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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...

@Daccordi Rider's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Contador 2. Valverde 3. Froome 4. Purito 5. Rolland »

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...

@Daccordi Rider's posts:

  1. Only 11 Aussies in the peloton, 9 Yanks. What’s going on England? Poor show chaps. I hope Bertie hits this one out of the park. »

Climbing is something I enjoy more than I am good at it; any time I see a new road pointing up to the heavens, I find myself irresistibly drawn to explore where it leads. Every season I come to the conclusion that my training routes are all very hilly and I arrive at the brilliant idea that I should plot out a new course which seeks out the flatt...

@Daccordi Rider's posts:

  1. @VeloSix It’s interesting to see what people’s tactics are in approaching KOM’s in races. I have a pretty good success rate being more of a goat myself. We use Old Willunga and nearby Wickhams hill in these races. They are 10 minute 3km climbs that bot… »

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...

@Daccordi Rider's posts:

  1. @frank Which would lead you to wonder why Pettachi is left out, surely they need a climbing domestique? »

  2. @piwakawaka Was a great couple of days. Great watching Bertie soar. Interesting to note he was the only guy Sur le Plaque on those last two climbs. Showing some real strength. »

There are two ways in life to be good at something. The first way is the most obvious, which is to actually be good at something. This is harder than it sounds because you need things like skills, talent, fortitude, and light sabers. The other way doesn’t require those things but it has its own challenges; basically, you have to be holistical...

@Daccordi Rider's posts:

  1. Is #21 Luca Paolini’s dad? »

For the simple reason that the Cobbled and Ardennes Classics are behind us, I have not alternative but to get back on my soap box about the Giro being the best of the three Grand Tours. Well, usually, at least. Last year’s race sucked the big one (even if it was supremely Rule #9), but for the most part it is the race that is the most c...

@Daccordi Rider's posts:

  1. Pretty pumped to see how these next few days play out. Stelvio and Gavia followed by Zoncolan in one week is some kind of viewing heaven! Still hoping the old man toughs it out whist each of the young uns suffer a bad day. With the cold and damp a great p… »

“You ruined a heap of photos!” Not the words you want to hear when the photos in question are ones you didn’t shoot, but were in. “How?” “You’re too low, too compressed.” At least he didn’t say I was ugly. “And you’re ugly.”When you work with professional photographers, you pic...

@Daccordi Rider's posts:

  1. @Teocalli »

For the simple reason that the Cobbled and Ardennes Classics are behind us, I have not alternative but to get back on my soap box about the Giro being the best of the three Grand Tours. Well, usually, at least. Last year’s race sucked the big one (even if it was supremely Rule #9), but for the most part it is the race that is the most c...

@Daccordi Rider's posts:

  1. @minion Tyler blamed someone else for hitting the brakes in front of him, big bunch going through a tight corner, who could have  seen that coming…. »

  2. Tyler doesn’t need luck, he needs to learn to ride a bike. Anyone who falls off that much isn’t out of luck, he is out of skill. The other guys must quake in fear when they see him near them. End rant. Cuddles continues to be spot on with his positioning… »

  3. Great win by the most Aussie Dutchman in the peloton, Pete Weening! »

  4. Bloody Hell, I’m top 10 even with J-Rod gone. »

  5. The old man and his team to diesel to the win. An unfortunate J Rod to just miss again. VSP PICKS: 1. Cadel 2. J Rod 3. Quintana 4. Majikka 5. Sammy Sanchez »

The 100th running of Liège-Bastogne-Liège takes place this Sunday. Danny-boy Martin will be marked heavily as the defending champion. Malmerde, and Phil Gil have shown they are peaking too. Froomy has thrown his hat into the ring, as he did last year but after last years 26th place, maybe it’s training. 263 kms, past winners include a long...

@Daccordi Rider's posts:

  1. @Marcus Oh yeh, but most of the stuff in the right photo are non genuine parts. »

The Ride. It is the cathedral of our sport, where we worship at the altar of the Man with the Hammer. It is the end to our means. Indeed, The Bike may be the central tool to our sport, but to turn the pedals is to experience the sensation of freedom, of flight. It is all for The Ride.The world is overflowing with small, twisty roads that capture ou...

@Daccordi Rider's posts:

  1. @Mike_P I’d imagine Fast Phil still wakes up with a stupid grin on his face when he dreams about that win. Incompetence of the highest order. »

The 100th running of Liège-Bastogne-Liège takes place this Sunday. Danny-boy Martin will be marked heavily as the defending champion. Malmerde, and Phil Gil have shown they are peaking too. Froomy has thrown his hat into the ring, as he did last year but after last years 26th place, maybe it’s training. 263 kms, past winners include a long...

@Daccordi Rider's posts:

  1. Warney!!   Sorry, couldn’t resist.   Chapeau Gerro. »

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...

@Daccordi Rider's posts:

  1. Great to see Fast Phil back. And kudos to BMC, that was a faultless team ride. »

It’s no secret that I’m prone to riding in the big ring as much as possible, mostly on account of my not being a giant sissy. In accordance with the ISO Non-Sissy Standard, I also never read instruction manuals or ask for directions when lost. I make sure to only rarely ask my VMH to turn up the radio when Adele comes on, usually follo...

@Daccordi Rider's posts:

  1. @Mikael Liddy Yeh, sorry about that. We were mid brand change for the team and the new gillet had not come in yet. I am now sorted with nicely matching kit, gloves etc. The EMPS stays though! »

  2. @Buck Rogers Nope a proper race. I hate having stuff in my pocket except food. Plus it really fucks with peoples heads! »

  3. Heres me Pantaniing a KOM point in a race. It was a brutal headwind and I’m convinced the fact I can climb in the drops helped me win that one. Plus I look fantastic, please excuse a couple of minor rule transgressions….. »

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...

@Daccordi Rider's posts:

  1. Fabian so far ahead only the van is following him! VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Van Avermart 3. Vanmark 4. Vanbenberg 5. Van summeran »

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...

@Daccordi Rider's posts:

  1. @Mikael Liddy  not if you have Foxtel! Worth every cent not to have to listen to Phil and Paul. Plus you get a few more hours of awesomness, coverage starts before SBS generally. This week I have Tour of the Basque Country to wake up to every morn! Bertie… »

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...

@Daccordi Rider's posts:

  1. Used to be the best race of the year, probably still is but I’m still upset over them removing The Muur, fuckwits! I see some brave souls picking Wiggo, his race completion rate is as good as Abandony at the moment, he won’t make the 150k mark. The big g… »

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...

@Daccordi Rider's posts:

  1. No love for Hausler yet, where are you haircut?   Bling is climbing better than a Schleck and can sprint, go young un! VSP PICKS: 1. Bling Mathews 2. Cav 3. Sagan 4. Ulissi 5. Greipel »

Fleurieu Peninsula – Velominati Cogal 8th Feb 2014.Notable quotes to sum up the ride that nearly wasn’t. Continue reading...

@Daccordi Rider's posts:

  1. Great work chaps, there were a few rules broken in those photos but not V and 9! »