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Velominatus: ChrisO

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Location: Abu Dhabi

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An Aussie, transplanted to Britain and living in Abu Dhabi and now Dubai. One wife, two cats, three kids and four bikes. The wife and kids live in London, the bikes live with me, mostly. I'm a TV person - originally journalism, then consultancy and project management and now in audience research and ratings. On average I ride 10,000+km each year. I love club and group riding and have got more into racing, especially stage races and events. In the past I've done a bit of audax too. I have a Ridley Noah, a custom-built steel Roberts, a Colnago Master and a Pearson fixie.

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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. @Harminator I love Cairo traffic – don’t you think it’s just like being in the peloton in a bike race? You have to anticipate where everyone will go, how they are moving, slowing, who’s about to change their line – I’d love to have a go. But your point … »

  2. The heavy transport lobby in the UK and Europe has consistently opposed improvements to mirror and safety features designed to improve visibility and awareness of vulnerable users like cyclists. Because it will add cost to the outfitting (and retro-fitti… »

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. @wiscot Apparently not – designed by one of the women in the team. http://road.cc/content/news/130260-brian-cookson-says-uci-case-over-colombian-womens-team-kit »

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. @Rob I have a theory here Rob… which is that in this modern age the rides seem less heroic, not quite so epic, because we see them all unfold minute-by-minute. Had Merckx, Coppi et al been televised live for every moment of their races I suspect the w… »

  2. @Steampunk And in the end Froome is second by 1:10, having lost 1:01 in TTs. Marginal gains, marginal losses. »

  3. @Steampunk But they started with a TTT, where Sky lost 8 seconds to Saxo-Tinkoff, and then Stage 10 was an ITT where Froome lost 53 seconds to Contador. Froome is trying to make up time mostly lost in TTs, and as you say Contador is quite rightly takin… »

@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. Your daughter sounds amazing – I hope she wins that daily fight for many years to come. Hemingway I think said courage was ‘grace under pressure’ and it sounds like she’s made of the stuff. And your example of dealing with it is an inspiration. If anyone… »

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. It’s not what you ride or even how you ride, it’s WHY you ride. A cyclist is someone who rides just to ride. Because they enjoy cycling. Someone who didn’t have to ride, but did. Commuters are not cyclists per se and people riding to the shops are not c… »

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  1. @Barracuda So this is my second reply to @Barracuda… first one (from home laptop) didn’t appear, this is from work laptop in the office. Pretty sure it hasn’t been confined to one or the other though. I very occasionally look at the site on mobile … »

  2. @Barracuda No, it’s either my laptop at home or PC at work. But it has happened on both. Seems to have been cleared now, as the replies above have now appeared. But I’ve been and gone several times now, like Cadel Evans on a mountain climb. Frank thi… »

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. Our mornings have got down to about 24-25 C at 0530. Believe it or not the thought of toe-covers momentarily popped into my head last week. »

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  1. @frank Trying again… ironically my reply last night didn’t appear. That’s the weird thing. I can post, then I can’t, then I can, then I can’t. This is probably the third time it’s happened now. Each time I try a couple of posts before giving up and c… »

  2. @frank Thanks Frank. I think there were three or four at least – it seemed to happen in two bursts, so I could post, then I couldn’t, then I could, then I couldn’t and now it seems OK. This would be where to insert that gif about production bugs, if I ha… »

  3. @Deakus Yes but they never appear, so it isn’t being held in a moderation queue and then approved. Unless the moderators are mortally offended by my opinions on latex tubes. Did I mention that my sister makes five hundred dollars a day working from ho… »

  4. Oh, hurrah… while I’m on site can I issue a plea for help @Frank. I don’t know what’s going on but frequently I’m unable to post. I submit and they just disappear, and it seems to be random. I post OK and then an hour later, it’s not OK. Not that anyo… »

The Bike. It is the central tool in pursuit of our craft. A Velominatus meticulously maintains their bicycles and adorns them with the essential, yet minimal, accoutrement. The Rules specify the principles of good taste in configuration and setup of our machines, but within those principles lies almost infinite room for personal taste.It seems in s...

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  1. @il muro di manayunk You’ve certainly got your position dialed in the same on both, judging by the saddle and bar heights. Given the similarity between the bikes what makes the Bianchi #1 and the Felt #2 and do you use them for different things? I found… »

Brett’s recent post about Jensie brings up the dilemma of professional cycling for me. I admire many of cycling’s famous riders yet I don’t admire cheaters. Luckily for me I can fervently embrace opposable ideas within my consciousness and sleep well at night. Which also means I would have been one of those cheaters. I also see the tangle...

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  1. @therealpeel I think if you asked fans they would prefer the sport to be clean. Barry Bonds isn’t exactly a hero is he. But NFL and Baseball are more businesses than sports so it isn’t surprising that they persuade the fans they are getting what they re… »

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. @wiscot I may be wrong and I can’t find a reference but… I seem to recall that national federations can set rules, or at least have a big say, about national jerseys. Hence the French jersey for example is your basic tricolor, whatever sponsor names … »

Brett’s recent post about Jensie brings up the dilemma of professional cycling for me. I admire many of cycling’s famous riders yet I don’t admire cheaters. Luckily for me I can fervently embrace opposable ideas within my consciousness and sleep well at night. Which also means I would have been one of those cheaters. I also see the tangle...

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  1. @Dino The Why? is fairly clear I think. Competitive athletes have to have some level of external motivation – otherwise they would just go and do their thing quietly on their own and not tell anyone. To them the recognition, reward and ability to do… »

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. Oh, good I can post again… for now. I seem to have been sent to the spam queue for the last few days. »

  2. Mapei seem to do business in Dubai and I often get a little thrill when I see their cars, decked out in the Mapei pattern. I’ll try to grab a picture of one. »

Jump to: Scoring Guidelines • Prizes • Schedule • ResultsThe Velominati Super Prestige is a season-long competition wherein readers will be submitting their predictions for the top five finishers of each qualifying race.  In order to qualify, your picks via the VSP Picks form above the posts section of the VSP Event article pertaining to the...

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  1. @Deakus Schleckholm Syndrome? Not to be confused with BrianHolm Syndrome, which is the antidote. »

  2. @Deakus I could almost forgive him until he  started moaning about people not wearing helmets… in the Netherlands. No coming back from that one. »

PerfectionThe fifth Cogal to be held in Scotland will tackle what is considered to be the UK’s toughest road climb, the famed Bealach Na Ba (Pass of the Cattle) Wester Ross. Rising from sea level to 626m in 10km, this jewel is the closest thing to a true Alpine pass that Britain has to offer. For anyone thinking that this is it, be advised that...

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  1. Perfection

    The fifth Cogal to be held in Scotland will tackle what is considered to be the UK’s toughest road climb, the famed Bealach Na Ba (Pass of the Cattle) Wester Ross. Rising from sea level to 626m in 10km, this jewel is the closest thing to a true Alpine pass that Britain has to offer. For anyone thinking that this is it, be advised that the total climbing for the 144km ride is 2770m and this is only on day 1. Day 2 will be shorter (70km)but being the Scottish Highlands will not be flat. Did I not mention that this is a weekend event? Hell yes!

    Lodgings are available in the Kinlochewe Hotel where pre ride espresso and post ride recovery beverages will be taken. The hardy will share the attached 12 bed bunkhouse whilst those who demand a greater degree of comfort can stay in the hotel itself. Tel 01445 730253 to book in.

    Join us UK based Velominati, for what will undoubtedly be a rugged classic.

    Route Day 1: http://www.strava.com/routes/98589 Day 2: To be decided over beer.

    VLVV

    JohnB

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    Date - August 23, 2014 - August 24, 2014
    8:05 AM - 8:30 PM

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@ChrisO's posts:

  1. @frank Fair enough – anything to get rid of the spam. You may have considered this but would it not be possible to just apply the clearance to someone’s first post? And once they are ‘approved’ as non-spammers be able to post freely. That would also red… »