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Velominatus: 936adl

Order: Level 2 Velominatus

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Founder member of the Shifnal Cycling Society and lover of all things pedal powered

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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. Cav 2. Greipel 3. Sagan 4. Faboo 5. Phil Gil »

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. An interesting piece. Sees s Cav’s gone down a frame size too.  He now rides a smaller frame size than Mrs @936ADL. To me it just underlines the fact that the needs of the pros are very different to your average  Velominatus. »

I’ve never been able to decide if choices are a gift or a curse; a lack of choices introduces simplicity but also with it the risk that the simple choices do not meet the demands of a complex world. An abundance of similar choices, on the other hand, often reduces the impact of getting things a little bit wrong, but also decreases the thought...

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  1. @paolo #Disagree ;-) »

  2. @frank Hangs head in shame…… Am I about to get excommunicated? »

  3. All this talk of choice makes realise why i love my SingleSpeed road bike so much. I’m currently running 50/17 with a 50/14 fixed option for the local 10mile TTs. Just #HTFU and pedal, the simplicity is what makes the experience so pleasureable. »

One of the finest things about Velominati is it attracts the crazy bastards. Cyclists are slightly unhinged anyway but there are more than a few out there who have no fear. Crazy is not constrained by nationality. Crazy knows no borders. Sure the Randonneurs would do this just to make sure they were happy with their choice of headlamp strap but @ba...

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  1. That’s fucking nuts!! Awesome effort, and a great video. truly inspirational »

@Marco’s takeSomewhere midway, I realized: looking fantastic while riding batshit fast through unknown territory in Rule #9 conditions in mid-December is hard. Continue reading...

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  1. @Teocalli It wasn’t me i’m afraid. I’m not registered for it. I was referring to an event we run locally which takes us from our base in Shropshire across Wales to the coast and then back again! It’s a long day in the saddle that’s for sure. We’re pla… »

  2. Great write up and it sounds like a typical Rule #9 day. Whilst it may well be the inaugural Dutch Cogal, it’s certainly not Europe’s first. We’ve something fairly special planned in Blighty to mark the summer solstice so it will be interesting to see w… »

I realise that I may never live this down, and that my reputation within the Velominati community will be damaged irreparably, but I’m out. – Anonymous AKA @936ADLDespite the endless talk of tea and cakes, the inaugral London Cogal will be remembered for that other quintessentially English conversation point, the weather. Everything was...

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  1. Great write up gents, and i may have a shredded reputation, but i think i’d make the same call again. Next time ;¬) »

I’m compliant with Rule #74: no Garmin, no cyclometer, just an uncluttered cockpit. I’m not anti-data, if I could generate some awesome data I’d like to know about it. If I was racing I would train with data. I just got bored with looking at the numbers and not doing anything about them. When my Cateye cyclometer/heart rate monit...

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  1. Love data personally, but that main picture is something else. Just awesome! A-Merckx »

Legends are central to any culture, ours perhaps more than most. The Ventoux is a French legend, rising 1912m above the rolling hills of Provence. The road is thick with the paint of Tours past and the names of giants. The grade is 7%, on average, though 10, 11, and 12% are routine throughout the middle section. The classical route begins in a smal...

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  1. Really great piece. This bitch of a climb is still very much on my list. We were there on the tour in 2009, but the sheer numbers on the mountain on race day scuppered our chances of getting to the top. One day Mont Ventoux, i’ll be back! »

  2. @Mrdays +1 Genius. »

It wasn’t so long ago that the majority of bicycles were made by hand, from raw materials, in places that aren’t China or Taiwan. While some of these artisans are still around, their wares are increasingly harder to come by, and to procure an example of their work means an outlay of time and money which is more than most are willing to...

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  1. Here’s my second attempt to post pics of a couple of handbuilt beauties that i’m lucky enough to own…..    and #1….. »

  2. Sorry, but no piece about hand built bikes would be complete without paying tribute to one on England’s finest, Brian Rourke. Measure ups still by the man himself and each frame hand crafted by his son, Jason. Here’s my #1 at the top of a hill in France…. »

  3. @grahamr Loving the Lug work! Very nice indeed. »

  4. @norm Just lovely. He makes some beuatiful bikes! »

London CallingA London Cogal was discussed a few months ago but didn’t get beyond a casual conversation. This week’s sad news about @itburns has made me realise how much this community means to people and that sitting back and waiting for things to happen is not an option. Continue reading...

@936adl's posts:

  1. London Calling

    A London Cogal was discussed a few months ago but didn’t get beyond a casual conversation. This week’s sad news about @itburns has made me realise how much this community means to people and that sitting back and waiting for things to happen is not an option.

    London calling to the faraway towns

    The London Cogal will start from the Mall and head roughly South West to Havant on the coast, possibly taking in a loop of Box Hill.

    Route: Something like this (Subject to some modification and refinement)

    The ride out of London will should serve as a good leg loosener, a steady build up to speed by the time we hit the countryside rather than it being fast from the go. The route isn’t quite nailed down yet (we’ll refine it over the next month or so) but there are plenty of stunning roads through that part of the country. If you’ve got any thoughts, email me on the address below.

    The route is generally lumpy, crossing the South Downs, so it make sense to make it a no drop day but if there’s a decent number of attendees, two groups might be the sensible way forward.

    The Royal Oak in Havant is an ideal spot for post ride recovery beverages and protein replenishment. Lamb Shanks or Beef and Ale pie will go down particularly well if it’s a Rule #9 day. After that it’ll be a short ride to Havant Station to get the train back into London.

    For those in the South West/South of London and not wanting to head into the centre of town the route will take us through either Richmond Park or Clapham Junction/Common so we could pause briefly to pick up attendees a second rendezvous point.

    Email me at london.cogal@gmail.com if you’re interested and with your thoughts on the route.

    The ice age is coming, the sun’s zooming in

    The Royal Oak The Royal Oak

    Event Details

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    Date/Time
    Date - October 13, 2013
    9:05 AM - 9:00 PM

    Location
    Admiralty Arch

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

  2. London Calling

    A London Cogal was discussed a few months ago but didn’t get beyond a casual conversation. This week’s sad news about @itburns has made me realise how much this community means to people and that sitting back and waiting for things to happen is not an option.

    London calling to the faraway towns

    The London Cogal will start from the Mall and head roughly South West to Havant on the coast, possibly taking in a loop of Box Hill.

    Route: Something like this (Subject to some modification and refinement)

    The ride out of London will should serve as a good leg loosener, a steady build up to speed by the time we hit the countryside rather than it being fast from the go. The route isn’t quite nailed down yet (we’ll refine it over the next month or so) but there are plenty of stunning roads through that part of the country. If you’ve got any thoughts, email me on the address below.

    The route is generally lumpy, crossing the South Downs, so it make sense to make it a no drop day but if there’s a decent number of attendees, two groups might be the sensible way forward.

    The Royal Oak in Havant is an ideal spot for post ride recovery beverages and protein replenishment. Lamb Shanks or Beef and Ale pie will go down particularly well if it’s a Rule #9 day. After that it’ll be a short ride to Havant Station to get the train back into London.

    For those in the South West/South of London and not wanting to head into the centre of town the route will take us through either Richmond Park or Clapham Junction/Common so we could pause briefly to pick up attendees a second rendezvous point.

    Email me at london.cogal@gmail.com if you’re interested and with your thoughts on the route.

    The ice age is coming, the sun’s zooming in

    The Royal Oak The Royal Oak

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - October 13, 2013
    9:05 AM - 9:00 PM

    Location
    Admiralty Arch

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

  3. London Calling

    A London Cogal was discussed a few months ago but didn’t get beyond a casual conversation. This week’s sad news about @itburns has made me realise how much this community means to people and that sitting back and waiting for things to happen is not an option.

    London calling to the faraway towns

    The London Cogal will start from the Mall and head roughly South West to Havant on the coast, possibly taking in a loop of Box Hill.

    Route: Something like this (Subject to some modification and refinement)

    The ride out of London will should serve as a good leg loosener, a steady build up to speed by the time we hit the countryside rather than it being fast from the go. The route isn’t quite nailed down yet (we’ll refine it over the next month or so) but there are plenty of stunning roads through that part of the country. If you’ve got any thoughts, email me on the address below.

    The route is generally lumpy, crossing the South Downs, so it make sense to make it a no drop day but if there’s a decent number of attendees, two groups might be the sensible way forward.

    The Royal Oak in Havant is an ideal spot for post ride recovery beverages and protein replenishment. Lamb Shanks or Beef and Ale pie will go down particularly well if it’s a Rule #9 day. After that it’ll be a short ride to Havant Station to get the train back into London.

    For those in the South West/South of London and not wanting to head into the centre of town the route will take us through either Richmond Park or Clapham Junction/Common so we could pause briefly to pick up attendees a second rendezvous point.

    Email me at london.cogal@gmail.com if you’re interested and with your thoughts on the route.

    The ice age is coming, the sun’s zooming in

    The Royal Oak The Royal Oak

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - October 13, 2013
    9:05 AM - 9:00 PM

    Location
    Admiralty Arch

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

  4. London Calling

    A London Cogal was discussed a few months ago but didn’t get beyond a casual conversation. This week’s sad news about @itburns has made me realise how much this community means to people and that sitting back and waiting for things to happen is not an option.

    London calling to the faraway towns

    The London Cogal will start from the Mall and head roughly South West to Havant on the coast, possibly taking in a loop of Box Hill.

    Route: Something like this (Subject to some modification and refinement)

    The ride out of London will should serve as a good leg loosener, a steady build up to speed by the time we hit the countryside rather than it being fast from the go. The route isn’t quite nailed down yet (we’ll refine it over the next month or so) but there are plenty of stunning roads through that part of the country. If you’ve got any thoughts, email me on the address below.

    The route is generally lumpy, crossing the South Downs, so it make sense to make it a no drop day but if there’s a decent number of attendees, two groups might be the sensible way forward.

    The Royal Oak in Havant is an ideal spot for post ride recovery beverages and protein replenishment. Lamb Shanks or Beef and Ale pie will go down particularly well if it’s a Rule #9 day. After that it’ll be a short ride to Havant Station to get the train back into London.

    For those in the South West/South of London and not wanting to head into the centre of town the route will take us through either Richmond Park or Clapham Junction/Common so we could pause briefly to pick up attendees a second rendezvous point.

    Email me at london.cogal@gmail.com if you’re interested and with your thoughts on the route.

    The ice age is coming, the sun’s zooming in

    The Royal Oak The Royal Oak

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - October 13, 2013
    9:05 AM - 9:00 PM

    Location
    Admiralty Arch

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

  5. London Calling

    A London Cogal was discussed a few months ago but didn’t get beyond a casual conversation. This week’s sad news about @itburns has made me realise how much this community means to people and that sitting back and waiting for things to happen is not an option.

    London calling to the faraway towns

    The London Cogal will start from the Mall and head roughly South West to Havant on the coast, possibly taking in a loop of Box Hill.

    Route: Something like this (Subject to some modification and refinement)

    The ride out of London will should serve as a good leg loosener, a steady build up to speed by the time we hit the countryside rather than it being fast from the go. The route isn’t quite nailed down yet (we’ll refine it over the next month or so) but there are plenty of stunning roads through that part of the country. If you’ve got any thoughts, email me on the address below.

    The route is generally lumpy, crossing the South Downs, so it make sense to make it a no drop day but if there’s a decent number of attendees, two groups might be the sensible way forward.

    The Royal Oak in Havant is an ideal spot for post ride recovery beverages and protein replenishment. Lamb Shanks or Beef and Ale pie will go down particularly well if it’s a Rule #9 day. After that it’ll be a short ride to Havant Station to get the train back into London.

    For those in the South West/South of London and not wanting to head into the centre of town the route will take us through either Richmond Park or Clapham Junction/Common so we could pause briefly to pick up attendees a second rendezvous point.

    Email me at london.cogal@gmail.com if you’re interested and with your thoughts on the route.

    The ice age is coming, the sun’s zooming in

    The Royal Oak The Royal Oak

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - October 13, 2013
    9:05 AM - 9:00 PM

    Location
    Admiralty Arch

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

  6. London Calling

    A London Cogal was discussed a few months ago but didn’t get beyond a casual conversation. This week’s sad news about @itburns has made me realise how much this community means to people and that sitting back and waiting for things to happen is not an option.

    London calling to the faraway towns

    The London Cogal will start from the Mall and head roughly South West to Havant on the coast, possibly taking in a loop of Box Hill.

    Route: Something like this (Subject to some modification and refinement)

    The ride out of London will should serve as a good leg loosener, a steady build up to speed by the time we hit the countryside rather than it being fast from the go. The route isn’t quite nailed down yet (we’ll refine it over the next month or so) but there are plenty of stunning roads through that part of the country. If you’ve got any thoughts, email me on the address below.

    The route is generally lumpy, crossing the South Downs, so it make sense to make it a no drop day but if there’s a decent number of attendees, two groups might be the sensible way forward.

    The Royal Oak in Havant is an ideal spot for post ride recovery beverages and protein replenishment. Lamb Shanks or Beef and Ale pie will go down particularly well if it’s a Rule #9 day. After that it’ll be a short ride to Havant Station to get the train back into London.

    For those in the South West/South of London and not wanting to head into the centre of town the route will take us through either Richmond Park or Clapham Junction/Common so we could pause briefly to pick up attendees a second rendezvous point.

    Email me at london.cogal@gmail.com if you’re interested and with your thoughts on the route.

    The ice age is coming, the sun’s zooming in

    The Royal Oak The Royal Oak

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - October 13, 2013
    9:05 AM - 9:00 PM

    Location
    Admiralty Arch

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

  7. London Calling

    A London Cogal was discussed a few months ago but didn’t get beyond a casual conversation. This week’s sad news about @itburns has made me realise how much this community means to people and that sitting back and waiting for things to happen is not an option.

    London calling to the faraway towns

    The London Cogal will start from the Mall and head roughly South West to Havant on the coast, possibly taking in a loop of Box Hill.

    Route: Something like this (Subject to some modification and refinement)

    The ride out of London will should serve as a good leg loosener, a steady build up to speed by the time we hit the countryside rather than it being fast from the go. The route isn’t quite nailed down yet (we’ll refine it over the next month or so) but there are plenty of stunning roads through that part of the country. If you’ve got any thoughts, email me on the address below.

    The route is generally lumpy, crossing the South Downs, so it make sense to make it a no drop day but if there’s a decent number of attendees, two groups might be the sensible way forward.

    The Royal Oak in Havant is an ideal spot for post ride recovery beverages and protein replenishment. Lamb Shanks or Beef and Ale pie will go down particularly well if it’s a Rule #9 day. After that it’ll be a short ride to Havant Station to get the train back into London.

    For those in the South West/South of London and not wanting to head into the centre of town the route will take us through either Richmond Park or Clapham Junction/Common so we could pause briefly to pick up attendees a second rendezvous point.

    Email me at london.cogal@gmail.com if you’re interested and with your thoughts on the route.

    The ice age is coming, the sun’s zooming in

    The Royal Oak The Royal Oak

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - October 13, 2013
    9:05 AM - 9:00 PM

    Location
    Admiralty Arch

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

  8. London Calling

    A London Cogal was discussed a few months ago but didn’t get beyond a casual conversation. This week’s sad news about @itburns has made me realise how much this community means to people and that sitting back and waiting for things to happen is not an option.

    London calling to the faraway towns

    The London Cogal will start from the Mall and head roughly South West to Havant on the coast, possibly taking in a loop of Box Hill.

    Route: Something like this (Subject to some modification and refinement)

    The ride out of London will should serve as a good leg loosener, a steady build up to speed by the time we hit the countryside rather than it being fast from the go. The route isn’t quite nailed down yet (we’ll refine it over the next month or so) but there are plenty of stunning roads through that part of the country. If you’ve got any thoughts, email me on the address below.

    The route is generally lumpy, crossing the South Downs, so it make sense to make it a no drop day but if there’s a decent number of attendees, two groups might be the sensible way forward.

    The Royal Oak in Havant is an ideal spot for post ride recovery beverages and protein replenishment. Lamb Shanks or Beef and Ale pie will go down particularly well if it’s a Rule #9 day. After that it’ll be a short ride to Havant Station to get the train back into London.

    For those in the South West/South of London and not wanting to head into the centre of town the route will take us through either Richmond Park or Clapham Junction/Common so we could pause briefly to pick up attendees a second rendezvous point.

    Email me at london.cogal@gmail.com if you’re interested and with your thoughts on the route.

    The ice age is coming, the sun’s zooming in

    The Royal Oak The Royal Oak

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - October 13, 2013
    9:05 AM - 9:00 PM

    Location
    Admiralty Arch

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

Growing up, I imagine my dad did his fair share of worrying about me getting into trouble with chemicals and girls. Like with most problems in life, the solution lay in Cycling; training encouraged healthy behavior and once my dad convinced me to shave my legs, no one needed to worry about the girls anymore.Cycling caused its fair share of problems...

@936adl's posts:

  1. Just loving the pictures of JvS. I was lucky enough to be at Paris Roubaix the year he won. After watching the race go by, we holed up in a bar which was full of crazy Belgians. The place went progressively wilder the nearer he got to the Velodrome. An a… »