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Velominatus: Erik

Order: Level 2 Velominatus

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Social: Website /

Attorney, creator (with my lovely Velominata) of The Completely Unauthorized Ohio University Coloring Book, Cat-6.

@Erik's activity:

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. ‘Cause why the hell not Thomas Dekker? And I’d like Phil Gilbert (pronounced Fill Gill-bert) to prove me wrong. VSP PICKS: 1. Purito 2. Nibali 3. Valverde 4. Voeckler 5. Thomas Dekker »

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. Omega Pharma Quick Step revenge! VSP PICKS: 1. Boonen 2. Stybar 3. Terpstra 4. Vandenbergh 5. Steegmans »

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. And it begins. I must do well here because I’ll be at altitude and without internet for another handful of races. 4 man breakaway followed by a furious sprint.  That would be fun. VSP PICKS: 1. Peter Sagan 2. Phillipe Gilbert 3. Cancellara 4. Sylvain C… »

We’re not really supposed to have favorites, but everyone does. Just ask your parents. So while I’m not supposed to have a favorite, I do, and its Rule #9.Bad weather immediately separates the wheat from the chaff, and so the weekend warriors stay indoors and leave the roads to the devout. I talk most often about riding in the rain, wi...

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  1. @unversio I was asking for a friend. Here’s his Facebook post:  Still riding my bike to work today, in a full suit, despite it being 6 F (-14 C), with the wind chill at -9 F (-22 C), because being on my bike is still better than getting on the metro o… »

  2. Not saying I am riding in -5 degree F weather, but if I was, would there be a lexicon entry for that? »

Cycling is a mighty sport with a rich and complex history. Every company, racer, piece of kit, and component has a legend, a story behind it; in many cases it also has a personal and nostalgic connection to our lives.  While this particular sport is steeped in tradition, it is also fiercely modern, a fact that serves only to deepen its complexity...

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  1. Can anyone offer up an assist? Planning trip to see Giro with family. Aside from obeying Rule #11, anyone have any travel suggestions for this year’s route.  I’m finding that this is logistically much more difficult than Paris Roubaix a few years ago.  The… »

The Skype conversation went like this:Brett: “Remember Laurent Dufaux?” Continue reading...

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  1. I really liked Raul Alcala when I was a youngster. That pic sums him up. Rule compliant and bad-ass in the mountains.  Must admit, I had forgotten poor DuFaux until just now. »

Water is an asshole, at least when it comes to bicycles. So is wind, now that I think of it; I don’t love it, unless its at my back, but that rarely seems to happen even on out-and-back routes. Fire’s not winning any prizes either, unless you’re talking about the hunk-a-hunka burnin’ V. Even le soleil isn’t scoring po...

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  1. Yes, I am a bit of a nerd to associate a Dr. Who line to this thread, but it is so true. »

Freddy effortlessly demonstrates Rules #80 and #82, the Three-Point System, and the Goldilocks Principle while his mechanic calmly swaps a mortal’s wheel for one that can withstand his ferocious sprint. All the while, a young Colonel Sanders looks on with bemused disapproval.For anyone still wondering whether the 70′s was the coolest...

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  1. Thank you for making my day. Now I can return to work. »

Oh brothers and sisters, we find ourselves here again. It was but a few moments ago when the Milan-Sanremo VSP went up. Racers fought the sleet, producing an unforgettable start to the Velominati VSP season. Cancellara, Nibali, Froome and, and Horner were all big points winners for our astute and well informed audience. But now it has come to Paris...

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  1. @Harminator Hmmm.  So he has a good chance? Or Horner is doped to the gills?  Or maybe he has a chance if he is doped to the gills.  Anyway.  Fun time to be had by all this weekend.  Give me my pirate internet video feed of some random foreign language … »

  2. With a shout-out to Tyler Farrar.  He needs another sprint win to get a kick start to his new contract where there is no one to help him get set up for the sprint. Also wish there was room for Ciolek in my picks. VSP PICKS: 1. Greg Van Avermaet 2. Henr… »

Growing up, I imagine my dad did his fair share of worrying about me getting into trouble with chemicals and girls. Like with most problems in life, the solution lay in Cycling; training encouraged healthy behavior and once my dad convinced me to shave my legs, no one needed to worry about the girls anymore.Cycling caused its fair share of problems...

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  1. Well said. Climbs well for his weight. Can roll hard on the flats and rollers. Likes bad weather. When I was young I lived in Connecticut and fancied myself a climber. Not so much. If only Winning Magazine had used more terms like this I would have known … »

Il Lombardia, this is the race of the fallen leaves. This fall classic is a beautiful race in a beautiful region of Italy. The arduous route may change year to year but what does not change is the Italian need to win this thing. There is some national pride at stake here after the Italian men finished off the podium in Firenze. Bergamo to Lecco, 24...

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  1. Nibbles will break the Spanish armada as they all stare each other down. VSP PICKS: 1. Nibali 2. Perrenial second Purito 3. Valverde 4. Contador 5. Daniel Martin »

Where: Montecatini Terme to Firenze, ItalyWhen: September 28 Continue reading...

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  1. Just got back from my daughter’s soccer game. Missed the ending. Gah!  Looked like it turned into a great race.  And I knew I would regret betting against Vos to repeat. »

  2. Watching some pirated French feed and it is Gruppo compacto — all shot from a distance. This is why some people think the sport is boring.  Attack!!  Make interesting TV!!! (that last comment is for the producers). »

The world championship road race stands out among all other one-day races as the one where the winner is awarded both a curse and a jersey to carry for the next 12 months. It also inspires way too many riders to wear white bibs, which is an alarming trend in itself and one which I hope Brian Cookston, the new UCI President, prioritizes over the dop...

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  1. I’m going all in. Going to rearrange everything. Putting Evans first. Because I put Horner first and was the only one at the Vuelta to do that. I’ll do it here too.  Mind you, this does not mean I won the Vuelta VSP. Just that I managed to pick one of fiv… »

  2. Wait. I’m changing my mind. Froome no. Evans in.  Go Good Cadel. Make a showing in the rain. VSP PICKS: 1. Nibali 2. Valverde 3. Horner 4. Cancellara 5. Evans »

  3. Buy the ticket, take the ride. I have no idea.  Probably some unknown Italian will get it. VSP PICKS: 1. Nibali 2. Valverde 3. Horner 4. Cancellara 5. Froome »

Where: Montecatini Terme to Firenze, ItalyWhen: September 28 Continue reading...

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  1. Replacing Pooley with Enkhjargal Tuvshinjargal — who was also my dark horse in the road race. Anyone know why Pooley isn’t starting? VSP PICKS: 1. Mara Abbott 2. Vos 3. Enkhhargal Tuvshinjargal 4. Evelyn Stevens 5. Emma Johansson »

  2. Pretty sure I will regret betting against Vos. VSP PICKS: 1. Mara Abbott 2. Vos 3. Pooley 4. Evelyn Stevens 5. Emma Johansson »

There is something about a time trial that lets you go spelunking in undiscovered caverns of The Cave. Contort your body into the sleekest position you can, make the bike as uncomfortable as possible, and then rev your cardiovascular system up to the anaerobic threshold for as long as possible. Its food for legend.Being a diesel helps, churning the...

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  1. And that last one is to help me get educated by forcing me to pay attention to the whole race. Tracking an ITT is mind-numbing unless you have some kind of skin in the game. Hence, I will be pulling for Enkhjargal Tuvshinjargal, the hope of Mongolia. VSP… »

Seriously. Is it almost September? This was not the agreement, this was supposed to be an endless summer. And all you A-Holes down there in the Antipodes are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, enjoying longer days and shorter nights. I don’t need to tell you where you can take that, but it’s dark and it smells. I have no patien...

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  1. Amazing. I am the only guy to pick Horner from the start. I swap out an DNF Dan Martin. And I only have 21 points. Have I offended thee? V? I shall go and flog myself under the watchful eye of the Man with the Hammer. And, @scaler911 — thank you. »

  2. @Buck Rogers Thank you!  But it is still only 26 points by my math. Depending on how Valverde and Rodriguez shake out I can still lose. I had a feeling Horner wanted it.  Let us all hope it is legit.  As I’ve noted above, I really want it to be. »

  3. @Chris I would also like to see Sanchez make a move. But he won’t.  And Horner’s blood might be sludgy, but I bet it is from his secret stash of Big Macs.  There, I said it. I’m sticking with the naive thought that he is clean — at least now. »

  4. Who has Horner to win? Anyone? And when did you make your pick. I am curious, ’cause I’m feeling pretty good about my prognostication skills if he wins this.  Not that the rest of my picks are very good.  And I thought for sure that Nibali would use the r… »