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Velominatus: zeitzmar

Order: Level 2 Velominatus

Location: Redmond, Washington, USA

I'm a longtime cross country runner and sometime swimmer who discovered my love for cycling when I bought my first road bike, a 1981 Raleigh Gran Sport that was waiting for me in the basement of the LBS in my tiny college town in Iowa. I quickly fell (not literally, not yet) for the sport and have been rapidly discovering the many joys of the way of the wheel. My sensei turned me on to la Vie Velominatus and the rest is history. I'm a recent Biology graduate from a small liberal arts school in Iowa, moved back into the Seattle area after living in France for a bit.

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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. van Dijk 4. Stevens 5. Johansson »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Moreno 2. Gilbert 3. Kwiatkowski 4. Valverde 5. Gerrans »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Valverde 2. Kwiatkowski 3. Gilbert 4. Gerrans 5. Rodriguez »

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. In honor of Paris-Roubaix, I searched out the closest thing I have to pavé in my neck of the woods: a 2km section of what was once a transcontinental brick highway, paved in 1913: And a better one from the internet. An enjoyable ride. Next time I wan… »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Vanmarcke 3. Boonen 4. Van Avermaet 5. Sagan »

In honor of de Ronde van Vlaanderen, we will be hosting a Cogal in the urban Seattle area. Route to be determined, but plan on a moderately hilly opening 80km around Lake Washington and Mercer Island before hitting the historic cobbles on Captial Hill and Queen Anne near downtown Seattle. Total length of the ride is about 115km; but the last 30 are...

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  1. In honor of de Ronde van Vlaanderen, we will be hosting a Cogal in the urban Seattle area. Route to be determined, but plan on a moderately hilly opening 80km around Lake Washington and Mercer Island before hitting the historic cobbles on Captial Hill and Queen Anne near downtown Seattle. Total length of the ride is about 115km; but the last 30 are what really count.

    We’ll be leaving from Brouwer’s Café in Fremont at 10:05. No support vehicle is expected, but we’ll have lots of opportunity to refuel along the way. I will pre-ride the route a few days in advance and post GPX files and a queue sheet. The ride is intended to be no-drop, but due to the amount of climbing, we may break into separate groups before meeting back at Brouwer’s for post-ride Recovery Ales.

    Join us one and all to get a very minor taste what its like to ride de Ronde!

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    Date/Time
    Date - April 06, 2014
    10:05 AM - 6:00 PM

    Location
    Brouwers

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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. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Boonen 3. Sagan 4. Terpstra 5. Degenkolb »

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. Here goes nothing! »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Armitstead 2. Johansson 3. van Dijk 4. Borghini 5. Stevens »

This is the kick off of the VSP for women’s racing, though the women have already kicked it off with the Ronde van Drenthe in the Netherlands. Now it’s down to Northern Italy, Varese, by Lago Maggiore, but this is a climbers course, more in the mountains than by the lake. And yes, Sunday is also Gent-Wevelgem for women but Trofeo is par...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Borghini 2. Johansson 3. van Dijk 4. Armitstead 5. Pieters »

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. Boonen 2. Sagan 3. Cancellara 4. Hushovd 5. Boss Hogg »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Spartacus 3. Cav 4. Boonen 5. Phinney »

Whenever anybody asks me “what are your favourite films”, when my answer is proffered I’m usually met with a blank stare akin to a dog being shown a card trick. Along with the likes of Fargo, Being John Malkovich and Easy Rider, one of the first names out of my mouth is usually Breaking Away.“Breaking A-what-now?” Co...

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  1. @Optimiste This! When I saw it was on Netflix it quickly became a go-to inspiration for indoor training sessions. The first time I saw the film was in college, en route to a cross country meet. I credit it with leading me on the path to LVV. »

Last year we read that Philippe Gilbert is riding a 50cm (top tube of 535mm) BMC frame and he is 1.79m (5’10”) tall. Now it’s reported in Cyclingnews that Ritchie Porte’s Pinarello is a 46.5cm frame (top tube of 515mm) and Porte is 1.72m (5’8”) tall. He is no Nairo Quintana but somehow he is on Quintana’s old bike. Porte is just one i...

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  1. @sthilzy That RB-1 advertisement is so effective on me it’s scary. »

In honor of de Ronde van Vlaanderen, we will be hosting a Cogal in the urban Seattle area. Route to be determined, but plan on a moderately hilly opening 80km around Lake Washington and Mercer Island before hitting the historic cobbles on Captial Hill and Queen Anne near downtown Seattle. Total length of the ride is about 115km; but the last 30 are...

@zeitzmar's posts:

  1. In honor of de Ronde van Vlaanderen, we will be hosting a Cogal in the urban Seattle area. Route to be determined, but plan on a moderately hilly opening 80km around Lake Washington and Mercer Island before hitting the historic cobbles on Captial Hill and Queen Anne near downtown Seattle. Total length of the ride is about 115km; but the last 30 are what really count.

    We’ll be leaving from Brouwer’s Café in Fremont at 10:05. No support vehicle is expected, but we’ll have lots of opportunity to refuel along the way. I will pre-ride the route a few days in advance and post GPX files and a queue sheet. The ride is intended to be no-drop, but due to the amount of climbing, we may break into separate groups before meeting back at Brouwer’s for post-ride Recovery Ales.

    Join us one and all to get a very minor taste what its like to ride de Ronde!

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - April 06, 2014
    10:05 AM - 6:00 PM

    Location
    Brouwers

    Cogal Details
    Route Details


Patience has never come naturally to me – I’m more Calvin than I am Hobbes in that regard. Yet I am meticulous and demanding of myself and those with whom I journey through life. It is a conflict that has caused its fair share of grief; my childhood is piled high with memories of incidents where I made choices and mistakes that robbed...

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  1. On the Bugetatus side of One Piece at a Time, I present my track steed: The day I bought it: a previously-owned entry level steel frame. Nothing special, but I am new to riding on the track and this is what I could afford. Mid transformation: true (budg… »

  2. @frank Is that a Velo Orange seatpost? I love their simple, elegant components. »

Pity our cyclist, it’s Saturday and he won’t shave his face, it might sap his strength but he has to shave his legs or he won’t look serious. He certainly can’t have sex, more strength stealing there, and kissing his wife, whoa, slow down, that could spread some germs. He doesn’t want to get sick so going to that birth...

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  1. Then: Now: ’nuff said. »

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. I know we don’t see too many track bikes here but a lot of my winter training has been lonely intervals on the velodrome where I don’t have to worry about distracted drivers plowing over me in the early darkness of late autumn. This is my machine’s transf… »

The cycling cap was part of any kit: nearly black shorts, team jersey and cap. It would be matching, it would be cotton. In the day before the required helmet, the cycling cap was it. Unrestrained by helmet or hairnet, the cap was the crown upon the head. It would sit high on the head, not pulled down like a baseball cap. It sat no higher upon the...

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  1. I recently visited some friends in Chicago for a week and packed my pedals and shoes, but not my helmet, thinking that my friend would have a helmet I could use when I borrowed her road bike. Turns out she didn’t so I ended up doing 150+ kms with just my … »

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. @DerHoggz Ah, I’m that small too. Maybe in my swimming days I would have merited a medium. Thanks anyway. »

  2. @DerHoggz I might be interested. How big does the medium run? »

A Velominatus maintains their machine with meticulous care, doting over it daily. A bicycle is a tool, but it is also a work of art, and serves us loyally in pursuit of our craft. We love them as though they were alive; as we grow together, the cracks and lines formed upon both our skins signifies the journey that has passed beneath our wheels.A cl...

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  1. @Barracuda It wasn’t so much that I was dropped as I met the Man with the Hammer and couldn’t ride him off my wheel. »

  2. @cognition Thanks for the tip. The tunnels sound pretty hairy. Maybe you want to join me and @G’rilla for a ride there, once we figure out a good route? »

  3. @Mikael Liddy beautiful picture! @G’rilla I’m definitely down although we’ll need to talk some logistics. I don’t want my eagerness to belie my relative novicehood. I was definitely dropped on the Casually Deliberate VVhidbey Cogal, and I will need to ge… »