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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. Did I miss the start? VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps): 1. Nibali 2. Valverde 3. no pick 4. no pick 5. no pick »

This note arrived to the Velominati Bunker back in April. It was a confession. It was a cautionary one. Everyone knows someone who has done this. I nearly did it myself*. I replied to Alex, not sympathetically enough yet his message has stayed with me. Is this worthy of a New Rule? Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. @therealpeel I’m not a BIG person, but no. The front wheel comes off and is slotted into a wheel carrier next to the bike, which stands in a fork mount bolted to the floor. It’s a great arrangement, but will only work with bikes up to about 56 cm with… »

  2. Unrelated because I have no story to share (I drive a hatchback and the bikes fit inside standing up – proper protection, that is): What is going on here with having to log in before being able to read posts/comments? It’s not quite maddening, but adding… »

For the simple reason that the Cobbled and Ardennes Classics are behind us, I have not alternative but to get back on my soap box about the Giro being the best of the three Grand Tours. Well, usually, at least. Last year’s race sucked the big one (even if it was supremely Rule #9), but for the most part it is the race that is the most c...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Good Cadel 2. Quintana 3. Purito 4. Uran 5. Ryder »

The 100th running of Liège-Bastogne-Liège takes place this Sunday. Danny-boy Martin will be marked heavily as the defending champion. Malmerde, and Phil Gil have shown they are peaking too. Froomy has thrown his hat into the ring, as he did last year but after last years 26th place, maybe it’s training. 263 kms, past winners include a long...

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  1. @unversio I meant posts indeed. If I load this page, or those from either of the Fleches, zero posts/comments will be displayed. Once I log in, all picks and posts are visible. It’s not that big a deal to log in each time I visit, but it makes checking… »

  2. @unversio I felt the tingle! I guess that means I have my saddle positioned properly…. On another note, what’s up with keeping the posts hidden on VSP pages? »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Phil Gil 2. Kwiatkowski 3. Mollema 4. Valverde 5. Dan Martin »

Midweek in Belgium in Spring is a wonderful thing. Hordes of people come from seemingly nowhere to fill the bars and line the roadsides when presumably they’d usually be working, or at school, or some such. That the only ones who appear to be working are the bartenders and frites dispensers reinforces my belief that Belgium is the greatest co...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Valverde 2. Gilbert 3. Kwiatkowski 4. Betancur 5. Mollema »

Wednesday sees the return of the women to the VSP. More notably, we see the return of Marianne Vos to the road. She’s won this race five of the last seven years. It makes me wonder if the rest of the field have already resigned themselves to racing for second. On the other hand, Vos hasn’t been racing of late and may not be as sharp as...

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  1. That link leads to a page for results behind a pay wall. The start list is on the site, but this is where I found it: . VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Armistead 3. Edmondson 4. Johansson 5. Van Dijk »

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. This is a ridiculous line-up. What am I thinking? VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Valverde 3. Mollema 4. Gerrans 5. Riblon »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Tommeke 2. Sep 3. Phinney 4. Terpstra 5. G. Thomas »

The grade is long and I am climbing away. I’m not going to Pantani this: I am not out of the saddle, not in the drops and not leaving everyone in my wake. The climbing gear was engaged a long time ago. There is progress, but I am not dancing up this climb. A little more cadence would really help here. If I could just get this mother-lover spinnin...

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  1. @Mike Stead (@tweetymike) I’m shocked to see so many responses without a correction. On the 11-speed Red and Force Bro-sets, and also the most recent 10-speed versions, there is a limit function preventing the dreaded accidental upshift. Attempting the … »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Johansson 2. Van Djik 3. Armistead 4. Longo Borghini 5. Stevens »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Faboo 2. Sagan 3. Sep 4. Terpstra 5. Phinney »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Van Djik 2. Pieters 3. Stevens 4. Carlee Taylor 5. Armistead »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Faboo 2. Sagan 3. Phinney 4. Boss Goss 5. Boom! »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Cav 2. Greipel 3. Sagan 4. Degenkolb 5. Gilbert »

My favorite feeling is perhaps the empty hollowness of hunger. That statement, in itself, is a declaration of the privileged life I’ve led; it is borderline obscene to boast of such a thing in a world where 842 million people don’t have enough to eat. Nevertheless, being lucky enough to have been raised in America and just competent eno...

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  1. @frank That pretty well hits the nail on the head. I agree completely, and I think @Puffy would too. That’s all I was getting at – you were both getting to the same place via different roads. »

  2. @frank He’s right, Frank, but not in the way that you think he’s wrong. When you train, you damage muscle. Your protein intake is what allows repair and rebuilding of the muscle damaged through hard work. Over tie, the body adapts by adding muscle to d… »

To look good is already to go fast. -Paul Fournel, VéloMy approach to research is pretty straight forward. First, I develop an opinion – usually in a cognitively compromised state. This is the first step in the process for the simple reason that it avoids the bulk of the hard work involving things like reading and thinking. Next, I cherry-pi...

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  1. Wow. So much bad science, or at least bad science journalism explaining good science. And yet, because of confirmation bias I’m totally on board with this confirming what we already knew to be the truth! Great find Shaka! »

One of the finest things about Velominati is it attracts the crazy bastards. Cyclists are slightly unhinged anyway but there are more than a few out there who have no fear. Crazy is not constrained by nationality. Crazy knows no borders. Sure the Randonneurs would do this just to make sure they were happy with their choice of headlamp strap but @ba...

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  1. @TommyTubolare Firstly, I never made the first comment about the quality of my discipleship. I know I have a long road ahead of me and sometimes err, but I’m no apologist. I spoke of the inclusive “we,” as the group itself strives to be in better compli… »

  2. @antihero First, yes, follow the rules of your sanctioning body, though if they differ from the Rules then someone has stopped paying proper attention. Second, you made my point for me – Strava is not a governing body. There was a vehicle involved that… »

  3. @Optimiste Tell us before you do it and we’ll make a Cogal of it! I can hear the Recovery Ales calling to me already. »

  4. @El Mateo Not to belabor the point, but I guess I will. It’s precisely this sentiment that concerns me. We, as a community, have accepted and adopted as our own the Rules we ride by. They are immutable, handed down from on high, recorded by the Keepers … »

  5. Well, someone is eventually going to be the prick that rains on this parade, so it may as well be me. I don’t understand why riding a certain distance exempts one from the Rules. To my mind it does no such thing. Even self-supported, these chaps stopped a… »