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Location: Wellington New Zealand

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Mamil ,married, two bikes one yacht, no kids... Still pushing pedals.

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The Ride. It is the cathedral of our sport, where we worship at the altar of the Man with the Hammer. It is the end to our means. Indeed, The Bike may be the central tool to our sport, but to turn the pedals is to experience the sensation of freedom, of flight. It is all for The Ride.The world is overflowing with small, twisty roads that capture ou...

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  1. @KW @unversio Thanks guy’s, a great weekend, a Tour is a whole new kind of ‘fun’. I think its well worth the effort. »

  2. Stage One 96km Road Race. Saturday dawned with clear skies and sunshine, given the last two weeks of extreme weather this was a major relief, a great turnout across all grades was excellent to see. B grade looked strong with some very good local ri… »

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Midweek in Belgium in Spring is a wonderful thing. Hordes of people come from seemingly nowhere to fill the bars and line the roadsides when presumably they’d usually be working, or at school, or some such. That the only ones who appear to be working are the bartenders and frites dispensers reinforces my belief that Belgium is the greatest co...

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  1. @Facetious_Jesus The link has an asterisk by his name, steephill doesn’t  show him so I’m going for a straight swop for Dan Martin. VSP PICKS: 1. Valverde 2. Martin Dan 3. Rodriguez 4. Costa 5. Gilbert »

Wednesday sees the return of the women to the VSP. More notably, we see the return of Marianne Vos to the road. She’s won this race five of the last seven years. It makes me wonder if the rest of the field have already resigned themselves to racing for second. On the other hand, Vos hasn’t been racing of late and may not be as sharp as...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Armistead 3. Stevens E 4. Johansson E 5. Worrack »

Midweek in Belgium in Spring is a wonderful thing. Hordes of people come from seemingly nowhere to fill the bars and line the roadsides when presumably they’d usually be working, or at school, or some such. That the only ones who appear to be working are the bartenders and frites dispensers reinforces my belief that Belgium is the greatest co...

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  1. In like Flynn. VSP PICKS: 1. Valverde 2. Gerrans 3. Rodriguez 4. Costa 5. Gilbert »

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. Crap! Good excuse tho’, 4 stages into this Tour over Easter http://www.pnp.org.nz/events/wellington-region-easter-tour-2014/ “Only” 120km road stage to go, legs are toast, first ever ITT today, 16km after a 123km road race with almost 1900m of climbing. … »

Have you ever been told to take a good look at yourself? Usually it infers that you need to smarten up your ideas, get your shit together, shape up or ship out. If Viagra eyedrops had an advertising campaign, (or indeed existed), their tagline would be: “Take a long, hard look at yourself.”Most Cyclists need to take a long hard look at...

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  1. @pink it was all going so well until you said Swashbucklers and Pro. »

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. @Teocalli he had this habit, which was almost a nervous tick, of touching his rear tyre with his finger, supposedly to clear any pieces of crap stuck there, so I guess that is maintenance! »

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. @Weldertron his speed in the final after 250km is something else, just shows how difficult it would have been for anyone to catch him once he gapped the group. »

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. I rode with a fine bike rider who always said to try and maintain your gear as you climb, when you change to an easier gear your cadence will naturally tend to drop back to where you were, rather than increasing, so you just go slower, and why would anyon… »

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. Oh Nikki you’re so fine you blow my mind, hey Nikki!! http://app.strava.com/activities/130432764 »

  2. In the last 12 Monuments that he’s finished, his results are: 1st, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd, 1st, 1st, 2nd, 1st and 3rd. A simply amazing record. »

  3. @Gianni Apparently camo is down with the kids these days.(Not my bike, I won’t be taking any rules flack) the guy who owns it has a big engine. What a race! Unreal final, OPQS really made sure of it this time, with a man in the break and two in the … »

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. @KW Yes. Yes you do. »

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. Greg, Fabian and Terpstra hit the velodrome together, with time but GVA is too quick and rolls Fabian by a tire width. Big John best of the rest. VSP PICKS: 1. Van Arvermaet 2. Cancellara 3. Terpstra 4. Degenkolb 5. Boasson Hagen »

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. @ChrissyOne I always shift under load, there’s no clutch to engage so why pause the Magnificent Stroke? »

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. Experience won out, that was a complete performance, a classic display of  time and space by a great athlete, it doesn’t matter what the sport the truly great almost seem to be able to bend time to their will and create the perfect finish while those arou… »

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. @andrew Practice, go on the Sunday group ride, do your time, at the back, watch, look and learn, but for F*cks sake do it where you won’t be a danger to anyone else. I mean this in the nicest possible way, thrashing yourself on the front for 2 mins is … »

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. Another voice of experience. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMmzLXCDMMw »

  2. Boo ya! »

  3. http://www.steephill.tv/players/720/gazzetta/?title=Eddy+Merckx+talks+about+his+Tour+of+Flanders+experience&dashboard=tour-of-flanders&id=b43ae77c-ba49-11e3-b4a4-3e9fe47c1239&yr=2014 I love the way he is miffed it took him four years to win i… »

Gravity is the most unavoidable force on Earth, with the possible exception of Stupidity. And like with Stupidity, you can take measures to reduce its influence on you, but you won’t get rid of it completely, assuming you’re staying on this planet. From the very moment we’re born, Gravity takes its unrelenting hold on us –...

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  1. @razmaspaz I am blessed with hills and wind. »

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  1. @asyax Love ya work lads…. @unversio »

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. To Vos or not to Vos, can’t find anything that says she is riding… VSP PICKS: 1. VAN DIJK Ellen 2. PIETERS Amy 3. JOHANSSON Emma 4. TUCKER HALL Lauren 5. WILLIAMS Georgia »