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Velominatus: TheVid

Order: Level 2 Velominatus

Location: Calgary, AB

I started mountain biking in the mid 90s as an escape from the world of shallow mentalities I was surrounded with at school. It was liberating and freeing, and gave myself challenges to conquer. I moved away from home to the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, where mountain biking, no matter what locals here call it, doesn't really exist as I knew it. Real mountains are nearly an hour's drive away, and driving to reach a place to ride seems silly to me. I converted to cycling on the road in the early 2010s, and have been striving for rule V, and VV compliance ever since.

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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. VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. Contador 3. Uran 4. Dennis 5. Aru »

It began when they come took me from my home And put me in Dead Row, Of which I am nearly wholly innocent, you know. And I’ll say it again I.. am.. not.. afraid.. to.. die.Cold, still, heavy, damp air encourages one to remain ensconsed, the familiar nagging doubt weedling away in the back, make that the front, of my mind, and I concede; I...

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  1. I don’t know this song either, nor have I even heard of Nick Cave.  But the brilliance of the piece, and Bretto’s adaptation is spot on. @Gianni On of my personal go to’s is Cake’s “The Distance”  so appropriate for fighting off the man with the hamm… »

I like definition, to place things in a box and tightly seal the lid. It makes me feel comfortable, like another of life’s little mysteries has been stored away for safe keeping. I also love ambiguity; it is the space wherein all interesting questions are asked; the unknown is life’s greatest beauty. You might say that makes me a hypo...

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  1. I too like definitions, as they make things very black and white.  Something is or isn’t, end of story.  Unless of course the definition implies something grey, at which point I will rationalize the greyness using black or white hypotheses, thus getting e… »

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  1. Rest Day Swaps.. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Nibali 2. Valverde 3. Rui Costa 4. Pinot 5. Mollema »

  2. @Ron This.  Absolutely this. My personal standout performance awards go to Fuglsang, Westra, Thomas, and of course Boom.  What a fantastic race within a fantastic race.  Sad to see the Spider withdraw how he did.  He looked in a world of hurt. »

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  1. The VMH and I used to get cable only for the month of July.  This year we’ve decided to go the on demand route, but we dare not cancel the cable until after the TdF.  Our PVR died last weekend, so I ended up missing the first couple stages.  Up and runnin… »

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  1. Am I the only one who is very disappointed with the lack of coverage for this race?  It would be awesome to watch these ladies lay down the V.  There were a bunch of their races on TV earlier this season, which was fantastic, but it seems like it’s all Td… »

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  1. Revised.  2nd Guessing.  Throwing new darts at the board.  Whatever, here goes. VSP PICKS: 1. Contador 2. Froome 3. Rui Costa 4. Talansky 5. Mollema »

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. @william reichert That sort of behaviour is definitely verboten for a Velominatus, as it violates at least three rules (potentially 4) that I can think of.  Perhaps the wiser Velominati could elaborate. Review Rule #11, Rule #42, Rule #65, and possibly … »

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  1. A-merckx.  My education of cycling’s rich history continues.  Thanks. »

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  1. Thank goodness there’s no TTT this time, or I’d wonder about Garmin’s chances.  Here’s hoping for a safe first week. VSP PICKS: 1. Contador 2. Valverde 3. Froome 4. Rui Costa 5. Talansky »

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Johansson 3. Abbott 4. Stevens 5. Pooley »

Before Tomac and Ned, before LeMond and Big Mig, there was Bob Hannah. For a young lad obsessed with motorcycles as well as bicycles, the ‘Hurricane’ was the epitome of style on a bike. His bright yellow Yamaha YZs and matching head-to-toe kit set the bar and inspired me to emulate not only his style on the bike, but off it too. If onl...

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  1. Never having ridden anything more powerful than a 49cc scooter, or being a passenger on a moto, I think I know how the non-sailers felt about the VMG article. @ChrissyOne This. This was also my mantra and philosophy when I worked as a bike messenger. … »

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  1. Further pondering on the idea of V made good, I was thinking about that nifty power meter from Pioneer that measures power output (a crude attempt and quantifying The V) at different points of one’s Magnificent Stroke, and then reports how much of the V b… »

  2. @wilburrox +1.  My other thought was along the lines of ‘we are sailors, everybody else just holds the tiller’. »

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  1. Note to all: entering ‘Costa’ only may not give you the Costa you seek…. VSP PICKS: 1. Wiggo 2. Rui Costa 3. Kreuziger 4. Mollema 5. Pinot »

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  1. Or when you find that you’ve tacked at the right time to catch the next shift and find yourself a few boat lengths ahead of the boat you’ve been chasing for the past couple legs. Who would the Merckx of sailing be?  Paul Elvstrom would get my vote. Sail… »

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Wiggo 2. Costa 3. Kreuziger 4. Mollema 5. Pinot »

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  1. @KW This. »

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  1. Excellent piece, Frank.  I love how some articles really make one self analyse motivations/decisions or what have you.  I believe I am the second type, as far as cycling goes anyway. Success is defined based on how I feel at the finish with my own perform… »

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  1. @Duende  Maybe he had a Schleckanical…or he’s never ridden a bicycle in the rain over painted lines.  Counter steer man, counter steer. »

  2. I should add however, that stopping dead in the middle of a lane, hallway, walkway, elevator door, top of escalator or other place where people and things are intended to be in motion is just plain dumb.  Move right (or left as the case may be in your par… »

  3. My fear is that someday when I’m on a MUP whilst riding my #1, I’ll get stopped by some local authority and fined for not having a bell on it.  In my head I then argue that few would hear a bell anyway since they all (yes, I know it’s an omniscience falla… »

@TheVid's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Evans 2. Uran 3. Quintana 4. Pozzovivo 5. Scarponi »

Here are a few lessons learned while in New York City. I’m sure leaving a bar at one o’clock in the morning is not how the serious riders prepare for a ride with a 9 o’clock morning roll-out. I am sure. Conversational pace for a group ride means different things to different people. Eddy could talk your ear off at 40kph. Lezyne mini-pump owne...

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  1. @frank Meanwhile in these parts, I woke up to a fresh dusting of snow, and windchill to -5C.  Apparently on this day last year it was 27C.  It feels like winter will not give up its grip around these parts. Wish I could have been there, and not only… »