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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.

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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 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...

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  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...

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  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...

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  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...

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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...

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  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! »

Our products represent the spirit of Velominati; every product we offer is made with the utmost attention to detail – no compromises were made in their selection or design. Whenever possible, our products are made my small, locally-owned businesses who share our passion for quality and we make every effort to ensure they are made in an enviro...

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  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...

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  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...

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  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...

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  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...

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

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...

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  1. @Mikael Liddy Agree, the live feed on the ‘puter was excellent and was refreshing to hear the commentary fom Marcus, as opposed to the guys from the Muppet show in the balcony.  They have lost their edge. SBS really need to look at a succession plan al… »

In honor of de Ronde van Vlaanderen, we will be hosting a Cogal in the urban Seattle area. Route to be determined, but plan on a moderately hilly opening 80km around Lake Washington and Mercer Island before hitting the historic cobbles on Captial Hill and Queen Anne near downtown Seattle. Total length of the ride is about 115km; but the last 30 are...

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  1. In honor of de Ronde van Vlaanderen, we will be hosting a Cogal in the urban Seattle area. Route to be determined, but plan on a moderately hilly opening 80km around Lake Washington and Mercer Island before hitting the historic cobbles on Captial Hill and Queen Anne near downtown Seattle. Total length of the ride is about 115km; but the last 30 are what really count.

    We’ll be leaving from Brouwer’s Café in Fremont at 10:05. No support vehicle is expected, but we’ll have lots of opportunity to refuel along the way. I will pre-ride the route a few days in advance and post GPX files and a queue sheet. The ride is intended to be no-drop, but due to the amount of climbing, we may break into separate groups before meeting back at Brouwer’s for post-ride Recovery Ales.

    Join us one and all to get a very minor taste what its like to ride de Ronde!

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    Date/Time
    Date - April 06, 2014
    10:05 AM - 6:00 PM

    Location
    Brouwers

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Come celebrate the Prophets Birthday and ride the Grave’ TrainOut to Northam on the Kep Track, along the river to Toodyay and back via the Avon Valley train line. Continue reading...

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  1. Come celebrate the Prophets Birthday and ride the Grave’ Train

    Out to Northam on the Kep Track, along the river to Toodyay and back via the Avon Valley train line.

    210km one day gravel epic. Approx 80% on gravel.

    Start & Finish Address: Rose & Crown Hotel, 105 Swan Street, Guildford WA (Western Australia that is!)

    Route: Kep Track to Northam then Toodyay, and return via Avon River Train line, 210km one day epic

    Ride Route.

    Ride Classification – Casually Deliberate, but will need The V towards the end, CX/gravel bikes only

    Please – CX bikes only – MTB’s will generally be too slow and may be dropped (unless you are a gun!).

    Essential items;

    • · CX bike
    • · Lights (suitable for night gravel riding- will be dark at start)
    • · Food & adequate water supplies
    • · Cash – coffee at Bakers Hill, lunch at Northam, stop at Toodyay to restock for home leg
    • · Suitable clothing – Rule #9 adherence may be required
    • · Critical spares (no support vehicle)
    • · Mobile phone
    • · Well stocked V-bank
    • · Extra cash/ credit card for hop-based recovery fluids at Rose & Crown on completion

     

     

     

     

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    Date/Time
    Date - June 22, 2014
    6:05 AM - 9:00 PM

    Location
    Rose & Crown Hotel

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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. @Barracuda Next thing we know is that airports wont be able to call bits of , well, airports “tarmac” FFS »