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Velominatus: Ccos

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Location: Little Rhody

Southern expatriate living in New England (happy to be able to buy grits, a bit bummed that can't get decent pork rinds), former collegiate racer in the late 1980's who came back to cycling after a long period of darkness when the diversions of life were all consuming. The ability to brew beer compensates nicely for any character flaws.

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This article started off as a Reverence for the Camelbak Podium, and might still be, who knows, it’s late and my mind is scrambled. As often happens when searching for a suitable image for an article, tangents often appear from nowhere and derail the original train of thought. Soon one finds oneself careening out of control towards the only...

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  1. Back on topic: in the Feb 13 velosnooze Lennard Zinn did a nice “what’s gonna grow” study on a bunch of different water bottles in which he left a variety of sports drinks for a looong time. After a quick spin in the dishwasher, the camelbaks won overall … »

  2. One could offer the contrary opinion that everyone has a role to play and no role is unimportant when a win is on the line. In a hospital, par example, no one is “just a janitor” (or anything else for that matter). If there were no janitors, then the plac… »

You can only spend so much time with the Schlecks before you start talking like them, and the fabulous Fabs seems to have crossed the threshold. I’ve heard more complaining from him this season than I have talk about pushing harder on the pedals or going steady up with more speed or going full gas like everyone else, but just doing it for ...

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  1. @Harminator Sadly I think Phil’s going a bit senile. He consistently misidentifies riders, with Paul Sherwin doing his best to cover for him. Just a matter of time… Tangent concerning the lead photo: I know it was taken apres Roubaix (post nad kicking)… »

  2. @Harminator  Exactly my point. Vos rolled through safely after the crash. Brand was just lucky. Never underestimate the blessings of the V. »

  3. @frank Watching that, maybe Vos didn’t get dropped, maybe she’s psychic. »

  4. I’m working so can’t watch dammit. VSP PICKS: 1. Degenkolb 2. Gerrans 3. Van Avermaet 4. Cancellara 5. Stybar »

This is big. This is the race that decides the arc-en-ciel  jersey for the next year. It is the best looking jersey. It carries the most baggage. It also brings the most respect. The World Championship is a circuit race of attrition. In Ponferrada Spain it’s an 182 km loop done seven times, with a total of 2142 m of climbing. Is it a climber...

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  1. Vos has so many rainbows it’s nuts, but not this year (alas). She needs a bronze so she can say she hit for the cycle. (That’s a baseball reference for you non-North Americans). VSP PICKS: 1. Van Vleuten 2. Johannson 3. Vos 4. Stevens 5. Bronzini »

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. @Brianold55  “How do you know its the bottom of the cave?” When vision gets a bit fuzzy on the periphery and your ears quit working is always a good sign. »

I don’t mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that’s how it comes out. - Bill Hicks That famous quote from the Greatest Comedian Of All Time™ has resonated with me for many years. It became my silent mantra, as I don’t suffer fools gladly and sometimes don’t make much effort to conceal the fact. Lately, I̵...

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  1. @DeKerr Which then may lead to both fart jokes and other things… »

  2. @Beans Irony! Well the leap from the “suffering fools” quote to a description of full bore narcissism is quite a stretch. Otherwise your point holds true for most things said over the inter-web, including this comment. »

If Tony gets a flat or two and loses this time trial, bookies will be jumping off bridges into the Thames. It’s a lock, man, it’s a lock. There, it is now jinxed. You are welcome. Picking second through fifth will take some acumen. Will these be Vuelta riders or does that just hold true for the road race? Tony could have a jour sans. Co...

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  1. Just hoping the Panzerwagen’s balls don’t bleed on this effort, like earlier this year. VSP PICKS: 1. Tony Martin 2. Brad Wiggins 3. Tom Dumoulin 4. Alex Dowsett 5. Svein Tuft »

Cycling is a sport steeped in the tradition of style. There’s no denying it. From the days of miners and farmers escaping the hardships of a life spent toiling in harsh and filthy conditions either under or above ground, through Coppi and his Cosa Nostra-esque garb and swagger, Merckx and De Vlaeminck’s 70s sideburns, to Cipo and his...

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  1. @brett Hey hey now. T-Bone is from Canada eh. Yes, it’s part of North America, but not privy to the same derision as my brethren. (Since this has morphed into some sorta geography throw down). Back on track: yes Millar, though previously a douche, is … »

All hail, the Worlds are upon us. The time trials should be events where all VSP participants can rack up some decent points. Remove team tactics, national team versus trade team allegiances, using this event to train for another event, bonking and hanging onto team cars from the equation. All one is left with are possible flat tire, possible mecha...

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  1. I could get them all right and still not bring myself a prize (unless there’s some doping scandal involving the VSP, implicating everyone above me in points). VSP PICKS: 1. E. Van Dijk 2. E. Stevens 3. L. Villumsen 4. L. Brennauer 5. K. Garfoot »

I don’t mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that’s how it comes out. - Bill Hicks That famous quote from the Greatest Comedian Of All Time™ has resonated with me for many years. It became my silent mantra, as I don’t suffer fools gladly and sometimes don’t make much effort to conceal the fact. Lately, I̵...

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  1. @sinikl Cycling is an odd sport where it’s best not to have the absolute best equipment unless you can crush everyone with your awesomeness. Far better to have a better engine than equipment. Merckx knows we have all started out somewhere and outside of … »

  2. Great question, and it really depends upon the Fred. If he’s a douche bag or unsafe, then unchanged behavior is met with stinging comments and not so subtle attempts to ride him off the back (I’ve done this several times in my life). However, if he/she is… »

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. @@blackpooltower I agree, just be careful when doing it. I’ve had a friend drive up to me while I was riding to shout some encouraging remark through his open passenger window only to have my brain momentarily react like he there to kill me. And the sam… »

@Bianchi_Bob sent his article in just this week. Its sense of urgency required it to be published NOW. We all need reminding to live in the moment; here is a good reminder. Thanks Bianchi Bob. Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. Bob, fantastic. Perspective can humble us. Your perspective is an order of magnitude higher. Thank you. All the best. »

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. Gianni, great piece! Save for the dropping out of school bit and the decade involved, my induction into the faith mirrors yours quite closely. My sensi taught me the rules entirely by example and sadly as well died young (of myeloma). I haven’t a memento … »

Summer is a time for getting fat. Winter is a time for getting fat as well, but in a different way; in Winter we get fat on meals of meat and potatoes covered in sauces made of meat and potatoes. In Summer, on the other hand, our minds get fat: we get nice tans, we tone our muscles, long days see us riding at any hour of the day that suits us. W...

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  1. @Chris You’re the man for finishing. Hopefully your family bits did not go numb. »

  2. A blood orange sky may portend some #9 rides “Red sky at night, riders delight; red sky in the morning, the ride may need a warning” or something like that. »

There was never any question in my mind that tubulars are more romantic than clinchers, and as a Velominatus I was always convinced that the additional time and care that goes into gluing on a set of tires would make you feel just that much more connected to your bike and the history of the sport itself. I was skeptical, however, that tubs would ri...

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  1. @antihero Funniest crash of a buddy ever: my friend was riding his brand new Tarmac (circa 2005); after we ran through some debris he reached down to wipe his rear tire (first and last time ever) and got his hand  wedged between tire and aero-ish frame,… »

  2. Ah tubbies. I’ve really been thinking about making the jump back for some time and this post helps. My race wheels are fitted with them and the ride is fantastic. I came into cycling riding them (cheap Clements if memory serves) and I think I flatted mayb… »

The modern day Pro cyclist has many disadvantages stacked against them by comparison to their forefathers. They have to ride plastic bikes with little or no distinguishing character or discernible caché; they must willingly or perhaps unwittingly subject their body to an array of questionable “training techniques”; and they have to sp...

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  1. @wilburrox Black shorts and shoes are great, but otherwise all black is verging just to the right of fucking boring. Our team had a hideous kit several years ago of orange and grey with black bits here and there. Though fugly, it was easy to spot teamma… »

First run in 2002, the GP de Plouay-Bretagne is part of the women’s UCI World Cup series.  It’s 4.5 laps totaling 121km. As usual, there is little information or publicity for yet another women’s UCI race. Here is a start list. Here is the official French website. And yes, Ms. Vos won the last two editions. We regret the lack of...

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  1. NFC (save for the Boss and Lizzie). Would be easier with a wee bit of coverage . VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Armitstead 3. Johannson 4. Borghini 5. Pieters »

Most great ideas in life are accompanied by an unforeseen consequence of equal or greater magnitude. For instance, no one predicted that the Industrial Revolution would pollute our air and set off climate change on a global scale. Similarly, no one realized that when placing unfathomable computing power in the palm of our hands in the form of smart...

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  1. @Bespoke Heh-heh! True my brother, especially when there is a target audience. »