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Velominatus: Gerard

Order: Level 4 Velominatus

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I take landscape photos, climb alpine routes and cycle pave, hills and gravel in the Oregon countryside.

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Cogals (pronounce it correctly: kog-al) are meetings of like-minded misfits brought together by the promise of beer, preceded by a bike ride. Cogals are free, open to all, organized by our fellow Velominati and are always followed by consumption of post-ride recovery ales and merriment. These are gatherings of unbridled observance of Rule #4...

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Cycling has been suffering a crisis every since the use of a helmet became compulsory. This crisis is rooted in the simple fact that cycling peaked aesthetically with the cycling cap perched casually deliberate atop a sweaty cranium. It was only after mandatory helmet dictum spread its tentacles into all UCI-sanctioned races in 2003 that helmet man...

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  1. @Marcus Agreed, that eyesore has upset my cognitive dissonance…. »

Finally, we have Milan-Sanremo. I hope pedale.forcetta is ready to shoot some pictures, especially black and white because it will be cold and possibly wet. Throw in a little wind and a race of this distance will weed out the less hardy. Recently, but not too recently, this race would be won out of a decent size field sprint. And yet, besides Fabs...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Cancellara 3. Geraint Thomas 4. Gilbert 5. Moser »

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. @scaler911 nice, there is Dirty Circles in Woodland, WA as well, I’ll be there for the first one and maybe the second one then off to Australia.  I’ll be in the Cat 4’s though :)  It will be an hour of adrenaline filled craziness- it’ll be fun! Which tea… »

  2. @scaler911 slightly off topic have you and McSqeak seen this race series down our way: I like the casually deliberate photo at the bottom of the page too….. »

One of the loveliest things about the Grand Tours is that you get a feel, by the nature of the route, of the country’s landscape and physical qualities. Italy is littered with mountains and coasts, France is bordered by mountains with large swaths of open landscape throughout, and Spain is like Tatooine; mostly desert with some rocky outcropp...

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  1. goodammit »

  2. Cmon picks you can do it.. »

  3. hmmm my picks are not being added….. »

  4. Its going to be  more exciting than and exciting thing… »

  5. VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. Contador 3. De Gent 4. Cobo 5. Talansky »

We are proud to announce a change to the Velominati Super Prestige moving forward: sponsorship. We are delighted (if a little surprised) at the interest our partners showed in this endeavor, despite the short notice we gave them. Four sponsors will be gracing the sides of our team bus for this year’s race: fi’zi:k is our Super Domesti...

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  1. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps): 1. wiggo 2. nibali 3. froome 4. cadel 5. tejay Van G »

During the 1969 Tour de France, Felice Gimondi and Ray Poulidor were fined for taking a ride from a lorry up the Tourmalet. What about Merkcx? Well, he was towing the lorry.Its an old joke, but like any good joke, it stays funny no matter how many times you hear it. I bet it’s even funnier if you know what a lorry is. I knew a girl named Lori...

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  1. @frank very true, for all Froome’s great form and climbing prowess, I could potentially see him cracking a bit under pressure, whereas I think Wiggo is a bit more measured – good to see him chase down in the stage today – and great win by Millar! »

  2. do we have a Hinault – Lemod situation brewing in Team Sky…….  great stage, and good to see Wiggo and Nibali bury the hatchet ( hopefully!) at the finish line… »

In our privileged stables of bikes, it ranks towards the bottom of the heap as Bike #2 or lower, but the Rain Bike is no slouch. This is, after all, the bike we rely on in bad weather, trusting it to carry us safely through what typically amounts to the most dangerous conditions we ride in. Provided you ride year-round, you likely ride this machin...

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  1. @frank a little harsh Frank – you can gladly sit behind me in the rain while I dont’ wear fenders if you like – I did ride here in PDX for 2 years without fenders, and then decided to give in and put them on the bike…. and despite my Lanterne Rouge stat… »

  2. @frank I do believe all those photos are races, in which case – I agree racing in Rule #9 conditions fenders are definitely not appropriate, however I would say that my group training rides in the winter in the PNW without fenders will get me punished – a… »

This is an exciting time of year. The Giro is in the books, the Tour is firmly in everyone’s sights, and those of us with the vaguest idea of how the big race will unfold are prognosticating the loudest as we use races that are proven to reveal fuck-all about what will happen at the Tour to predict what will happen at the Tour.With the Dauphi...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Gesink 2. Kreuziger 3. Scarponi 4. Valverde 5. Danielson »

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. Found some Rule #45 T shirts today! Rule #45 T shirts Rad! »

The glow from the Giro is still visible, everything is still pink but I’m jumping ahead of all the Wilcocksons of the world with a bold Tour de France prognostication. And to do this  I’ve borrowed Frank’s carbon ball, oft used for somewhat accurate predictions of future cycling events. This article was written weeks ago, at the...

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  1. @ Gianni although since its the Giro it technically should be the Maglia Nero… »

  2. @Gianni mainly I was I was watching the race instead of getting my predictions in on time… ;) Plus my strict Cat 5 training regimen was taking up lots of time… »

  3. the Wiggo show now with link…. »

  4. @RedRanger although the Wiggo show is entertaining… »

  5. I think Wiggo has the best form of the current contenders and to be honest at the moment the Schlecks will be lucky to be wearing wigs and posing as podium girls – I think thats the closest they’ll get this year unless their form suddenly improves…. »

After a winter of long training rides that offered more in the way of numb extremities than it did in acute enjoyment, I have to say that the warming of the air and brightening of the skies have served to remind me that while I love riding in bad weather, I certainly don’t have anything against riding when its nice out.But dont think for...

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  1. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps): 1. Rodriguez 2. Scarponi 3. Hesjedal 4. Basso 5. Rujano »

I thought I’d take this opportunity to move en danseuse on Rule #89 and to refer to Liege-Bastogne-Liege by its less-common Flemish name. It also draws into sharp relief that fact that while Dutch may be every bit as expressive and subtle as French, it certainly sounds less sexy.Some races seem to foster a romanticism that other races of e...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Albasini 3. Nibali 4. Gerrans 5. Horner »

  • Wilkins is right about his role in his bike/car incidents. There’s 2 sides to the equation, always. As cyclists,...

  • One word, old mate … abridge!

    Fuck me that’s a long article. I really should read one someday around here.

  • @DeKerr

    Indeed, great story. What year was it published? I could not find the date. Mentions Pharmstrong’s...

  • @Ron

    YES! Ron, we have a date with DESTINY!!! Or a ride, not sure which? Either way, some of us are going to do...

  • @kixsand best of luck. Have fun and ask lots of questions!

  • Holy fuck! Anyone have any hot deals on GoPros and helmet mounts?

    Or maybe small firearms and bibshort holsters?

  • @PeakInTwoYears hear, hear. I to am fortunate to ride in friendlier climes

  • One word, old mate…………camera.

  • Mindfulness–and let’s just pass right over the idea of compassion for the moment–isn’t easy when it’s hard. When...

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