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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.

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Have you ever been told to take a good look at yourself? Usually it infers that you need to smarten up your ideas, get your shit together, shape up or ship out. If Viagra eyedrops had an advertising campaign, (or indeed existed), their tagline would be: “Take a long, hard look at yourself.”Most Cyclists need to take a long hard look at...

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  1. A long weekend in the hills meant I missed this one.  Perfect sentiments.  This photo pretty much captures it all….and not a team or brand name in sight! »

The Amstel Gold Race, 251 km from Maastricht to Valkenburg, the hard way. There appears to be no flat sections longer than ten meters. There are thirty-four mean little climbs to ruin the legs. We have moved on from the real Spring Classics. There is no rest in this VSP; The Ronde and Roubaix were amazing but we must continue. Legs that are smoked...

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  1. Delgado’d !! Grrrr! »

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. I would love to put Van Avermaet in to win, unfortunately he seems to destined to forever be the bridesmaid and never the bride.  I am backing Pippi Longstockings simply remembering his track days and hoping he has got some of that power back.  Faboo has … »

I had always imagined that de Ronde van Vlaanderen must be hardest race in the world. The way I worked it out – having never ridden the course of either event at the time – was that de Ronde had the same cobbles as Roubaix, but with 20% grades thrown in. It makes enough sense so long as you don’t know what you’re talking abo...

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  1. @Frank.  Great article, emotive as ever…this years PR should be an absolute rip snorter! »

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. Rolled a dice…. VSP PICKS: 1. Bizzy Lizzy (Armistead) 2. Even Stevens 3. Johansson (Emma) 4. Lamborghini 5. Van Dijk Chick »

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. No idea! VSP PICKS: 1. Crowbar (Zdenek) 2. Pippi Longstockings 3. Faboo 4. Van Avaermet 5. Saggy »

I’m old as dirt. My first two race bikes employed toe clips and toe straps and that set-up was bad. For many reasons it was bad and any retro-hipster who thinks otherwise is wrong. When Lemond and Hinault started racing on the white Look clipless pedals, everyone but Sean Kelly quickly switched. Talk about a quantum improvement, it was long o...

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  1. Just by way of a bump.  I have been riding these for 18 months now and they are absolutely awesome!  No knee trouble, the free float took about 2 hills to get used to (although if felt very weird for the 1st 10) I am never going back and now have them on… »

There was no clear indication that Rick’s car had actually come to a complete stop. It wasn’t that the car hadn’t stopped its forward trajectory – it had – it was just that the car hadn’t actually stopped moving. Long after the vehicle had come to rest in what could only be considered a legitimate parking spot by...

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  1. @thrivers Re-arrange the following to make sense?  I am sure there is a coherent sentence in there somewhere but for the love of the gods I can’t quite put my finger on it…. »

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. @Mikael Liddy Wow…not a single pick the same….that has given my confidence the equivalent of a kick in the bollocks!  Sprinters finish it is then! »

Evolution doesn’t really seem to be part of the picture anymore, at least not where humans and our direct reports are concerned. We control an astounding number of genetic defects in ourselves, our pets, and agriculture while Science and Technology give Natural Selection swirlies in the locker room.Take exercise-induced asthma, which is a con...

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  1. @andrew There you go with all that science stuff again!  My brain is starting to ache the only thing I can do is consult this fella… »

  2. @Teocalli Bravo!  Now we are in tandem!! »

  3. This is all voodoo-magic and completely anti-V.  I am not a scientist and this is precisely why I intend to embarrass myself here in front of a bunch of people who have far larger brains (and probably guns) than I do…however. Using logic rather than re… »

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. All I know is I backed Lizzie all last year and she was ill with some kind of necrotic toxic sub saharan zombie condition.  This year apparently she has completed her transformation to fully fledged automaton and is back on form. Here we go again… VSP… »

  2. Not sure if Emma Pooley is racing, I had heard she was still in Oz?  Incomplete start list here http://women.cyclingfever.com/editie.html?_ap=startlijst&editie_idd=MjUxOTU= »

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. Haven’t got a scoobydoo but I would suggest Stybar is in good form…Fabulous is looking…well…fabulous.  Ian has broken the seal on classics wins, Greg is normally in the mix somewhere, and G could even win it but I am not sure which Sky boy to back!!… »

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. @ChrissyOne Bel Mezzo! »

Wind is an asshole. I have no patience left for it. It has all of it been used up, gone, finished. It is the only force that I’m aware of (with the possible exception of gravity) that is more stubborn and less willing to listen to reason than I myself am. It blows me around on my bike, it embezzles speed from my Magnificent Stroke. No matter...

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  1. @Izetta High praise indeed…stick around a while and we are sure to correct you misguiding impression that we have the faintest idea what we are talking about, in the near future.  Having said that…welcome to the site! »

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. @Nate Bravo! »

  2. @frank Er….Dirty Bertie is not frightened of the occasionally demonstration of how the sherbert have not affected the size of his berries….he has already been at it this year.  I am looking forward to some fireworks this year. »

The 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 race in question by the time the countdown clock goes to zero...

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  1. @Harminator No you didn’t because I snatched that award from you!  1 point….I can never show my face around here again…O the shame of it! »

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. I struggled to watch the last 10 of the race, I think I was vomiting through most of it.  Can someone kick Belkin off their UCI ticket?  Riding that snot green strip on a celeste bike is an abomination…and as for the helmets, don’t even get me started! … »

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. @ChrisO Agree…but… http://youtu.be/0A5t5_O8hdA »

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. @GogglesPizano Wise words on the groupsan it currently looks like Bryan Ferry with a shell suit on!  That aside, that bike is a thing of beauty.  Just imagine if you removed the decals from those wheels….I suspect light space and time would actually b… »

  2. @Roger As long as you are on the path towards the road then all commers are welcome!  Nice to see you here, there are many mountain bikers and CX riders on the site but the conversation turns almost exclusively to the road once the dark nights of winter… »

For many Americans, their first ten speed bike was a Schwinn. It was heavy. Everything about it was heavy. It was the bike that was going to survive outside the bomb shelter. No one put a better crankset on a Schwinn. When we moved on that old bike languished in the garage and it was not coming back out. Not so for @Teocalli, for starters he didn&#...

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  1. Great article @Teocalli!  I will be riding this in June this year…combining a retro ride with some Vin Loire seems eminently pleasurable. http://www.anjou-velo-vintage.com/en/ »