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Velominatus: Deakus

Order: Black 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.

@Deakus's activity:

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...

@Deakus's posts:

  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...

@Deakus's posts:

  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...

@Deakus's posts:

  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...

@Deakus's posts:

  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! »

Climbing is something I enjoy more than I am good at it; any time I see a new road pointing up to the heavens, I find myself irresistibly drawn to explore where it leads. Every season I come to the conclusion that my training routes are all very hilly and I arrive at the brilliant idea that I should plot out a new course which seeks out the flatt...

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  1. This article assumes that there is any other gear that is possible to be selected.  I rode out with a friend the other day and selected a new climb to try.  The UK is smattered with a dearth of short punchy climbs in contrast to the long European climbs w… »

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...

@Deakus's posts:

  1. @Puffy This is a cultural thing.  There is no right or wrong.  Turn up to a club ride in the UK in winter without mudguards and you will most likely be sent to the back for the duration of the ride.  Personally I ride with guards in the winter, not so … »

I’m not even talking about all the pseudo-asthmatics out there, vaping their way to better breathing. My breathing is just fine. It’s my little citron sized heart that is slowing me down. Is there a street-legal injection or vacuum pump for heart enlargement, or a trip to a doctor in the Congo that would transplant a badass Mandrill heart for m...

@Deakus's posts:

  1. I am going to keep my head down on this one because I know there are some very evangelical V-Barristas out there.  Just to say: 1.  Coffee – pre ride 2.  Tea (malted recovery beverage only if the sun is over the yard arm) – post ride If there are any p… »

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...

@Deakus's posts:

  1. @Teocalli I drop a few photos in and a few words when I get back. »

Jeff in PetroMetro submitted this piece to us quite some time back, and we decided to hold off on publishing it until we got a little closer to the Giro, due to the story’s relation to the Giro. We knew it wouldn’t be the first time someone has written about it, but that’s never stopped us before so why should it now? As it turns...

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  1. I am sure that somewhere over the last couple of years I have seen an article on the Pain Face.  Scrolling back I cannot find it and if I am wrong then someone needs to get on an write one pretty damn quick because Jensy pulled out an absolute blinder at … »

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. @Teocalli Less than a week until I am also suitably attired and riding in the French countryside! http://www.anjou-velo-vintage.com/en/ »

The Tour de Suisse can be everyone’s warm-up for the Tour de France, including all you VSP dreamers. The big show seems to be the Critérium de Dauphanié this year, as far as Tour de France contenders go but the Tour de Suisse still has some big guns showing up. Twiggo is here, not for a Tour warm up, unless people are worried about Richie P...

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  1. @wiscot I heard he was training for the “hour” and that so was Wiggo (although there are always endless rumours about him which are largely unfounded) and that someone was trying to organise a 3 way “hour” each in a different city in a different country… »

There are two ways in life to be good at something. The first way is the most obvious, which is to actually be good at something. This is harder than it sounds because you need things like skills, talent, fortitude, and light sabers. The other way doesn’t require those things but it has its own challenges; basically, you have to be holistical...

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  1. @minion Simple….just lube the beard and all will be well! »

It’s always a let down for a fan to realise his or her idol is not all that they were held up to be. And while I was somewhat a fan of Marco Pantani, it was neither a surprise nor a let-down to read about his troubled life, and his subsequent sad, lonely death.It wasn’t a surprise, or a let-down, to read that possibly his whole career w...

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  1. @brett Good point….but you know what I mean….(insert suitably jovial emoticon) »

  2. Worth a bump for several reasons: 1.  Great article by Brett and after so many great contributions this mornings article on motocross just seemed out of place…it is summer FFS, can we have great tales of heroes fighting dragons in the mountains…is th… »