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Velominatus: Ccos

Order: Gray Order Velominatus

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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What does the layman observe when he sees a cyclist in the wild? While we do our utmost to Look Fantastic, in our own eyes and minds at least, outside observers may as well be witnessing little green aliens who’ve just stepped off their spacecraft and are heading to their very first fancy dress/drag party on this weird and wonderful planet...

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  1. @Teocalli I had a nearly similar experience here in New England: during a brief end of ride stop, two monstrously huge, tatted-up biker types checked out our machines parked outside then made a beline straight towards me and my equaly lithe riding budd… »

  2. Great treatise and sadly quite true in as far as the public’s perspective of us. The contrary argument though: what the fuck do they know? I will happily comply with your requests when the general public is looking equally fantastic when out and about. U… »

There is nothing more disappointing than discovering the truth behind a myth or spotting the mortal behind a legend. This is why I make a point never to do any research or in any other way attempt to validate my assumptions when evaluating a situation; mystery that feels like a fact and sounds like a fact is better than an actual fact. Tr...

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  1. @starclimber Ah, you are correct sir, more falsehood than myth. The coverage of the Coors Classic (’85 or ’86?) was not kind. However the remainder of your listings are facts about the man. We certainly can mold them into legend though. The bad myth bit… »

  2. I completely agree but some myths like Hinault is a complete jerk as professed by American fans in the 80’s couldn’t be further from the truth when you meet the dude in person. He’s an approachable, very nice guy. On the other hand I’ve been able to supp… »

I’m not sure where this ride falls on the graph of fitness but down towards the bottom, somewhere.There can be a point in every rider’s season where each ride ends the same. FFS, I suck. The unabridged volume of self-loathing is reviewed, cogent chapters reread, aloud, in the bathroom. I’m Too Fat To Climb is a chapter I like to q...

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  1. @antihero There’s a great quote: “no matter how you feel, be it good or bad, it won’t last.” Reference to follow. »

To keep chickens is to walk a path towards introspection. From the songs they sing after laying an egg (which I assume is “chicken” for “I’m Every Woman“) to the sheer glee they show when they find a worm in the mud, chickens provide a perfect example of living life in and for the moment. The most interesting aspect o...

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  1. To balance out the posts, I present to you these beauties. The Belgian’s have this beer brewing thing figured out (the Monks at least). This is a nice way to celebrate after laying down the V, Belgian style. Yes, that is a Westvleteren XII on the left. Y… »

  2. @frank Right! True enough, the fall in altitude going into my cinelli drops causes my ears to pop. »

  3. Just an observation: it seems riders who started riding years ago (more than one decade or so) as opposed to more recently seem to favor riding Belgium style a little more. For myself it was to keep my cinelli bar tape as pristine as possible (owing to a … »

A great unknown awaits the young men, bound by a common entity of steel, flesh and passion rolled together. Do they contemplate the future, or are they so encapsulated in the here and now that anything beyond the finish line seems like it could only be for old people? Have they any inkling which path they will take, or be guided towards? Maybe...

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  1. Tell you what I see, doper, not sure, doper, don’t know, doper. Otherwise, outside of looking like crap, those old Giro’s worked well in a crash (assuming the cloth covering didn’t decelerate your head faster than your neck/the rest of you when sliding o… »

I love wine. I mean, I like beer and scotch and can’t resist ordering a Vesper whenever I pretend to be a gentleman spy, but I love wine. As a semi-professional drinker, the biggest worry I have is that should my as-yet undiagnosed problem with alcohol become a diagnosed problem with alcohol, I’d have to stop drinking wine. A full...

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  1. @Optimiste I completely agree. I crashed a shit-load in college (never in a race by Merckx!). Enough to earn the nickname of “crash” for a bit. Mostly because I had no money, I would position myself in a way to protect the bike, with the logic being I … »

I’ve lost a lot of things that were, at some point or another, dear to me. At times, I’ve even cast them away deliberately, either because of a nurtured indifference or an irrational or impulsive dislike. Regret is an easy emotion to find in reflection, it lays right at the surface and provides us with a quick answer without requiring...

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  1. The off season is quite the paradox: I find it mentally refreshing without the structure of the season, but then I get a bit testy as I watch my fitness wane. Talk about regret. Maybe I should race cross a little more… »

Attention, this is the final event on the Men’s VSP calendar for 2014. There is one more Women’s event to come. We may already have a winner of this years over-all but the rest of the podium could be up for grabs. @il muro di manayunk has broken away and I’m not sure @steampunk is going to chase him down. Has everyone noticed how...

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  1. Sprinting for a mid pack finish (like a douche) VSP PICKS: 1. Van Avernaet 2. Dekenkolb 3. Demare 4. Vanmarke 5. Nizzolo »

If Rouler does not do reviews, we don’t do reviews. Think of this as a commentary on Bont’s Vaypor+ road shoe. Any discussion of points-of-contact will generate a storm of comments ending in why Sidi shoes and fi'zi:k saddles are the best. They may be the best for you but not for me. Everyone’s feet and everyone’s butt has d...

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  1. I read that Chris McDougall has found this group of Pima tribesmen just killing it shoeless with cleats strapped to their feet. »

Life is full of surprises. Some you don’t want, like a funnel web in a shoe, while others are completely unexpected but more than welcome, even if you are then left with figuring out the hows, whys and HOW?s of the serendipitous conundrum now presented to you.This is how I now feel, after fate knocked at my door via a source that doesn’...

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  1. You lucky shit. Thanks for shining a light on these guys. I suspect we never heard of them as they were re-branded when ridden in the peloton (I mean honestly, could Huffy really make a bike worth a damn?). Only a Belgian would use his farts as a point o… »

Doing things the hard way is a luxury. It says to the world that we’ve beat evolution; intelligence is no match for technology and economy is no match for indulgence. We need only step a bit outside our bubble to realize the scale of the illusion, but nevertheless it has become reality for many of us who live our lives happily and fortuna...

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  1. @Haldy Careful there homey, as mentioned in previous posts, Frank reads this drivel too. And yes, comment away, one does not need facts or logic to sound authoritative. »

This carbon wheel issue has been burning a hole in my soul for so long. The twin headed snake of thrift and indecision (not such an impressive snake as far as twin headed snakes go) held me at the impasse for years. Having @mauibike commit to all carbon for his lifetime wheelset needs got me hot. Seeing Fabs winning Paris-Roubaix and the Ronde on...

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  1. 100% of the time, all conditions. I have 303’s for the race bike and William’s for the rain bike (they stop really well even when wet) and cheapo Neuvations on my cross rig. Plus they make the bikes look nice and angry. »

I’m getting too old and cranky for all this race schedule changing. I know they already did this last year and presumably I had the same gripings then, but Lombardia is supposed to close out the season and I’m downright angry that Paris-Tours is closing out the books now; it only seems right that one of the most beautiful races should...

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  1. With the GC out of reach, I’m not sure if my entry would be akin for someone going for a stage win when out of contention, or is more like that knucklehead sprinting for 35th place. VSP PICKS: 1. Tom Dumoulin 2. Alberto Contador 3. Rui Costa 4. Romain B… »

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. »