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Order: Level 2 Velominatus

Location: Ottawa, Ontario

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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...

@Duende's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Marianne Vos 2. Emma Johansson 3. Elisa Longo-Borghini 4. Anna Van der Breggen 5. Lizzie Armitstead »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Nairo Quintana 2. Joaquim Rodriguez 3. Rigoberto Uran 4. Warren Barguil 5. Fabio Aru »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Nairo Quintana 2. Joaquim Rodriguez 3. Rigoberto Uran 4. Warren Barguil 5. Laurens Ten Dam »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Peter Sagan 2. Zdenek Stybar 3. Michael Albasini 4. Philippe Gilbert 5. Bauke Mollema »

It has been many years (25!) since professional female cyclists have raced on the cobbles of the Champs Elysées. While running the Giro Donne concurrently with the Tour de France makes no sense to me, this Sunday’s women’s race does make sense. It should be the model for a Women’s Tour de France: the route, infrastructure, roadsi...

@Duende's posts:

  1. Wild to win. VSP PICKS: 1. Kirsten Wild 2. Giorgia Bronzini 3. Marianne Vos 4. Lucinda Brand 5. Chloe Hosking »

@Duende's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Emma Johansson 2. Marianne Vos 3. Alena Amialiusik 4. Anna van der Breggen 5. Mara Abbott »

@Duende's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Alberto Contador 2. Alejandro Valverde 3. Vincenzo Nibali 4. Andrew Talansky 5. Rui Costa »

@Duende's posts:

  1. @Ron Learning to hold your line on a bicycle might help with this sort of situation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pgm8I0B8bY »

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. @Steampunk If the cogal happens after the June 7-8 weekend and before the beginning of July, I might well be able to make it. Need to do something about the fact that I’m currently batting .000 on Canadian cogal attendance! »

@Duende's posts:

  1. A Canadian in Pink! »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Joaquim Rodriguez 2. Nairo Quintana 3. Rafal Majka 4. Cadel Evans 5. Domenico Pozzovivo »

@Duende's posts:

  1. Or “Valverde.” Not enough coffee this morning. VSP PICKS: 1. Philippe Gilbert 2. Alejandro Valverde 3. Tom Jelte Slagter 4. Danny Moreno 5. Jelle Vanendert »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Philippe Gilbert 2. Alejandro Valderde 3. Tom Jelte Slagter 4. Danny Moreno 5. Jelle Vanendert »

@Duende's posts:

  1. Oops, apparently Geschke’s not riding. VSP PICKS: 1. Philippe Gilbert 2. Tom Jelte Slagter 3. Michael Kwiatkowski 4. Rui Costa 5. Alejandro Valverde »

  2. 4 out of the top 5 in PR, with none in the right placing. 3 out of the top 5 in Amstel Gold, again with none in the right placing. Let’s see if we can change the channel here! VSP PICKS: 1. Philippe Gilbert 2. Simon Geschke 3. Michael Kwiatkowski 4. Rui… »

@Duende's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Emma Johansson 2. Lizzie Armitstead 3. Anna Van Der Breggen 4. Elisa Longo Borghini 5. Marianne Vos »

@Duende's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Alejandro Valverde 2. Romain Bardet 3. Philippe Gilbert 4. Michael Kwiatkowski 5. Tom Jelte Slagter »

@Duende's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Stybar 3. Vanmarcke 4. Degenkolb 5. Van Avermaet »

@Duende's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Fabian Cancellara 2. Peter Sagan 3. Zdenek Stybar 4. Sylvain Chavanel 5. Sep Vanmarcke »

@Duende's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Emma Johansson 2. Elisa Longo Borghini 3. Anna van der Breggen 4. Lizzie Armitstead 5. Giorgia Bronzini »

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...

@Duende's posts:

  1. @Steampunk Yup, he only lost out to Degenkolb by a moustache! »

@Duende's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. E. Johansson 2. E. Armitstead 3. T. Worrack 4. A. van Vleuten 5. E. Longo Borghini »

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...

@Duende's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Kristoff 3. Stybar 4. Van Avermaet 5. Sagan »

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...

@Duende's posts:

  1. @G’rilla Agreed! I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what he can do this year in P-R (if he can stay clear of the spectators!) »

  2. @Captainsideburns Gerrans is out. »