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First run in 2002, the GP de Plouay-Bretagne is part of the women’s UCI World Cup series.  It’s 4.5 laps totaling 121km. As usual, there is little information or publicity for yet another women’s UCI race. Here is a start list. Here is the official French website. And yes, Ms. Vos won the last two editions. We regret the lack of...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. vos 2. armitstead 3. longo borghini 4. johansson, emma 5. cromwell, tiffany »

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. @Rob Yup.  Seems like Movistar’s doing the GC version of the old 1 – 2, sending Valverde up the road early on with the expectation that he’ll fade, but meanwhile forcing the other GC guys to chase while Q lurks and conserves energy. »

  2. Taking Froome out for crashing in training and Horner out for taking Cortisol. VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana, Nairo 2. Contador, Alberto 3. Uran, Rigoberto 4. Aru, Fabio 5. Hesjedel, Ryder »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana, Nairo 2. Froome, Christopher 3. Uran, Rigoberto 4. Aru, Fabio 5. Horner, Old Man Chris »

Never forget your roots, they say… OK, I’m a child of the 70’s, and back then bicycles were as big a part of my life as they are today. We’d always be out riding, building tracks and jumps, and tinkering with our Dragsters, stripping them down to emulate our motocross heroes, with varying results.All these memories came f...

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  1. At the time, I remember being pissed off at my Dad for making me get a “proper” bicycle with gears and drop bars when all my friends had BMX bikes or Stingrays, but it worked out for the best. »

The race of the funny hat.Every team seems to have included one or two riders fresh off the Tour. One would either feel ruined or unbeatable a week after that slug fest, more than likely, ruined. I imagine there are a few riders dodging calls from their directors this week. Continue reading...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. SAGAN Peter 2. SLAGTER Tom Jelte 3. GILBERT Philippe 4. ROCHE Nicholas 5. GALLOPIN Tony »

No technology can increase the energy of the willpower of the rider, nor can it lessen the doubts which sometimes overwhelm him. - Bernard HinaultAs I swung off the main road, I was momentarily consumed by the simple thrill of my tires leaving the hard tarmac and hitting the rough gravel of the unpaved forest road. It was a brief distraction of the...

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  1. @frank Wow!  Thank you for finding that!  I have been looking for that for years. »

  2. I’ve read somewhere or other, attributed to Merckx when he was asked how he was able to race so dominantly that, “There are no physical laws that govern the will.”  I’ve never been able to find the quote again, though.  Anybody on here know the actual quo… »

It has been many years (25!) since professional female cyclists have raced on the cobbles of the Champs Elysées. While running the Giro Donne concurrently with the Tour de France makes no sense to me, this Sunday’s women’s race does make sense. It should be the model for a Women’s Tour de France: the route, infrastructure, roadsi...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos, Mariane 2. Wild, Kristin 3. Bronzini, Giorgia 4. Hosking, Chloe 5. Armitstead, Lizzie »

Attention all Velominati. The Tour VSP is going on line and it should be a good one. Sure, between Froomy and Bertie a person could hedge their bets but Moviestar is all in for Valverde, BMC for TeeJay, Astana for the Shark and Garmin is finally committing to a team leader in Talansky. Some other teams (ahem…Trek Factory Racing for one) have...

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  1. Gutted for Contador, but new found respect for Scarponi after he cartwheeled over that haybale, dusted himself off, caught back on, then drove the pace for his team leader, Nibali, to set up the attack.  That’s a V ride! »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Chris Froome 2. Alberto Contador 3. Vincenzo Nibali 4. Jurgen Van Den Broek 5. Bauke Mollema »

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. Hadda couple of early-mid ’70’s Honda CB750’s, but wadded them up with the help of some inattentive motorists.  There are definitely some transferable skills in terms of apexing corners, etc, and it can be a lot of fun.  However the ability to be going do… »

For the simple reason that the Cobbled and Ardennes Classics are behind us, I have not alternative but to get back on my soap box about the Giro being the best of the three Grand Tours. Well, usually, at least. Last year’s race sucked the big one (even if it was supremely Rule #9), but for the most part it is the race that is the most c...

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  1. I’m going mostly with old age and treachery for this one. VSP PICKS: 1. Joaquin Rodriguez 2. Cadel Evans 3. Nairo Quintana 4. Domenico Pozzovivo 5. Steven Kruijswijk »

The 100th running of Liège-Bastogne-Liège takes place this Sunday. Danny-boy Martin will be marked heavily as the defending champion. Malmerde, and Phil Gil have shown they are peaking too. Froomy has thrown his hat into the ring, as he did last year but after last years 26th place, maybe it’s training. 263 kms, past winners include a long...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Phil Gil 2. Alejandro Valverde 3. Vinny Nibbles 4. Danny Boy Martin 5. Michal Kwiatkowski »

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. Valverde, Alejandro 2. Kwiatkowski, Mikel 3. Rodriguez, Joquin 4. Martin, Daniel 5. Gilbert, Philipe »

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. Cancellara 2. Boonen 3. Vanmarcke 4. Van Avermaet 5. Stybar »

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. Hi Keepers, I’m listed in the GC VSP twice:  at #109 with 16 points and #243 with 2 points.  If possible, could those be combined to get me into the top 100?  I believe they are both me. Thanks, imakecircles »

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. Armitstead 2. Johansson 3. Van Dijk 4. Van Vleuten 5. Wild »

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. Can’t see anyone hanging with Cancellara over the top of the last couple climbs.  If he gets a meter it’s as good as a km. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Boonen 3. Sagan 4. VanMarcke 5. Paolini »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Cance 2. Boonen 3. Sagan 4. VanMarcke 5. Paolini »

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. There’s a startlist here that says Vos is starting, so who knows? VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Longo-Borghini 3. Johansson 4. Stevens 5. Guderzo »

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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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Boonen 2. Sagan 3. Cance 4. Degenkolb 5. Farrar »

Pity our cyclist, it’s Saturday and he won’t shave his face, it might sap his strength but he has to shave his legs or he won’t look serious. He certainly can’t have sex, more strength stealing there, and kissing his wife, whoa, slow down, that could spread some germs. He doesn’t want to get sick so going to that birth...

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  1. I sometimes wonder if the riders of old were heavier because their bikes were also heavier.  For instance Alberto Contador weighs in at 62 kg and the UCI bike weight limit is 6.8 kg for a total climbing weight of 68.8 kg, of which the bike’s ratio to the … »

I walk away from social gatherings with an acute sense of accomplishment whenever I haven’t offended anyone and when my friends all stayed awake. I view myself as a bottle of wine that keeps getting better with age, but I’m slowly coming to grips with the notion that I am actually a bottle that may be corked. The great irony of life is...

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  1. @grumbledook “So true! But sometimes it’s like this: There is no choice. You have to suffer to get home.” Ah, but do we not first choose to have to suffer to get home? »

Finding The V-Locus is something of an extension of the Goldilocks Principle; bars set somewhere between Sit Up and Beg and a face-plant, saddle height somewhere between speed skater and Baryshnikov, and reach somewhere between a unicycle and the Batpod. This is art more than it is science, a process of iteration and refinement. And everyone knows...

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  1. @DexterSellers I know trackies sometimes use clipless pedals with toe straps to keep from pulling out.  I guess there will be some riders who feel the need until manufacturers present pedal cleat systems that are fully locked in, ie infinite spring tensi… »