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Brett’s recent post about Jensie brings up the dilemma of professional cycling for me. I admire many of cycling’s famous riders yet I don’t admire cheaters. Luckily for me I can fervently embrace opposable ideas within my consciousness and sleep well at night. Which also means I would have been one of those cheaters. I also see the tangle...

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  1. Bit of a digression (though, as the video is from the David Millar film project, it does have a doping connection) but have you seen the footage said film project got of Mini Phinney at the 2013 Tirreno Adriatico? The tale he told of the day is here. The … »

The modern day Pro cyclist has many disadvantages stacked against them by comparison to their forefathers. They have to ride plastic bikes with little or no distinguishing character or discernible caché; they must willingly or perhaps unwittingly subject their body to an array of questionable “training techniques”; and they have to sp...

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  1. It does have too many logos, but the Loto-Belisol kit this year at least seems to have been designed by someone rather than a committee. Takes quite a strong person to tell the lead sponsor that you’re writing their name in block lettering, not using thei… »

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. Normally a team car would rather comply with Rule #25- when you’ve got a workhorse Skoda with nine pro bikes on the top there’s no contest. Trust Sky to muck things up. With style Even a pair of Bolides doesn’t come close to the cost of that thing. »

Attention all Velominati. The Tour VSP is going on line and it should be a good one. Sure, between Froomy and Bertie a person could hedge their bets but Moviestar is all in for Valverde, BMC for TeeJay, Astana for the Shark and Garmin is finally committing to a team leader in Talansky. Some other teams (ahem…Trek Factory Racing for one) have...

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  1. I’d like to claim my day of “secure” zone infiltration and then drinking in the park is comparable to @harminator’s recce ride, but really, hats off to him. »

Who learns of their cycling potential while in the military, serving in Africa? @wiscot is once again serving up some great cycling history in his post about  Joaquim “The Bull” Agostinho. As dangerous as cycling seems, surprisingly few professionals get killed racing or training. Agostinho was one of the unlucky few. He was a man for...

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  1. Lotto Belisol are very obviously riffing on the classic Flandria jerseys and bikes this year. They really rather need to start matching it with hardman results. »

Attention all Velominati. The Tour VSP is going on line and it should be a good one. Sure, between Froomy and Bertie a person could hedge their bets but Moviestar is all in for Valverde, BMC for TeeJay, Astana for the Shark and Garmin is finally committing to a team leader in Talansky. Some other teams (ahem…Trek Factory Racing for one) have...

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  1. Oh, and if you MUST get a selfie with a rider do it when then’re not riding, yeah? Thank’s Matt Busche! (Cap is a Stage 3 special Edition from This Is Cambridge cycling caps, top is Cambridge Cycling Club- we were encouraged to make sure our colours … »

  2. Went to the start today in Cambridge, as I live there. Decided my lack of a wristband wouldn’t stop me getting to the Trek bus- I had a copy of our staff magazine to get to Matthew Busche as he was on the front of it. We make Trek’s carbon and resin. Anyw… »

  3. Kimmage has had a sit down with Froome (and Cound, because she doesn’t trust him to speak to the press on his own?). That’s what he called Contador, Who am I to argue? he still goes in, as unless he’s busted he’s going to do well. VSP PICKS: 1. Froooooo… »

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. Getting away from the childishness, for those of you that don’t get Rouleur, they’ve handily posted Millar’s entire column on the website: http://rouleur.cc/journal/racing/hair-bare-bunch »

  2. Regarding Rule #50, the latest Rouleur magazine sees Robert Millar pontificating on facial hair, in particular the current outbreak of full beards. He claims the “no shaving on the morning of a race” concept originates with Sean Kelly, and that in the 80s… »

For the simple reason that the Cobbled and Ardennes Classics are behind us, I have not alternative but to get back on my soap box about the Giro being the best of the three Grand Tours. Well, usually, at least. Last year’s race sucked the big one (even if it was supremely Rule #9), but for the most part it is the race that is the most c...

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  1. Not that it affects VSP, but the Giant German has headed for the beach much earlier than expected, claiming a fever. Pfft. Cipollini at least waited till the road headed upwards by more than 0.5% »

  2. I am (as I have done) comfortable with swapping for crashes. Especially this early. »

  3. Lets curse another Irishman! VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Nico Roche 2. Good Cadel 3. Quintana 4. D. Pozzovivo 5. R. Uran Uran Uran Uran »

  4. Really need to get this aero rain jackets thing sorted. All-black makes watching hard »

  5. Nothing much happening at the moment, other than normal weather. »

  6. @frank Going to have to call you on this assertion. Dan grew up in Birmingham, in England, UK, and rides for Ireland. Today was in Belfast. Which is in Northern Ireland, UK*. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’d never ridden in Belfast before this week. *… »

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  8. From the replays, it looked like Martin clipped a manhole cover, going down and wiping out three of his team mates over the top of him. The guy needs to catch a break. Not break a collarbone :( »

  9. Martin down, not getting back on the bike it seems :( »

  10. OH PISS »

  11. VSP PICKS: 1. Dan Martin #pandapower 2. Good Cadel 3. Quintana 4. D. Pozzovivo 5. R. Uran Uran Uran Uran »

Physics tells us that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The conservation law extend beyond the physical world and into mystical where the V and Anti-V are also in a constant fight for balance. The Ancients on Mount Velomis understood this well, and taught that the Anti-V expresses itself within the universe as two princi...

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  1. Is it bad that on seeing the picture, and reading the Second V, I thought of the off road antics of COTOH? »

The 100th running of Liège-Bastogne-Liège takes place this Sunday. Danny-boy Martin will be marked heavily as the defending champion. Malmerde, and Phil Gil have shown they are peaking too. Froomy has thrown his hat into the ring, as he did last year but after last years 26th place, maybe it’s training. 263 kms, past winners include a long...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Dan Martin #pandapower 2. Gerrans 3. Nibbles 4. Froome 5. Valverde »

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. Kwiatkowski 2. Gilbert 3. Voeckler 4. Kreuziger 5. Van Avermaet »

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. If Spartacus doesn’t win, he won’t be in the top 5. I reckon. So here we go. VSP PICKS: 1. Phinney 2. Vanmarcke 3. Boonen 4. Thomas 5. Degenkolb »