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Velominatus: Beers

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Location: Waitakere

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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. @andrew Thomas was more of a stud than Twiggo. In the Tommeke bunch all day, in the wind, sent up the road by Twiggo to attempt a chase at Terpstra, then still beat Twiggo home, all of the Wiggins fanboyism is a little unjustified in my eyes, his slight… »

  2. @VeloVita This. Fabs races have been ruined (as in he has finished second or third rather than winning!) in the past by being marked such by a middle of the bunch group (i.e. excluding the team leaders). Tom happened to have it happen to him this time. … »

  3. @Bespoke Nah bro, it will probably be Plastidip. Cool shit! Spray it on for a matt finish, it is what you oftentimes see on the matt finish paint jobs driving around.. »

  4. Omega gets their shit sorted in the flat. VSP PICKS: 1. Tommeke Boonen 2. Sep Van Marke 3. Fabian Cancellara 4. Greg Van Avermaet 5. Alexander Kristoff »

This needs no introduction. The Spring Classics are truly upon us. The course has been modified yet again, it is tougher? The riders make the race and the 2014 Ronde van Vlaanderen is loaded with racers who could win or make the Velominati VSP placings. Just to pick the winner will not be nearly as easy as it has been recently. There are small clo...

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  1. Officially 98 abandoned from 200 starters. Are we sure this wasn’t heavyweight boxing? »

  2. Second guess m’self VSP PICKS: 1. Fabien Cancellara 2. Peter Sagan 3. Tommeke Boonen 4. Sep Van Marke 5. John Degenkolb »

Vlaanderen. Its no accident the Flemish word for Flanders starts with a V; there is nothing simple or easy about riding a bike here. If it isn’t wind, its steep bergs. If it isn’t tarmac, its cobbles. Most of the time, its all three. Oh, and the weather there sucks. In fact, Flanders doesn’t have weather – it has VVeather.De...

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  1. Wow, there’s a lot of teams. Even a Team USA. Shoulda added someone from Lullemon and Wiggle, oh well.. VSP PICKS: 1. LONGO BORGHINI Elisa 2. JOHANSSON Emma 3. ARMITSTEAD Elisabeth 4. VAN DIJK Ellen 5. VAN DER BREGGEN Anna »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. LONGO BORGHINI Elisa 2. JOHANSSON Emma 3. ARMITSTEAD Elisabeth 4. VAN DIJK Ellen 5. VAN DER BREGGEN Anna »

This needs no introduction. The Spring Classics are truly upon us. The course has been modified yet again, it is tougher? The riders make the race and the 2014 Ronde van Vlaanderen is loaded with racers who could win or make the Velominati VSP placings. Just to pick the winner will not be nearly as easy as it has been recently. There are small clo...

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  1. Heart says Tommeke, brain says fucking thumb! VSP PICKS: 1. Fabien Cancellara 2. Peter Sagan 3. Tommeke Boonen 4. Sep Van Marke 5. Greg Van Avermaet »

Gravity is the most unavoidable force on Earth, with the possible exception of Stupidity. And like with Stupidity, you can take measures to reduce its influence on you, but you won’t get rid of it completely, assuming you’re staying on this planet. From the very moment we’re born, Gravity takes its unrelenting hold on us –...

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  1. Ah, Despicable, the Velomigrommies fav movie… Ah, Hills, almost vomited at the top of one of the regulars this morning, marvellous realisation of mind over body Timely as always Frank.. »

Everyone knows you need at least three road bikes – two if you’re absolutely determined to make a point about minimalism. Bike Number One is reserved for good weather and events, and the Rain Bike for inclement weather. Just like our guns need to be pampered and rubbed down whenever we’re off the bike, any time Bike Number One isn...

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  1. @frank I’m thinking a 50 or 46 with a 10-42 cassette might become a pretty good option, although ugly and larger gear gaps harder for cadence. Lighter, fast as a std road combo on the top end, easy as a compact 50 x 28 combo for the hills… »

  2. When riding Rule #9, I think that every driver is just as distracted as usual, but now with impeded vision because their windscreen is foggy, or the windscreen wipers aren’t working properly or the rain is heavy enough to impede vision in between each swip… »

This is the kick off of the VSP for women’s racing, though the women have already kicked it off with the Ronde van Drenthe in the Netherlands. Now it’s down to Northern Italy, Varese, by Lago Maggiore, but this is a climbers course, more in the mountains than by the lake. And yes, Sunday is also Gent-Wevelgem for women but Trofeo is par...

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  1. Ctips are doing some nice first person articles from riders on the Womens tour http://cyclingtips.com.au/2014/03/inside-line-tiffany-cromwells-trofeo-alfredo-binda/ »

Evolution doesn’t really seem to be part of the picture anymore, at least not where humans and our direct reports are concerned. We control an astounding number of genetic defects in ourselves, our pets, and agriculture while Science and Technology give Natural Selection swirlies in the locker room.Take exercise-induced asthma, which is a con...

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  1. @mcsqueak If you keep a consistent foot to shin angle through your Magnificent Stroke, because of the way your foot is aligned to the knee as it rotates around and through, it will look like you are toes down. In reality, your foot to shin angle will b… »

This is the kick off of the VSP for women’s racing, though the women have already kicked it off with the Ronde van Drenthe in the Netherlands. Now it’s down to Northern Italy, Varese, by Lago Maggiore, but this is a climbers course, more in the mountains than by the lake. And yes, Sunday is also Gent-Wevelgem for women but Trofeo is par...

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  1. Sorry Keepers, I’m really struggling with articles not coming up with posts when I’m signed out. I usually post with the shortcut user and pwd rather than logging in, but I keep getting a blank page after hitting post, and not sure if the post has gone in… »

  2. Including the women in the VSP is a breath of fresh air. Respect. »

  3. Including the women in the VSP is a breath of fresh air. Respect. VSP PICKS: 1. johansson, emma 2. van djik, ellen 3. spratt, amanda 4. van der breggen, anna 5. armistead, elizabeth »

Evolution doesn’t really seem to be part of the picture anymore, at least not where humans and our direct reports are concerned. We control an astounding number of genetic defects in ourselves, our pets, and agriculture while Science and Technology give Natural Selection swirlies in the locker room.Take exercise-induced asthma, which is a con...

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  1. @DerHoggz Ok, athsma is actually the feeling that it is hard to breathe, your suck pipes are constricted. So like breathing through a straw. Often accompanied by wheezing noise, and straining to breathe. A relieving inhaler would fix this on the road. … »

  2. @VeloSix I agree, 400w is 400w, but you are looking at systems that aim to more efficiently lay down that 400w through the machine. Therefore just as fast for less power, or go faster for your 400w. Whether they do or not is up for debate. I know guys … »

The Kemmelberg is a brute. In my opinion, its the hardest of the cobbled climbs in the Spring Classics; it has a high speed tarmac approach that saps the guns of their snap. The transition from tarmac to cobbles is awful, the stones are very badly laid throughout and if you don’t hit it just right, you’ll come to a standstill. The cobbl...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. thomas, geraint 2. modolo 3. boonen 4. cancellara 5. sagan »

“Are you havin’ a dig at me?” It’s a good old phrase that one. I hear it occasionally, usually in response to some jest, part of the banter that me and my friends enjoy on a regular basis. It can be used as an off-the-cuff remark, clearly meant in a jocular way, or can carry with it a more sinister edge, a way to make a poin...

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  1. @Harminator @VeloSix You are both right. The heavy hitters on my ride dig all the time, it happens on a fast incline, half way up they’ll accelerate while still seated. When I see Captain on the front and his head starts gently bobbing, I know I’m about … »

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. Good luck to all, thanks Keepers for giving us the opportunity, and thanks to the sponsors for their fantastic kit! VSP PICKS: 1. cavendish 2. gerrans 3. sagan 4. cancellara 5. degenkolb »

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. @Fausto Lucia @Bert Olio  Chaps, you are well within your rights as human beings to feel like an exception should be made for whatever it is you wish to make yourselves feel better. I for one wish there was a Rule stating that my guns awaken each morning … »

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  1. It seems more and more riders are donning the humble cycling cap on the podium, both at presentation and post race. Love him or hate him, Cav has been repping… http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02854/Mark_Cavendish_2854658b.jpg »

I wasn’t anywhere near old enough to hold a driver’s license but my dad had already bought me a motorcycle. It was a late seventies BMW R100 RS, dark blue. I loved that bike; I polished it fortnightly even though it never left the garage. I spent hours sitting on it, twisting the throttle and squeezing the clutch, diving in and out of t...

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  1. @Rigid Just tell them its because we Love the Work http://www.velominati.com/tradition/on-rule-9-love-the-work/ »