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Velominatus: Bill Chris

Order: Level 2 Velominatus

Location: Newport News, Va USA


Hey man, I am a freelance musician who plays the double bass. I mainly play in symphony orchestra's but have also love playing some bluegrass and jazz. I teach music at Christopher Newport University. I also work at the Williamsburg Winery, cheers. I fell back in love with bikes while playing at a music festival in Lucca, Italy. I rented a bike there for the summer and rode all over that beautiful Tuscan town after not riding a bike since I was a child. After coming back to the US I finally got a bike of my own. My first modern ride has been a 1987 TREK 400 Elance. I recently upgraded to a 2010 TREK 4.5 Madone, n+1. Cheers

@Bill Chris'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...

@Bill Chris's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Valverde 2. Kwiatkowski 3. Voeckler 4. van Poppel 5. Rodríguez »

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...

@Bill Chris's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Vanmarke 3. Boonen 4. Terpstra 5. Van Avermaet »

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...

@Bill Chris's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Vanmarcke 3. Devolder 4. Degenkolb 5. Boonen »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Borghini 3. van Dijk 4. Anna Van Der Breggen 5. Armitstead »

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...

@Bill Chris's posts:

  1. So when is that killer V-Cap going to be made available for purchase in the shop? »

  2. So when is that killer V-Cap going to be made available for purchase in the shop? VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Boonen 3. Boason Hagen 4. Hushovd 5. sagan »

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...

@Bill Chris's posts:

  1. A V-Cap as part of the kit for 3rd place! I hadn’t heard that we had a cap yet and it isn’t available for purchase in the shop yet. When will we be able to get one of these? It looks great, well done. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Boassen Hagen 3. Cancellera 4… »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Boassen Hagen 3. Cancellera 4. Nibali 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...

@Bill Chris's posts:

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  2. It may have to come to that. Major worry right now is if the beer from it is also cursed. I would stop drinking it but then I would get the shakes. »

  3. Lets see if the photo posts this time… @Bill Chris »

  4. I am wondering if an exception for Rule #29 can be made in this particular case? It is only on the bike when it is fulfilling its function. I finally got to use it for the first time yesterday. Two rewards: first better training ride due to the extra weigh… »

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  6. Rule #11 in play with the family photo of Carlos Alzate of Team United Healthcare. »

I’m a naturally loud and weird person who expresses excitement through volume. Also, alcohol is supposed to be a depressant, but it doesn’t appear to work for me; all it does is make me happier (and louder) – until I have a little too much at which point I get weirder (a too-happy, too-loud kind of weird). But being happy person...

@Bill Chris's posts:

  1. #5 Spot on!!! Was on a ride with the wife a bit ago and had a nasty fall due to a hidden pot hole due to leaves. I hate wearing a helmet, and when ever she is involved of course I wear a helmet. Her first comment “thank god you had a helmet on”, my respo… »

Today is a special day for two reasons. First, it is Sinterklaas Avond, an important holiday in the Netherlands and Belgium. Second, it marks the launching of a new feature for Velominati which we are calling the Kermis. A Kermis is a carnival usually marked by a criterium bicycle race held around the perimeter of the festival grounds. Because o...

@Bill Chris's posts:

  1. I really like this photo. Half the photo is Santa on a horse that appears to be crapping apples with Claus telling the over anxious kids “pick up those crap apples children”. Then on the right side of the photo you have a crazed Moor on a mule scaring chi… »

  2. Gelukkig Sinterklaas! In honor of the day my VMH and I went to the bike shop and got some new gear. We have wanted to go for a while and this pushed it over the edge. We are American but both have Dutch ancestry, so we are getting back to our roots. Cheer… »

When you’re a kid, riding with your hands off the bars is something done for thrills, for style, and to impress chicks. As an older, wiser Velominatus, it can be a handy maneuvre to aid removing or donning extra clothing, taking a feed from your pockets, and to impress women (because that’s how adults refer to chicks). Get it right and...

@Bill Chris's posts:

  1. The real trick: If you are cold: Dress normally and apply more V. If you are warm: Unzip and apply more V. If you don’t know what to do: Apply more V. If you are cold and V is not working: Find pub and apply more beer. »

I walk away from social gatherings with an acute sense of accomplishment whenever I haven’t offended anyone and when my friends all stayed awake. I view myself as a bottle of wine that keeps getting better with age, but I’m slowly coming to grips with the notion that I am actually a bottle that may be corked. The great irony of life is...

@Bill Chris's posts:

  1. Nice piece @Frank, I am glad others like solo rides. I would say 90% of my rides are solo. I find seeing the scenery around me a lot more beautiful when its not some guys butt infront of me, I guess this is why on what group rides I do undertake I try to … »

The cycling cap was part of any kit: nearly black shorts, team jersey and cap. It would be matching, it would be cotton. In the day before the required helmet, the cycling cap was it. Unrestrained by helmet or hairnet, the cap was the crown upon the head. It would sit high on the head, not pulled down like a baseball cap. It sat no higher upon the...

@Bill Chris's posts:

  1. @Rob Gianni, I need my fingers for many things so dont have KRX10 take them off. I am sure a cap cant fit over your head, maybe we can workout a V-sombrero, that might fit. As for the cap design post, I wanted to stur up the masses to make sure the pow… »

  2. LIST TO PRE ORDER A V CAP: 1) Rob x 2 2) Wiscot x 2 3) Teocalli 4) DCR x 2 5) VeloSix X2 6) Steve-o x 2 7) RedRanger, 1 of each color if there is that option. 8) Bill Chris x 2 »

  3. Lets get a V-Cap! Here is a rough draft I came up with. I dont have a very good program for designing so the draft is very rough, the “paint” program on windows is not very good. I have been saying we need a V-Cap for a while and I think others are into… »

  4. I prefer to just wear a cap all year round and of course have different types of caps for different climates. The only time I wear a helment is for races and when I ride with my wife, so basically when I am required. Helmets are not comfortable and look s… »

Flies and dogs, two things that we don’t need on a climb.I had descended down this street many times, but I had never before ridden up it. I even said hello to the two excited pitbulls on the other side of the driveway gate. I like dogs. I like them until one of them squeezes under the gate and I’m going uphill slowly. Pitbulls arenR...

@Bill Chris's posts:

  1. I cant stand how people leave their dogs outside, running wild during the day. And yes these dog owners always live at the bottom or at the top of a long climb. If you want a dog take care of it, dont just have a half feral animal outside of your house wh… »

Who is Charlie Wegelius? His name would float to the surface in races usually when the road went up. The Phil and Paul show never seemed to go further than, ‘and there goes Charlie Wegelius’. In the pre-Sky days, there were not that many English racers in the Giro yet he seemed shunned by the press. He was just there. He was English yet...

@Bill Chris's posts:

  1. I am getting this book. I can’t stand sprinters and the way they get way too much talk, I would be happy with no sprint finishes…except a sprint finish that is about 1+km of 3+ grade climbing. I get sick of hearing about riders who never face an open he… »