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Location: Waitakere

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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. It was awesome to watch. A large number of crashes on corners on tarmac, I’m wondering if the slipperiness/rolliness of a tub at 60psi is easily handled in the dry, but makes for even more breakaway risk in the wet on the smooth stuff? »

  2. @Geraint It seems Porte also hit the deck, looking at his left shoulder here »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. christopher froome 2. alberto contador 3. jurgen van den broek 4. Andrew Talansky 5. vincenzo nibali »

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. “take me doooowwwn in a blaze of gloorrraaaaayyyy…” »

  2. “take me doooowwwn in a blaze of gloorrraaaaayyyy…” VSP PICKS: 1. ferrand prevot 2. gillow 3. claudia lichtenberg 4. pooley 5. vos »

Cyclocross could be the most perplexing of all the cycling disciplines. To me it’s  at once the most beautiful and the most unappealing. The beauty comes from the great European races, and of course by ‘European’ I mean ‘Belgian’. The lack of appeal stems from the fact that I just don’t want to do it. It looks...

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  1. I have the possibility of riding MTB or tweaking my franken bike and chucking on some cheap CX clinchers to run the race I’m aiming at. Which would you cx-sensei suggest to a cx-pedalwan?  I was just going to get the gruntiest tread I could find for the … »

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. For treatment I have been using Bepanthen because we have it around the house thanks to the Velomigrommie, and it has been working well. Not the Antiseptic version either, which may prove even better. For prevention, I use a lanolin medicated cream Lanis… »

Cyclocross could be the most perplexing of all the cycling disciplines. To me it’s  at once the most beautiful and the most unappealing. The beauty comes from the great European races, and of course by ‘European’ I mean ‘Belgian’. The lack of appeal stems from the fact that I just don’t want to do it. It looks...

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  1. Alex’s story is a real inspiration, I hung on every word of his first season blogs and over at Spoke. That happy go lucky, I’m gonna give this a try every week even though I get pulled every race, but becoming the peoples champion development is really qu… »

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. Who’s entered Ride of 6 this Sunday, and named their team after the site? Owing to your start time, I expect you will be at the pointy end, whilst we shall be at the other. Will keep an eye out anyway. VLVV, lets enjoy the gravel… »

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. @Teocalli So rad! Would love to attend the Italian event.. Maybe someone could help this chap. Ghanaian entering the Comm games in track, and needs some wheels.. @iamjeddie . Dan R?? If I had twit I would tweet all the brands I could think of, alas.. »

There are two ways in life to be good at something. The first way is the most obvious, which is to actually be good at something. This is harder than it sounds because you need things like skills, talent, fortitude, and light sabers. The other way doesn’t require those things but it has its own challenges; basically, you have to be holistical...

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  1. @ChrisO I learnt everything I needed to from Rise of the Foot Soldier?? (JK, lifetime player here, knee issues led to the bike. And for what it is worth, the theatrics suck ass, but the reasoning is obviously a tactical play to retain/regain possessio… »

The Tour de Suisse can be everyone’s warm-up for the Tour de France, including all you VSP dreamers. The big show seems to be the Critérium de Dauphanié this year, as far as Tour de France contenders go but the Tour de Suisse still has some big guns showing up. Twiggo is here, not for a Tour warm up, unless people are worried about Richie P...

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  1. @Fausto Mine the same even if I refresh? Wiggins Mollema Costa Dennis Kreuziger »

There are two ways in life to be good at something. The first way is the most obvious, which is to actually be good at something. This is harder than it sounds because you need things like skills, talent, fortitude, and light sabers. The other way doesn’t require those things but it has its own challenges; basically, you have to be holistical...

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  1. @Mikael Liddy From said wiki: “he was asked if it was counter-aerodynamic to shave his legs but not his face. He said he had “won the team sprint and went 10.14 in Manchester, won the world’s – wasn’t too counter productive!” He said he shaved his leg… »

  2. @frank Yup, Mary V is surely the boss of palmares. Regarding the ‘classic’ legends and Wiggo needing to quit one discipline to be good at another, it’s gotta be a generational thing. Back then those blokes were all strong men rather than grimpeur twig… »

  3. @Teocalli Being one also with athsma, which mainly impacted by cold weather riding and harder efforts, your above statement was somewhat profound for me. Taking athsma meds on an already dilated trachea would do nothing, because the fucker is as dilat… »

The Velominati Super Prestige is a season-long competition wherein readers will be submitting their predictions for the top five finishers of each qualifying race.  In order to qualify, your picks via the VSP Picks form above the posts section of the VSP Event article pertaining to the race in question by the time the countdown clock goes to zero...

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  1. @Geraint Exactly as stated, the sport just lends itself to it, so have at it! Loving the conjecture.. »

  2. @Geraint More conspiracies in that post than I’ve had hot dinners! Don’t you love how the simple act of professionals riding bicycles can be so full of nuance and witchcraft? Strong work! »

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. @Si Coullist If you hit the tarmac with tools in your jersey pocket on your back, the tools in your jersey pocket will be the last fucking thing you worry about. Just ask me and my scarred up mini-pump how I know.. »

I don’t know how a guy who shows off the better part of a half meter of seat post comes to the conclusion that his saddle is too low, but that precise thought occupies an enormous amount of time. Ever closer looms the minimum insertion point on my seat pin, yet I am irrevocably bound to explore its limits.I actually wish my legs were shorter...

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  1. @frank Why would you want to sit on your saddle when stopped and touch the ground, when you can rest on the top tube all tranquillo like? @Teocalli The reason for the grease, particularly if it is an alloy bike with alloy to alloy post or alloy to … »

For the simple reason that the Cobbled and Ardennes Classics are behind us, I have not alternative but to get back on my soap box about the Giro being the best of the three Grand Tours. Well, usually, at least. Last year’s race sucked the big one (even if it was supremely Rule #9), but for the most part it is the race that is the most c...

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  1. @Ron Yeah, we were watching the telecast and all these people were tweetng in, “I don’t know why they are making them ride, they should call this off” etc etc. We all just looked at each other and rationed that this is why we watch professionals, to see… »

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. Dwelling on this further, the posting of the link is a call to initiate a response. However, any response will be in defense of the site and the Rules. This defense of the Rules would re-inforce the apparent misconception that people from this site are se… »

  2. Now, I tell the uninitiated that breaking a rule is breaking a rule. That’s because rules are black and white. This is always tongue in cheek (a serious response to a not so serious issue). However it never ceases to amaze me how seriously people take the… »

The Velominati Super Prestige is a season-long competition wherein readers will be submitting their predictions for the top five finishers of each qualifying race.  In order to qualify, your picks via the VSP Picks form above the posts section of the VSP Event article pertaining to the race in question by the time the countdown clock goes to zero...

@Beers's posts:

  1. @frank My apologies then »

For the simple reason that the Cobbled and Ardennes Classics are behind us, I have not alternative but to get back on my soap box about the Giro being the best of the three Grand Tours. Well, usually, at least. Last year’s race sucked the big one (even if it was supremely Rule #9), but for the most part it is the race that is the most c...

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  1. @Steampunk ‘Tis better than the steak in China I hear.. Flip me that was some epic viewing! The climbs are bad enough, add in all the other shit and it is just superhuman! »

  2. @Minnesota Expat Told y’all so, dopest profile evaaar! Pain written all over it! »