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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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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. 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. »

  2. @frank I can’t recall if it’s a direct quote or nit, but at a minimum it’s paraphrased in “Slaying the Badger.” I suspect he said that a lot . »

  3. @unversio Yep, better than Yoda’s grammar “lonely place a pain cave is.” »

  4. Some riders sure have better willpower/kg ratios than others. »

Attention all Velominati. The Tour VSP is going on line and it should be a good one. Sure, between Froomy and Bertie a person could hedge their bets but Moviestar is all in for Valverde, BMC for TeeJay, Astana for the Shark and Garmin is finally committing to a team leader in Talansky. Some other teams (ahem…Trek Factory Racing for one) have...

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  1. Frank, so are you guys going to do a VSP for the post tour criteriums? I need to salvage some points. »

The Whale Shark is the biggest nonmammalian vertebrate* on the planet, rivaling the dinosaurs for size. How do you feed yourself when you’re that huge without loading up on carbs all the time? Easy, you swim around with your mouth wide open for 22 hours a day and hope enough food swims in there to take the edge off the hunger pangs. Cycl...

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  1. @DeKerr The French do have a way of saying things well for the most part. I gave a copy of The Rules to a friend in Quebec and he didn’t fully understand Rule #5 all that much. The French equivalent (via a hasty enter web search) was something along th… »

It has been many years (25!) since professional female cyclists have raced on the cobbles of the Champs Elysées. While running the Giro Donne concurrently with the Tour de France makes no sense to me, this Sunday’s women’s race does make sense. It should be the model for a Women’s Tour de France: the route, infrastructure, roadsi...

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  1. Just how exactly does one go about being a podium dude? VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Wild 3. Olds 4. Bronzini 5. Armistead »

The Whale Shark is the biggest nonmammalian vertebrate* on the planet, rivaling the dinosaurs for size. How do you feed yourself when you’re that huge without loading up on carbs all the time? Easy, you swim around with your mouth wide open for 22 hours a day and hope enough food swims in there to take the edge off the hunger pangs. Cycl...

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  1. @Puffy Looks like something this guy uses. Fuk me. »

  2. @wiscot Yes, true. Two things: 1. Ris is BY FAR the ugliest tour winner in history (by any measure). The jersey therefore is in keeping with that standard and 2. when your hemoglobin is that high (supposedly 64) you get sludging of blood flow in the b… »

  3. @wiscot And Ris’ hemoglobin has got him going so fast, he’s blown the hair clean off his head. »

  4. @BicycleJosh Oh man, me too. Makes for shit pictures that’s for sure. I swear the other guys know the photographer is there and go all cool-looking and what not when the camera is in view and start the wheezing bit when they pass him/her. Now I won’t be… »

Brad Wiggins is sitting at home, watching his team implode at a Tour de France he was not invited to.What’s on his mind? An attempt at the Hour Record, that’s what. Now that the UCI has allowed riders to mount a conventional (track) time trial machine in their efforts and the likes of Boardman, Obree, Moser, Rominger, and Indurain all...

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  1. Well thankfully Fignon didn’t take aerodynamics all that seriously at a particular time trial in late 1989. Perhaps that rig was his way of overcompensating. »

I like definition, to place things in a box and tightly seal the lid. It makes me feel comfortable, like another of life’s little mysteries has been stored away for safe keeping. I also love ambiguity; it is the space wherein all interesting questions are asked; the unknown is life’s greatest beauty. You might say that makes me a hypo...

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  1. @wiscot Actually it’s a picture from the future of a fat Mark Cavendish and a less fat Bernie Eisel. »

  2. @frank  Yes true, but thanks to  some inter web shenanigans, I was only privy to Doucheboy #1 (on the left) in my initial viewing. Ice cream dude only showed up in my view when I responded. I just hope he’s not staring at Db #1 while doing that. »

  3. @RedRanger About his look, you know this dude’s thinking: “yep, nailed it.” »