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Velominatus: Alex

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based in Sydney, Australia '95 Serotta CSI :)

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I bought a Road ID the day I learned of Jon Lennard’s death on August 12, 2013. Someone in the posts of the original announcement of his passing (below) mentioned he was identified by his Road ID. Of course he had a Road ID. What I knew of him made that perfect. So responsible and sensible.The nature of this community is a strange thing; we d...

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  1. Thanks Frank for this thoughtful piece. »

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. Valverde 2. Gilbert 3. Kwiatkowski 4. Daniel Martin 5. Betancur »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Valverde 2. Rodriguez 3. Kwiatovski 4. Daniel Martin 5. Betancur »

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. I suddenly feel strongly that Sagan will win. can’t wait to find out. »

@Harminator just submitted this little gem of a tale. It is too timely not to share with Paris-Roubaix looming. VLVV, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. @teleguy57 Nice taping job »

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. I’m going total wildcard picks, factoring a break goes up the road and doesn’t get caught a la O’Grady and Van Summeren. So here goes…with nothing to lose… Oh I can’t wait, and I think Wiggins will surprise some people. VSP PICKS: 1. Sebastian Lang… »

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. Look out, this race should be a cracker. I wrote we see some coverage. VSP PICKS: 1. Ellen Van Dijk 2. Emma Johansson 3. Elizabeth Armitstead 4. Kirsten Wild 5. Tiffany Cromwell »

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. I’ve Degado’d the first two rounds already but a good result here and I’m back init…and thanks for featuring the original tall man of the classics Eddie “Bosberg”! VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Cancellara 3. Stybar 4. Sep Vanmarke 5. Boonen »

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. I’ve seriously go to stop typing on my iPad, it’s making me seem like I’m drunk all the time… …must be time for another Sydney Cogal… »

  2. Jeeeshz, I’m away front the site for a little while and it’s become Velomounti. Must be the off season! Very cool alpine stuff though guys, very impressed. I guess  all just love mountains eh? I do, anytime I see one my first thought is. Want to ride it,… »

Pineapple Bob? @cyclops goes deep with this reference. Pineapple Bob was a mystical figure in American cycling. He was not known as a racer, more a California bike guru of unknown qualifications and ethnic origins. Bridgestone was a unique brand also of unknown ethnic origins, at least to me. It was not European, it didn’t sound Japanese or...

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  1. @Touriste-Routier that’s the perfect approach. I’ve got a 84 Centurion (in dry dock too) that I feel the same way about. »

  2. What kind of riding do you want to do with it – that will answer your question. I’d like to see you go modern with it though but in a way that is true to the Bridgestone spirit, i.e. choose an eclectic bunch of parts that are great functionally but good … »

Seriously. Is it almost September? This was not the agreement, this was supposed to be an endless summer. And all you A-Holes down there in the Antipodes are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, enjoying longer days and shorter nights. I don’t need to tell you where you can take that, but it’s dark and it smells. I have no patien...

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  1. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Valverde 2. J-Rod 3. Nibbles 4. Horner 5. Basso »

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

There has been some gravel fever going around; there is a lot of talk of new bikes and new routes. I don’t live in gravel country and have not caught the disease, yet. @Antoniv submitted this tale of gravel. It’s a bit long but the race was long too. For those of us who haven’t caught the bug, this might help, or hurt. Either way,...

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  1. Grest wrote up.  Embracing and completing adventures feels amazing so thanks for sharing that with us. For those of you who haven’t gone out and done a silly long ride in questionable terrain then I highly encourage it. For best results it’s useful to not… »

Each of us throw a leg over our top tubes and submit ourselves to the open road in recognition of the risks involved. These risks include those of a puncture, crash, damaged equipment, disability, and – ultimately – death. We try to be vigilant, we ride assertively yet defensively, and we hope for the best. We take every reasonable precaution t...

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  1. This is terrible news and I wish his family well. There is a place for remembering all the good things, his contribution to the community, and his now posthumous ability to unite us in reflecting on why we ride and the things that connect us. Perhaps we … »

The early eighties saw the tide change in the European Peloton. Components were taking on a new, curvy shape as they left their boxy forms behind. The glint of toe clips in the sun would become a rarer sight as the move towards clipless pedals would take hold in 1985. English speakers were winning the big races classically won by continental Pros.T...

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  1. @Beers Uran isn’t a starter »

  2. Tough to pick and no JRod or Valv in my top 5 either.  Here goes Nothin! VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. Contador 3. Evans 4. Porte 5. Hesjedal »

Young riders rise through the ranks with such promise. We all know the story; the rider who borrows a bicycle and enters a local race and wins. He decides he might be good at going batshit fast on a bike. Mom and Dad buy him a klunker for his birthday and he takes out a license. He starts winning most races he enters locally and rises to the region...

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  1. @Cyclops +1 for rad BMX stylin, +1 for elegant explanation for ‘shopping »

Twiggo is dreaming of a Giro-Tour double. He has sent out mixed messages about his Tour ambitions. Will he use the Giro as the ultimate Tour preparation or will be burn all his matches in May and hope he can find another pack for July? He has abandoned his successful 2012 Tour run-up strategy of winning every stage race he entered the previous spri...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Nibali 2. Wiggins 3. Ryder 4. Cadel 5. Betancur »

Young riders rise through the ranks with such promise. We all know the story; the rider who borrows a bicycle and enters a local race and wins. He decides he might be good at going batshit fast on a bike. Mom and Dad buy him a klunker for his birthday and he takes out a license. He starts winning most races he enters locally and rises to the region...

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  1. Nice article Frank. The photo is stunning, good find. I love the glint of the Rolls saddle in the gloom, and the sign on the right, in case the riders hadn’t figured it out, that this is teeth clenching steep. »

There are always at least two ways to accomplish any task: properly and improperly. Drinking beer from a glass, not the bottle; carrying a full umbrella instead of a miniature fold-up; stirring your gin martinis, not shaking them; wearing french cuffs with a suit, not button cuffs. The Velominatus, of course, is drawn towards doing things Properly,...

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  1. @frank you could add in another, a personal favourite of mine… http://drunkcyclist.tumblr.com/post/11394812640/edwig-van-hooydonck-won-the-tour-of-flanders-twice For the record I’m 6’5 and half Dutch. I reckon I know more about the wind than any sho… »

  2. Oh and I just came across this (for any PiNP/Fyxo followers): http://prollyisnotprobably.com/2013/04/melburnout-shifter-dans-40th-birthday-bush-bash-day-02/?utm_source=feedly#1 »

  3. from memory, didn’t The Cobra throw a bike once? »

  4. @nickleggs aye but he threw it just right so it landed leaning against the wall. I was very impressed when I saw that highlight the other day on TV. Even throwing the bike has to be done the right way. Millar shows a different approach, throwing his over… »

  • Wilkins is right about his role in his bike/car incidents. There’s 2 sides to the equation, always. As cyclists,...

  • One word, old mate … abridge!

    Fuck me that’s a long article. I really should read one someday around here.

  • @DeKerr

    Indeed, great story. What year was it published? I could not find the date. Mentions Pharmstrong’s...

  • @Ron

    YES! Ron, we have a date with DESTINY!!! Or a ride, not sure which? Either way, some of us are going to do...

  • @kixsand best of luck. Have fun and ask lots of questions!

  • Holy fuck! Anyone have any hot deals on GoPros and helmet mounts?

    Or maybe small firearms and bibshort holsters?

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