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"We used to live in a rolled up newspaper in a septic tank." Found the bike relatively late in life after a mis-spent youth. Now cured, living northern Sydney, soaking up the serenity and agony of the local gorges... Married, 2 kids, school teacher (design & tech) renovating the house and running the school MTB program.

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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. @wiscot Agreed. If not MK then who? Who was more worthy on the day? Best response from Giblets: “I saw Kwiatkowski going away on the descent and I didn’t really think he’d stay away, but he was clearly very strong,” Gilbert said, later musing: “The win… »

  2. L-R: Alfred E Newman, Wingnut QuietCowSki, The Human Hairnet. »

  3. @Mikael Liddy Yes. Green patch bewilderment here too. Way to take an iconic symbol and fuck it up. Maybe Switzerland is planning to annexe a third of Italy. (You heard it here first.) Hey! Wait! I got a new complaint. Worst commentary ever. Uncle Phil… »

  4. @Buck Rogers Tommeke has jumped the shark. Exhibit A: »

  5. @Ccos Vos was dropped well before that crash. If you watch a longer version she rolls through the mess about 30 seconds later. Lucinda Brand (bib 11) is the psychic. »

  6. This man will turn the race… VSP PICKS: 1. Kristoff 2. Gerro 3. Degenkolb 4. Cancellara 5. Valverde »

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. Seemed such a long way to the line from the bottom of the hill for those four. I think a solo attack (like the Junior Mens) over the final climb is the go. Sparty won’t want to be towing anyone. »

  2. @Geraint 5. Cromwell (I think) Bizarre. Never seen a riders sit up like that in the final K – let alone a group with such strength. »

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. Harder to pick than a broken nose. VSP PICKS: 1. Nibbles 2. Gerro 3. Valverde 4. Sagan 5. Degenkolb »

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. Johansson 2. Ferrand-Prevot 3. Vos 4. Armistead 5. Stevens »

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. @Puffy You nearly lost me at 20 x 20 min efforts. »

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. @Mikael Liddy Pretty big sacrifice if you’re Luke Durbridge don’t you think? And what’s Faboo’s excuse? I guess he has the RR in his sights. The course is a bit like MSR. »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Martin 2. Wiggins 3. Dennis 4. Malori 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. Result: 1 Lisa Brennauer (Germany) 0:38:48.16   2 Anna Solovey (Ukraine) 0:00:18.68   3 Evelyn Stevens (United States Of America) 0:00:21.25   4 Mieke Kroeger (Germany) 0:00:38.29   5 Ann-Sofie Duyck (Belgium) 0:00:45.31 Which for me adds… »

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. Country Road’s new cleated low-cut boots »

  2. @ChrisO Very good. I wish I knew Brett was going to put up a style article. Now I’m going to have to wait a few months to submit my “Reverence – Socks and Sandles” piece »

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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. VSP PICKS: 1. Linda Villumsen 2. Ellen Van Dijk 3. Carmen Small 4. Katrin Garfoot 5. Martina Ritter »

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. Millar. What a cunt. And I mean that in the nicest possibe way. »

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. Git this though…the overcooked corner yardsale… “Later reports say that Van Vleuten needed stitches, whilst Van Der Breggen apparently has a broken pelvis.” VSP PICKS: 1. Linda Villumsen 2. Ellen Van Dijk 3. Carman Small 4. Katrin Garfoot 5. Mart… »

  2. Still very hard to get info on womens racing. »

Jump to: Scoring Guidelines • Prizes • Schedule • ResultsThe Velominati Super Prestige is a season-long competition wherein readers will be submitting their predictions for the top five finishers of each qualifying race.  In order to qualify, your picks via the VSP Picks form above the posts section of the VSP Event article pertaining to the...

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  1. @Minnesota Expat I think there will be but only for the two road races. The mens TT top 5 is pretty hard to guess wrong. »

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. @ChrisO I was going to make that comparison. Except a Cairo peloton would have the team cars and busses in with the bikes… To me, it feels more like being in one of those race track computer games. Except there’s no “play again” when you clip another r… »

  2. Bike lanes? Car lanes? Driver education? Traffic lights? Road rules? LUXURY! I’ve lived in Cairo for a little over a year now. Its a city of 12 million people, with very limited public transport – the car is king. Petrol is cheap as are taxis and micro… »

  3. @Chris E Dub The clip makes a good point about blind spots but… 1. The camera angle is way too low – like at or below the steering wheel – you could expect the “real” point of view is much higher – 40 – 50cms? Over a foot. 2. Adjust the mirrors. 3…. »