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Velominatus: Barracuda

Order: Guest Contributor

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.

@Barracuda's activity:

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...

@Barracuda's posts:

  1. Me needs me some new carbon hoops VSP PICKS: 1. Kwiatkowski 2. Gilbert 3. Valverde 4. Thomas Geraint 5. Gerrans »

Have you ever been told to take a good look at yourself? Usually it infers that you need to smarten up your ideas, get your shit together, shape up or ship out. If Viagra eyedrops had an advertising campaign, (or indeed existed), their tagline would be: “Take a long, hard look at yourself.”Most Cyclists need to take a long hard look at...

@Barracuda's posts:

  1. @ChrisO Better  give me a ruling on my Rapha get up then if that’s how we are playing this game – refer earlier pic for your critique »

La Vie Velominatus. It is the life we, as Velominati, lead. It is life as a disciple of cycling, of the greater meaning the bike holds and the lessons it teaches us. Along the path, one of our great duties is the wholesale consumption of the great Works related to our sport. From periodicals to books to films, herin lies the list of works conside...

@Barracuda's posts:

  1. @Mikael Liddy Excellent. »

  2. @Mikael Liddy ” just got my hands on an uncorrected proof copy of Michael Barry’s upcoming autobiography” Its not what ya know but who, eh.  Howd you score that ? »

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...

@Barracuda's posts:

  1. @Mikael Liddy Great shots, fairly handy part of the planet we live in eh ! »

  2. One of my local climbs ( 17% ) turns into a strava smash fest of a different kind once a year. Some heavy hitters come out to play in this little sleepy part of South Australia too. http://youtu.be/tJLWZ65XI6k »

Have you ever been told to take a good look at yourself? Usually it infers that you need to smarten up your ideas, get your shit together, shape up or ship out. If Viagra eyedrops had an advertising campaign, (or indeed existed), their tagline would be: “Take a long, hard look at yourself.”Most Cyclists need to take a long hard look at...

@Barracuda's posts:

  1. @wiscot “Checking my reflection in windows? You bet I do” Strong work,  Isnt that what windows are for, they arent for looking out of from the inside, most definately designed for us / me to check the style points count whilst riding past. The true art … »

  2. Helmet and cap appear ok but sadly it looks like I’m dry humping the top tube. Note to self, there’s always a camera somewhere lurking! As for the resident ex pro – the stance appears ok »

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...

@Barracuda's posts:

  1. @Mikael Liddy Font came though fine my end !     Filter must be turned off. »

  2. @Mike_P Nope, I can guarantee you my car is worth less than the bike.  And its not an expensive bike. @Chris   three Monkeys and all, hear no evil etc.    Bloody big monitor your looking at or im blind, or both. »

It’s no secret that I’m prone to riding in the big ring as much as possible, mostly on account of my not being a giant sissy. In accordance with the ISO Non-Sissy Standard, I also never read instruction manuals or ask for directions when lost. I make sure to only rarely ask my VMH to turn up the radio when Adele comes on, usually follo...

@Barracuda's posts:

  1. @meursault Yep, many a ride I get to the finish and wish Id gone harder at various spots.  The key for me is to not got bat shit crazy too early. Then hopefully the brain takes over and remember to go harder when others do.   Too many times ive put the … »

La Vie Velominatus. It is the life we, as Velominati, lead. It is life as a disciple of cycling, of the greater meaning the bike holds and the lessons it teaches us. Along the path, one of our great duties is the wholesale consumption of the great Works related to our sport. From periodicals to books to films, herin lies the list of works conside...

@Barracuda's posts:

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  2. @Mikael Liddy Republished 2012. »

  3. page 138 of “Racing through the dark” shows a picture of Mr O’Grady stating that even back then he only performance enhanced just the once. »

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...

@Barracuda's posts:

  1. @Bespoke I assume, which is dangerous in itself, that Tom had lit all his candles and had none left to light up. »

  2. @frank  “Its a camo Bimmer. Beemers are motos. Have we lost all civility?” Sorry, I come from a land down unda’.  Kangaroo’s , meat pies and Holden Cars Civility is not strong! »

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@Barracuda's posts:

  1. @Mikael Liddy We approve of this greatly »

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...

@Barracuda's posts:

  1. @Gianni Begs the question, under what circumstances does one need a camo beemer ? »

  2. @Mikael Liddy Sadly the men in the balcony on the muppet show called Boonen “Tim” on a couple of occasions also.  Not like he’s a neo pro and only done a couple of classics. @Gianni @Mikael Liddy »

  3. @sthilzy   Already missing playing the “Spot The V-Flag” while watching on the telly! »

  4. @sthilzy Best I can do for you, but sadly the TDU doesnt even come close »

  5. These are the numbered balls that landed first when the whole damn lot were thrown in the air. VSP PICKS: 1. BOONEN 2. CANCELLARA 3. WIGGINS 4. vAN aVERMAET 5. PHINNEY »

I had always imagined that de Ronde van Vlaanderen must be hardest race in the world. The way I worked it out – having never ridden the course of either event at the time – was that de Ronde had the same cobbles as Roubaix, but with 20% grades thrown in. It makes enough sense so long as you don’t know what you’re talking abo...

@Barracuda's posts:

  1. @Pedale.Forchetta As per your flickr page, great shots, they tell so many stories. What camera/lense combo are you using ? »

The grade is long and I am climbing away. I’m not going to Pantani this: I am not out of the saddle, not in the drops and not leaving everyone in my wake. The climbing gear was engaged a long time ago. There is progress, but I am not dancing up this climb. A little more cadence would really help here. If I could just get this mother-lover spinnin...

@Barracuda's posts:

  1. I suffer from ” too much hill at the end of my cassette” syndrome.   Im light’ish, but not strong sadly.  Still enjoy them, but have found a little trash talk somehow motivates my sorry arse up and over. Im liking the sound of my Garmin telling me to cha… »

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...

@Barracuda's posts:

  1. Rule #25 compliance – all good for me »