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Location: Wellington New Zealand

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

@piwakawaka's activity:

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. Watch from 1.00min, more class than a high school. “you must be proud of your achievement?” “nah not really a win is a win so this is more of a failure” https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152278113931733&set=vb.533336732&type=2&theater »

  2. @frank Agreed, very controlled racing, perhaps too controlled? He seems to gap his opponents and then just holds them, almost as if he doesn’t want it to look too dominant. On a brighter note TJVG! »

I like definition, to place things in a box and tightly seal the lid. It makes me feel comfortable, like another of life’s little mysteries has been stored away for safe keeping. I also love ambiguity; it is the space wherein all interesting questions are asked; the unknown is life’s greatest beauty. You might say that makes me a hypo...

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  1. @wiscot you don’t train to be a big engine, and then try to ride like a billy goat, no GC guy wins without the services of the likes of GT, now if he trained to win stage races I’m sure he would go well, but he doesn’t, he trains specifically to look afte… »

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. strange only seems to want to post to one small portion of the photo… »

  2. Samara Sheppard-22km with a broken arse! Giro Rosa 2014. »

Why are women’s races run concurrently with men’s races? I would get it if it was the women’s Tour de France, but I don’t get it when it is the women’s Giro in July. Since the Tour de Swiss there has been a lack of stage racing (in my TV watching schedule) and seemingly a perfect time to present a women’s stage r...

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  1. @Barracuda Yep that would be my response…hard to believe they couldn’t just sit on her wheel, hard to believe Vos would condone that sort of carry on, but she did. »

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. IF, Nibali wins he is a worthy victor, however the cynic in me worries what else was in the letter from Vino! »

Why are women’s races run concurrently with men’s races? I would get it if it was the women’s Tour de France, but I don’t get it when it is the women’s Giro in July. Since the Tour de Swiss there has been a lack of stage racing (in my TV watching schedule) and seemingly a perfect time to present a women’s stage r...

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  1. @Mikael Liddy wow, never seen that before, didn’t even think of it! Have the men used this tactic? What about race rules? Can you barge your way past them, crashing if you must? I don’t know how Abbott kept her cool, I would not have been able to. »

Rule #33- Legs are to be carefully shaved at all times.This is one of the Rules that really defines the term Cyclist to the Velominati. Discussions about Rule #33 flare up on the site occasionally, burn brightly then smolder out. Between faces and legs, it is a lot of man-scraping. Rule #33 is a task master. Compliance is one thing, defending it t...

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  1. @DCR The other video those guy’s did for beards showed no real difference, I’m guessing it would be similar for the arms, our guns on the other hand are moving both vertically and laterally through the air, this double gain is enough to make a real dif… »

  2. @DCR skin suits have long sleeves. »

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. Great race so far »

  2. @Geraint And, all the other GC guy’s as well, I never considered the Schleks contenders, I think it’s all just racing and it’s damn fine to see it as opposed to a week of nothing, roll on stage 10. »

  3. @VeloSix I can’t understand this sentiment, the defending champ was in the race, he has been beaten, simple as that, maybe the course was the winner but to finish first , first you have to finish, anyone who completes the race has beaten Chris Froome. »

  4. Fuckin’ awesome! What a stage, 47kph average, 47!!, brilliant riding by the Astana squad, very impressed by Nibili so far, take that Vino! »

  5. @Teocalli “Froome injured his wrist but is able to continue after an X-ray revealed he had no problems.” Oh he has problems alright, same side as the Dauphine, dropped it twice in a month, only one team mate with him at the time, not exactly taking a bull… »

Maybe it’s the narcissist in me or maybe I never really learned how to share properly, but I prefer my birthday over Christmas. My birthday is the one day of the year where everything is about me. No feigning interest in other people’s gifts, no getting distracted by any greater meaning. Just me and my loot, as it was meant to be. Spea...

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  1. I get asked all month, ‘are you watching the Tour?’ WTF do you think Sherlock? Of course I’m watching the Tour, but did you see this years Dauphine? »

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. @Harminator Great post, I love this bloody stuff! @Al__S same again, this is the real deal no media releases here, thanks guy’s. »

  2. @Teocalli Well said ‘Douche, got to feel for Gerrans tho’… looked a lot like self sabotage to me, be surprised if he carries on. »

Tempo means time in Italian. Riding tempo means riding steadily, like a metronome. It is an important skill to have and since it’s Italian, it sounds cool. What it does not mean is riding at a constant speed, half-wheeling or killing it at the front. Riding at a constant speed is like having cruise control on in a car; the car seems to accelerate...

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  1. @Ccos cooler than an ice-age to be sure. »

  2. @Ccos Fixed your post. »

Why are women’s races run concurrently with men’s races? I would get it if it was the women’s Tour de France, but I don’t get it when it is the women’s Giro in July. Since the Tour de Swiss there has been a lack of stage racing (in my TV watching schedule) and seemingly a perfect time to present a women’s stage r...

@piwakawaka's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Abbott 2. Johanson 3. Vos 4. Brand 5. Samara Sheppard »

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. Bring it. VSP PICKS: 1. Contador 2. Froome 3. Talansky 4. Valverde 5. Nibali »

We are the Keepers of the Cog. In so being, we also maintain the sacred text wherein lie the simple truths of cycling etiquette known as The Rules. It is in our trust to maintain and endorse this list.The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path to La Vie Velominatus, not at the end; learning to balance them against one another and to welcome them...

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  1. @Dan_R whats up with the tape holding the top tube together? The bars, such a steep angle on the drops, or is it the photo? As for the plastic under your saddle? Guess we just won’t go there… »

The 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 race in question by the time the countdown clock goes to zero...

@piwakawaka's posts:

  1. @dyalander Happy to say I raced alongside one of them in PNP Easter Tour in NZ, in fact she made the tour winning break with 6 of us, the woman’s A grade raced with men’s B grade, and chicked me on the finishing climb of the Queen stage! Best of luck Sama… »

  2. @Chris  @Mikael Liddy that’s a great call by his team, I don’t think he is any better than anyone on their roster. »