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God loves a trier

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Have you ever been told to take a good look at yourself? Usually it infers that you need to smarten up your ideas, get your shit together, shape up or ship out. If Viagra eyedrops had an advertising campaign, (or indeed existed), their tagline would be: “Take a long, hard look at yourself.”Most Cyclists need to take a long hard look at...

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  1. That there is one of the most Velominatian articles for some time! I guess like all fine wines, it does take a newbie sometime to mature, but a little direction should always be encouraged »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Stybar 2. Vanmarke 3. Faboo 4. Van Avermaet 5. Phinney »

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. at the third time of asking….. »

  2. http://beerplanet.eu/includes/show_beer.php?pic=../catalog/images/beers-1/104200205-BRUGSE-ZOT-DUBBEL-beer.jpg »

  3. A sideshow from such a belter of a race, is the discovery of new things Sofa jumping brought to us by this wonderous nectar – tried  a few different ones, but the Dubbel of Brutges Zot was the daddy yesterday, and laid waste to us in no uncertain fashion… »

  4. Brains and braun wins over braun and no brains – what a race – that has to be one of the best ever – gotto get my slot back in that tree on the Kwaaremont for 2015! »

  5. …and Thomas »

  6. Agghhhh, Delgaaaddooooo!!!! I did declare that Stybar was doing the double in the RVV and PR about a month ago, so expect a call from my legal team if he does so 1. Stybar 2. Stybar 3. Stybar 4. Stybar 5. Stybar »

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. @Chris Classics season means V-blethering, so I am afraid I am back for the summer – I’m sure I can mix the two Does the pitstop work well? Have you now got a tubeless tub aka Stan’s system? You haven’t jammed it into the slow leaking tub yet? »

  2. @Chris Better glue your tyres on back to front again, they might need you yet, with their current level of attrition Speaking of that, why is there no Keepers Tour this year (I’m sure this has been debated endlessly while I’ve been sailing the winter a… »

  3. Don’t fancy EBH’s chances much with no team mates Stybar for the win next two weekends, after they chase down Trentin, then Keisse, then Terpstra with a late charge – Boonen will have to stay in the pack and waste time with Faboo and Millions-Billions »

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. Blimey, due reverence to rain bikes – dismantled my rain bike last weekend, and was overcome with guilt and expense as every fourth bolt I released snapped off, leaving me with two banjaxed derailleurs and a cahin that makes a circle in two separate plane… »

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. @bunji I think the European Head’s of State should introduce a few new consanants, to allow us to speak with a Belgian accent at this time of the year – how do you spell the phonetic opening of Gent – Gh is close, but will lead to a lot of folk thinking… »

Evolution doesn’t really seem to be part of the picture anymore, at least not where humans and our direct reports are concerned. We control an astounding number of genetic defects in ourselves, our pets, and agriculture while Science and Technology give Natural Selection swirlies in the locker room.Take exercise-induced asthma, which is a con...

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  1. @frank Worth bearing in mind that your calf muscles are actually contracting and relaxing when your knee sweeps through a circle, so are actually working quite hard when your foot to ground angle is constant – having loose ankles seems mighty inefficie… »

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. Stybar 2. Vanmarke 3. Cancellara 4. Stannard 5. Thomas »

  2. I’m going to put Stybar down as winner for all races between now and May 1st, as he is an animal VSP PICKS: 1. Stybar 2. Vanmarke 3. Cancellara 4. Stannard 5. Thomas »

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. Wat is wrong with Tomeke? Was he not meant to ride MSR? »

  2. 1. Sagan 2. Thomas 3. Faboo 4. Stannard 5. Gilbert »

Omloop het Nieuwsblad is fast approaching on March 1st, Strade Bianche goes off the next weekend; finally, ladies and gentlemen, we have a season. For me the racing season really has to start in cold, wet Europe. I like the Tour Down Under just fine, I watch it, but it’s too early, too sunny and too hot to signify the start of the racing season...

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  1. Excuse me…… »

  2. ….is it because the Belgian’s don’t seem to bother with hedges or walls or something, but you can tell you are watching a Belgian bike race as soon as you swith the telly on »

  3. @Rob just watching KBK made me yearn for blasting around the Belgian roads again – there is something special about them, almost as if they were designed for cycling rather than vehicles I’ve just laced some HEC C2 tubular rims to take 25mm Veloflex Rou… »

  4. Wow, what a race Kuurne Brussels and back was – won’t spoil it for anyone, as whilst the pic above shows the finish, the bit from halfway on was legend - well worth watching from just before the Kwaremont on – lashings more V in a very different sort of w… »

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. @frank have you still not fitted an edit button to this site for the carefree typists to take the bad look off their post on reflection? »

  2. Blimey, to late an entrance in this thread, the scientists have whipped out the spreadsheets…. Why doesn’t someone come out with an11-19, and 28 10 speed sproket cluster, as I can’t find one thus reducing you to a choix of two – in the right gear, or b… »

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. @RoubaixInTwoYears hey, they’ll be after you next to drop your V-moniker! Roubaix belongs to no-one – it belongs in the centre of what is the very essence of cycling – the pinnacle of suffering As a S- Roubaix owner and rider, I was very disappointed to… »