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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. @KW Woah! I can’t imagine the level of battering it takes to climb in the car with the cameras pointing at you. I feel horrid. We’ll all DNF at various times, but to be the defending champ in Le Tour? Shit. I feel real bad. »

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. Not a clue. Hopefully the grab bag yields a few points. VSP PICKS: 1. Faboo 2. Sagan 3. Terpstra 4. Gilbert 5. Boonen »

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. I’m hedging on a select group or a sprint of some sort. Farrar’s head has been poking up at the pointy end of things this season. Perhaps that scare with not getting renewed at Garmin boosted his motivation for the season. VSP PICKS: 1. Tyler Farrar 2. … »

I read recently that a number of Pros like to ride the turbo for an hour or so before having breakfast in the morning to jump start the old metabolic system. Which means that now I ride the trainer for an hour in the morning before breakfast. I think the Pros probably do it to lose weight, and I do it partly for that reason but also to burn off th...

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  1. @wiscot I agree. This winter in the Midwest has been terribly cold and snowy. Far more time inside than I’d like. I managed to do 40K with the temp -14C and snow falling from the sky, but I was pretty frozen when I made it home. I am with the rollers cr… »

An ancient Velominati legend states that when the The Prophet created the common fly, he gave it a maximum air speed of exactly 12 kilometers per hour. When he created the common Cyclist, on the other hand, he gave us a maximum climbing speed of 11.9 kilometers per hour.The worst flies on the planet live in the Pyrenees, where it is hot and humid...

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  1. I was climbing in a fly-infested zone and flatted and ripped the sidewall out of the tire. I swapped the full tire (extra prepared that day thankfully!) and both arms and legs were mostly black from flies drinking my sweat. On the way back down, it felt … »

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. I really enjoyed the moments when the racers had ascended into the fog. The moto was stuck behind the commissar’s car, so no one knew what was happening. They stayed with that moto once it was clear, so the suspense of seeing what the positioning would be… »

  2. Hot damn that was a hell of a race. Pure mayhem. I was watching it with someone that had never seen a bike race before, trying to explain what was happening as motos were crashing and people were blowing up everywhere was, say, interesting? »

  3. @Nate He would have placed higher that year, but he was ferrying Lance up a climb after a crash — I don’t remember the stage — before they finally let him off the leash, at which point he didn’t lose much time the rest of the race. »

  4. @Cyclops YES! I wonder how spunky Purito will feel tomorrow? Is he going to leapfrog Valverde or even Nibali? I feel good about Horner, though. »

  5. @ramenvelo Nibali’s latest interviews do seem to have a certain amount of resignation to the fact he’s going to explode on the Angliru and cede the race to Horner. It is unusual, given Nibali still has the lead, however slender that may be. »

  6. This course has really brought out something special. Almost every mountain stage (of which there are been many) has been entertaining. I wonder if everyone will wait until Saturday or if tomorrow is going to be flat-out racing the whole day. There are b… »

  7. Based on Valverde catching him before the line, Nibali looked like he went too hard to stay with J-Rod and Horner and blew up a bit. Saturday is going to be mayhem. »

  8. A couple thoughts I’ve had about Old Man Horner’s performance, based mostly around the fact that I really like the guy, so I’m thinking from that aspect: 1.)This parcours is ideal for a climber like him. He lost a bundle of time in the ITT, but for the T… »

  9. @Deakus Absolutely, both the fight for the stage win and the fight amongst the GC riders had drama. With the gap only 28 seconds, the Angliru is going to be a cage match. »

  10. Riders all over the mountain today. That was a seriously messy stage. Basso is gone. Roche is done. Valverde and Purito dropped quite a bit. Are we down to Nibali and Horner? »

  11. GILBERT! He finally got his win. Very happy for him. »

  12. @Buck Rogers It’s going to be an interesting road race too. Faboo has been crushing people on the climbs while working for Old Man Horner. I’ve always like Cancellra, so I like seeing him going really well. »

  13. HORNER!!!!  What a ride. Damn. »

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  1. @meursault Faboo certainly wears 13 upside-down, a quick search of the web will reveal. I believe Horner is making a joke reference to 2013, as he hasn’t had the greatest of luck this year, knee problems and all that. »

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. @eenies The Vuelta has been great for the past few years. Froome vs Cobo. Contador et al. attacking from the get-go last year. Plus, I’m very much partial to desert scenery, so I enjoy the barrenness of the landscape through which they race, makes me long… »

We are the Keepers of the Cog. In so being, we also maintain the sacred text wherein lie the simple truths of cycling etiquette known as The Rules. It is in our trust to maintain and endorse this list.The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path to La Vie Velominatus, not at the end; learning to balance them against one another and to welcome them...

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  1. An homage to Rule #13 by Old Man Horner: »

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. Whew! Another great escape to watch at the end there. That finish couldn’t have been much closer. Hopefully, today was a sign Gilbert is getting back where he needs to be. I’d hate to see him go winless this year. »

  2. Holy Tony! I was standing on my office chair shouting. I wonder what the winner feels like knowing everyone — no doubt even his family — watching that race wanted him to lose because Martin was putting on such a show. »

  3. I don’t think anyone that did the Le Tour will win the Vuelta, that just doesn’t seem to be the way things are going lately. With 11 summit finishes, this race should be great. The last few years have been something. Plus, the Spanish landscape reminds me… »

As surely as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, if you ride a bicycle you can bet your ass against an apple that you are going to get a flat. Not if, but when. Death and taxes, and all that.This could be Pierre or Antonio or Jean-Michel, most likely a name that rolls off the tongue with the same ease he rolled his dead tubular from the...

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  1. @Puffy I’m with @ChrisO. 28 flats for this year? That seems really high. I think I’m around 5 or 6 flats for the year, putting me around 2000km/flat with plenty of those miles on chip-sealed, pot-holed Michigan roads. What tires do you run? GP4000s have… »