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Location: sydney, australia

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We shall go always a little further: it may be beyond the last blue mountain barred with snow, across that angry or that glimmering sea..

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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. Who knows… VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Sagan 3. Kristoff 4. Boonen 5. Degenkolb »

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. Massive dollops of no idea…. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Kwiatkowski 3. Stannard 4. Cancellara 5. Degenkolb »

Our products represent the spirit of Velominati; every product we offer is made with the utmost attention to detail – no compromises were made in their selection or design. Whenever possible, our products are made my small, locally-owned businesses who share our passion for quality and we make every effort to ensure they are made in an enviro...

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  1. @Mikael Liddy  – the order is set to arrive end of November, only 27 have been made – 110 bucks incl. postage and packing – contact me mate (andrewlacysmith@gmail.com), I have a spare Large I can sell you – Babici designed / made, check the sizing to be s… »

  2. @Gianni   twas a strong day which included Bulli pass at the 110km mark :  a 4km climb  avge grade 13.5% – enhanced by 39 degree heat, a 50 kmh headwind and no verge / hard shoulder so you’re constantly being hounded off the road into the cliff by lowlife… »

  3. The Oaks pub in neutral bay, Sydney 5 members of a small but strong riding group (Cani Pazzi) 200km ride 85000 malted recovery beverages 1 tube of hammer solids 1 book Mirth and abuse. Sterling night. »

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. @ChrisO both look great so obviously go both – two wheelsets, chop and change as you feel – job done. Perfect reason if needed to buy another set.Too easy. »

  2. @ChrisO   fucking good work. Aggresive as sin. Great frameset – I’ve loved every second on my advanced SL. »

Seriously. Is it almost September? This was not the agreement, this was supposed to be an endless summer. And all you A-Holes down there in the Antipodes are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, enjoying longer days and shorter nights. I don’t need to tell you where you can take that, but it’s dark and it smells. I have no patien...

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  1. Christ on a bike, here’s praying VSP PICKS: 1. Valverde 2. Uran 3. Henao 4. Krueziger 5. Nibali »

Each of us throw a leg over our top tubes and submit ourselves to the open road in recognition of the risks involved. These risks include those of a puncture, crash, damaged equipment, disability, and – ultimately – death. We try to be vigilant, we ride assertively yet defensively, and we hope for the best. We take every reasonable precaution t...

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  1. August 12 should marked in our diaries going forward as itburns or JKL day – and should include a nasty amount if lactic acid. Just a thought. Oh – and I was searching for name for our team midweak climbing session  : itburns it is. »

  2. sincere condolences to Jon’s family and friends – and to us all because this site really is a band of brothers and sisters. We are the Pilgrims, master; we shall go Always a little further: it may be Beyond that last blue mountain barred with snow, Acros… »

Our products represent the spirit of Velominati; every product we offer is made with the utmost attention to detail – no compromises were made in their selection or design. Whenever possible, our products are made my small, locally-owned businesses who share our passion for quality and we make every effort to ensure they are made in an enviro...

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  1. @napolinige Thanks mate – the motto with the shield is simply Sur la Plaque in Italian : as I understand it,  Sulla Piastra translates to “on the plate” …. but I’m just as happy if its literally hot plate, to be honest…… Cani Pazzi is our team na… »

  2. @Gianni You just made my year. * wipes tear from eye * One thing though – Castelli : built for Liliputians – sizing is fucked – the aero race whilst super light – I get the sense they’ll last a week maybe two. anyway – thanks Gianni. Send me your post … »

  3. @pistard you are a complete winner – here’s the front, modelled on a famous merckx campagnolo jersey: »

A death is a painful thing to experience. Particularly, I imagine, for the one doing the dying. For those left behind, it takes time to mourn and come to grips with the change; it is an unpleasant process, but such is the way of things.The crack in the chainstay of my beloved Cervelo R3 had been weighing on my mind ever since I discovered its exist...

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  1. @Marcus Cheers. keyboard and screen now covered in coffee spray / spume carryon »

Our products represent the spirit of Velominati; every product we offer is made with the utmost attention to detail – no compromises were made in their selection or design. Whenever possible, our products are made my small, locally-owned businesses who share our passion for quality and we make every effort to ensure they are made in an enviro...

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  1. Thoughts on new team jersey ? and first to get the motto WINS ..something »

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. @frank stop. You’re like a class A pusher. its a infinite and exponentially expanding money vortex of carbon and silk and spandex and baby kangaroo leather……… »

  2. @mouse Invariably the euphoria of the happy ending is quickly replaced by disappointment, deflation, depression – even shame…. »

  3. @Puffy I think it either has something to do with two smaller triangles resulting in a lighter and stiffer frame Or those damed Taiwanese trying to prove the following : 1. The Goldbach conjecture. 2. The Riemann hypothesis. 3. The conjecture that… »

  4. @thebaron Yeah you’re not the first to say that – I’m 6.2 – the frame is a medium large ( 57cm top tube ) and is perfect for me. had a retul bike fit and it is like a glove – most important its a velvet ride and goes like the fucking clappers ( That DA … »

  5. @mouse thanks dude – question: what is protocol re specialised branded saddle ( or any other component fkr ghat matter ) on another branded frameset ? I was reticent to be honest and have ahead a few raised brows ….. BUT fact is the romin pro evo is G… »

  6. @Mikael Liddy they did have contis on originally and did a 50k mosman alps hit out on them – switched to vittorias and did an 80k la perouse / maroubra / coogee / bondi ride today : unreal – significant difference in ride quality, so much smoother. was v… »

  7. @Deakus could not agree more. stupendously smoother / faster / more satisfying than my GP4000s – my LBS did warn me…. »

  8. First proper ride today on new wheelset & vittoria open corsa evo SCs – sold on both, more than living up to the hype. »

The early eighties saw the tide change in the European Peloton. Components were taking on a new, curvy shape as they left their boxy forms behind. The glint of toe clips in the sun would become a rarer sight as the move towards clipless pedals would take hold in 1985. English speakers were winning the big races classically won by continental Pros.T...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. Contador 3. Van Garderen 4. Porte 5. J Rodriguez »

This photo is perhaps the greatest of all time; it shows The Prophet riding in the 1969 Ronde van Vlaanderen, kit and machine perfect. Rule #9 conditions in abundance. He’s gone off the front with some 80km left to race, which predictably sent his directeur into a rage. Ordered to return to the bunch, Merckx calmly suggested he go screw him...

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  1. up at 4am to ride 4 gorges ( Sydney) – 120km, 1800m vertical – before work. Very dark, very cold ( at least the descents into bobbin head berowra and galston ) – got into office at 8.15 – quiet glow of reverential satisfaction all day long. VLVV »