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Velominatus: ErikdR

Order: Level 2 Velominatus

Location: Kolding, Denmark

Dutch-born in 1958, have lived in Denmark for almost 20 years now (married to Danish woman). Avid cyclist (touring) in the late 70's and 80's, and now in the process of 'picking up' cycling again - and trying to restore '80s road bikes to former glory.

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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. VSP PICKS: 1. Chris Froome 2. Jurgen van den Broeck 3. Bauke Mollema 4. Alberto Contador 5. Nairo Quintana »

Before Tomac and Ned, before LeMond and Big Mig, there was Bob Hannah. For a young lad obsessed with motorcycles as well as bicycles, the ‘Hurricane’ was the epitome of style on a bike. His bright yellow Yamaha YZs and matching head-to-toe kit set the bar and inspired me to emulate not only his style on the bike, but off it too. If onl...

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  1. @Ron Same here – the only two-wheeled machines I’ve ever been on have been human-powered. (I.e. by what the Danes – charmingly, I think – refer to as a ‘rye-bread engine’) »

  2. @meursault The Motominati have taken over the asylum. »

I met a nice character a few weeks ago on a magnificent ride through the Bay Area. He rode a Colnago C-50 which was so filthy that I was unable to ascertain with any degree of certainty what color it was painted. I spent most of the ride suppressing the impulse to lead him and his bike through a local car wash. As it turns out, he’s based o...

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  1. Admit it, Frank: you’d have bought the stuff anyway, regardless of how well it performed, just because of the name. (I must admit that it makes the Veloforma look mighty fine though – as if that thing needed to look any more gorgeous, FFS…) Nice touch i… »

Behind every great rider, there’s a great soigneur. The right hand man, the go-to guy, who tends every whim of his rider, feeding, watering, mending and massaging. Behind the humble Velominatus Regularus, however, there’s a string of injuries, tight muscles, bad posture and aching guns. We are our own soigneurs, and if you’re like...

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  1. @VeloJello Cheers – and I hope you’ll find the sitting-up-against-a-wall stretch beneficial. FYI: In case your hamstrings are a lot more supple than mine and you find that you can bring the backs of your knees to the floor without any strain whatsoever, … »

I can can feel his cold breath on my back, like a shadow drifting through an alleyway. He’s not yet upon me, but the Man with the Hammer is lurking nearby. I’m not even sure he has the intention to strike; he’s just staying close, cruelly reminding me that my fate is in his hands.I feel the heaviness in my legs from the first turn...

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  1. Very nice piece, Frank – and quite timely, as far as yours truly is concerned: just over a week ago on a solo training ride, I was overtaken by a cyclist who was clearly in much better shape than I (and a couple of decades my junior, I reckon, but that sh… »

Behind every great rider, there’s a great soigneur. The right hand man, the go-to guy, who tends every whim of his rider, feeding, watering, mending and massaging. Behind the humble Velominatus Regularus, however, there’s a string of injuries, tight muscles, bad posture and aching guns. We are our own soigneurs, and if you’re like...

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  1. Darn – that should have been “I suppose you can deduce…”, »

  2. This may be slightly off-topic, but I assume that most of you are aware that you can actually do some forms of mild but beneficial stretching while actually riding your bike? This could include coming out of the saddle and, while standing on the pedals wi… »

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. Nairo Quintana 2. Cadel Evans 3. Joaquim Rodriguez 4. Domenico Pozzovivo 5. Przemyslaw Niemiec »

If Lance won seven Tours then maybe Tyler Hamilton did win a Monument after all, or not. Finally Hamilton had a chance to measure up to Armstrong in a big one day race. That alone must have felt good; riding against him instead of for him. Johann versus Bjarne, Lance versus Tyler, this was a proper knife fight. Tyler looks ahead and Lance looks at...

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  1. @JohnB Well put, @JohnB. »

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. A quadruple Delgado later (Stupid work assignments; stupid deadlines…), here goes again  – and without a clue, really. VSP PICKS: 1. B. Mollema 2. A. Valverde 3. M. Kwiatkowski 4. P. Gilbert 5. D. Martin »

Given the fact that everyone over-tightens their pedals to the crank arms, one needs a long lever to get too much torque. Rule #94 decrees using the correct tool and using it correctly. While the proper tool has always been available, it is up to us to evolve, to understand the difference between right and wrong, between vice-grip and open-ended w...

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  1. Cheers @Gianni – this article brought a welcome blast of mirth and some pleasant musing at the end of a very long working day. Great stuff! »

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. Go cloggies VSP PICKS: 1. Slagter 2. Kwiatkowski 3. Dumoulin 4. Valverde 5. Mollema »

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. (Some) dark horses for dark courses VSP PICKS: 1. Zdenek Stybar 2. Sebastian Langeveld 3. Greg van Avermaet 4. Niki Terpstra 5. Tom Boonen »

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. @freddy Oh my… I simply had to quote this one more time – f***ing brilliant! While reading it, I can almost, in my ‘mind’s ear’, hear the metallic voice of HAL pronouncing this piece of poetry. Well done, sir. Oh, and Gianni: great article. »

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. Zdenek Stybar 2. Peter Sagan 3. Fabian Cancellara 4. Sebastian Langeveld 5. Sep Vanmarcke »

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. A. van der Breggen 2. Lizzie Armitstead 3. Emma Johansson 4. Maaike Polspoel 5. Evelyn Stevens »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Anna van der Breggen 2. Elisabeth Armitstead 3. Emma Johansson 4. Maaike Polspoel 5. Evelyn Stevens »

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. @Teocalli Great – thanks for the info/history. Wow; 1932. And here I was, thinking I was old… Once again, hat. »

  2. Great writing, Teocalli – and beautiful restoration of a worthy steed. Chapeau. Those are stylized Olympic rings in the head badge, right? Would you know if they are referring to anything specific? (e.g. bikes of this brand being used at Olympic events or… »

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. Outsiders and dark Dutch horses… And a ‘butcher’ happens to be called a ‘slagter’ in Danish… Nuff said. VSP PICKS: 1. Peter Sagan 2. Simon Gerrans 3. Tom-Jelte Slagter 4. John Degenkolb 5. André Greipel »

I read recently that a number of Pros like to ride the turbo for an hour or so before having breakfast in the morning to jump start the old metabolic system. Which means that now I ride the trainer for an hour in the morning before breakfast. I think the Pros probably do it to lose weight, and I do it partly for that reason but also to burn off th...

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  1. Whoops – apologies for the double post. No idea what went wrong there »

  2. Nice post, monsieur Franque. I’ve often thought that it would be great to rig that contraption up in such a way (air ducts? chain transfer?) that the big fan ends up wafting a firm breeze into the face of the rider. Wouldn’t that – literally – be cool? … »

Today is a special day for two reasons. First, it is Sinterklaas Avond, an important holiday in the Netherlands and Belgium. Second, it marks the launching of a new feature for Velominati which we are calling the Kermis. A Kermis is a carnival usually marked by a criterium bicycle race held around the perimeter of the festival grounds. Because o...

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  1. Excellent initiative, meneer Frank. Hoedje af. In fact, this particular article was one of the first I read when I stumbled across this hallowed website. Enjoyed it thoroughly then; Nice to see it again. Am living in Denmark, as mentioned before – but vi… »

When you’re a kid, riding with your hands off the bars is something done for thrills, for style, and to impress chicks. As an older, wiser Velominatus, it can be a handy maneuvre to aid removing or donning extra clothing, taking a feed from your pockets, and to impress women (because that’s how adults refer to chicks). Get it right and...

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  1. @all A tad off topic, perhaps – but in case any of you out there are having trouble kicking the smoking habit, and are at present mucking about with nicotine plasters, plastic inhalers, nasal sprays and all kinds of other expensive substitute crap, two w… »