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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. Here goes nothing. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Boonen 3. Phinney 4. Sagan 5. Stybar »

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. Didn’t miss the count timer this time. I have no idea but here goes. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Cancellera 3. Boonen 4. Stybar 5. Gilbert »

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. Go the girls VSP PICKS: 1. Johnasson 2. Stevens 3. Armistead 4. Van dijik 5. Wild »

The dark makes everything worse; something primal awakens in us when the sun has gone and we are wrapped in the black cloak of night. Laying in bed, my worst thoughts and fears come knocking like some used-car salesperson who won’t leave me alone. There is no shutting down of this process, our imaginations are given free reign to do their wor...

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  1. Very well written but an article I find it hard to identify with considering the hot weather we are having here. Reading about cold, dark weather makes me feel guilty about the cycling I will be doing in the Snowy Mountains and in Bright over the next two… »

Although he was already an active community member, I began my friendship with Dan Richter in early 2012 after he reached out to me regarding some wheels he wanted us to take along on Keepers Tour: Cobbled Classics 2012. At the time, he was an amateur wheel builder making some money on the side selling his wheels on eBay. Like many of us in this co...

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  1. Frank, that’s a very cool story. I love it when a good plan comes together, aided by good people with good intentions. »

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. Looks like I’ll be sporting a new t-shirt in support of Dan and his shop. »

  2. @minion Top call!! »

Finding The V-Locus is something of an extension of the Goldilocks Principle; bars set somewhere between Sit Up and Beg and a face-plant, saddle height somewhere between speed skater and Baryshnikov, and reach somewhere between a unicycle and the Batpod. This is art more than it is science, a process of iteration and refinement. And everyone knows...

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  1. @minion That’s funny. But try being a girl and having to explain/describe to your male coach or male lbs owner how you are uncomfortable on your saddle. A whole lot of awesomeness that is not. Yes, it’s level. »

  2. @Rom that’s the saddle I had. It was awesome. I couldn’t tell you the name of my new saddle but one week one and we are getting along just fine. @All, why does a wind trainer make your bike position feel so much different (apart from the obvious)? »

  3. My search for The V Locus and trying to iron out a few kinks amounted to a re-fit at my awesome LBS, with the owner. It’s amazing how tweaking your cleats, stem, seat height and a new saddle makes you feel totally different, in a good way. I so should hav… »

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. @Marcus No, sorry I didn’t own her while at uni. But my first bike has an identical twin my friend owns. They often have sleep overs. Does that count? »

  2. @Chris Both my bikes, and my car for that matter, are girl’s names. It sounds bad/demeaning/inappropriate if you make it sound that way. I have been around here for a while and generally find most bikes are referred to affectionately by a feminine name… »

He didn’t really want to be awake at this hour, but it was the only way. Or one of them, at least. Because he wanted to spend more time with her, he would rise before the sun, making use of the small window between their entwined slumber and the dirge of another day at the office. But still she saw those stolen hours as time he could be spend...

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  1. To all the above commenters: I am most impressed by the way you talk about your spouses, be they a VMH or VMW. And I do mean that as a compliment. »

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. All this talk of LBS is making me even more excited about the imminent opening of my new LBS by the owner of of my last LBS. It has been two years with out an LBS and my bikes are missing the love and attention. After taking my bike to another bike shop a… »

In the days of Anquetil, this was considered the most prestigious individual time trial on the calendar, and he made his name early by winning the event as an amateur at 19. It was also 100km in length, which brings up the point that maybe everyone in our generation should be banned from ever breathing the phrase, “Rule #5″.These days,...

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  1. Lets go Ladies! VSP PICKS: 1. Tetrick 2. Neben 3. Borghini 4. Solovey 5. Pitel »

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. @Ken Ho The last paragraph is so wrong. There has to be another analogy, better than that. »

Oh brothers and sisters, we find ourselves here again. It was but a few moments ago when the Milan-Sanremo VSP went up. Racers fought the sleet, producing an unforgettable start to the Velominati VSP season. Cancellara, Nibali, Froome and, and Horner were all big points winners for our astute and well informed audience. But now it has come to Paris...

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  1. My picks VSP PICKS: 1. Chavanel 2. Farrar 3. Terpstra 4. Van avermaet 5. Boom »

Il Lombardia, this is the race of the fallen leaves. This fall classic is a beautiful race in a beautiful region of Italy. The arduous route may change year to year but what does not change is the Italian need to win this thing. There is some national pride at stake here after the Italian men finished off the podium in Firenze. Bergamo to Lecco, 24...

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  1. Here goes nothing VSP PICKS: 1. Nibbles 2. Sagan 3. Uran 4. J Rod 5. Valverde »

The world championship road race stands out among all other one-day races as the one where the winner is awarded both a curse and a jersey to carry for the next 12 months. It also inspires way too many riders to wear white bibs, which is an alarming trend in itself and one which I hope Brian Cookston, the new UCI President, prioritizes over the dop...

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  1. Bring on the weather. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Valverde 3. Evans 4. G Thomas 5. Porte »

Where: Montecatini Terme to Firenze, ItalyWhen: September 28 Continue reading...

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  1. Here goes nothing VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Johansson 3. Stevens 4. Armistead 5. Cromwell »

There is something about a time trial that lets you go spelunking in undiscovered caverns of The Cave. Contort your body into the sleekest position you can, make the bike as uncomfortable as possible, and then rev your cardiovascular system up to the anaerobic threshold for as long as possible. Its food for legend.Being a diesel helps, churning the...

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  1. Go the girls. VSP PICKS: 1. Stevens 2. Johansson 3. Van dijik 4. Gillow 5. Borghini »

Flies and dogs, two things that we don’t need on a climb.I had descended down this street many times, but I had never before ridden up it. I even said hello to the two excited pitbulls on the other side of the driveway gate. I like dogs. I like them until one of them squeezes under the gate and I’m going uphill slowly. Pitbulls arenR...

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  1. Magpies are not funny. I despise the bastards. But something I learnt is that the identify with the first rider in a group as the agressor and only swoop at them. So just don’t be first. We have a ‘volunteered’ sacrificial lamb that goes first passed the … »

It’s the Southerners turn to try hosting a Cogal, after last years successful Adelaide Cogal. Situated south of Adelaide, Victor Harbor and surrounding towns are a popular South Australian tourist destination: boasting the mighty Murray River and surfing beach at Goolwa through to Whale watching at Middleton and picture postcard views over En...

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  1. It’s the Southerners turn to try hosting a Cogal, after last years successful Adelaide Cogal. Situated south of Adelaide, Victor Harbor and surrounding towns are a popular South Australian tourist destination: boasting the mighty Murray River and surfing beach at Goolwa through to Whale watching at Middleton and picture postcard views over Encounter Bay at Victor Harbor. Riding is a mix of seaside roads and medium hills all the way through to Willunga Hill (featured climb in the TDU). Join us for a Casually Deliberate day sampling some fine roads/scenery and great coffee and food along the way.

     

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    Date - February 08, 2014
    8:05 AM - 5:00 PM

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    Nino's of Victor Harbor

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An ancient Velominati legend states that when the The Prophet created the common fly, he gave it a maximum air speed of exactly 12 kilometers per hour. When he created the common Cyclist, on the other hand, he gave us a maximum climbing speed of 11.9 kilometers per hour.The worst flies on the planet live in the Pyrenees, where it is hot and humid...

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  1. @James This is true, every word. They are so big you can see their shadow on the ground beside your own. You can feel them land on you and then you try swipe them off. At our camp in Jindabyne in January you hear calls amongst the group of ‘right calf,… »

Yes, we got piss drunk after the 2012 Seattle Summer Cogal and dreamed up the V-to-V Stage Cogal: epic riding, vertical, a real challenge. It was indeed all that.Sadly, there was one element missing: @eightzero on the road. Turns out I had made all kinds of plans for individuals to serve a Director Sportif. And each and every one of them fell throu...

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  1. Nice work everyone. Cogal write ups are always fun to read. Quote of the day- very funny. Wonder how many other situations where that can be used. »