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

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This article started off as a Reverence for the Camelbak Podium, and might still be, who knows, it’s late and my mind is scrambled. As often happens when searching for a suitable image for an article, tangents often appear from nowhere and derail the original train of thought. Soon one finds oneself careening out of control towards the only...

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  1. @sthilzy love the chart. In my mind I fit different roles  depending on the day. As for the camelback. The newer style looks loads better on a bike and unloads maximum hydrating flows for those really hard efforts. Best bottle I have used. »

You can only spend so much time with the Schlecks before you start talking like them, and the fabulous Fabs seems to have crossed the threshold. I’ve heard more complaining from him this season than I have talk about pushing harder on the pedals or going steady up with more speed or going full gas like everyone else, but just doing it for ...

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  1. I don’t get the extreme aggression you have towards fabian @Buck Rogers. Whining aside (which is getting annoying as of late.)Maybe lay off the cocaine with tommeke. »

  2. I hardly consider him uninspiring. Strada biancha  was a phenomenal show. Working equally with Sagan to keep the hounds away, and after a beautiful effort he buried Peter on the last climb. I think his efforts go to show what a great rider he can become. … »

This is big. This is the race that decides the arc-en-ciel  jersey for the next year. It is the best looking jersey. It carries the most baggage. It also brings the most respect. The World Championship is a circuit race of attrition. In Ponferrada Spain it’s an 182 km loop done seven times, with a total of 2142 m of climbing. Is it a climber...

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  1. Here’s to a great race! VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Armistead 3. Johansson 4. Ferrand-prevot 5. Stevens »

You can only spend so much time with the Schlecks before you start talking like them, and the fabulous Fabs seems to have crossed the threshold. I’ve heard more complaining from him this season than I have talk about pushing harder on the pedals or going steady up with more speed or going full gas like everyone else, but just doing it for ...

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  1. Blah. Not happy with the picks. Excited to watch the race though! VSP PICKS: 1. Faboo 2. Gerans 3. Kristoff 4. Sagan 5. Van avermaet »

It never gets easier, you just go faster. - Greg LeMond Rule #5 looms above the other Rules in terms of sheer relevance to Cycling; it is the fundamental building block upon which this sport is built. The Five is what drives us, it is the force that springs from a well that flows deep within each of us. It must be discovered, and then we learn...

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  1. I love the long climbs. Nothing compares to the mental stages you progress through km to km. »

If Tony gets a flat or two and loses this time trial, bookies will be jumping off bridges into the Thames. It’s a lock, man, it’s a lock. There, it is now jinxed. You are welcome. Picking second through fifth will take some acumen. Will these be Vuelta riders or does that just hold true for the road race? Tony could have a jour sans. Co...

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  1. Hope there is a record made! VSP PICKS: 1. Tony Martin 2. Wiggins 3. Dennis 4. Van Garderen 5. Malori »

All hail, the Worlds are upon us. The time trials should be events where all VSP participants can rack up some decent points. Remove team tactics, national team versus trade team allegiances, using this event to train for another event, bonking and hanging onto team cars from the equation. All one is left with are possible flat tire, possible mecha...

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  1. best guesses… VSP PICKS: 1. van dijk 2. Villumsen 3. Brennauer 4. Solovey 5. Stevens »

First run in 2002, the GP de Plouay-Bretagne is part of the women’s UCI World Cup series.  It’s 4.5 laps totaling 121km. As usual, there is little information or publicity for yet another women’s UCI race. Here is a start list. Here is the official French website. And yes, Ms. Vos won the last two editions. We regret the lack of...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Johansson 3. Armistead 4. Cromwell 5. Pooley »

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. We will see… VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. Froome 3. Uran 4. Aru 5. Rodriguez »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. GILBERT Philippe 2. MOLLEMA Bauke 3. VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro 4. RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquin 5. VAN GARDEREN Tejay »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Bronzini 2. Vos 3. K wild 4. Armistead 5. johansson »

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. Last I heard Faboo has shelved his hour record attempt. I like his stance on the subject as well, said that the romance of the traditional hour record held by Merckx had nostalgia being able to compare ones self with the greats of cycling. »

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. @VeloJello It is a litespeed Vortex. The light 6/4 Ti makes for a wonderfully lite bike. @Teocalli Yes I do realize the bidon cages detract from the aesthetics. The bike was recently used for a bit of gravel/tarmac riding to the tune of 100+km  and… »

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. Fantastic stage today. I love seeing Nibali put more and more time into the other blokes. He has a commanding lead and yet feels the need to say “Wait! I have more pain to dish out. I will assert my dominance not by just beating you but obliterating the p… »

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. Quick shot of the commuter… »

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. @Rob I would be happy to see him pull it out. From the stories I have heard of him I don’t doubt his resolve. I just fear injury, which in this tour seams to be running rampant. I am all for a friendly bet of a cycling cap! It’s the go to bet between frie… »

  2. @Buck Rogers Not going to rub anyone’s nuts here but there is a big difference when a rider is a top GC contender and one that is riding as support. And I will bet money Talansky drops the tour after his multitude of crashes. »

Rule #33- Legs are to be carefully shaved at all times.This is one of the Rules that really defines the term Cyclist to the Velominati. Discussions about Rule #33 flare up on the site occasionally, burn brightly then smolder out. Between faces and legs, it is a lot of man-scraping. Rule #33 is a task master. Compliance is one thing, defending i...

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  1. @piwakawaka Very true. But in the dead of the summer when temperatures reach into the triple digits I usually prefer short sleeves to long. As it is I don’t shave the arms. Anyone else here chime in on arm shaving? »

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. rest day swaps. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Nibali 2. Froome 3. Valverde 4. Port 5. talansky »

Rule #33- Legs are to be carefully shaved at all times.This is one of the Rules that really defines the term Cyclist to the Velominati. Discussions about Rule #33 flare up on the site occasionally, burn brightly then smolder out. Between faces and legs, it is a lot of man-scraping. Rule #33 is a task master. Compliance is one thing, defending i...

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  1. What about shaved arms? »

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. Froome went down… possible wrist injury. That should feel amazing tomorrow on the cobbles! »

Maybe it’s the narcissist in me or maybe I never really learned how to share properly, but I prefer my birthday over Christmas. My birthday is the one day of the year where everything is about me. No feigning interest in other people’s gifts, no getting distracted by any greater meaning. Just me and my loot, as it was meant to be. Spea...

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  1. Love the view on this. Perfect way to describe the monstrosity that is tdf. »

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. Simon is fine, bruising and road rash but says he will be up for a fight tomorrow. He didn’t seem to keen on blaming anyone. »

  2. Jens Voigt is laying down the V. »