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Velominatus: wiscot

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Location: West Bend, Wisconsin

I got my first bike at age 2 and have always had one since. My first real bike was a massive steel blue Peugeot at the age of 14. Subsequently replaced by a red Holdsworth, a team-colors Raleigh and a ruby-red Colnago, the latter joined by a neon-pink Cougar TT bike, a metallic green Brian Rouke winter bike and a blue Specialized mountain bike. All steel and all gone to new homes now. I joined the Johnstone Wheelers Cycling Club at 18 and became a dedicated time triallist, riding 30-50 club and open races a year. In 1989/90 I was a founding member of the short-lived VC d"Or which included velominatus and short-lived COTHO teammate Brian Smith. I also raced regularly against another real Velominatus - Graeme Obree - in the 1980s and beat him twice - once in a 10 and once in a 50. Rumors that he stopped to have a drum up at the turn are probably true. Moved to the US in 1990. Buggered up my back (working for a bike shop ironically) in 1993. Took several years off. Back riding since 2006 in Wisconsin and logging 8000+ kilometers each of the last three years.

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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. Excellent stuff! Looking good should be as important as a well-maintained machine. It’s really not that difficult to do a bit of coordination – you simply buy clothing/gear based on a few colors/patters, etc. This extends beyond the bike. I regularly wear… »

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. @Teocalli Yup, and just so I didn’t get too used to nice temps, it was 32 on my ride last night and all the winter gear was back on. We got hail on Saturday and snow on Monday FFS! »

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. @RedRanger Outstanding. Pretty much nailed it in 5 minutes. »

  2. @Chris What is that? 140mm? 150mm? One bolt at the back end too . . . »

  3. @chrismurphy92 Indeed. Look at the clothing on the podium: Fabs wearing a ball cap and hideous leggings/tights. Degenkolb wearing awful socks and a ball cap (at least it looks like the “tache” is gone.) Terpstra looked like a million $$. The proper cap,… »

  4. @frank Yeah, and wait until the FCC give Comcast the green light to really dominate the market. I’m sure everyone’s choices will get so much better . . . »

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. @Teocalli Very nice cuff links. Subtle and classy! Just gotta say that last night’s ride was a special one. As you’re all tired of hearing me and the other midwestern Velominati say, this has been a shitty, long winter. Got out of work a bit early and … »

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. @fenlander Well, I like it! Looks great. For a second there I thought you nhad two bikes then I realized two pix were B&W . . . Duh. I have 105 on two of my bikes and it’s good, solid stuff. »

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. @Floridian True, but with Roubaix it’s a combo of luck and skill in knowing how to read/ride the stones and few do it better than Boonen. How knows, maybe he’ll take a long shot flyer again and make everyone chase. No nasty hills on Sunday . . . Win #5 … »

  2. Christ, I don’t know! Heart versus head? Do I want Tommeke to win and get #5? More than ever. Do I want Vansummeren to win in honor of the coma lady? Yes? Do I want Mini-Phinney to step up? Yes. Would I love to see Geraint do it for the Welsh? You bet. V»

I had always imagined that de Ronde van Vlaanderen must be hardest race in the world. The way I worked it out – having never ridden the course of either event at the time – was that de Ronde had the same cobbles as Roubaix, but with 20% grades thrown in. It makes enough sense so long as you don’t know what you’re talking abo...

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  1. @Ron I really think it has to do with attitude, and, dare I say it, intelligence. Cancellara has talent and brains. Pozzato has talent. That will only get you so far. It’s what truly separates the champs from the runners-up. I read a story about Cancell… »

  2. @The Oracle Yeah, first ride sans shoe covers, cap and long-fingered gloves. Felt so good and light. It was a damn long winter . . . »

  3. @dissolved That really is too sad. It doesn’t sound good either. That’ll make for a seriously motivated Vansummeren on Sunday though. Imagine the emotions if he wins . . . . »

  4. @The Oracle I certainly did – my standard 50kms look around New Fane and Kewaskum. Roads seem to have held up ok over the winter. Headwind home was a bastard though. Got home and figured out what the issue was with the new cable on my rear Sram Force de… »

  5. @The Oracle Never mind the pillow and blankie, what about the wee cuddly toy next to his head FFS? A real man would have a block of concrete for a pillow and a fine roll of turf as a blanket. »

  6. @KW Agreed. Faboo is getting older and realizes it. His TT is not as dominant as it once was. He’ll never be sprinter in the Cav, Kittel mode. So he’s smart – he works on his weaknesses. This is why he will go down as an all-time great and the Schlecks… »

  7. @Marko Indeed! I work in the arts and believe me, Pedale’s work is right up there with the best. In fact it’s better than 99% because it captures the spirit and not just the body. »

Here stands a man. A quiet man. A hard working man. A Belgian man. A man from a life of grit, cold, and rain.Here stands a man who has chosen a life of hard work and sacrifice; a hard life even within the context of Cycling. A man who spends long hours in the wind and in the rain, in the service of his team. A man who despite those long hours in...

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  1. @Chris It’s the same thing on certain climbs in the tour etc. I’m no Pharmy fan but when they rode that TT up L’Alpe d’Huez, I was just waiting for someone to punch him and as much as I’m not a fan, he wouldn’t have deserved that. You lose a race becau… »

  2. @Buck Rogers Not good at all. What’s really sad is that this seems to have been a genuine accident. There’s another clip I saw of the riders taking a sharp left-hand bend (Cofidis rider leading) and some twat jumps out into the road at the inside of th… »

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. @andrew Congratulations on the big ride. Now you know what it’ll take to do a century/160kms ride and pretty soon you’ll be knocking them off easily. The first one is the toughest physically and mentally. Once you’ve done one, you know that next time yo… »

Here stands a man. A quiet man. A hard working man. A Belgian man. A man from a life of grit, cold, and rain.Here stands a man who has chosen a life of hard work and sacrifice; a hard life even within the context of Cycling. A man who spends long hours in the wind and in the rain, in the service of his team. A man who despite those long hours in...

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  1. @VeloJello I’ve watched the clip of the crash half a dozen times. For sure, not the best place to stand, but she was standing on the island when she got hit, suggesting that Vansummeren was riding into/onto the island. Was he unsighted because of traffi… »

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. Most race results this year I’m pretty ambivalent about, but I really want Boonen to do the double. The only problem is, I really like Cancellara as well and always like seeing him win too. If I can get my Boonen double this year, I’ll happily have a Fabs… »

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. Van Dijk 3. Johansson 4. Borghini 5. Stevens »

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...

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  1. @Nate Ditto. A top 10 finish for Velominati Steampunk. Very impressive indeed as befitting a scholar such as he is. »

Everyone knows you need at least three road bikes – two if you’re absolutely determined to make a point about minimalism. Bike Number One is reserved for good weather and events, and the Rain Bike for inclement weather. Just like our guns need to be pampered and rubbed down whenever we’re off the bike, any time Bike Number One isn...

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  1. @G’rilla Is there a collective noun for that? »