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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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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 »

Never forget your roots, they say… OK, I’m a child of the 70′s, and back then bicycles were as big a part of my life as they are today. We’d always be out riding, building tracks and jumps, and tinkering with our Dragsters, stripping them down to emulate our motocross heroes, with varying results.All these memories came f...

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  1. Great emotive stuff….a great trip down memory lane..I have no photo evidence but I think my ride was one of these »

If @steampunk can’t take much credit here I guess we can’t take any. We can take pleasure is seeing someone’s kid hauling ass on a bike, a Velominatus spawn, even better. We all came to cycling by different paths, seemingly few by our parents. It is impossible to outguess one’s children; they are clever little bastards. Hop...

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  1. Superb article!  My eldest (15) likewise has a casual ease on the bike and an ability to dish out hurt on the climbs like few that I have met, however he is not motivated by competition.  He looked like a talented swimmer, but did not like the regimented … »

July 13 2014 marked the 35th anniversary of the seminal ‘cycling film’ Breaking Away. 35 years. Nothing stays popular for that long, right? Things get dated, lose their edge (if there was edge in the first place) and eventually become irrelevant (I’m looking at you, Rolling Stones). Yes, even legends get stale if left out too lon...

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  1. What a great bump.  Never seen it, just watched the trailer.  It straight on the wish list! »

Brett’s fine Nick Cave article got me thinking about music and cycling. We spend lots of time alone on our bikes. The bike is on autopilot, it stays upright from second to second, freeing up our brains to consider anything or nothing. Music might be the only riding companion we have but it has to be the right music. Being as Pro as possible is...

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  1. Iggy Pop does however make a fantastic race pace track to replay in your brain and I guess images from Dutch Corner can only help! »

  2. @razmaspaz I seem to remember last year dropping this bad boy in Franks ears and eyes pre-Tour, he did not like it, but if this post is morphing very much on to the topic of ear-worms and this has to be the Queen worm of them all… »

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. So here is one person who will have a real drive to do well in La Vuelta…with it being open season on contracts and Carlos open for offers he will need to go eyeballs out to jack his price up.  I am guessing he is delaying his decision on team till afte… »

Brett’s fine Nick Cave article got me thinking about music and cycling. We spend lots of time alone on our bikes. The bike is on autopilot, it stays upright from second to second, freeing up our brains to consider anything or nothing. Music might be the only riding companion we have but it has to be the right music. Being as Pro as possible is...

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  1. @the Engine There!  Right There!  I see what you did.  That’s my ride today now fucked!!! »

  2. I have never ridden with music on outdoors…it just seems dangerous?  However, the turbo is an entirely different matter.  I spent several months on a turbo rehabbing from an ankle reconstruction and the right music made a huge difference whilst watching… »

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  1. @brett He pretty much does his talking with his guns…. »

The race of the funny hat.Every team seems to have included one or two riders fresh off the Tour. One would either feel ruined or unbeatable a week after that slug fest, more than likely, ruined. I imagine there are a few riders dodging calls from their directors this week. Continue reading...

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  1. Bollocks!  I picked the wrong spaniard to win! »

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  1. The man is both Devil and God rolled in to one.  I developed a Man Crush on TM last year on stage 6 of La Vuelta when his solo breakaway was caught 3m from the line by a merciless peloton.  I was roaring at the TV during THAT STAGE on the TdF this year an… »

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  1. Likewise Stage V is recorded on the Froomebox.  The more I thought about this article, and the more I looked at the Laurens photo, the more I thought of G.  He encapsulated the V for me in the Tour, come rain, shine, sprint, mountains, he was always there… »

The race of the funny hat.Every team seems to have included one or two riders fresh off the Tour. One would either feel ruined or unbeatable a week after that slug fest, more than likely, ruined. I imagine there are a few riders dodging calls from their directors this week. Continue reading...

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  1. Doing so badly in the Super Prestige gives one the freedom to cast picks with carefree abandon.  The spanish will come out fighting and this is Jrods statement for the Vuelta, the rest…well the names just looked good on the page at the time! VSP PICKS:… »

No technology can increase the energy of the willpower of the rider, nor can it lessen the doubts which sometimes overwhelm him. - Bernard HinaultAs I swung off the main road, I was momentarily consumed by the simple thrill of my tires leaving the hard tarmac and hitting the rough gravel of the unpaved forest road. It was a brief distraction of the...

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  1. @the-farmer Always a pleasure to drop this one in: »

  2. @Ccos Nope.  Slaying the Badger refers to an entirely different activity.  Best left to the Masturbation Principle. »

  3. Great reminder @frank this evenings ride is sure to be a barnstormer! »

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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……. »