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Velominatus: DCR

Order: Level 1 Velominatus

Location: United States

Southwest born and raised. I could never live somewhere without mountains.

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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. Here it goes VSP PICKS: 1. valverde 2. kwiatkowski 3. Rodriquez 4. gilbert 5. Rui Costa »

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. A little disappointed at the effort from the lead group with that last attack. Beautiful effort from Terpstra though. Piss poor broadcasting if you ask me though. »

  2. Initial picks. I may move some around… VSP PICKS: 1. cancellara 2. boonen 3. van avermaet 4. vanmarke 5. kristoff »

I had always imagined that de Ronde van Vlaanderen must be hardest race in the world. The way I worked it out – having never ridden the course of either event at the time – was that de Ronde had the same cobbles as Roubaix, but with 20% grades thrown in. It makes enough sense so long as you don’t know what you’re talking abo...

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  1. I disagree. I felt like he put in lots of the work towards the end catching Van Avermat and wasn’t “towed” to the finish. He was arguing with Vanmarke to take the lead for a good amount after the climb. I may have missed more detail in my excitement thoug… »

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. Spectacular finish. I was jumping and screaming like a school girl. And of course had to go work some excitement out on the bike. Every bump in the road I dreamt of the cobbles and the men that gave it their all today. Chapeau to those who rode today and … »

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. Slight change VSP PICKS: 1. Johansson 2. armistead 3. Borghini 4. Van Der Breggen 5. van dijk »

  2. Can anyone confirm on Vos racing? the start list doesn’t show here racing with Rabo Liv in this years De Ronde VSP PICKS: 1. Johansson 2. Van dijk 3. Borghini 4. Van Der Breggen 5. Armistead »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Boonen 3. VanAvermaet 4. Vanmarcke 5. Terpstra »

Everyone knows you need at least three road bikes – two if you’re absolutely determined to make a point about minimalism. Bike Number One is reserved for good weather and events, and the Rain Bike for inclement weather. Just like our guns need to be pampered and rubbed down whenever we’re off the bike, any time Bike Number One isn...

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  1. I am currently building my Nine Bike. I look forward to the commute on the new steed! Anyone have recommendations on tasteful lights? »

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. I couldn’t find a feed which really sucks. Congrats to johansson! »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Van dijk 2. Armitstead 3. Longo Borghini 4. Johansson 5. Pieters »

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. Cancellara 2. boonen 3. Stannard 4. Degenkold 5. sagan »

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. Congrats to Kristoff. Cancellara put in some good work though. »

  2. Jumping in on this. VSP PICKS: 1. kwiatkowski 2. sagain 3. gilbert 4. Greipel 5. Fabs Cancellara »

I’ve never been able to decide if choices are a gift or a curse; a lack of choices introduces simplicity but also with it the risk that the simple choices do not meet the demands of a complex world. An abundance of similar choices, on the other hand, often reduces the impact of getting things a little bit wrong, but also decreases the thought...

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  1. I rode all last year with a 53/39 and 11-23. I am up to an 11-26 this year but will see how that fairs on the hills. »

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. @ped It’s almost not terrible. But the longer you look the more you realize it’s a terrible combination… »

We’re not really supposed to have favorites, but everyone does. Just ask your parents. So while I’m not supposed to have a favorite, I do, and its Rule #9.Bad weather immediately separates the wheat from the chaff, and so the weekend warriors stay indoors and leave the roads to the devout. I talk most often about riding in the rain, wi...

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  1. True solitude is found in the cold. For some odd reason the paths and roads seem that much quieter when the temperatures drop. Not from the lack of others on the road, it’s at times an eerie stillness. (waiting for the response from a chemist about less … »

2013 was The Year of The Anti-V. In every other year, the Velominati Cogclave to decide The V and The Anit-V awards is full of curses and thrown pint glasses, usually in defense of each of our chosen V-Moments. 2013 saw the same scene, except this time it was for us having too many competing Anti-V Moments and when it came time to discuss the V-Mom...

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  1. I absolutely love the performance of Cancellara in the classics. I am really excited for 2014′s classics and for his hour record attempt as well. »

Forget quick-release skewer, the mechanical derailleur, carbon frames, or disc wheels. Never mind clipless pedals or brake-mounted shifters. Scratch those deep-section road wheels, lightweight helmets, or miracle fabrics.The most important innovation in Cycling had nothing to do with those incremental advances, but rather with the invention of Cycl...

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  1. @Weldertron As do I. what is the purpose of the “high chair” he is riding with? »

We reflect on another year of cycling; who has been naughty and who has been nice. The rusty chain award used to go to the biggest tool of the year but that has been folded into The Anti-V award. In years past the rusty chain award usually went to the present day dopers. Multi-year winners like Danilo “triple threat” Di Luca would now be eligib...

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  1. How fitting to just put “lawyers” what an all encompassing anti-V award. »

The 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 race in question by the time the countdown clock goes to zero...

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  1. @wiscot I am really excited about a showdown between Sagan and Cancellara »

Guido went to extraordinary lengths to shield young Joshua from the horrors of the war. On the way to the camp, a bicycle race passed their truck. As the riders, themselves escaping a life of grim toil, dirty and sweaty from the effort of heaving their heavy steel bikes up the col, rode by, Guido lifted his son from the truck and placed him onto th...

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  1. I find myself lost in the stories and pictures of these men. I pray the history of this sport is never lost. And I encourage all those who have real knowledge of these day to write it down. »

Up here in the Northern Hemisphere, this off-season is the time for rest and repair. The body and bikes need some extra refurbishment. It’s fun fixing up the bike; buying new bits in the bike shop is easy. It’s not as much fun fixing up the body.VLVV, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. “flushing away the dark demons that so easily creep in to our minds.” I love this part here. I spent around a month and a half off the bike due to several factors recently and I can say that these demons are very real. Shedding the mental atrophy one gets… »

Although he was already an active community member, I began my friendship with Dan Richter in early 2012 after he reached out to me regarding some wheels he wanted us to take along on Keepers Tour: Cobbled Classics 2012. At the time, he was an amateur wheel builder making some money on the side selling his wheels on eBay. Like many of us in this co...

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  1. @Rob I agree on most points. I went through and read the comments and the response from MS last night. While I am inclined to have more respect for Spec. I think it will take some time to get the bitter taste out of most peoples mouths. While the success … »

  2. I wan’t to know what happened behind doors with Fuji. I wonder if ASI contacted specialized in regards to this as well. My knowledge of corporate america and the company I work for would lead me to believe there is a real possibility that some shit was ki… »