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Velominatus: Dave R

Order: Level 4 Velominatus

Location: Truckee, CA

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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. Cancellara 2. Vanmarcke 3. Boonen 4. Kristoff 5. Van Avermaet »

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. Johansson 2. van Dijk 3. Stevens 4. Wild 5. Cromwell »

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. onSeconding second thought… VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Sagan 3. Vanmarke 4. Boonen 5. Devolder »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Sagan 3. Vanmarke 4. Terpstra 5. Devolder »

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. E Van Dijk 3. Borghini 4. Cromwell 5. Moolman »

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. Sagan 2. Kristoff 3. Demare 4. Degenkolb 5. Farrar »

The Heck of the North is a Gravel Classic held in Northern Minnesota. The course is about 185 kilometers long, approximately 75% gravel/dirt road, with 15 kilometers of trail and as little pavement as needed to make it all come together.The front few groups of this race go for the win, while the rest of the field simply enjoy a fun day out on the...

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  1. The Heck of the North is a Gravel Classic held in Northern Minnesota. The course is about 185 kilometers long, approximately 75% gravel/dirt road, with 15 kilometers of trail and as little pavement as needed to make it all come together.

    The front few groups of this race go for the win, while the rest of the field simply enjoy a fun day out on the bike, riding one of the most challenging and exciting routes in the quickly-emerging gravel scene.

    Mixing gravel roads and ATV trails, this race is home to some of the most innovative bicycle concoctions you’ll ever come across, from drop-bar fat bikes to race-tuned Graveur machines. Leave your road machine at home; you’ll need fast 32mm tires at least in order to survive the trail sections.

    More information on the Heck of the North site. Registration is $54 before July 15; $65 before August 15; and $76 until September 15. Registration ends September 15 or once the 400 rider limit is met.

    The Heck of the North is not a Cogal, but Velominati is a sponsor of the event and will be providing exclusive prizes. See you there.

    Official site: http://www.heckofthenorth.com/

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    Date - October 04, 2014
    12:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Location
    Castle Danger Brewery (Two Harbors MN)

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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. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Cancellara 3. Degenkolb 4. Kristoff 5. Greipel »

Pity our cyclist, it’s Saturday and he won’t shave his face, it might sap his strength but he has to shave his legs or he won’t look serious. He certainly can’t have sex, more strength stealing there, and kissing his wife, whoa, slow down, that could spread some germs. He doesn’t want to get sick so going to that birth...

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  1. @Buck Rogers Yes, the photo captures well the beauty but not the exposure. Kind of like a photo I have from atop the Stelvio with the 48 hairpins below. Does not convey the magnitude of the climb to that place. At C2 there was discussion with my partners … »

  2. @Nate Wow Nate. Small world indeed. Mountains do that though. I have a friend from Boulder who I don’t often see. Last three times we just ran into each other by chance in Talkeetna, Namche and Zermatt. »

  3. Sorry for restarting the thread drift, but I can’t resist adding to the Ama Dablam love. Camp 2, November 1996. For sure one of the top 5 coolest places I’ve spent the night. @Buck Rogers, glad you avoided the chop. Good luck with your 8000er aspirati… »

Cogals (pronounce it correctly: kog-al) are meetings of like-minded misfits brought together by the promise of beer, preceded by a bike ride. Cogals are free, open to all, organized by our fellow Velominati and are always followed by consumption of post-ride Recovery Ales and merriment. These are gatherings of unbridled observance of Rule #4.C...

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  1. The Heck of the North is a Gravel Classic held in Northern Minnesota. The course is about 185 kilometers long, approximately 75% gravel/dirt road, with 15 kilometers of trail and as little pavement as needed to make it all come together.

    The front few groups of this race go for the win, while the rest of the field simply enjoy a fun day out on the bike, riding one of the most challenging and exciting routes in the quickly-emerging gravel scene.

    Mixing gravel roads and ATV trails, this race is home to some of the most innovative bicycle concoctions you’ll ever come across, from drop-bar fat bikes to race-tuned Graveur machines. Leave your road machine at home; you’ll need fast 32mm tires at least in order to survive the trail sections.

    More information on the Heck of the North site. Registration is $54 before July 15; $65 before August 15; and $76 until September 15. Registration ends September 15 or once the 400 rider limit is met.

    The Heck of the North is not a Cogal, but Velominati is a sponsor of the event and will be providing exclusive prizes. See you there.

    Official site: http://www.heckofthenorth.com/

    Event Details

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    Date/Time
    Date - October 04, 2014
    12:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Location
    Castle Danger Brewery (Two Harbors MN)

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

  2. The Heck of the North is a Gravel Classic held in Northern Minnesota. The course is about 185 kilometers long, approximately 75% gravel/dirt road, with 15 kilometers of trail and as little pavement as needed to make it all come together.

    The front few groups of this race go for the win, while the rest of the field simply enjoy a fun day out on the bike, riding one of the most challenging and exciting routes in the quickly-emerging gravel scene.

    Mixing gravel roads and ATV trails, this race is home to some of the most innovative bicycle concoctions you’ll ever come across, from drop-bar fat bikes to race-tuned Graveur machines. Leave your road machine at home; you’ll need fast 32mm tires at least in order to survive the trail sections.

    More information on the Heck of the North site. Registration is $54 before July 15; $65 before August 15; and $76 until September 15. Registration ends September 15 or once the 400 rider limit is met.

    The Heck of the North is not a Cogal, but Velominati is a sponsor of the event and will be providing exclusive prizes. See you there.

    Official site: http://www.heckofthenorth.com/

    Event Details

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    Date/Time
    Date - October 04, 2014
    12:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Location
    Castle Danger Brewery (Two Harbors MN)

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

  3. The Heck of the North is a Gravel Classic held in Northern Minnesota. The course is about 185 kilometers long, approximately 75% gravel/dirt road, with 15 kilometers of trail and as little pavement as needed to make it all come together.

    The front few groups of this race go for the win, while the rest of the field simply enjoy a fun day out on the bike, riding one of the most challenging and exciting routes in the quickly-emerging gravel scene.

    Mixing gravel roads and ATV trails, this race is home to some of the most innovative bicycle concoctions you’ll ever come across, from drop-bar fat bikes to race-tuned Graveur machines. Leave your road machine at home; you’ll need fast 32mm tires at least in order to survive the trail sections.

    More information on the Heck of the North site. Registration is $54 before July 15; $65 before August 15; and $76 until September 15. Registration ends September 15 or once the 400 rider limit is met.

    The Heck of the North is not a Cogal, but Velominati is a sponsor of the event and will be providing exclusive prizes. See you there.

    Official site: http://www.heckofthenorth.com/

    Event Details

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    Date/Time
    Date - October 04, 2014
    12:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Location
    Castle Danger Brewery (Two Harbors MN)

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

  4. The Heck of the North is a Gravel Classic held in Northern Minnesota. The course is about 185 kilometers long, approximately 75% gravel/dirt road, with 15 kilometers of trail and as little pavement as needed to make it all come together.

    The front few groups of this race go for the win, while the rest of the field simply enjoy a fun day out on the bike, riding one of the most challenging and exciting routes in the quickly-emerging gravel scene.

    Mixing gravel roads and ATV trails, this race is home to some of the most innovative bicycle concoctions you’ll ever come across, from drop-bar fat bikes to race-tuned Graveur machines. Leave your road machine at home; you’ll need fast 32mm tires at least in order to survive the trail sections.

    More information on the Heck of the North site. Registration is $54 before July 15; $65 before August 15; and $76 until September 15. Registration ends September 15 or once the 400 rider limit is met.

    The Heck of the North is not a Cogal, but Velominati is a sponsor of the event and will be providing exclusive prizes. See you there.

    Official site: http://www.heckofthenorth.com/

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - October 04, 2014
    12:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Location
    Castle Danger Brewery (Two Harbors MN)

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

  5. The Heck of the North is a Gravel Classic held in Northern Minnesota. The course is about 185 kilometers long, approximately 75% gravel/dirt road, with 15 kilometers of trail and as little pavement as needed to make it all come together.

    The front few groups of this race go for the win, while the rest of the field simply enjoy a fun day out on the bike, riding one of the most challenging and exciting routes in the quickly-emerging gravel scene.

    Mixing gravel roads and ATV trails, this race is home to some of the most innovative bicycle concoctions you’ll ever come across, from drop-bar fat bikes to race-tuned Graveur machines. Leave your road machine at home; you’ll need fast 32mm tires at least in order to survive the trail sections.

    More information on the Heck of the North site. Registration is $54 before July 15; $65 before August 15; and $76 until September 15. Registration ends September 15 or once the 400 rider limit is met.

    The Heck of the North is not a Cogal, but Velominati is a sponsor of the event and will be providing exclusive prizes. See you there.

    Official site: http://www.heckofthenorth.com/

    Event Details

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    Date/Time
    Date - October 04, 2014
    12:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Location
    Castle Danger Brewery (Two Harbors MN)

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There must still be a few readers out there who have not followed the Dutch Monkey down the merry tubular path; for them I offer an update on an alternative. Road tubeless has been lauded as the best thing to happen to cycling since the introduction of seatpins. These have been around for years but the road version has not gathered the expected mom...

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  1. Good write-up Gianni, And good discussion all. Here are my data points. Two seasons with Fusion 3s on Campa Shamal Ultra 2-Way FiTs. Awesome ride quality and handling with the lower pressures. I never rode tubs, so no comparison there, but far superior to… »

Clad in skin-tight clothes and cleated shoes, we walk with all the grace of a chicken with a repetitive stress injury. Yet once astride our machines, hovering above the tarmac and enraptured by the sensation of flight, we are transformed into a picture of Fluidly Harmonic Articulation which belies the power and skill that drives us forward. Years...

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  1. +1 @Frank. Great article and comments. Re: the bop, anyone recall the dude in the Tour around ’03 I think that had such a unique and exaggerated bop that I recall that even the noob OLN playpay-play announcer  commented that he looked like a hammer head s… »

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. OK, guess this goes here under the Rides. Tonight, over 25 years since I last pinned on a number, I raced my bike. My daughter did too, for the first time. So fun. So stoked. Thanks to the Velominati community for the inspiration. VLVV. »

The ride will start and finish at Corte Madera Park on Pixley Drive in Corte Madera, just of highway 101 in Marin. We have 150 km to cover, and we’ll start promptly at V past 9. Continue reading...

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  1. The ride will start and finish at Corte Madera Park on Pixley Drive in Corte Madera, just of highway 101 in Marin. We have 150 km to cover, and we’ll start promptly at V past 9.

    The first few miles will be a neutralized start through back streets of Marin, winding through a couple quaint and ritzy towns.  Before long we’ll head out onto country roads, making a big loop through agricultural and coastal West Marin, where we may encounter such elements as wind, fog, sun, aging hippies and cowshit.  We’ll keep the pace on this portion of the ride Casually Deliberate, stopping to regroup and probably to refuel in Pt. Reyes Station, and otherwise as appropriate, then heading up the coast to climb the Marshall Wall and exploring some isolated roads on the border of Marin and Sonoma Counties.

    Once we’ve got 100 kms in the legs, we’ll head back through Fairfax and climb over Mt. Tamalpais (allegedly, the birthplace of mountain biking), via the Bolinas-Fairfax Road and Alpine Lake to Ridgecrest, which is sure to cause some real suffering and the abandonment of any remaining pretense to casualness.  At the top of Bo-Fax you’ll feel you’ve already climbed a mountain, only to have a rendezvous with the Seven Sisters, 7 steep, short climbs overlooking Stinson Beach and the Pacific Ocean.  You will call them something less courteous by the time they are down with you.  From there we’ll have a magnificent descent into Mill Valley, and one last short climb and descent back to the start.  Following that we will repair to the Marin Brewing Co. for Malted Recovery Beverages and food that will not be English Curry.

    We hope you can join us.  VLVV.

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    Date - July 14, 2012
    9:05 AM - 6:00 PM

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    Corte Madera Town Park

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  2. The ride will start and finish at Corte Madera Park on Pixley Drive in Corte Madera, just of highway 101 in Marin. We have 150 km to cover, and we’ll start promptly at V past 9.

    The first few miles will be a neutralized start through back streets of Marin, winding through a couple quaint and ritzy towns.  Before long we’ll head out onto country roads, making a big loop through agricultural and coastal West Marin, where we may encounter such elements as wind, fog, sun, aging hippies and cowshit.  We’ll keep the pace on this portion of the ride Casually Deliberate, stopping to regroup and probably to refuel in Pt. Reyes Station, and otherwise as appropriate, then heading up the coast to climb the Marshall Wall and exploring some isolated roads on the border of Marin and Sonoma Counties.

    Once we’ve got 100 kms in the legs, we’ll head back through Fairfax and climb over Mt. Tamalpais (allegedly, the birthplace of mountain biking), via the Bolinas-Fairfax Road and Alpine Lake to Ridgecrest, which is sure to cause some real suffering and the abandonment of any remaining pretense to casualness.  At the top of Bo-Fax you’ll feel you’ve already climbed a mountain, only to have a rendezvous with the Seven Sisters, 7 steep, short climbs overlooking Stinson Beach and the Pacific Ocean.  You will call them something less courteous by the time they are down with you.  From there we’ll have a magnificent descent into Mill Valley, and one last short climb and descent back to the start.  Following that we will repair to the Marin Brewing Co. for Malted Recovery Beverages and food that will not be English Curry.

    We hope you can join us.  VLVV.

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    Date/Time
    Date - July 14, 2012
    9:05 AM - 6:00 PM

    Location
    Corte Madera Town Park

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  3. The ride will start and finish at Corte Madera Park on Pixley Drive in Corte Madera, just of highway 101 in Marin. We have 150 km to cover, and we’ll start promptly at V past 9.

    The first few miles will be a neutralized start through back streets of Marin, winding through a couple quaint and ritzy towns.  Before long we’ll head out onto country roads, making a big loop through agricultural and coastal West Marin, where we may encounter such elements as wind, fog, sun, aging hippies and cowshit.  We’ll keep the pace on this portion of the ride Casually Deliberate, stopping to regroup and probably to refuel in Pt. Reyes Station, and otherwise as appropriate, then heading up the coast to climb the Marshall Wall and exploring some isolated roads on the border of Marin and Sonoma Counties.

    Once we’ve got 100 kms in the legs, we’ll head back through Fairfax and climb over Mt. Tamalpais (allegedly, the birthplace of mountain biking), via the Bolinas-Fairfax Road and Alpine Lake to Ridgecrest, which is sure to cause some real suffering and the abandonment of any remaining pretense to casualness.  At the top of Bo-Fax you’ll feel you’ve already climbed a mountain, only to have a rendezvous with the Seven Sisters, 7 steep, short climbs overlooking Stinson Beach and the Pacific Ocean.  You will call them something less courteous by the time they are down with you.  From there we’ll have a magnificent descent into Mill Valley, and one last short climb and descent back to the start.  Following that we will repair to the Marin Brewing Co. for Malted Recovery Beverages and food that will not be English Curry.

    We hope you can join us.  VLVV.

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    Date/Time
    Date - July 14, 2012
    9:05 AM - 6:00 PM

    Location
    Corte Madera Town Park

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Why would any sane person choose to suffer? The answer to this question is a primal one and of particular relevance to society in the current age: control. With chaos and uncertainty creeping from every corner of life, cycling provides us with control over physical suffering; to suffer at our own will provides us the control we viscerally crave. Th...

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  1. “You’re looking for the answer ‘maybe’.” Pure gold. That uncertainty and, in my humble opinion, adventure in pursuit of The V is so intoxicating and addictive. This article and the commentary might help my alpine climbing friends understand my devotion to… »

When people think of the The Netherlands, they generally think of flat lands, windmills, and a topography where people claim to “live at elevation” when their home on the third floor of a building. Never the less, this is not entirely true as The Motherland does, in its most southern reaches, boast quite hilly terrain; the province of...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Chavanal 2. Purito 3. Gilbert 4. Valverde 5. Nibali »

We rode the Pavé of Roubaix in the dry, and any comforting feelings we might have been carrying about with us that suggested we had somehow prepared for them were summarily vaporized as we hit the first secteur. Riding together in a group, unable to reach for the brakes or the shifters, we all were hit with the same realization: these aren’...

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  1. Heart over head on this, but whatever. P-R is awesomeness no matter. I just don’t see how one can not like Chavanel. I like that Pozzato has acknowledged that he needs to stop wasting his talent. Tommeke 2012: end of. A nod to the future is always nice, a… »