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Velominatus: Deakus

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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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I was asking earlier, how do you know if you are a cyclist? One sure sign is when one brings a bike on almost all vacations. If a vacation does not include some cycling, is it a vacation? If you asks that, you are a cyclist. Hopefully this has been a long-term condition and all other vacationeers accept this with a shrug, yeah, a damn Velominatus.V...

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  1. Funnily enough the latest VMH just took a holiday to NY.  Being from Oz with a passion of outrigger canoeing she contact the local club in NY and they took her out for a training session round the statue of liberty!  Having said that she rides too and the… »

@Bianchi_Bob sent his article in just this week. Its sense of urgency required it to be published NOW. We all need reminding to live in the moment; here is a good reminder. Thanks Bianchi Bob. Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. @Bianchi_Bob That is an amazing photo and you can see the strength in her eyes.  I see there a potential Mercxx and she may well be the right age to destroy the peloton and be the next Vos Boss.  It is incredible to hear through your words how the rides… »

We are cyclists, the rest of the world merely rides a bike. What defines us as cyclists? Can a recumbent rider be a cyclist, a unicyclist, a fat recumbent rider with hairy legs and a YJA on? I think yes but am I snob for even asking?Years ago, I was helping a woman at another research institution set up some scientific equipment. Evidently we kept...

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  1. Love it, great writing @Gianni.  It is not defined by others, as has already been said, this begs the question….are we a religion…are we a culture…are we actually an entirely separate race? (Pardon the pun) »

Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour...

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  1. @Mike_P Handbags at dawn!  These boys need to get in the ring and sort it out.  My money is on the Irishman! »

  2. So I have 4 of the top 5 all in the wrong order and to swap in Aru will cost heavily with no guarantee of him staying there….looks like I will stick with what I have and hope for a reshuffle! »

  3. @The Grande Fondue Aah that puts a slightly different perspective on it, it also explains why yesterday he was happy to go away with Froome and is always complimenting him post stage…he did it again yesterday…shadows within shadows! »

Cycling is a mighty sport with a rich and complex history. Every company, racer, piece of kit, and component has a legend, a story behind it; in many cases it also has a personal and nostalgic connection to our lives.  While this particular sport is steeped in tradition, it is also fiercely modern, a fact that serves only to deepen its complexity...

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  1. @Deakus it!  I meant HE! »

  2. Handbag fight on a bike going uphill…well that is one way to get the viewing figures up! »

  3. Kennaugh in the breakaway, it will be really good to see what it can do.. »

  4. @ChrisO She have any jobs going?!! (I would insert an emoticon here but @frank would order a mini pump lashing!) »

@Nate’s take This year it was time for the Bay Area Cogal to visit my home turf in the East Bay. To make it more than just a long ride on roads I have ridden many times, and instigated by @EricW, the plan was to feature several sectors of dirt fire roads. A few scouting rides later, the route was planned. We rolled out on July 5 with @DaveR,...

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  1. Great ride and awesome photos! »

Cycling is a mighty sport with a rich and complex history. Every company, racer, piece of kit, and component has a legend, a story behind it; in many cases it also has a personal and nostalgic connection to our lives.  While this particular sport is steeped in tradition, it is also fiercely modern, a fact that serves only to deepen its complexity...

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  1. @ChrisO I think the posts are bring moderated at the moment because of the amount of spammers.  It could be that your references to Viagra, Penus Extension Pills, Lottery Wins in Nigeria and Tax Refunds are getting caught in all the other guff that is c… »

Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour...

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  1. @Geraint I think the press are over egging the Spaniards not working together thing.  After all they completely robbed Robert Miller of a Vuelta.  This was more about tactics, Malmerde was not going to work for Bertie and JRod the same.  In the end Ber… »

The Bike. It is the central tool in pursuit of our craft. A Velominatus meticulously maintains their bicycles and adorns them with the essential, yet minimal, accoutrement. The Rules specify the principles of good taste in configuration and setup of our machines, but within those principles lies almost infinite room for personal taste.It seems in s...

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  1. @fignons barber Spoke to the LBS….technically it is Fucked!  The bend means the alu rim will have been compromised and even if they ordered a new rim they would not rebuild on old spokes (which alone are £60) interim solution is to put a spare pair o… »

The modern day Pro cyclist has many disadvantages stacked against them by comparison to their forefathers. They have to ride plastic bikes with little or no distinguishing character or discernible caché; they must willingly or perhaps unwittingly subject their body to an array of questionable “training techniques”; and they have to sp...

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  1. @Gianni Almost Coppiesk? »

The Bike. It is the central tool in pursuit of our craft. A Velominatus meticulously maintains their bicycles and adorns them with the essential, yet minimal, accoutrement. The Rules specify the principles of good taste in configuration and setup of our machines, but within those principles lies almost infinite room for personal taste.It seems in s...

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  1. Minor mishap last night…60kmh in to a pot hole on a bend made one hell on a swinging descent.  I am stunned by the strength of the American Classic 420’s I had the momentary “Of fuck this will be serious” moment when it happened but the wheel held with … »

Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour...

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  1. Well to move the conversation on to a real hardman…Jensie is going for the hour and has set a date!  That pisses all over Sparty and Twiglet! http://app.bronto.com/public/?q=preview_message&fn=Link&id=7854jrgel8vjepr0ivbzyr41ldb59&ssid=3133… »

I hesitate to file this in the Guest Article category. It would be better filed under fellow un-rewarded pirate cycling-site writer, if we had such a file. @winnipegcyclechick does all of her site’s writing, her graphics are usually hers and much too funny. Frankly, she makes me sick. And, AND, she can make the jokes we can’t make lest...

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  1. Catching up after a return from hols….I just wanted to say this article is awesome!  Such evocative writing, it was 5 minutes of real pleasure to read.  Chapeau! »

Jump to: Scoring Guidelines • Prizes • Schedule • ResultsThe 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...

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  1. I wonder if there should a new addition to the Lexicon – To Be “Schlecked” – To spend too much time in the same company or team as Frandy, thereby picking up bad habits an Anti V attitude….? »

  2. What is up with Spartacus this year.  So far this season he has moaned about the cold in the Giro, the wet cobbles in TdF (that one really surprised me) and now he is ranting about the heat in La Vuelta!  WTF!  Has someone given him an attitude transplant… »

First run in 2002, the GP de Plouay-Bretagne is part of the women’s UCI World Cup series.  It’s 4.5 laps totaling 121km. As usual, there is little information or publicity for yet another women’s UCI race. Here is a start list. Here is the official French website. And yes, Ms. Vos won the last two editions. We regret the lack of...

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  1. Aaah….a week in deep dark Wales has handed me my second Delgado of the season.  My only consollation is that I  was on a bike riding! »

Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour...

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  1. No bloody idea! VSP PICKS: 1. Vroom Vroom 2. Dirty Bertie 3. Carlos the Jackal (Betancur) 4. Malmerde 5. Jrod »

  2. @il muro di manayunk I suppose the smartest thing for me to do in the context of the VSP would be to just go with the same top 3 as my closest rivals… Is that not a bit like Wiggo sitting on his rivals wheels staring at his power meter? »

The future is dark, which is the best thing the future can be, I think.- Virginia WoolfOur actions lie on the horizon of the present, in that swirling cloud where fantasy turns into reality. To plan is to cast a shadow into the future, to attempt to lay shape to the unknown. As the present merges with the future, reality will try our plans on for s...

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  1. Great article @frank.  And very timely, after succumbing to the anti-V yesterday and deciding that riding in the rain for a second day was stupid and that I should settle in and watch others do it (TdF stage 4 recorded) I now know that I am a failure.  Gr… »

I bought a Road ID the day I learned of Jon Lennard’s death on August 12, 2013. Someone in the posts of the original announcement of his passing (below) mentioned he was identified by his Road ID. Of course he had a Road ID. What I knew of him made that perfect. So responsible and sensible.The nature of this community is a strange thing; we d...

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  1. I will be riding and remembering today.  I had seen the Cogal on the calendar coming up and everytime I look at it a tinge of sadness passes over me.  I have had my road ID ever since and never leave on a ride without it.  R.I.P @itburns »