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Velominatus: Dan_R

Order: Level 1 Velominatus

Location: Cochrane, Alberta, Canada

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Father-Husband. Warrior-Philosopher. Mechanic-Racer. Two out of six... I climb like Cav and TT like a Schleck, but if it is snowing and raining and generally miserable, I can tow the big train. Owner and main wrench at Cafe Roubaix Bicycle Studio. Love riding, eating, drinking, sleeping. Hate dishes, laundry, and getting dropped. Masters/Cat5 Road, Cat3 Track, Sport CX & Mnt Noted Palmares - 2000 Manitoba Ice Bike, 15th; 2004 24 Hours of Adrenalin Canadian Championships, Masters 7th; 2006 Alberta Provincial Time Trial, Cat5 5th; 2006 Alberta Provincial Track, Masters A Omnium, 4th; 2007 Alberta Track, Masters A Omnium, 4th; 2011 School of Cross, Sport, Lanterne Rouge; 2011 GP Jim Horner Cross, Sport, Lanterne Rouge; 2012 USMC Trials Road Race, Open, 16th; Pigeon Lake Road Racce (Provincial Championships), Lanterne Rouge.

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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. @Mikael Liddy What you said! Happy America Day! @all Thanks, the EMX-525 is pretty sweet. As for the thing under the saddle, that’s got my name on it. I was on a fair sized charity ride in Belgium & France for UK and Commonwealth vets. Taped to the t… »

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. Had a moment there and had Q still in my five. Corrected…. VSP PICKS: 1. Froome Dog 2. Cuntador 3. Talansky 4. ten Dam 5. van Garderen »

  2. No Delgado on this one… VSP PICKS: 1. Froome Dog 2. Cuntador 3. Talansky 4. Quintana 5. van Garderen »

Why are women’s races run concurrently with men’s races? I would get it if it was the women’s Tour de France, but I don’t get it when it is the women’s Giro in July. Since the Tour de Swiss there has been a lack of stage racing (in my TV watching schedule) and seemingly a perfect time to present a women’s stage r...

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  1. Delgado’ed too. »

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. @Matthew Bennett Young man, keep riding and learn how to use your gear. My first road bike was a hand me down from my dad and cost not a whole lot. Enjoy the ride. And my present bike… @Fausto Crapiz My present bike is this… Worth around $10k Cana… »

  2. Happy Canada Day to my V peeps. Here is a picture of Steve Bauer. Canadians, we rock. And are so very sorry for it. »

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. I have neglected my picks for the VSP. Delgado’ed TdS and such. Time to thow in some odd picks for sake of getting back on track to a mid pack finish… »

Cyclocross could be the most perplexing of all the cycling disciplines. To me it’s  at once the most beautiful and the most unappealing. The beauty comes from the great European races, and of course by ‘European’ I mean ‘Belgian’. The lack of appeal stems from the fact that I just don’t want to do it. It looks...

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  1. Oh and beer hand-ups rock »

  2. @brett We have a few Canadians that fall into that whole, “let’s go to Europe and race cross for race experience.” Unknown provincial and national champions here in Canada, but lapped rock stars in Belgium. Fantastic. I have in my infinite or infantile w… »

TABERNAC! COGAL IS POSTPONED DUE TO FAMILY EMERGENCY. BELAY THE BUG JUICE.On Saturday, June 14, I will host the second annual Tour de de Salaberry, which will start and finish from Camp Tetrault, situated by the winding, picturesque and usually wet Rat River, in St. Malo, Manitoba (100km south east-ish of Winnipeg). The full course will be two laps...

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    TABERNAC! COGAL IS POSTPONED DUE TO FAMILY EMERGENCY. BELAY THE BUG JUICE.

    On Saturday, June 14, I will host the second annual Tour de de Salaberry, which will start and finish from Camp Tetrault, situated by the winding, picturesque and usually wet Rat River, in St. Malo, Manitoba (100km south east-ish of Winnipeg). The full course will be two laps of a 68km loop, with the option of a single, Executive loop. Some have suggested they may also ride out to the camp on Friday night. The ride is roughly 100km from the city, and can be done safely on pavement, or a combination of pavement and gravel. It is usually awesome, unless there is a South wind, in which case it is balls.

    The route itself will be comprised of pavement, gravel, and dirt. There may be cows. There will certainly be wind, but not enough to save you from the mosquitoes should you stop moving at anytime. Dogfest and beer to follow. Natch.
    As for The Rules, this ride will (naturally) observe them all, but focus specifically on Rules #67 and Rule #11.
    The details:
    +++ TOUR de DE SALABERRY (le deux) +++
    Saturday June 14, rain or shine
    Arrive at 1pm. Roll out at 1:30 PM sharp.
    If you are a crazy badass, ride out Friday night and camp.
    The Route
    Executive Distance (one lap): 68 km
    Voyageur Distance (two laps): 136 km
    Crazy Badass Distance (includes Friday night ride out): 236 km
    What to bring:
    Bug Spray
    Lawn chair
    Change of clothes for sitting around the fire
    Bathing suit/towel (a dip in the river post-ride is as close to heaven as you can get)
    A Bag of chips (or as many as is practicable)
    $15 to cover beer keg
    Did I mention bug spray?
    I will provide dogs, buns and condiments
    Free camping is available. Bonfire and lessons in French swearing will be provided.
    Don’t expect indoor plumbing
    This is a throwdown. Plan to be self sufficient on the road, and don’t expect anyone to wait for you if you are slow, get a flat, or bonk. The course will probably not be marked. A cell phone is a good idea, as is a spare tube and pump. If it’s hot, bring plenty of water so you don’t die.

    Please let me know by Friday, June 6 if you are interested so we can plan accordingly. Feel free to invite others, but only if they are cool.

    CycleChick out.

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    Date - June 14, 2014
    1:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Location
    Camp Tetrault

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Given the fact that everyone over-tightens their pedals to the crank arms, one needs a long lever to get too much torque. Rule #94 decrees using the correct tool and using it correctly. While the proper tool has always been available, it is up to us to evolve, to understand the difference between right and wrong, between vice-grip and open-ended w...

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  1. I am in love…. »

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...

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  1. Is the TdF going up that? If so, sweet. Got a bit dirty on the clay gravel roads today. This is the picture after I cleaned the clay off so the wheels could turn. And later today, as the shop was a bit quiet, I took the time to ready #2. With my V-Apron… »

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...

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  1. Here is to some crazy fireworks! VSP PICKS: 1. Kwiatkowski 2. Mollema 3. Valverde 4. PhilGil 5. JRod »

Wednesday sees the return of the women to the VSP. More notably, we see the return of Marianne Vos to the road. She’s won this race five of the last seven years. It makes me wonder if the rest of the field have already resigned themselves to racing for second. On the other hand, Vos hasn’t been racing of late and may not be as sharp as...

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  1. And we’ll try that again…. »

  2. I may not have won many point on this race, but this… »

Midweek in Belgium in Spring is a wonderful thing. Hordes of people come from seemingly nowhere to fill the bars and line the roadsides when presumably they’d usually be working, or at school, or some such. That the only ones who appear to be working are the bartenders and frites dispensers reinforces my belief that Belgium is the greatest co...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Kwiatkowski 2. Valverde 3. Mollema 4. PhilGil 5. Hesjedal »

Wednesday sees the return of the women to the VSP. More notably, we see the return of Marianne Vos to the road. She’s won this race five of the last seven years. It makes me wonder if the rest of the field have already resigned themselves to racing for second. On the other hand, Vos hasn’t been racing of late and may not be as sharp as...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Van Dijk 3. Armistead 4. Borghini 5. Pooley »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Kwiatkowski 2. Valverde 3. Gilbert 4. Mollema 5. Kreuzinger »

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. Stybar will be thrown into the break a la Van Summeren for Tomke. The out come will be the same. Except the World CX Champ will be le vainqueur de 2014. VSP PICKS: 1. Stybar 2. Tomke 3. Faboo 4. MiniPhinney 5. Sir Wiggo »

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. Boonen 2. Stybar 3. Sagan 4. Faboo 5. Terpstra »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. M. Vos 2. E. Johansson 3. E. Van Dijk 4. E. Armitstead 5. E. Borghini »

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. @Teocalli I guess technically speaking, I have around fifty in the stable. Although 40 of them are for sale…. »

  2. I love the new lexicon term. My Nine Bike is of course my previous #1, the ’06 Marinoni Super Vectra with durable 105 Group-san. Last year the #1 was the Cipollini Bond with Dura-Ace & Miche Supertype demo bike. This season, I will building this baby… »

Gravity is the most unavoidable force on Earth, with the possible exception of Stupidity. And like with Stupidity, you can take measures to reduce its influence on you, but you won’t get rid of it completely, assuming you’re staying on this planet. From the very moment we’re born, Gravity takes its unrelenting hold on us –...

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  1. Gravity. My everlasting nemesis. It binds us all, yet we fight it with all the stupidity that can be mustered. »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Johansson 2. Stevens 3. Borghini 4. Van Dikj 5. Gunnewijk »