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Stupidity is a powerful force never to be underestimated. Geese are a good example; a more stupid vertebrate one would be most challenged to come across yet should you wander into a flock of them pecking about peacefully in a field, one is likely to erupt from its grazing to grab a billful of your ass and commence beating you savagely with it...

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  1. How’s this quote from an ABC television presenter here in Oz at the end of an article bemoaning car congestion in Melbourne: “…and that’s without even mentioning all the bicycles that dangerously infest our roads these days.” Think he was looking for … »

It never gets easier, you just go faster. - Greg LeMond Rule #5 looms above the other Rules in terms of sheer relevance to Cycling; it is the fundamental building block upon which this sport is built. The Five is what drives us, it is the force that springs from a well that flows deep within each of us. It must be discovered, and then we learn...

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  1. @Mikael Liddy How do you know its the bottom of the cave? Often we do not plumb or discover that depth. Unless the bottom is when you are left lying by the side of the road. Great piece. »

We are cyclists, the rest of the world merely rides a bike. What defines us as cyclists? Can a recumbent rider be a cyclist, a unicyclist, a fat recumbent rider with hairy legs and a YJA on? I think yes but am I snob for even asking?Years ago, I was helping a woman at another research institution set up some scientific equipment. Evidently we kept...

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  1. Good piece. Good question. I think we are cyclists because we define ourselves that way. In the same way there be runners and people who jog, surfers and also people who surf. We don’t just jump on a bicycle. We take an interest in the sport – what it tea… »

Anecdotal research suggests that people are being let off-leash without adequate training to perform basic activities such as walking on sidewalks or through airports and busy city centers. I’m assuming this expands to shopping malls, but I never go there so I can’t be sure. It’s easy to blame the mobile phones which apparentl...

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  1. @ChrisO Thinking of some of the worst offenders here, I think your theory may be better than my original one »

  2. Nice article. Being self absorbed is one problem but lotsa people also seem to lack any sense at all of spacial awareness. Could be upbringing, genetic, stupidity or cultural. I used to think people growing up in more densely crowded environments (not bei… »

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. @strathlubnaig Agree. While enjoying the Giro I came across this timely story too about how Gino Bartali, rival of Coppi and winner of 3 Giro’s and 2 TdF actually used his training rides to save Italian lives during WW2. What an example of a cyclist an… »

Behind every great rider, there’s a great soigneur. The right hand man, the go-to guy, who tends every whim of his rider, feeding, watering, mending and massaging. Behind the humble Velominatus Regularus, however, there’s a string of injuries, tight muscles, bad posture and aching guns. We are our own soigneurs, and if you’re like...

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  1. Not recommending this to anyone, but as an ex-physio, professional dancer (another life) and martial arts teacher, I find tai chi a good balance to the bike. tc includes stretches and emphasises core strength. Haven’t done any yoga, but perhaps similar.  … »

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. After backing Aussies in earlier races I’ll give em another go VSP PICKS: 1. Cuddles 2. Quintana 3. Uran Duran 4. Hesjedal the rider 5. Dan the man Martin »

Riding a bicycle involves much more than just pushing the pedals around in a perfect sweep of muscular elegance while Looking Fantastic at all times. There are all sorts of soft skills involved like learning to shift properly, learning to corner properly, learning to crash properly, learning to criticize a fellow rider’s puncture-repair te...

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  1. Fuck. Think I clicked reply instead of quote… »

  2. @frank So you would read Playboy for the articles?  I read this stuff for the great photos and odd incisive comment and inspiring, nay beautiful turn of phrase that illuminates a little more the Path to be followed.   And probably hard on myself but there… »

  3. @andrew Hi mate. Nothing wrong with thinking. Relatively flabby because its almost winter here my friend. I think Lightening the Fuck Up was what I was advocating. Love the old pic above »

  4. I find it hard to believe lengthy conversations about (amongst other things) how to drink from a bottle (sorry, bidon). Only advantage is while you are talking about such things I’ll go try to put some k’s on my flabby legs. »

The 100th running of Liège-Bastogne-Liège takes place this Sunday. Danny-boy Martin will be marked heavily as the defending champion. Malmerde, and Phil Gil have shown they are peaking too. Froomy has thrown his hat into the ring, as he did last year but after last years 26th place, maybe it’s training. 263 kms, past winners include a long...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Martin, Dan 3. Valverde 4. Nibbles 5. J Rod »

  2. Looking forward to it! Fuck the chocolate wheel lets just guesstimate »

Midweek in Belgium in Spring is a wonderful thing. Hordes of people come from seemingly nowhere to fill the bars and line the roadsides when presumably they’d usually be working, or at school, or some such. That the only ones who appear to be working are the bartenders and frites dispensers reinforces my belief that Belgium is the greatest co...

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  1. Will I never learn … VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Valverde 3. Moreno 4. Nibbles 5. Gerrans »

Have you ever been told to take a good look at yourself? Usually it infers that you need to smarten up your ideas, get your shit together, shape up or ship out. If Viagra eyedrops had an advertising campaign, (or indeed existed), their tagline would be: “Take a long, hard look at yourself.”Most Cyclists need to take a long hard look at...

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  1. maybe its me but does part of that ugly thing on Cippo seem to disappear into the background? Maybe its a stealth suit? »

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...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Nibbles 2. Valverde 3. Voeckler 4. Gerrans 5. J Rod »

  2. Another spin of the chocolate wheel, which so far has been a spectacular failure… »

It’s no secret that I’m prone to riding in the big ring as much as possible, mostly on account of my not being a giant sissy. In accordance with the ISO Non-Sissy Standard, I also never read instruction manuals or ask for directions when lost. I make sure to only rarely ask my VMH to turn up the radio when Adele comes on, usually follo...

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  1. Tried climbing up and from the drops again the other day – felt good, but pulled a gluteal (that’s bum for you plebs) – no doubt due to my stupid go out & overdo it approach. So I’m thinking (vaguely) 1. same gear, up an out of the drops for speed on… »

  2. Hmm. The few times I’ve tried climbing in the drops it feels less stable (which makes no sense – as your centre of gravity is lower it should be more stable) with no more appreciable power.  But a badass italian climber can’t be wrong, so I’ll give it ano… »

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