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Velominatus: BaltoSteve

Order: Level 4 Velominatus

Location: Baltimore, MD, USA

Gentleman rider

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  1. Podium places will be close, separated by less than 3 minutes.  Rest of the top  10 is a crapshoot among the 2nd tier favorites.  VSP PICKS: 1. Nibali 2. Contador 3. Froome 4. Talansky 5. Costa »

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. J Rodriguez 2. N Quintana 3. M Scarponi 4. N Roche 5. C Evans »

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Dan Martin 2. Michal Kwiatkowski 3. Jurgen Van Den Broeck 4. Bauke Mollema 5. Rui Costa »

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Bauke Mollema 2. Jurgen Van Den Broeck 3. Roman Kreuziger 4. Philippe Gilbert 5. Michal Kwiatkowski »

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Fabian Cancellara 2. Sep Vanmarcke 3. Tom Boonen 4. Alex Dowsett 5. Greg Van Avermaet »

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Lucinda Brand 2. Eleonora Van Dijk 3. Emma Johansson 4. Llz Armitstead 5. Evie Stevens »

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  1. In no particular order, just playing the numbers… VSP PICKS: 1. CANCELLARA Fabian 2. SAGAN Peter 3. BOONEN Tom 4. POZZATO Filippo 5. VANMARCKE Sep »

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. Peter Sagan 2. Greg Van Avermaet 3. Franco Pellizotti 4. Fabian Cancellara 5. Andre Greipel »

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  1. Hope my Son reads this  article. »

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  1. My current favorite recovery beverage – Raging Bitch IPA from Flying Dog, right here in Frederick, MD, USA. »

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. Speaking of unique bike fit – https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=442246399201004 »

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  1. … and Happy New Year to all.  Rock on. »

Forget quick-release skewer, the mechanical derailleur, carbon frames, or disc wheels. Never mind clipless pedals or brake-mounted shifters. Scratch those deep-section road wheels, lightweight helmets, or miracle fabrics.The most important innovation in Cycling had nothing to do with those incremental advances, but rather with the invention of Cycl...

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  2. In slide #5, is Mottet riding with a single speed or is that straight-block so tiny my eyes can’t discern individual cogs? »

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. Froome & Contador go neck & neck, but the final GC gap is less than a minute.  Everyone else racing for 3rd place. VSP PICKS: 1. C. Froome 2. A. Contador 3. T. van Garderen 4. A. Schleck 5. A. Valverde »

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  1. Phinney solos  to the win, followed shortly by the remnants of the late break.  Greipel survives the cobbles and easily takes the sprint for 2nd. VSP PICKS: 1. Phinney 2. Greipel 3. Cancellara 4. Pozzato 5. Flecha »

Imagine a world without the little things we take for granted; a house without a roof, a pub with no beer, a Keepers Tour without any clothes. The last one is a reality for me at the moment, five days in and still no trace of where the hell between Wellington and Paris my bag (filled with V-Kit, shoes, helmet, everything) is. The other thing that h...

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  1. Griepel impressive up the Koppenberg in the break! »

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  1. Delgado will miss the start but chase frantically along the Ligurian coast road, and catch the small lead group at the base of the Cipressa.  Amazing. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Cancellara 3. Bossen-Hagen 4. Pozzato 5. Delgado »

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  1. Just returned from the first ride of the year here on the USA east coast (much less exciting than Hawaii!!)  A small group, some obviously still in a state of celebration from what for me was last night, but for them was only an hour ago.  Brian seemed es… »

  2. @torvid +1 »

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  1. @Jay  Agreed.  But for me there is one positive oddity that the seasonal change provides.  At the peak of daylight saving time, in the evenings after work I have light late enough for 2 hour rides max.  During winter, my weekday indoor trainer sessions a… »

The first Velominati Scottish Cogal is in the books. Organized and supported by Clan Engine, it looked to be a beautiful Scottish day on the bikes. V-kits and casually deliberate in Callander, this Cogal thing is catching on. VLVV, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. Nice narrative, great pics.  Any shots of your support crew (aka Mrs Engine)?   »