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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. VSP PICKS: 1. Gerrans 2. Kwiatowski 3. Valverde 4. Niboli 5. Kreuziger »

It’s no secret that I’m prone to riding in the big ring as much as possible, mostly on account of my not being a giant sissy. In accordance with the ISO Non-Sissy Standard, I also never read instruction manuals or ask for directions when lost. I make sure to only rarely ask my VMH to turn up the radio when Adele comes on, usually follo...

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  1. @ChrisO I put 20 minutes into the calculator. The usual number for FTP calcs. I put in a few different weights for the rider from 50 to 100 kgs hence the 5-6 range. »

  2. @frank Who said anything about big-big and small-small? I’m talking about small-big! 39/23 will get you up a hill at 20 kph at 90 rpm. On a 7% grade that is something like 5-6 watts/kilo (according to an online calculator that may or may not be accura… »

  3. I think compact bars make sense if you already have a decent position on the hoods, ie not too Sit Up and Beg. As for the “big ring” willy waving, you should be in the gear that gets up the hill in the best way. You might want to stress the cv system by s… »

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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  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Cancellara 3. Phinney 4. Kristoff 5. Stybar »

The grade is long and I am climbing away. I’m not going to Pantani this: I am not out of the saddle, not in the drops and not leaving everyone in my wake. The climbing gear was engaged a long time ago. There is progress, but I am not dancing up this climb. A little more cadence would really help here. If I could just get this mother-lover spinnin...

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  1. @Mike Stead (@tweetymike) +1 I thought it was just me! I found that after a rew seconds the lever gives a reasuring click meaning it is safe to remove the finger. + »

One of greatest cycling pleasures is riding with a mate. Riding ten centimeters off each other’s rear wheel for hours; trust is a beautiful thing. You swing over, ease your effort slightly so your mate rides through, you then tuck behind, in the draft, close and fast. It is the best. @Kah touches on this and other transcendent benefits from...

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  1. Regarding the “cliche joke”, my usual riding partner is my VMH and I’m hapy to report that I do spend a considerable proportion of any given ride staring at her arse. »

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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  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Armistead 2. Johansen 3. Van Dijk 4. Borghini 5. Stevens »

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. Picks: VSP PICKS: 1. Vanmarke 2. Sagan 3. Cancellara 4. Terpstra 5. Stybar »

This is the kick off of the VSP for women’s racing, though the women have already kicked it off with the Ronde van Drenthe in the Netherlands. Now it’s down to Northern Italy, Varese, by Lago Maggiore, but this is a climbers course, more in the mountains than by the lake. And yes, Sunday is also Gent-Wevelgem for women but Trofeo is par...

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  1. NFI: VSP PICKS: 1. Armistead 2. Vos 3. Borghini 4. Moolman 5. Van Dijk »

The Kemmelberg is a brute. In my opinion, its the hardest of the cobbled climbs in the Spring Classics; it has a high speed tarmac approach that saps the guns of their snap. The transition from tarmac to cobbles is awful, the stones are very badly laid throughout and if you don’t hit it just right, you’ll come to a standstill. The cobbl...

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  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancelllara 2. Sagan 3. Thomas 4. Kristoff 5. Stybar »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Gerrans 2. Sagan 3. Matthews 4. Phinney 5. Greipel »

Lucky is the cyclist who has a parent cyclist. Early mentoring about the pain cave, guidance gluing on tires, these are worthwhile lessons a parent could lecture a child on. If one has to listen to a parental lecture, better it be about Eddy Merckx and how you are no Eddy Merckx than balancing your checking account. For the rest of us, our parents...

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  1. @davidbeers Bit of an overreaction. Take it easy. »

The most important moment in a man’s life is the first time they have a beer. I place it on the list above sex and having a child because sex usually only happens as a direct result of drinking beer. As for having children, I’m given to understand they are poop factories at first, then promptly become loud, and then obnoxious before the...

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  1. @fignons barber Yes that’s my approach. Increase the quality and decrease the consumption. Applies to beer, wine, food and coffee. I haven’t had and instant “coffee” for 30 years. »

  2. I like to find beers with high alcohol content and then to drink very slowly. Gulden Draak would be a good example. Very tasty, very satisfying and at 10.5% not a lot needed to put you in the recovery zone. »

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. @John »

  2. @geoffrey Don’t forget to pack your sense of humour! @andrew In a jersey pocket or EPMS. »

  3. There is a lot of disdain on this site for low gearing. Quintana ran an 11-29 last Thursday. For most people high cadence riding uphill produces more power that grinding, burns more fat and less glycogen, allows quicker recovery and puts less stress on th… »

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. @TheVid I had this problem. Try this. Instead of using the threaded nut, just push on the outside of the tire with your thumb while you engage the pump head. Works for me. »

Hear ye, hear ye, get thee, and a mirror, to your indoor trainer. This is going to be a multi-part series on getting the rider and the ride to a more perfect union. Most of us have never been professionally fit for our bikes. An inseam measured, a glance at a reflection when riding by a store window is our bike fit. I’m not advocating  that,...

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  1. @Ken Ho Yes, strenghthen the VMO and loosen the ITB. Helps with the tracking but some of us are just crooked (physically), ie, not straight (you know what I mean!), either through genetics or the vicissitudes of life. »

  2. Lots of theories and approaches to fitting. What you need is someone with an experienced eye who can get us into a halfway decent position. I think a lot of what we call ‘fit’ is our adaptation to whatever the setup is. If you need to make big changes, it… »

  3. I had a Bike fit with Steve Nash in Adelaide. Best $200 I’ve invested in my riding. I now feel a lot more confident about my position and have reduced issues with my knees and back. My right knee turns out when I pedal. Steve said that if I was 20 years o… »