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Velominatus: Barracuda

Order: Black Order Velominatus

Location: Fleurieu Peninsula - South Australia

Self diagnosed Jack of all trades and master of None.... Champagne tastes but a beer budget .... Dreams of a trip to Roubaix ..... reality is a trip to gravel road on outskirts of town.

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I don’t mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that’s how it comes out. - Bill Hicks That famous quote from the Greatest Comedian Of All Time™ has resonated with me for many years. It became my silent mantra, as I don’t suffer fools gladly and sometimes don’t make much effort to conceal the fact. Lately, I̵...

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  1. @Ccos This. Sums up nicely. Its that Fat Bike boys you gotta watch out for !   Couple of my acquaintances have been know to rock up to a group ride with baggies on and smash the daylights out of us roadies.  One memorable trip up Willunga Hill and acro… »

Stupidity is a powerful force never to be underestimated. Geese are a good example; a more stupid vertebrate one would be most challenged to come across yet should you wander into a flock of them pecking about peacefully in a field, one is likely to erupt from its grazing to grab a billful of your ass and commence beating you savagely with it...

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  1. Timely article, I do a lot of night riding and although I am stupid, Im Australian after all , Im not so stupid as to realise my pissy little carbon frame and spindly bones are going to be able to go on a rampage against a 10 tonne truck. So , whether im… »

@Bianchi_Bob sent his article in just this week. Its sense of urgency required it to be published NOW. We all need reminding to live in the moment; here is a good reminder. Thanks Bianchi Bob. Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. VVow, amazing story and makes all the “stuff” in day to day life look insignificant. I just rang my wife and asked her to give our two children big hugs and love. Will endeavor to be a bit more in “the now” an not stress the small stuff. Thoughts acros… »

The Bike. It is the central tool in pursuit of our craft. A Velominatus meticulously maintains their bicycles and adorns them with the essential, yet minimal, accoutrement. The Rules specify the principles of good taste in configuration and setup of our machines, but within those principles lies almost infinite room for personal taste.It seems in s...

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  1. @DeKerr , in short “JFDI” More to the point, why not. I did a similar N+1 two years ago after a neck injury,  Trek USPS edition to a Fuji SST.  More bike than Ill ever need but love every minute of it. @Gianni ‘s article on “Define Cyclist” sums it up. »

We are cyclists, the rest of the world merely rides a bike. What defines us as cyclists? Can a recumbent rider be a cyclist, a unicyclist, a fat recumbent rider with hairy legs and a YJA on? I think yes but am I snob for even asking?Years ago, I was helping a woman at another research institution set up some scientific equipment. Evidently we kept...

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  1. Excellent, I reckon we are cyclists if the passion is consuming.  I get a little angry if havent ridden at least twice a week.  Juggling that to keep sane with a very busy family is often difficult.  Night riding has enabled the endorphins to come out to … »

Summer is a time for getting fat. Winter is a time for getting fat as well, but in a different way; in Winter we get fat on meals of meat and potatoes covered in sauces made of meat and potatoes. In Summer, on the other hand, our minds get fat: we get nice tans, we tone our muscles, long days see us riding at any hour of the day that suits us. W...

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  1. @Mikael Liddy Wheres that photo ?     what a great spot »

The Ride. It is the cathedral of our sport, where we worship at the altar of the Man with the Hammer. It is the end to our means. Indeed, The Bike may be the central tool to our sport, but to turn the pedals is to experience the sensation of freedom, of flight. It is all for The Ride.The world is overflowing with small, twisty roads that capture ou...

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  1. For no other reason than its about beers and bikes and would be a long ride from SA http://www.bentspokebrewing.com.au/ »

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  1. @ChrisO Are you logged in on two seperate devices ? iPhone and or PC ? »

For the 2014 SA cogal we were very generous in lending the keys to the kids down south. As you’d expect they treated that responsibility with absolutely no respect & delivered the kind of temperatures that would have made Satan break out in a sweat. As a result, we city folk are taking control back & doing the only logical thing, moving...

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  1. For the 2014 SA cogal we were very generous in lending the keys to the kids down south. As you’d expect they treated that responsibility with absolutely no respect & delivered the kind of temperatures that would have made Satan break out in a sweat. As a result, we city folk are taking control back & doing the only logical thing, moving the ride date further back in to the middle of the Australian summer (shaddup, it worked fine last time)!

    Some of the other capital cities in Australia would hate to admit it, but for the last week in January, the cycling focus lands squarely on Adelaide & under that spotlight we’re going to run the first of two SA based Cogals for 2015 on the Saturday preceding the Santos Tour Down Under.

    Make no mistake, this course will require generous helpings of rules 5 & 10. The course as it stands is about 120k with 2,700m of climbing, including the now well known Corkscrew rd.

    Come & join us on January 17th, We’ll start at a lovely French cafe, empty your climbing legs up in the hills & then return to the Belgian Beer Cafe for recovery beverages before heading in to the tour village to watch the team presos.

    Strava Route is here.

    Event Details

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    Date/Time
    Date - January 17, 2015
    9:05 AM - 6:00 PM

    Location
    Hey Jupiter

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

Summer is a time for getting fat. Winter is a time for getting fat as well, but in a different way; in Winter we get fat on meals of meat and potatoes covered in sauces made of meat and potatoes. In Summer, on the other hand, our minds get fat: we get nice tans, we tone our muscles, long days see us riding at any hour of the day that suits us. W...

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  1. Damn iPhone, should read, same location, different ends of the day »

  2. Early morning do have their benefits, even when travelling away from home. If the head is in the right space then it’s hard to beat Then, this happened just before hitting the elevator to go for the ride – awesome »

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. Our updated club kit, not quite Lotto but goes alright »

For the 2014 SA cogal we were very generous in lending the keys to the kids down south. As you’d expect they treated that responsibility with absolutely no respect & delivered the kind of temperatures that would have made Satan break out in a sweat. As a result, we city folk are taking control back & doing the only logical thing, moving...

@Barracuda's posts:

  1. For the 2014 SA cogal we were very generous in lending the keys to the kids down south. As you’d expect they treated that responsibility with absolutely no respect & delivered the kind of temperatures that would have made Satan break out in a sweat. As a result, we city folk are taking control back & doing the only logical thing, moving the ride date further back in to the middle of the Australian summer (shaddup, it worked fine last time)!

    Some of the other capital cities in Australia would hate to admit it, but for the last week in January, the cycling focus lands squarely on Adelaide & under that spotlight we’re going to run the first of two SA based Cogals for 2015 on the Saturday preceding the Santos Tour Down Under.

    Make no mistake, this course will require generous helpings of rules 5 & 10. The course as it stands is about 120k with 2,700m of climbing, including the now well known Corkscrew rd.

    Come & join us on January 17th, We’ll start at a lovely French cafe, empty your climbing legs up in the hills & then return to the Belgian Beer Cafe for recovery beverages before heading in to the tour village to watch the team presos.

    Strava Route is here.

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - January 17, 2015
    9:05 AM - 6:00 PM

    Location
    Hey Jupiter

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

The Ride. It is the cathedral of our sport, where we worship at the altar of the Man with the Hammer. It is the end to our means. Indeed, The Bike may be the central tool to our sport, but to turn the pedals is to experience the sensation of freedom, of flight. It is all for The Ride.The world is overflowing with small, twisty roads that capture ou...

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  1. @Mikael Liddy   great effort and great climbs ! I particularly like the photo of the iced coffee and Coopers, very fitting for our end of the planet. Many casualties or all through fairly unscathed ? What was the most enjoyable climb and conversely the… »

  2. @Mikael Liddy Forgot to ask, is cramp and heat exhaustion an optional extra this year ? »

  3. @Mikael Liddy Locked and loaded »

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. @Mikael Liddy Thats a whole other barrel of monkeys eh ! »

The Ride. It is the cathedral of our sport, where we worship at the altar of the Man with the Hammer. It is the end to our means. Indeed, The Bike may be the central tool to our sport, but to turn the pedals is to experience the sensation of freedom, of flight. It is all for The Ride.The world is overflowing with small, twisty roads that capture ou...

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  1. @VeloSix A lot of bribery and corruption! I sold my first born to pay the postage and handling to get the beast here to South Oz for the TDU then our Cogal. Not to mention the cost of steam cleaning and rigorous inspection from customs on the way bac… »

The Bike. It is the central tool in pursuit of our craft. A Velominatus meticulously maintains their bicycles and adorns them with the essential, yet minimal, accoutrement. The Rules specify the principles of good taste in configuration and setup of our machines, but within those principles lies almost infinite room for personal taste.It seems in s...

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  1. @Mikael Liddy Ahhh, see, I was waiting for it ! I wasnt going to mention the war, but now you’ve gone and done it! I have no excuses to offer other than its a broken rule.  Masturbation Principle and all. Bert @Oxygen Cycles made me get an Arundel Un… »

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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. @Mikael Liddy Excellent work Sir, Im now checking my messages for the ” Im at the Rapha Store in Sydney ! Wire me some cash and Ill pick you one up ! ”  text. Love that Jersey. Strong Kit game indeed.   Im very ENVEous »

Cyclists love socks. I know I do. I’d make a point of collecting as many pairs as I could from every race, event, shop or rep that I ever happened upon. Some were so good that I still have them, others, well, let’s just say they were “re-homed” long before they got the chance to retire gracefully after years of loyal service...

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  1. My De Feets with a bit of extra bling.    Excellent woolyness ! »

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. Hence why I love my Rapha classic kit Haters gonna hate »

I hesitate to file this in the Guest Article category. It would be better filed under fellow un-rewarded pirate cycling-site writer, if we had such a file. @winnipegcyclechick does all of her site’s writing, her graphics are usually hers and much too funny. Frankly, she makes me sick. And, AND, she can make the jokes we can’t make lest...

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  1. Spot on post ! Those were the days ! Sounds like the world is not such a big place after all. »

Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour...

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  1. Delgado due to computer thingy issues. Can now sit back and watch and not get pissed off by worrying about tips. Bling Matthews, well played sir. »