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Velominatus: GT

Order: Level 4 Velominatus

Location: Australia

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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. @minion Somebody has to stand up for Ritchie – he’s been sick with bronchitis since the cobbles stage, on antibiotics …  So pull your head in. »

Yes, this makes three Guest Articles in three weeks, but we run the show around here and we do what we want. Especially when it comes to solid, 24-karat gold Cyclist/Rock star comparisons. Especiallier when it comes from none other than Keeper Jim’s lovely wife and food-writer celebrity, Jess Thomson. Its cute seeing the family come togethe...

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  1. @therealpeel I give you – Tommy Voeckler  !!  But that’s about it … »

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. @Ron In most states in Oz, texting while driving will get you a $300-odd fine. Last year, someone got a jail term for killing a pedestrian while texting. »

The Ride. It is the cathedral of our sport, where we worship at the altar of the Man with the Hammer. It is the end to our means. Indeed, The Bike may be the central tool to our sport, but to turn the pedals is to experience the sensation of freedom, of flight. It is all for The Ride.The world is overflowing with small, twisty roads that capture ou...

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  1. @Mikael Liddy I was on the Corkscrew.  So was half the world.  There was a cycle jam afterwards. »

The severity of a crash exists on two planes, the physical and psychological. The physical is the most obvious and one we busy ourselves with in the immediate vicinity of coming down. Our bodies need time to heal, our kits may need replacing or mending, and our bicycles may need repair work. For weeks and sometimes months, we may carry with us t...

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  1. No serious crashes yet, at least none involving motorised transport.  But have experienced sheer terror. Saturday morning on Beach Rd in Melbourne – ( – in a big group, taking themselves very seriou… »

Doubt. It speaks in whispered tones but echoes in our actions and lingers heavy on the mind. It is a thing that weaves itself into the seeds of our dreams and erodes vision into whim. Doubt leads to uncertainty; uncertainty to fear; fear prevents us from reaching as high as we might.Doubt is a clingy thing. Like a snowball dropped down a mountainsi...

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  1. @crashin in jpn And punctures … give me the shits »

There is something supremely Fantastic about a precisely manicured set of sunglasses, particularly when they’re not being used for their intended purpose. Certainly, there are times when circumstance offer no alternative but to actually look through them, but for the most part, it’s a bit pedestrian to use sunglasses for seeing through...

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  1. @frank At the Worlds in Geelong year before last, they were handing out free caps to everyone, that were perfect – the brim is 50cm at its widest point.  Branded Cyling Australia, no manufacturers label but had a Santini brand printed on the back.  sorry … »

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. @Kyle Where does Competitive sit in relation to Rule #58 ????? »

It is less than a week from the longest night of the year for us lucky cyclists in the Northern hemisphere. Articles about lighting systems and losing form are what we cough up. @Strathlubnaig has even shorter days than most of us, works at sea, gets out on the bike and writes about it. Rule #9 or not, when is it ever a bad idea to ride a bike? V...

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  1. Nice piece.  For a southern hemisphere comparison though, taking a few days off earlier this week, went to the beach for a few days with the other half.  Up at sunrise, already 25C, going to be a hot one.  Big easterly, head off towards Barwon Heads, then… »

Composites, microfibers, synthetics. They amaze in their qualities; light, strong, durable – unyieldingly stiff or unimaginably suple, depending on our whim. When modern components arrive on my doorstep, upon lifting the unremarkable cardboard box I often wonder whether there is anything at all inside or if perhaps the person on the other e...

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  1. No offense to all those retro-types out there.  But I just dont get nostalgia.  The reason padding has gone from saddles to shorts is because it’s better.  The reason that shifters moved off the downtube is because it’s better.  The reason cassettes have … »

Spoiler alert– this post has nothing to do with professional cycling or racing. This post is about trying in vain to get existing bike trays to fit on a new car. Given that we put a man on the moon and all, this seems only modestly ambitious. WRONG, says Thule. It can’t be done! At least not without buying $200 more crap from those...

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  1. @Roadslave525 Come on – who is seriously suggesting they are not in fact willing to take the Lambo and bike  ….  Rule #25 be stuffed.  Insanely desirable combined with 100% wankerness. »