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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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I don’t mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that’s how it comes out. Bill HicksThat 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, I’v...

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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. »

  2. @pneaumme In defense of Frank, you opened a Pandora’s box of nerdness with that first post. I’m just relieved my comment on anal retentiveness flew under the radar. »

  3. @wiscot ” I’m assuming Mr Trenchcoat in the back is handling the spare bike.” Or stealing shit while no ones looking. It’s like the crowd photos where the one dude not smiling is the one who’s gonna shoot the president or something. How come he’s squande… »

  4. I was blessed with a freshly printed copy of LeMan’s book as a pedalwan and set my position up using his paraphrased genius. Since then (save for a tendancy to move my handlebars lower over the past decade) my position has remained steadfast enough for me… »

Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour...

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  1. Whew, vacation with a bad inter web connection nearly had me Delgado the thing. Thanks to good timing on the return to the working world to save my picks. VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. Froome 3. Uran 4. Aru 5. Dan Martin »

I have met @chris on the original Keepers Tour. He seemed like a reasonable person at the time. Then again, @rob passes himself off  as a rational person yet he signed up for the Too Much on 100 ride and completed it. People sign up for these crazy rides because it forces them to get in the best shape possible. It makes these long rides more enjoy...

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  1. The damnedable exchange rate sure makes the US donations less impressive. Count me in as soon as I can get myself to a secure online site. You’re fucked, by the way. »

Choice, or the perception of it, is one of the most powerful forces on Earth. The great secret lies in the locus of control, which suggests that if given the perception of a choice we will be more willing to endure hardship or suffering. We’ll suffer even for the promise of a future intangible reward so long as we feel we have a choice...

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  1. One of the great things about a ride is that you can get completely wrapped up in the now and not have to worry about anything else. Just the moment of you and the machine. Life affords us few luxuries such as that. »

I bought a Road ID the day I learned of Jon Lennard’s death on August 12, 2013. Someone in the posts of the original announcement of his passing (below) mentioned he was identified by his Road ID. Of course he had a Road ID. What I knew of him made that perfect. So responsible and sensible.The nature of this community is a strange thing; we d...

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  1. I’ve always been struck by the tightness of the bond cyclists have with one another. It may be from the interdependence we have in each other in our collective safety while on a ride but I suspect it is much more. That bond is evident here and in the prev… »

If @steampunk can’t take much credit here I guess we can’t take any. We can take pleasure is seeing someone’s kid hauling ass on a bike, a Velominatus spawn, even better. We all came to cycling by different paths, seemingly few by our parents. It is impossible to outguess one’s children; they are clever little bastards. Hop...

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  1. Great job steampunk with the article and your son. My two boys have fallen in love with Teakwondo and are quickly amassing the skills by which they can kick my ass. I’m hoping they venture with me on the bike, but like you, I hope they come to it on their… »

Brett’s fine Nick Cave article got me thinking about music and cycling. We spend lots of time alone on our bikes. The bike is on autopilot, it stays upright from second to second, freeing up our brains to consider anything or nothing. Music might be the only riding companion we have but it has to be the right music. Being as Pro as possible is...

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  1. Lordy, and here I thought I was the only one with this affliction. Every ride, and not by any choice of mine, I’ll have one song on repeat in the ol’ noggin for the duration of the ride. Thankfully who’s ever playing the DJ has good taste in music. There… »

After Stage V there was Stage 9, where the World TT champion earned the dotty jumper. In case you missed it, Stage 9 was a trip into the Vosges mountains, 170km with six categorized climbs. This was a stage for a breakaway to stay away. A large group did escape and with 152km remaining to the finish Alessandro De Marchi of Cannondale bolted off the...

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  1. Ok, I get the excitement of the hour and all that, but when is he going to go all “Cancellara” and crush some souls at Roubaix? That gets me excited and I expect others too. »

The race of the funny hat.Every team seems to have included one or two riders fresh off the Tour. One would either feel ruined or unbeatable a week after that slug fest, more than likely, ruined. I imagine there are a few riders dodging calls from their directors this week. Continue reading...

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  1. I’m still lobbying for some post tour crit VSP inclusions. The Cycling version of professional wrasslin’. VSP PICKS: 1. Meersman 2. Roche 3. Gilbert 4. Valverde 5. Sagan »

It’s no coincidence that Stage Five of the Tour was not only the best one to watch, or that it helped decide the race before nary a hill was crested, but that it was just, well, Stage Five. Only last minute copyright clearances prevented the organisers actually dubbing it Stage V, though they managed to get the rain delivered on time, an ess...

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  1. Awesome. No namby-pamby Elizabeth Kuber-Ross stuff when the V is required. Rides like stage V of the tour are great because when you survive, others challenges appear less so by comparison. »

No technology can increase the energy of the willpower of the rider, nor can it lessen the doubts which sometimes overwhelm him. - Bernard HinaultAs I swung off the main road, I was momentarily consumed by the simple thrill of my tires leaving the hard tarmac and hitting the rough gravel of the unpaved forest road. It was a brief distraction of the...

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  1. @Deakus  Whoa, I’m referring to the book. Otherwise his quote gets real strange when you change the context. »