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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. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Spartacus 3. Boonen 4. Vanmarcke 5. Thomas »

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. Cyclists require an abundance of stoopid, but in return are wiser above earth »

  2. I think we’re well placed for an article on Stoopidity »

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. ‘nother spin of the chocolate wheel… VSP PICKS: 1. Spartacus 2. Sagan 3. Cavendish 4. Boonen 5. Simon Yates (go OGE) »

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. As a physio (another life now) and taking all the above comments into account, including motor patterns, the “dead spot” is also that short period when one muscle group (either up or downstroke) finishes contracting and as it does so places the opposing m… »

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. Fab prizes! So, quick spin of the chocolate wheel and… VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Spartacus 3. Gerrans 4. Cavendish 5. Nibali »

We recently lost our beloved Great Dane, Kirki, who we nicknamed Beene for reasons that elude logic. She was a good dog, more sweet than clever. A sad side effect of big dog breeds and their short lives is that it wasn’t until nearly the end of her life that she made certain key discoveries about the world. Such as that weighing nearly 65 kil...

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  1. @Barracuda Expect a cumpulsory acquisition order. This must be lost on non-Oz types. »

  2. @harminator  Vale Kirki, its always good to see pets mourned and  remembered as one of the family. Harminator, where abouts in Oz are you? – and don’t say Bonnie Doon »

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. 1000cc beemer is a lot of bike – my first was a 500 suzi thrashing machine. Speed is exhilarating, a celebration of being alive. Speed is fun. Speed + cornering is scary fun. But I also like Power, the parent of speed. When you can rise out of the saddle … »

Wind is an asshole. I have no patience left for it. It has all of it been used up, gone, finished. It is the only force that I’m aware of (with the possible exception of gravity) that is more stubborn and less willing to listen to reason than I myself am. It blows me around on my bike, it embezzles speed from my Magnificent Stroke. No matter...

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  1. @frank  True again sir. With age and struggle comes understanding of this. Doesn’t mean we can’t laugh about it. Rule #5 saves us. Fairy nuff? »

  2. @frank True, but if there was any justice in the universe the cycling fairy would decree that a headwind on the way out should theoretically/mathematically/whatever translate into a tailwind on the way back. ‘cept it often doesnt seem to work out that w… »

  3. @frank Frank, nice to make your acquaintance. Perhaps not quite so bad as London in winter where I lived for a while and it would start to get dark at 2.30pm. You’d come home, go for a run, come back, eat, think about bed, look at the clock and its 7.30…. »

  4. First days of autumn down under, heading into the dark. But your dark is darker than ours. Still 30 degrees (Celsius!) here. cry about it. Is it a truism that wind is invariably never a tailwind? »

Every time we get on our bikes, we are playing a game of Russian Roulette. We take care to maintain our machines, to make sure they are in perfect running order, we look after our bodies to maximise our performance, and we, hopefully, abide by the rules of the road to keep ourselves safe from the dangers of other road users. But ultimately, our liv...

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  1. First post, but been reading for a while.. you know. I rode a motor bike for many years as a youth and it teaches you to ride very defensively. Last accident on the mbike (only one so far on the bicycle) I had eye contact with the driver, then she pulled … »