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Velominatus: Barracuda

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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:

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. »

The future is dark, which is the best thing the future can be, I think.- Virginia WoolfOur actions lie on the horizon of the present, in that swirling cloud where fantasy turns into reality. To plan is to cast a shadow into the future, to attempt to lay shape to the unknown. As the present merges with the future, reality will try our plans on for s...

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  1. This might help :- “Do or do not. There is no try.” »

  2. ” Brain: We don’t know how long this climb is, we better store spare coals in the back room in case of emergency. It might get steep later or there might be a second climb. ” Guilty as charged, your honor ! Must remedy this one. »

Choice, or the perception of it, is one of the most powerful forces on Earth. The great secret lies in the locus of control, which suggests that if given the perception of a choice we will be more willing to endure hardship or suffering. We’ll suffer even for the promise of a future intangible reward so long as we feel we have a choice...

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  1. Same, but different »

  2. @Mikael Liddy     The only people that think you’re /  We are, crazy for early morning or late night rides are people to lazy to get off the couch. Once out and on the road the endorphins (or dolphins as my daughter calls them ) kick in and the planet lo… »

If @steampunk can’t take much credit here I guess we can’t take any. We can take pleasure is seeing someone’s kid hauling ass on a bike, a Velominatus spawn, even better. We all came to cycling by different paths, seemingly few by our parents. It is impossible to outguess one’s children; they are clever little bastards. Hop...

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  1. @wilburrox A simple photo of a front lawn and a few bikes. Right there, is what its all about ! Those bikes have taken those kids far and wide and for no apparent reason.  Memories of days gone come flooding back from that one photo. Thanks »

July 13 2014 marked the 35th anniversary of the seminal ‘cycling film’ Breaking Away. 35 years. Nothing stays popular for that long, right? Things get dated, lose their edge (if there was edge in the first place) and eventually become irrelevant (I’m looking at you, Rolling Stones). Yes, even legends get stale if left out too lon...

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  1. @brett How good is that !    “straight to the pool room ” , get that mans autograph on the DVD jacket »

The race of the funny hat.Every team seems to have included one or two riders fresh off the Tour. One would either feel ruined or unbeatable a week after that slug fest, more than likely, ruined. I imagine there are a few riders dodging calls from their directors this week. Continue reading...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. sagan 2. phil gilbert 3. gallopin 4. van avermat 5. mollema »

The Whale Shark is the biggest nonmammalian vertebrate* on the planet, rivaling the dinosaurs for size. How do you feed yourself when you’re that huge without loading up on carbs all the time? Easy, you swim around with your mouth wide open for 22 hours a day and hope enough food swims in there to take the edge off the hunger pangs. Cycl...

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  1. @Rom   Good to know, well played !     Adelaide and Fleurieu Peninsula in 2015 it is for you then ! »

  2. @frank @frank Please tell me that the ride your doing in the picture was not preceded by a swim, then followed by a run ?!? »

  3. @Mikael Liddy  ahh the good old gut breathe, I know it well.   Speaking of Cogals, two this year for fellow Velominati.  The Adelaide Hills pain cave and the Southern Cogal again round April.    Thats how we roll ! »

  4. A bit like Mr Voeckler, I employ the “whale shark” just ordering a coffee ! Whats bigger than a whale shark ? Let me know and Ill use that technique in my riding.  Lungs like peanuts I have. »

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. @Gianni Ahhhhh,  that flag ! »

Why are women’s races run concurrently with men’s races? I would get it if it was the women’s Tour de France, but I don’t get it when it is the women’s Giro in July. Since the Tour de Swiss there has been a lack of stage racing (in my TV watching schedule) and seemingly a perfect time to present a women’s stage r...

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  1. @Mikael Liddy Very poor form and the DS is in denial. Underhanded and shouldnt have been tolerated by race officials.  A Lezyne hand pump through the front wheel or a Robbie McEwen “brake check” would have fixed the cheating so and so’s »

  2. @Mikael Liddy Pepper spray out of the middle pocket and straight into the bitches eyes.   Thats amazing, and blatant. »

We are the Keepers of the Cog. In so being, we also maintain the sacred text wherein lie the simple truths of cycling etiquette known as The Rules. It is in our trust to maintain and endorse this list.The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path to La Vie Velominatus, not at the end; learning to balance them against one another and to welcome them...

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  1. @william reichert You have much to learn, stick around and you’ll get the hang of it, enjoy ! »

Attention all Velominati. The Tour VSP is going on line and it should be a good one. Sure, between Froomy and Bertie a person could hedge their bets but Moviestar is all in for Valverde, BMC for TeeJay, Astana for the Shark and Garmin is finally committing to a team leader in Talansky. Some other teams (ahem…Trek Factory Racing for one) have...

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  1. @Chris Agree, Iv got a Road ID, but its black to save confusion. Wrist cock rings are so yesterday ! »

  2. I am hoping the rampant steak eater reigns supreme over the dodgy inhaler. VSP PICKS: 1. Contador 2. Froome 3. Nibali 4. Valverde 5. Teejay »

Why are women’s races run concurrently with men’s races? I would get it if it was the women’s Tour de France, but I don’t get it when it is the women’s Giro in July. Since the Tour de Swiss there has been a lack of stage racing (in my TV watching schedule) and seemingly a perfect time to present a women’s stage r...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Cromwell 3. Armistead 4. Pooley 5. Longo Borghini »

We are the Keepers of the Cog. In so being, we also maintain the sacred text wherein lie the simple truths of cycling etiquette known as The Rules. It is in our trust to maintain and endorse this list.The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path to La Vie Velominatus, not at the end; learning to balance them against one another and to welcome them...

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  1. @Optimiste Not even sure why @Fisting_ Cupcakes would prefix a post with “Guest Article”.  @Gianni must have let that one slip through to the keeper. »

Chamois leather used in cycling shorts looked like this only once, before the first washing. After that one had to slather cream onto it to attempt to restore it to its former soft smoothness, which was impossible. I have written a reverence article on chamois cream and I vowed then to never google “saddle sore images” again, hence a b...

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  1. Rapha cream for mine.   Because it smells like the Alps and is made from pixie dust and fairy wings. »

Maui Velominatus Dave is tapering for this Saturday’s Cycle to the Sun. It is more mass start, time trial to the sun as there is nothing like 3.3 km of continual climbing to sort everyone out by their power to weight ratios. After 2 km of climbing there is no pack and no draft. Everyone climbs as hard as they can and almost everyone is riding alo...

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  1. Interesting conundrum @Gianni Like @Tobin an @frank have said, I go riding to turn my brain off, not sure I need another device to keep it constantly buzzing and thinking and worrying and stressing.  By nature Im a ball of stress so a power meter added t… »

Climbing is something I enjoy more than I am good at it; any time I see a new road pointing up to the heavens, I find myself irresistibly drawn to explore where it leads. Every season I come to the conclusion that my training routes are all very hilly and I arrive at the brilliant idea that I should plot out a new course which seeks out the flatt...

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  1. @The Grande Fondue Crows Nest Road – Port Elliot South Oz »

  2. @sthilzy  – Yes, its quite a leg sapping surface, I did it in the dark the other night and was much quicker as the brain and body couldnt confuse each other. Having said that, the Gallardo you drove would eat it up.   How was the sound in the cockpit ? … »

  3. Me, with the bitumen biting hard at the jersey pockets with my cohorts sailing off up the 12% + grade.  I’m writing cheques that my body can’t cash! »