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A great unknown awaits the young men, bound by a common entity of steel, flesh and passion rolled together. Do they contemplate the future, or are they so encapsulated in the here and now that anything beyond the finish line seems like it could only be for old people? Have they any inkling which path they will take, or be guided towards? Maybe...

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  1. @Rob Correct and agreed. »

  2. @Rob Glad it reads like fun as that is the way it is intended. Racing: same, same, different, same. All racing has a mental side to it. Whatever the race, if you’ve done the training, race day is 90% mental. I’d even go so far as to say there are tacti… »

  3. @frank No, it doesn’t. At least the spectators know it, why do you think they are all standing at transition? Purely to watch the carnage. »

  4. @ChrisO Snap to you! :) »

  5. The whole ‘hate on triathtes’ is becoming like the helmet/not helmet discussion. »

I have an idea. If Mr Cookson and the UCI are eager to lift women’s cycling up, why not sponsor a women’s race for each of the Monuments of the sport? A Giro di Lombardia Féminin would be a much better end to the season than the Chrono Des Nations. Each Monument would have an earlier start time than the men’s, a slightly shorter...

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  1. Go the girls! VSP PICKS: 1. Bussi 2. Tetrick 3. Drysdale 4. Leth 5. Solveny »

I love wine. I mean, I like beer and scotch and can’t resist ordering a Vesper whenever I pretend to be a gentleman spy, but I love wine. As a semi-professional drinker, the biggest worry I have is that should my as-yet undiagnosed problem with alcohol become a diagnosed problem with alcohol, I’d have to stop drinking wine. A full...

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  1. I can’t comment on mtb skills or the like but I do think it has something to do with knowing what to do with your centre of gravity. I learnt to ride horses when I was very young and with all the sporting, jumping and fanging around we did you learnt to k… »

Attention, this is the final event on the Men’s VSP calendar for 2014. There is one more Women’s event to come. We may already have a winner of this years over-all but the rest of the podium could be up for grabs. @il muro di manayunk has broken away and I’m not sure @steampunk is going to chase him down. Has everyone noticed how...

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  1. Tricky to apply my usual picking strategy. Thanks Keepers, always fun. VSP PICKS: 1. Van avermaet 2. Nizzolo 3. Van marcke 4. Degenkolb 5. Haussler »

Happy living in our stressful lives is all about organization. For instance, I like to sort the tasks first by priority and then group tasks of equal priority into buckets of minor priorities. Software developers creatively call this approach to organization a “bucket sort”. This helps break down what appears to be an insurmountable me...

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  1. Training through the winter is always harder (in Sydney so we have just finished our winter) and I did my fair share of complaining. But now as race season is almost upon us I am enjoying seeing those who took the whole winter off struggle to get some for… »

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. pedal, pedal, pedal VSP PICKS: 1. Dan Martin 2. Gallopin 3. Gilbert 4. Valverde 5. Contador »

This article started off as a Reverence for the Camelbak Podium, and might still be, who knows, it’s late and my mind is scrambled. As often happens when searching for a suitable image for an article, tangents often appear from nowhere and derail the original train of thought. Soon one finds oneself careening out of control towards the only...

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  1. Water bottle mould: Milton solution (the same that is used to sterilize baby bottles) will get rid of it. »

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. @frank Did you just jinx me? And if only you knew the oh so tactical way I make my picks. VSP PICKS: 1. Gerrans 2. Cancellera 3. Sagan 4. Valverde 5. Thomas »

  2. Pedal, boys, pedal. VSP PICKS: 1. Gerrans 2. Cancellera 3. Sagan 4. Valverde 5. Thomas »

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. Okay, three times a charm. My picks won’t post… Vos, Armistead, Stevens, Cromwell, johansson. »

  2. Fight for the stripes girls! »

  3. Pedal, girls, pedal. »

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. I dress well for work, it goes a long way I believe. As far as the bike, I do my best. I only have two styles to choose from, both are designed to look fantastic. As far as me making them look more fantastic, I’m going with the ‘fake it til you make it’ t… »

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. @Mikael Liddy Sydney is hosting some glorious weather over the next little bit. Lucky for me I am on holidays so will get plenty of time to develop the tan lines. »

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. Here goes nothing… VSP PICKS: 1. Tony Martin 2. Wiggins 3. Dowsett 4. Tuft 5. Van garderen »

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. He has the goods, both on and off the bike. »

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. @edster99 Sorry, I don’t understand the point of your post. He hurt himself (and thankfully none of your group) caught the train home and you are happy that someone who was game enough to put themselves out there, gave your bunch ride a crack, won’t be … »

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 start is isn’t bound to help me anyway. VSP PICKS: 1. Van Dijk 2. Small 3. Garfoot 4. Villumsen 5. Stevens »

Watching the Jensie set a “new” record was somehow not-that-interesting and riveting at the same time. One guy going around the track for an hour; only cycling aficionados could find it so compelling. The thing I can’t get out of my mind is Eddy Merckx still did 49.43 km/hr with toe clips, spoked, box section wheels and a hairnet...

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  1. He did it. He is the current record holder. And at 43 years of age. Well done him. Whether is record falls sooner or later is irrelevant, the effort is impressive. »

  2. @Kevin Surely that is a +1 badge right there? »

Cycling is a mighty sport with a rich and complex history. Every company, racer, piece of kit, and component has a legend, a story behind it; in many cases it also has a personal and nostalgic connection to our lives.  While this particular sport is steeped in tradition, it is also fiercely modern, a fact that serves only to deepen its complexity...

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  1. Seems much better by mobile here. All comments are appearing under articles too. Thanks for all the hard work. »

  • Wilkins is right about his role in his bike/car incidents. There’s 2 sides to the equation, always. As cyclists,...

  • One word, old mate … abridge!

    Fuck me that’s a long article. I really should read one someday around here.

  • @DeKerr

    Indeed, great story. What year was it published? I could not find the date. Mentions Pharmstrong’s...

  • @Ron

    YES! Ron, we have a date with DESTINY!!! Or a ride, not sure which? Either way, some of us are going to do...

  • @kixsand best of luck. Have fun and ask lots of questions!

  • Holy fuck! Anyone have any hot deals on GoPros and helmet mounts?

    Or maybe small firearms and bibshort holsters?

  • @PeakInTwoYears hear, hear. I to am fortunate to ride in friendlier climes

  • One word, old mate…………camera.

  • Mindfulness–and let’s just pass right over the idea of compassion for the moment–isn’t easy when it’s hard. When...

  • Good survival training and looking inward is best.

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