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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. I’ve just deleted the long rambling post I’d written about this tour. In summary; I enjoyed it (a lot). Its left more questions than answers (i’ve no faith in Nibali being clean, what would the race of been like with CF and AC in it?),  green jersey cont… »

  2. Usual suspects etc. i’d like to see a random hero stick 3 minutes into the gc on stage 5  cobbles to shake things up. VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. nibali 3. Da costa 4. Talansky 5. Contador »

The Bike. It is the central tool in pursuit of our craft. A Velominatus meticulously maintains their bicycles and adorns them with the essential, yet minimal, accoutrement. The Rules specify the principles of good taste in configuration and setup of our machines, but within those principles lies almost infinite room for personal taste.It seems in s...

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  1. @Chris ha! ok, as long as they match the handlebar basket. »

  2. Its not a road bike and this won’t be to everyone’s taste but I just got back from the LBS where I spent a long time lingering over one of these, a Transition Klunker: I would actually use it for riding to the shop for beer and out with the kids on the … »

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 can’t stand Evans, the way he rides or his personality. I’ve given him a chance and tried to find something to like about him but I can’t. He leaves me cold. I hope the race improves and there is a fight to win, however I think its going to be Evans gr… »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. quintana 2. Dan martin 3. Uran 4. Roche 5. Cuddles »

Here are a few lessons learned while in New York City. I’m sure leaving a bar at one o’clock in the morning is not how the serious riders prepare for a ride with a 9 o’clock morning roll-out. I am sure. Conversational pace for a group ride means different things to different people. Eddy could talk your ear off at 40kph. Lezyne mini-pump owne...

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  1. @Marcus +1 Proposed Rule #96 Don’t wear your helmet indoors. »

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. Kwiatkowski 2. Rui costa 3. Froome 4. Nibbles 5. Dan Martin »

The Bike. It is the central tool in pursuit of our craft. A Velominatus meticulously maintains their bicycles and adorns them with the essential, yet minimal, accoutrement. The Rules specify the principles of good taste in configuration and setup of our machines, but within those principles lies almost infinite room for personal taste.It seems in s...

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  1. @roger loving this… »

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. I really do like Amstel Gold. One of my favourite one dayers. Obvious picks means i have no idea who will win. As long as its not Valverde, i can’t stand him and don’t trust his form this year. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Costa 3. Kreutziger 4. Thomas g 5… »

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. Can’t see past spartacus for this. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Stybar 3. Terpstra 4. Phinney 5. Wiggins »

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 2. Johanson 3. borghini 4. K Wild 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. Started thinking about my picks last night then went to bed and had this weird dream that I was in Belgium. I was in a second hand furniture shop but somehow ended up buying a pair of rims, hubs, a handful of spokes and a spoke key. I then started to try … »

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. Stybar 2. Sagan 3. Ciolek 4. Kristoff 5. Cancellara »

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. Hmmm. Is Stannard not riding? »

The Bike. It is the central tool in pursuit of our craft. A Velominatus meticulously maintains their bicycles and adorns them with the essential, yet minimal, accoutrement. The Rules specify the principles of good taste in configuration and setup of our machines, but within those principles lies almost infinite room for personal taste.It seems in s...

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  1. Its been a while since I posted a photo. I’ve made a few changes to the fit and gone to speedplay pedals that I’m really enjoying. »

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. Yes Yes Yes. Good to be back in the ring for the VSP. I won a Malteni Jersey in 2012 & Bonts in 2013 – proof that twatwaffle does pay. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Ulissi 3. Stannard 4. Slagter 5. Kwiatkowski »

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. ^^^^^^^ that link ‘the girls eh, they want to come and touch my legs. and my arse’ –  Forstermann »

  2. http://youtu.be/WbYh8i7ZquE »

  3. @Chris Yeah, really long, even if you’re tall. I actually thought they’d sent leg warmers by accident. »

  4. @KW just say you’re doing it then do it. Weeks of discussion beforehand will just make into a bigger deal than it is. My wife was generally bemused but luckily she has a long list of other things to be pissed off with me about so what I do with my legs s… »

  5. @VeloSix They don’t just volunteer, they pay for the privilege.  the soldiers wear the camo. I realise this makes no sense but its massive. »

  6. @Richard Johnson The de feet knee warmers are long enough to almost cover your whole leg I’d go for those. if you are wearing shorts. I’ll say it quietly but I wore one piece bib longs / tights through the worst of winter this year. I don’t see the point… »

  7. @Ron The military fitness craze is big where I live. Big groups of people being shouted at and humiliated in the park by ex-soldiers wearing camo. I just don’t get it. »

  8. While it’s always a leg day, I love the feeling 3 days after doing a harder or longer ride than normal.  After 1 day my legs feel tired and hot. After day 2 they feel dull and heavy. On the 3rd day they feel strong and fast again.  Then the process starts… »

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