to Cycling; it is the fundamental building block upon which this sport is built. The Five is what drives us, it is the force that springs from a well that flows deep within each of us. It must be discovered, and then we learn...

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  1. @Ccos This is a real thing BTW. There is one 4(ish) minute climb here that starts of at 3%, ramps to around 20%, levels off to around 5 and then hits a downhill. The only way to get a good time is to hit the ramp hard and then hang on until the downhi… »

My trouble isn’t with being a good descender; it is with cornering and stopping – and sometimes both. Or, as G’rilla puts it, “Descending is like sex; how good I am at it has nothing to do with how much I enjoy it.”Descending is demanding and requires great skill. It is not a time for resting or taking it easy; getting...

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  1. Brave. At least he’ll see the bump that castrates him.. »

Cycling is a sport steeped in the tradition of style. There’s no denying it. From the days of miners and farmers escaping the hardships of a life spent toiling in harsh and filthy conditions either under or above ground, through Coppi and his Cosa Nostra-esque garb and swagger, Merckx and De Vlaeminck’s 70s sideburns, to Cipo and his...

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  1. Style? »

You can only spend so much time with the Schlecks before you start talking like them, and the fabulous Fabs seems to have crossed the threshold. I’ve heard more complaining from him this season than I have talk about pushing harder on the pedals or going steady up with more speed or going full gas like everyone else, but just doing it for ...

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  1. I can’t actually see a scenario where they finish in the order I picked. I think Cancellara gets 2nd (maybe 3rd) no matter what. VSP PICKS: 1. Michael Matthews 2. Fabian Cancellara 3. Simon Gerrans 4. John Degenkolb 5. Greg van Avermaet »

This is big. This is the race that decides the arc-en-ciel  jersey for the next year. It is the best looking jersey. It carries the most baggage. It also brings the most respect. The World Championship is a circuit race of attrition. In Ponferrada Spain it’s an 182 km loop done seven times, with a total of 2142 m of climbing. Is it a climber...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Marianne Vos 2. Giorgia Bronzini 3. Lizzie Armitstead 4. Emma Johansson 5. Elisa Longo Borghini »

If Tony gets a flat or two and loses this time trial, bookies will be jumping off bridges into the Thames. It’s a lock, man, it’s a lock. There, it is now jinxed. You are welcome. Picking second through fifth will take some acumen. Will these be Vuelta riders or does that just hold true for the road race? Tony could have a jour sans. Co...

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  1. @frank Was I bitchy? Didn’t mean to be. It’s all for fun. I’m sorry and I withdraw my dispute. »

It never gets easier, you just go faster. - Greg LeMond Rule #5 looms above the other Rules in terms of sheer relevance to Cycling; it is the fundamental building block upon which this sport is built. The Five is what drives us, it is the force that springs from a well that flows deep within each of us. It must be discovered, and then we learn...

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  1. @Mikael Liddy 17+ minutes for some of us :( »

If Tony gets a flat or two and loses this time trial, bookies will be jumping off bridges into the Thames. It’s a lock, man, it’s a lock. There, it is now jinxed. You are welcome. Picking second through fifth will take some acumen. Will these be Vuelta riders or does that just hold true for the road race? Tony could have a jour sans. Co...

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  1. @The Grande Fondue Err – I meant Hepburn of course. And he did ride the TTT. (I still stand by the “Hmm” bit though) »

  2. @Mikael Liddy They could have given Hayman (the national champion) a ride, given that I don’t think he’s riding the road race. Though I don’t think he was in the OGE team in the TTT either? Hmm. »

  3. @The Grande Fondue Looking at the tips I think lots have been burnt by this one. »

  4. Hmm. Apparently there is a Samuel Dumoulin. I’m disputing it coz who knew? »

  5. Wow what a result! Can someone explain my score to me? I picked Martin, Wiggins, Dumoulin, Dennis, Kiryienka and scored only 4. Shouldn’t that have been 6? »

Stupidity is a powerful force never to be underestimated. Geese are a good example; a more stupid vertebrate one would be most challenged to come across yet should you wander into a flock of them pecking about peacefully in a field, one is likely to erupt from its grazing to grab a billful of your ass and commence beating you savagely with it...

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  1. @The Grande Fondue Hm. The site seems to strip frames out of Gifs? Here’s a link: http://www.pezcyclingnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/capo-hivisjacket-anim.gif, and I’ll try embedding it: »

  2. @gilly Capo does a range of black jerseys and jackets that are reflective when a light shines on them. Haven’t tried them myself, but they look good (pics with & without flash, from Pez). »

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. Martina Sáblíková (who was 11th) is *really* a speed skating champion (3 Olympic gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze, 10x World Champion). She rides a bike to train for speed skating. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martina_S%C3%A1bl%C3%ADkov%C3%A1 Eric Heiden has a … »

If Tony gets a flat or two and loses this time trial, bookies will be jumping off bridges into the Thames. It’s a lock, man, it’s a lock. There, it is now jinxed. You are welcome. Picking second through fifth will take some acumen. Will these be Vuelta riders or does that just hold true for the road race? Tony could have a jour sans. Co...

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  1. Startlist: http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/2014-uci-road-world-championships-mens-itt-start-list VSP PICKS: 1. Martin 2. Wiggins 3. Dumoulin 4. Dennis 5. Kiryienka »

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… »