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Whilst Brett hails from the land Down Under, he hates that fucking song. An Aussie now living as a Kiwi, he is at home on the rich dirt of New Zealand's mountain bike trails as he is on the scorching tarmac of Australia. Despite his geographical disadvantage, the cobblestones and kassien of Belgium and Northern France hold a special place in his heart and it's where you'll find him each Spring, either with a bike underneath him or a fine Belgian ale in his hand.

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The Amstel Gold Race, 251 km from Maastricht to Valkenburg, the hard way. There appears to be no flat sections longer than ten meters. There are thirty-four mean little climbs to ruin the legs. We have moved on from the real Spring Classics. There is no rest in this VSP; The Ronde and Roubaix were amazing but we must continue. Legs that are smoked...

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  1. Goin old school on this one… Rebellin to do a Vino. VSP PICKS: 1. Rebellin 2. Cunego 3. Gilbert 4. Valverde 5. T5 »

It has been a brutal week for us Keepers, having decided not to hold a Keepers Tour this year. Watching the action from half a world away has been almost too much for us to bear, and I know most of the participants from last year must be feeling similarly. On Sunday, we would be escorted by our friends and guides, William and Alex of Pavé Cycling...

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  1. @wiscot Except he called the Gruson sector as the Carrefour… which kinda negated his analysis there. »

La Vie Velominatus. It is the life we, as Velominati, lead. It is life as a disciple of cycling, of the greater meaning the bike holds and the lessons it teaches us. Along the path, one of our great duties is the wholesale consumption of the great Works related to our sport. From periodicals to books to films, herin lies the list of works conside...

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  1. @fignons barber Added your synopsis to The Works… cheers. »

It has been a brutal week for us Keepers, having decided not to hold a Keepers Tour this year. Watching the action from half a world away has been almost too much for us to bear, and I know most of the participants from last year must be feeling similarly. On Sunday, we would be escorted by our friends and guides, William and Alex of Pavé Cycling...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Stybar 2. Tjallingii 3. Faboo 4. Tommeke 5. Vanmarcke »

Vlaanderen. Its no accident the Flemish word for Flanders starts with a V; there is nothing simple or easy about riding a bike here. If it isn’t wind, its steep bergs. If it isn’t tarmac, its cobbles. Most of the time, its all three. Oh, and the weather there sucks. In fact, Flanders doesn’t have weather – it has VVeather.De...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Armistead Day 2. Russell’s Sister 3. Heinrich’s Sister 4. Fahlin for you 5. Brussell’s Spratt »

This needs no introduction. The Spring Classics are truly upon us. The course has been modified yet again, it is tougher? The riders make the race and the 2014 Ronde van Vlaanderen is loaded with racers who could win or make the Velominati VSP placings. Just to pick the winner will not be nearly as easy as it has been recently. There are small clo...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Paolini 2. Stybar 3. Devolder 4. Terpstra 5. Roelandts »

Het Volk (it will always be Het Volk to me) and now the Strade Bianche may well mark the sentimental beginning to the season, but those are specialized, pre-season races that appeal mostly to riders who are preparing for bigger objectives later in the year, such as the Cobbled or Ardennes Classics. Same goes for Tirreno Adriatico and Paris-Nice; t...

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  1. Chav, El Gatto and Degs get away, Chav gaps them on the descent and Gatto picks up the scraps. Cav and Sags wonder what could have been and lead home the bunch. Fabs pulls out a 263km. No way any of that will happen, but I’m ineligible for those awesome … »

“Are you havin’ a dig at me?” It’s a good old phrase that one. I hear it occasionally, usually in response to some jest, part of the banter that me and my friends enjoy on a regular basis. It can be used as an off-the-cuff remark, clearly meant in a jocular way, or can carry with it a more sinister edge, a way to make a poin...

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  1. @Ron I spent a couple of days in Far North Queensland last year on a media junket, and Tommo was MCing the Croc trophy race. He is a funny guy to hang out with, totally aware of his reputation as being a bit of a bumbler (at least in his early days) and… »

I came strongly into the Fall, stronger than in other years thanks to a late-season objective to do well at my first Heck of the North gravel classic in Minnesota. I was light and I had built good power and endurance by riding the steep gravel roads that pepper the North Cascades and suffering through brutal interval sessions on the windswept stre...

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  1. Normally at this time of year I’m in top shape… Keepers Tour looming, a summer of frequent long, hard rides behind me, tan lines crisp as a packet of Doritos. With the knowledge that I wouldn’t be on the cobbles this northern spring, my priorities shif… »

Wind is an asshole. I have no patience left for it. It has all of it been used up, gone, finished. It is the only force that I’m aware of (with the possible exception of gravity) that is more stubborn and less willing to listen to reason than I myself am. It blows me around on my bike, it embezzles speed from my Magnificent Stroke. No matter...

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  1. Nicely put Frank. Living in Wellington, we know all too well about bastard winds. Tonight we were blessed with a fairly still evening, but the shortening days are foretelling the opposite to what most of you have to look forward to. As we (@Bianchi Denti… »

The proclamation is heard in the office, on social media, at the bar with friends; “It’s leg day.” When someone utters “it’s leg day” the accompanying tone of resentment and even dread is usually followed by an audible “ugh”. This exasperation belies one fact, the person making the utterance is not a...

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  1. Great read Marko. Heading to the shower last night, I asked my flatmates if they needed to use the toilet before I took over the bathroom. My female flattie then asked, without any condescension, “are you shaving your legs?” She knew that I might be a wh… »

Fleurieu Peninsula – Velominati Cogal 8th Feb 2014.Notable quotes to sum up the ride that nearly wasn’t. Continue reading...

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  1. Nice work all, I know how much it sucks riding in that sort of heat. Great photos Hugh, some tough buggers there. Amazing to see the sacred V flag in Aussie, my home country, that I’ve only seen in Belgium myself. »

I don’t know if its because I see something of myself in them or if it awakens some kind of nurturing instinct, but I always seem to find myself drawn to tragically flawed figures.Layne Staley and Marco Pantani strike me as two halves of the same whole; incredibly talented yet tortured with mortally addictive personalities, both set loose in...

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  1. February 14 has passed down this end of the planet, the flowers are wilting, hangovers nursed, a night of passion abating. A few celebrate a life long lost, others condemn that same life, yet the majority remain oblivious. Flawed, yes, brilliant, of cour… »

Even though in today’s mountain bike world the bikes are better, the clothing more appropriate, and there are more trails to ride, there’s no denying the early 90s were the Golden Age of Mountain Biking. Just look at these fellas, and tell me I’m wrong.Tomac knew what was up. You don’t get such a badass Rainbow Jersey by ac...

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  1. @ChrissyOne Plus one to that lady! »

I’ve never been able to decide if choices are a gift or a curse; a lack of choices introduces simplicity but also with it the risk that the simple choices do not meet the demands of a complex world. An abundance of similar choices, on the other hand, often reduces the impact of getting things a little bit wrong, but also decreases the thought...

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  1. @minion They were making sheep jokes… your department. »

  2. @frank Or @minion. @frank Well, that’s the whole idea of mountain biking… »

The Goldilocks Principle is under assault, balance is lost. Without balance, we are reduced to savages. Steerectile Dysfunction is spreading like wildfire; socks are quickly becoming knee-highs and the line between shorts and knickers continues to blur.We spend considerable time making everything on our loyal steed fit and look perfect. Bar tape an...

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  1. @humantorch You nailed it. »

The view from Strahlubnaig.December 21st, 2013, at latitude 56 ½ degrees North, a little before 9am, and of course not fully light yet in this small corner of north west Europe, where the shortest day grudgingly gives us 6h 50m of what can be loosely described as ‘daylight’. Continue reading...

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  1. Nice work you Rule #9 nutters! I was chilled to the bone reading that and looking at the pics … »

Ok all you roadies, listen up. You’re not gonna like what I’m about to tell you, but it’s the truth. And sometimes, the truth hurts. You ready?Road cycling owes a lot to mountain biking. Continue reading...

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  1. @RVester Well, nice theory, but not quite right. Steel has as good, if not better, damping qualities as carbon, but can’t be made as light as easily and as cheaply as carbon frames can. Titanium, even more so on both counts. Alu, well it can be made as… »

  2. @Rigid Research? Ha, just the memory banks retaining crap that isn’t really useful except for churning out an article at 1am! Some of the Ruby-equipped bikes ran lockouts, like this GripShift activated example on LeMond’s Ti bike… not pretty, and pro… »

  3. @Gianni The first time I saw black socks was on Travis Brown, in 94 I think… he was considered a bit of a rebel because of that, and his earrings, goatee and sideburns. He wouldn’t raise an eyebrow these days. I immediately tried to grow sideburns wi… »

  4. @G’rilla I’m not a fan of BB30, or BB92, or Press Fit bottom brackets. A standard 73mm shell with external bearings is foolproof, and one of the reasons I went for my Turner as well. »

  5. @frank Yep, remember that anecdote well… There was an XC racer in the early 90s in Australia, a good top 5er, who ran an RS1 and a Tioga Tension Disc rear wheel, a la Tomac… he didn’t win a lot, but he always got the most attention. You could hear… »

  6. @Kiwicyclist Yet to try road tubeless, something about 100psi puts me off a bit. But for the MTB, I don’t understand why anyone would ever use tubes, or pressures over 25psi. I tend to run 20-22 F/R, heaps of traction, good rolling, no flats. No brainer… »

We’re not really supposed to have favorites, but everyone does. Just ask your parents. So while I’m not supposed to have a favorite, I do, and its Rule #9.Bad weather immediately separates the wheat from the chaff, and so the weekend warriors stay indoors and leave the roads to the devout. I talk most often about riding in the rain, wi...

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  1. @frank The idea of Rule #9 is much more appealing to me than the practice… although, some of my most memorable rides have been in 9 conditions. @Chris Yes, that was the morning of the Ronde, the day after we rode Roubaix. So effing cold, so effing bri… »