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Have you ever been told to take a good look at yourself? Usually it infers that you need to smarten up your ideas, get your shit together, shape up or ship out. If Viagra eyedrops had an advertising campaign, (or indeed existed), their tagline would be: “Take a long, hard look at yourself.”Most Cyclists need to take a long hard look at...

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  1. @andrew, @Nik, @ChrisO, @universio I’m really interested to understand what you see as the main crime being committed by the ‘Bad Rapha’ fella above. Don’t you like the pink jersey? Or is that OK but the matching oversocks make it too much? Or is it the … »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Michal Kwiatkowski 2. Alejandro Valverde Belmonte 3. Bauke Mollema 4. Geraint Thomas 5. Roman Kreuziger »

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. @Steampunk I agree and hope so, but some will continue to bash him regardless… Interesting fact presented on Eurosport in the intros – apparently Wiggo was the first Grand Tour winner to start P-R in 20 years. It seemed to surprise LeMond. »

We’ve been busy at work on some new features for the community. When we announced the last set of features, we got some great feedback which was incorporated into this release. Some of you may have already noticed the features as we rolled them out silently over the course of the last two weeks, but we felt it prudent to announce them offici...

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  1. @michael that made me cackle out loud, superb! »

  2. Great work, thanks for all the effort you chaps put into this place. Chapeau. »

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. @american psycho Thank you so much for pointing that out, very much appreciated. Note to self – read the bloody start list next time! VSP PICKS: 1. Fabian Cancellara 2. Sep Vanmarcke 3. Bradley Wiggins 4. Taylor Phinney 5. Niki Terpstra »

  2. The Double is special, but Faboo is a special rider. I back him to deploy ‘the perfect amount of smart’ once again tomorrow. I know it’s asking a lot, but let’s hope the spectators play less of a part than they did last year (and last week). Can’t wait…. »

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. Here’s my #1, just brought out of hibernation ready for spring »

We reflect on another year of cycling; who has been naughty and who has been nice. The rusty chain award used to go to the biggest tool of the year but that has been folded into The Anti-V award. In years past the rusty chain award usually went to the present day dopers. Multi-year winners like Danilo “triple threat” Di Luca would now be eligib...

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  1. @Chris Just found that, Chris, thanks. Sorry for the duplicate post. »

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. @VirenqueForever The man sporting the flandrian lion icon wants to borrow my picks? As flattered as I am, you really don’t need any help from me, fella! Devolder was well in the mix in the previous three races, particularly Gent-Wevelgem, he looks to be… »

We reflect on another year of cycling; who has been naughty and who has been nice. The rusty chain award used to go to the biggest tool of the year but that has been folded into The Anti-V award. In years past the rusty chain award usually went to the present day dopers. Multi-year winners like Danilo “triple threat” Di Luca would now be eligib...

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  1. Please excuse the thread revival, chaps, but I just came across this little press release: http://www.neilprydebikes.com/news/latest/allez-allez-nazare.html Thought it was relevant to the earlier discussion about ‘brand protection’. »

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. Fabooooo! That was fucking epic. And I appear to have consumed 3 litres of Leffe. Chapeau to Devolder, hit the deck a few times and just kept getting up. »

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. What’s up with Mary V? VSP PICKS: 1. Lizzie ArmiTstead 2. Emma Johansson 3. Ellen van Dijk 4. Evelyn Stevens 5. Kirsten Wild »

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. Geraint, arhoswch ar eich beic yfory, os gwelwch yn dda, bach. VSP PICKS: 1. Fabian Cancellara 2. Peter Sagan 3. Stijn Devolder 4. Niki Terpstra 5. Geraint Thomas »

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. Emma Pooley 2. Elisa Longo Borghini 3. Lizzie ArmiTstead 4. Ellen Van Dijk 5. Emma Johansson »

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. Peter Sagan 2. Tom Boonen 3. Fabian Cancellara 4. Greg van Avermaet 5. Geraint Thomas »

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. What an absolutely amazing prize offer – Chapeau to the organisers and donors. Of course it goes without saying that any podium finisher is honour (if not rule-) bound to buy the other two items to match his/her prize… VSP PICKS: 1. Cavendish 2. Greip… »

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. @Ron I haven’t tried the QR type, but I had a set of allen-key type skewers which needed a specific allen key with a hole up the middle. Not too much to go wrong and they worked fine, although I didn’t like having to carry the specific tool as I was wor… »

Everyone knows that the quality of one’s character is measured by the size gear they can push, particularly when going uphill. It is also a well-established fact that no self-respecting Flemish Pro would ever ride a Compact, no matter what condition their knees are in or how ferocious the gradient. Which, by extension, means that Compacts are...

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  1. @Chris You’re welcome. I got mine from qwertycycles.co.uk – great UK resource for Cannondale parts and tools if you’re not already aware of them. I’m based in Chepstow, which is a fair step from London, but I think my current state of (un-)fitness migh… »

  2. @Chris Chris, I’m also a Cannondale man and have the Si crank extractor and lockring tool, which you are more than welcome to borrow if it helps you (I’m assuming you’re based in the UK). I could also come up with a compact spider and rings if needed. T… »

  3. Fun article, thanks Frank. Back in the day, when I was a teenager, my race/summer bike had 52-42 x 13-18, and on principle I never used the 18 cog. There was something psychological about not using the lowest gear, even when I was dying a death and chewi… »

There is nothing going on right now, oh right, except the Tour of Poland. Can we talk?I don’t think it’s just Frank and myself who are obsessed with the Hour Record. It is Hard Man cycling distilled into its purest form, the ultimate race of truth. During the first week of Tour de France madness Fabian Cancellara made it official he wa...

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  1. @wiscot Without wishing to occur as one of his critics (because I’m not one), here you go: »

  2. Brilliant stuff, can’t wait for this. But… If there’s a competitor for the hour record then that man is Wiggo. He’s having a bit of a change of direction, has stated that he’s after the World ITT title this year, and has a long pedigree on the track. … »

Day 5 of the Six Days of the Giro continues with an impromptu VSP event.Lets have a look at where we are in the 2013 Giro. Wiggins must have spent time training in Luxembourg because he’s been descending like a Schleck when things get dodgy before disappearing into the team van to have a cry about it. Hesjedal has put in some good moves and...

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  1. Cracking stage today, what a ride by Uran. Will be interesting to see how the team tactics develop, we’ve seen before (Froome/Porte at the Criterium International) that Sky put the team first, so if Uran starts to look the better bet for the overall win t… »

We continue our Six Days of the Giro series with a look at the troubled bond between Marco Pantani and the Giro.Some were meant to be tormented, as though it were preordained that their brilliance should be balanced with fatal flaws. These are tortured souls, whose dramatic highs are equalled only by the devastating depths of their lows. Continu...

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  1. @frank Thanks very much, Frank – both for both your efforts and for the reassurance :0) »