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Velominatus: Deakus

Order: Gray Order Velominatus

Location: Winchester, UK

"It was eleven more than necessary." - Jacques Anquetil - After winning a race by twelve seconds. A 40 something young buck who has spent too many years living the Indurain "Winter Diet"...Clydesdale by nature but Anquetil at heart and always trying to do more, go more, ride more. Family with a couple of sons who I am indoctrinating in to the ways of V.

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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...

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  1. I just need TJtheDJ to find his perfect day in the Pyrenees, dick the whole bunch by 6 minutes and hold out in the time trial and I am home and dry…. and if Mollema and Kwiatkowski could find a return to early tour form it would be much appreciated……. »

  2. @piwakawaka Good point… »

I like definition, to place things in a box and tightly seal the lid. It makes me feel comfortable, like another of life’s little mysteries has been stored away for safe keeping. I also love ambiguity; it is the space wherein all interesting questions are asked; the unknown is life’s greatest beauty. You might say that makes me a hypo...

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  1. @Ron I have been eyeing up the Rudy Photochromics for some time and wanting to pull the trigger on a pair.  Anyone been sporting a  pair of these recently and have any thoughts? »

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. @ChrisO +1 he is behaving these days more like Frandy than any sort of Spartacus.  There is an awful lot of guff escaping from his face and none of it is emanating from his legs. »

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. @dyalander But there was the usual moment of looking at each other a couple of kms out and ultimately that is what cost them the stage.  As has already been said…that is racing though….they could have won and bathed in shared glory, but ultimately t… »

I like definition, to place things in a box and tightly seal the lid. It makes me feel comfortable, like another of life’s little mysteries has been stored away for safe keeping. I also love ambiguity; it is the space wherein all interesting questions are asked; the unknown is life’s greatest beauty. You might say that makes me a hypo...

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  1. @Frank, great article….the advice at the bottom has just finally dashed all hope of me ever achieving success with the frisbee trick! »

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 it t...

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  1. I recently had just this conversation with a pedalwan.  He was determined that this was not a road he would go down. When he asked why, I simply pointed him to this clip of the USS Missouri broadside letting rip with “ripple fire” and asked him.  “Do you… »

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. I heard that the only reason Tony Martin cracked was that his eyeballs were so far out that he ran over them.  I believe Jensy in looking for a successor in retirement has passed the baton on. As for the rest of you lot…..VSP rest day changes?  Meh!  W… »

Yes, this makes three Guest Articles in three weeks, but we run the show around here and we do what we want. Especially when it comes to solid, 24-karat gold Cyclist/Rock star comparisons. Especiallier when it comes from none other than Keeper Jim’s lovely wife and food-writer celebrity, Jess Thomson. Its cute seeing the family come togethe...

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  1. Great article!  I think the Ice reference do indeed extend further in to the genre.  This is a recent conversation between Cav and Kittel in the bar after an early TdF stage.  Aren’t those iphones just brilliant at capturing the “off-camera” reparte…. »

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. Giro d’Italia Femminile, stage five 1. Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv) 2. Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle-Honda) 3. Shelley Olds (Alé Cipollini) 4. Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS) 5. Chloe Hosking (Hitec Products) 6. Annalisa Cucinotta (Servetto Footon) 7. Carmen Small (Spec… »

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. I just thought G’s comments yesterday were brilliant….after talking through to the Froome stuff…and the Richie stuff…he just said “It was a really good day, I loved it!” Spartacus step aside! »

  2. @LeoTea Much is being made of the “should they have taken Wiggo to the Tour” question and there are a couple of points probably being missed: 1.  Wiggo is in awesome form.  It has been hinted that he did not want to ride Domestique, that is his choice…. »

  3. What a day!  Vast amounts of cowbell from G…I actually fetched mine from the kitchen to rattle as I watched.  Nibbles was a revelation.  Froome is making a real habit of falling off his bike early in races…didn’t he fall off earlier in the year during… »

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. Vos Boss looking strong.  Pooley in 38th and Amialiusik 24th but still in touch…bring on the mountains quick! »

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. @oldensteel Welcome to the clan. »

  2. Have Orica released a spoof video for this years TdF? »

  3. New found respect for sprinters…..I thought I had an inkling of what when on as the lead out trains formed but in fact I had absolutely no idea!  I will approach watching stage one with a new found appreciation of how large the cahunas of these riders a… »

  4. @Sauterelle You know something I don’t about an early crash at the Tete de la Course? »

  5. OK here goes.  I suspect there may be a few surprises on this one, or at least I hope there is… VSP PICKS: 1. TeejaytheDJ 2. Nibbles 3. Michal Kwiatkowski 4. Bauke Mollema 5. Dirty Bertie »

  6. @simonsaunders This makes the assumption that any crashes do not wipe out the key contenders.  Unless they have undertaken a massive pothole filling project in Yorkshire I suspect there may only be about 7 or 8 of the peloton making it back across the c… »

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. I am so confused by Rabo Liv they are running 2 GC contenders with Vos as back up…or is this a clever ruse and everyone is riding for the Vos Boss.  I am going to bet that this backfires a little, although women don’t tend to shaft each other on the roa… »

Tempo means time in Italian. Riding tempo means riding steadily, like a metronome. It is an important skill to have and since it’s Italian, it sounds cool. What it does not mean is riding at a constant speed, half-wheeling or killing it at the front. Riding at a constant speed is like having cruise control on in a car; the car seems to accelerate...

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  1. Great article.  I was only trying to explain this to a friend the other day and struggling to get the concept across…so much of it is about feel not pace.  Needless to say I have now linked this article to him.  Job Done!  Thanks Gianni. »

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. @Harminator Great ride!  Chapeau. »

  2. @chew Mend up quick…the season is moving on swiftly….enjoy TdF whilst recovering! »

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. @Teocalli Please allow me! »