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Velominatus: Chica

Order: Level 3 Velominatus

Location: winter park, fl

Chica was the name given to me by a local pro when I first started working, wide-eyed and naive, at my local bike shop. It spread like wildfire. Years later, there are still people that have no idea what my given name is. That's kind of awesome. Currently, I'm a cycling photographer. It took a severe back injury for me to get into cycling. With gymnastics being too high impact, I needed a new sport to throw myself into. I'm way too into road, and I have a freakish memory when it comes to race results. Some may say that's a bad thing, but I'm pretty sure none of those people are Velominati.

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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. VSP PICKS: 1. Philippe Gilbert 2. Michal Kwiatkowski 3. Alejandro Valverde 4. Daniel Moreno 5. Bauke Mollema »

Wednesday sees the return of the women to the VSP. More notably, we see the return of Marianne Vos to the road. She’s won this race five of the last seven years. It makes me wonder if the rest of the field have already resigned themselves to racing for second. On the other hand, Vos hasn’t been racing of late and may not be as sharp as...

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  1. I am completely incapable of choosing anyone other than Vos for the win. VSP PICKS: 1. Marianne Vos 2. Emma Johansson 3. Ellen van Dijk 4. Evelyn Stevens 5. Elizabeth Armitstead »

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. Picking Piti always makes me feel dirty. VSP PICKS: 1. Alejandro Valverde 2. Michal Kwiatkowski 3. Philippe Gilbert 4. Joaquím Rodríguez 5. Roman Kreuziger »

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. Roubaix is my redemption race.  Come on, lads!  I need the points! VSP PICKS: 1. Fabian Cancellara 2. Tom Boonen 3. Sep Vanmarcke 4. Edvald Boasson Hagen 5. Greg Van Avermaet »

This needs no introduction. The Spring Classics are truly upon us. The course has been modified yet again, it is tougher? The riders make the race and the 2014 Ronde van Vlaanderen is loaded with racers who could win or make the Velominati VSP placings. Just to pick the winner will not be nearly as easy as it has been recently. There are small clo...

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  1. Can’t seem to find the fantastic VSP karma from last year.  A roll of the dice, and here we go. VSP PICKS: 1. Peter Sagan 2. Fabian Cancellara 3. Tom Boonen 4. Geraint Thomas 5. Sep Vanmarcke »

Vlaanderen. Its no accident the Flemish word for Flanders starts with a V; there is nothing simple or easy about riding a bike here. If it isn’t wind, its steep bergs. If it isn’t tarmac, its cobbles. Most of the time, its all three. Oh, and the weather there sucks. In fact, Flanders doesn’t have weather – it has VVeather.De...

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  1. Total crapshoot, but here’s hoping. VSP PICKS: 1. Emma Johansson 2. Eleonora Van Dijk 3. Lucinda Brand 4. Loes Gunnewijk 5. Elizabeth Armitstead »

The Kemmelberg is a brute. In my opinion, its the hardest of the cobbled climbs in the Spring Classics; it has a high speed tarmac approach that saps the guns of their snap. The transition from tarmac to cobbles is awful, the stones are very badly laid throughout and if you don’t hit it just right, you’ll come to a standstill. The cobbl...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Peter Sagan 2. Fabian Cancellara 3. Tom Boonen 4. Edvald Boasson Hagen 5. Greg Van Avermaet »

This is the kick off of the VSP for women’s racing, though the women have already kicked it off with the Ronde van Drenthe in the Netherlands. Now it’s down to Northern Italy, Varese, by Lago Maggiore, but this is a climbers course, more in the mountains than by the lake. And yes, Sunday is also Gent-Wevelgem for women but Trofeo is par...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Elisa Longo Borghini 2. Emma Johansson 3. Eleonora Van Dijk 4. Giorgia Bronzini 5. Loes Gunnewijk »

Het Volk (it will always be Het Volk to me) and now the Strade Bianche may well mark the sentimental beginning to the season, but those are specialized, pre-season races that appeal mostly to riders who are preparing for bigger objectives later in the year, such as the Cobbled or Ardennes Classics. Same goes for Tirreno Adriatico and Paris-Nice; t...

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  1. Finally, the season has properly begun – the return of fantastic racing and the VSP! The prizes are amazing, but truth be told, I was fighting tooth and nail for just the apron last year.  Seriously going to step up my game.  Come on lads, and earn me so… »

In the days of Anquetil, this was considered the most prestigious individual time trial on the calendar, and he made his name early by winning the event as an amateur at 19. It was also 100km in length, which brings up the point that maybe everyone in our generation should be banned from ever breathing the phrase, “Rule #5″.These days,...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Ellen van Dijk 2. Amber Neben 3. Jeannie Longo 4. Longo Borghini 5. Olga Zabelinskaia »

Il Lombardia, this is the race of the fallen leaves. This fall classic is a beautiful race in a beautiful region of Italy. The arduous route may change year to year but what does not change is the Italian need to win this thing. There is some national pride at stake here after the Italian men finished off the podium in Firenze. Bergamo to Lecco, 24...

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  1. Shots in the dark.  I swear, the harder I think about this, the worse I do… VSP PICKS: 1. Joaquím Rodríguez Oliver 2. Vincenzo Nibali 3. Peter Sagan 4. Alejandro Valverde 5. Michal Kwiatkowski »

The world championship road race stands out among all other one-day races as the one where the winner is awarded both a curse and a jersey to carry for the next 12 months. It also inspires way too many riders to wear white bibs, which is an alarming trend in itself and one which I hope Brian Cookston, the new UCI President, prioritizes over the dop...

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  1. Looks like it will be a race for a hardman who can go well in shit weather.  Come on, lads!  A win in the overall is out of reach, but I’d like to keep second place. I didn’t even pick him for a podium finish, but I still feel dirty picking Piti. VSP PI… »

Where: Montecatini Terme to Firenze, ItalyWhen: September 28 Continue reading...

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  1. Don’t let me down, Vos!  I desperately need the points! VSP PICKS: 1. Marianne Vos 2. Giorgia Bronzini 3. Emma Johansson 4. Ellen Van Dijk 5. Elisa Longo Borghini »

There is something about a time trial that lets you go spelunking in undiscovered caverns of The Cave. Contort your body into the sleekest position you can, make the bike as uncomfortable as possible, and then rev your cardiovascular system up to the anaerobic threshold for as long as possible. Its food for legend.Being a diesel helps, churning the...

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  1. @eightzero Ooh… you know, I’m curious to see that, too.  Great idea! »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Evelyn Stevens 2. Emma Johansson 3. Ellen Van Dijk 4. Elisa Longo Borghini 5. Loes Gunnewijk »

Brittany is the kind of area that produces strong-minded and strong-bodied people; I’m looking at you, Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault. It produces this type of person because that’s what windy farming land does to people. Brittany is also lumped full of short, steep hills, and we all know what that means: its a perfect place for...

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  1. @Mikael Liddy Ooh, fantastic!  Thank you.  Really wish it wasn’t so hard to find decent coverage of women’s racing. »

  2. @xyxax Thanks for the suggestions!  I really appreciate it. »

  3. Shots in the dark, but I need the points!  I’d love to find this streaming somewhere. VSP PICKS: 1. Marianne Vos 2. Emma Johansson 3. Ellen Van Dijk 4. Evelyn Stevens 5. Lizzie Armitstead »

Seriously. Is it almost September? This was not the agreement, this was supposed to be an endless summer. And all you A-Holes down there in the Antipodes are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, enjoying longer days and shorter nights. I don’t need to tell you where you can take that, but it’s dark and it smells. I have no patien...

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  1. After I Delgado’d a few VSP races, I am shocked to find myself sitting in second.  I thought I had no chance of catching @dancollins, but after reading Frank’s race commentary, I can honestly say that I am way more interested in the Vuelta than I’ve ever … »

Since it appears that the descents are where the action is in this year’s Tour de France, we thought we’d forgo our usual Mountain-Top Finish for the Stage VSP and instead go for what I’m guessing might be a real cracker of a stage into Le Grand Bornand. In 2009, the Schleck Tandem hadn’t yet discovered their collective dra...

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  1. Total crapshoot, but who can resist the allure of new cycling shoes?  A small break stays away, and the GC group rounds out the final two slots. VSP PICKS: 1. Johnny Hoogerland 2. Cadel Evans 3. Sylvain Chavanel 4. Nairo Quintana 5. Joaquím Rodríguez »

This is the women’s Giro and it just happens to take place in early July, bad timing or good timing, at least the Italians step up and do a mini-Grand Tour. Here is the start list. Unfortunately we cannot be giving away more bikes and wheels for this race, but bragging rights and points are useful. Do I have any insightful things to say about...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Marianne Vos 2. Ellen Van Dijk 3. Loes Gunnewijk 4. Giorgia Bronzini 5. Mara Abbott »

The early eighties saw the tide change in the European Peloton. Components were taking on a new, curvy shape as they left their boxy forms behind. The glint of toe clips in the sun would become a rarer sight as the move towards clipless pedals would take hold in 1985. English speakers were winning the big races classically won by continental Pros.T...

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  1. I am not feeling confident about this at all.  Ride like hell for leather, boys! VSP PICKS: 1. Chris Froome 2. Alberto Contador 3. Joaquím Rodríguez 4. Tejay van Garderen 5. Richie Porte »

The mighty VSP generator has been switched on once again. The mil-spec hydraulic fluid has been changed since the Giro. A new power take-off belt has also been installed. And the punch card reader has been refurbished.Broome and Berti are already riding the Critérium du Dauphiné. The top contenders prefer the Dauphiné for the decent recovery all...

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  1. Do a good job, lads — I need the points!  Honestly, I think I would’ve had an easier time picking for the Dauphiné.  I never seem to call Suisse with any degree of accuracy. VSP PICKS: 1. Tejay van Garderen 2. Dan Martin 3. Rui Costa 4. Thibaut Pinot 5… »

Twiggo is dreaming of a Giro-Tour double. He has sent out mixed messages about his Tour ambitions. Will he use the Giro as the ultimate Tour preparation or will be burn all his matches in May and hope he can find another pack for July? He has abandoned his successful 2012 Tour run-up strategy of winning every stage race he entered the previous spri...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vincenzo Nibali 2. Ryder Hesjedal 3. Bradley Wiggins 4. Michele Scarponi 5. Sergio Henao »

There is something to love about a race that makes a deviation to its route for the simple joy of sending a fleet of professional riders up a fiendishly steep and narrow ramp. The Cote du Stockeu offers zero benefit to the route from a logistical standpoint – in fact, all it does is complicate things. On the way down from the Cote de Wanne &#...

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  1. Is it sad when you wake up in a blind panic because you thought you Delgado’d Liege?  Happened to me last night.  Come on, lads!  Earn me some points! VSP PICKS: 1. Philippe Gilbert 2. Sergio Henao Montoya 3. Alejandro Valverde 4. Michal Kwiatkowski 5. … »