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Gianni bought a champagne gold Peugeot with sew-up tires in 1976. That was the beginning of the Troubles. Think Magnus Backstead without the big engine or rugged Swedish good looks. He has a small altar in his crawlspace containing smaller photos of Francesco Moser, Eros Poli and Gianni Bugno.

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This article started off as a Reverence for the Camelbak Podium, and might still be, who knows, it’s late and my mind is scrambled. As often happens when searching for a suitable image for an article, tangents often appear from nowhere and derail the original train of thought. Soon one finds oneself careening out of control towards the only...

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  1. These make sense. At least the bottles are secure and grab-able. It may look less old school but safer and easier to load too. Maybe preloaded? »

You can only spend so much time with the Schlecks before you start talking like them, and the fabulous Fabs seems to have crossed the threshold. I’ve heard more complaining from him this season than I have talk about pushing harder on the pedals or going steady up with more speed or going full gas like everyone else, but just doing it for ...

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  1. @Buck Rogers Heheeee, best laugh of a Monday morning. Boonen is no Paolo.   »

  2. FFS, can’t you see Frank was just lashing out? Our collective disappointment at Fab’s 11th place hurts. For someone to go for it with 7kms remaining, that is bold. Crazy? As Gilbert said, “the winner is always right.” Now to find some video. »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Spartacus 2. kennaugh 3. Alex Howes 4. Jan Bakelants 5. Fabio Aru »

  4. @Harminator You are wise. If the Italians want chaos, a red bearded Italian is a good one to start it up. VSP PICKS: 1. Spartacus 2. Dan Martin 3. Van Avermaet 4. Alex Howes 5. Fabio Aru »

  5. Fuck Gerrans. He is a crafty buggah but I’m hoping he does not get in a small group to the final. May teh Italians cause chaos. And I hope the Espana work so badly together that they don’t put anyone in the top five. It’s all Spartacus all the time. What… »

This is big. This is the race that decides the arc-en-ciel  jersey for the next year. It is the best looking jersey. It carries the most baggage. It also brings the most respect. The World Championship is a circuit race of attrition. In Ponferrada Spain it’s an 182 km loop done seven times, with a total of 2142 m of climbing. Is it a climber...

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  1. I’m betting against Vos again, because I can. This should be a good race. VSP PICKS: 1. Armistead 2. johansson 3. Chantal Blaak 4. Elena Cecchini 5. Tiffany Cromwell »

If Tony gets a flat or two and loses this time trial, bookies will be jumping off bridges into the Thames. It’s a lock, man, it’s a lock. There, it is now jinxed. You are welcome. Picking second through fifth will take some acumen. Will these be Vuelta riders or does that just hold true for the road race? Tony could have a jour sans. Co...

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  1. @DeKerr It looks like Wiggins is trying out for a role in a good gladiator movie. But there is only one Spartacus. OK, maybe a few. »

  2. @Harminator @Geraint Do not doubt Spartacus, much. He fucked off right out of both the Tour and the Vuelta just in preparation for the road race. He has won Flanders and that has some climbing. Hopefully he has paid his Swiss teammates to work for him. … »

  3. @frank Normally, I’m anti-gif on this site. But I this one is an exception. How you find or remember these files for future use here is beyond me but this one is very funny. That ‘roo is about to kick the shet out of someone. »

  4. Babooom! Despite that messed up hairdo of his, Sir Twiggins beat Tony soundly. Well done. And a few of you picked him to win also, despite my saying TM was a lock. Chapeau. Provisional Race Results1. WIGGINS Bradley2. MARTIN Tony3. DUMOULIN Tom4. KIRYIEN… »

All hail, the Worlds are upon us. The time trials should be events where all VSP participants can rack up some decent points. Remove team tactics, national team versus trade team allegiances, using this event to train for another event, bonking and hanging onto team cars from the equation. All one is left with are possible flat tire, possible mecha...

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  1. @freddy Don’t quit now, all these favorites are burnt out. Provisional Race Results1. BRENNAUER Lisa2. SOLOVEY Hanna3. STEVENS Evelyn4. KROEGER Mieke5. DUYCK Ann SophieProvisional VSP Results1. oneninefiveninesix (12 points) 2. VeloJello (7 points) 3. S… »

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. @EBruner “Jesus Christ!” (yelled like drill sergeant in Full Metal Jacket). I don’t know how that line up did not break the Velominati server. That is an amazing trio of bikes. And all Campagnolo’d up with factory wheels too. Very well done. Seriously, … »

If Tony gets a flat or two and loses this time trial, bookies will be jumping off bridges into the Thames. It’s a lock, man, it’s a lock. There, it is now jinxed. You are welcome. Picking second through fifth will take some acumen. Will these be Vuelta riders or does that just hold true for the road race? Tony could have a jour sans. Co...

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  1. @Ccos Yeah, he rode so damn hard he broke his sack. Mien Gott! »

  2. @simonsaunders Try just changing your pick, it should change until the count down clock has tripped the breaker on the VSP generator. »

All hail, the Worlds are upon us. The time trials should be events where all VSP participants can rack up some decent points. Remove team tactics, national team versus trade team allegiances, using this event to train for another event, bonking and hanging onto team cars from the equation. All one is left with are possible flat tire, possible mecha...

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  1. @RVester Mother fucker! Selective color, how do you find these comments? I knew it was wrong as I used it. Father Flavin, I have sinned against Pedale. I must change my ways. »

Cycling is a sport steeped in the tradition of style. There’s no denying it. From the days of miners and farmers escaping the hardships of a life spent toiling in harsh and filthy conditions either under or above ground, through Coppi and his Cosa Nostra-esque garb and swagger, Merckx and De Vlaeminck’s 70s sideburns, to Cipo and his...

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  1. Well done Brett, Millar’s retirement does deserve some tip-o-the hat. He is a badass on and off the bike. I am a fan, even more so after hearing him refer to himself as a doper. I don’t know of anyone who has dealt with it more honestly. Many may disagree… »

Watching the Jensie set a “new” record was somehow not-that-interesting and riveting at the same time. One guy going around the track for an hour; only cycling aficionados could find it so compelling. The thing I can’t get out of my mind is Eddy Merckx still did 49.43 km/hr with toe clips, spoked, box section wheels and a hairnet...

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  1. @TBONE Bless you, that’s what I have been saying too. But I’m ready to let go. I was disappointed when the UCI just threw out the old school method, as was Fabs, but I’m getting over it. What I don’t want to see is more of that half-assed superman bulls… »

  2. @Haldy @Puffy Gents, I agree with you. Merckx’s bike was a technological wonder. The lightest baddest bike of it’s day. Was Ernesto Colnago the builders? He held his breath until Eddy was up to speed on the thing because if it was going to fail it was g… »

Jens Voigt is set to retire as we speak, having one final crack at a long break in some race in the Cycling backwater of the USA. Is it fair or fitting that he should go out like this, slipping out the back door with little fanfare, while others have been doing a farewell tour of all the big races, replete with fancy commemorative shoes and a son...

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  1. What a stud. This will get a few guys fired up. »

I don’t mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that’s how it comes out. - Bill Hicks That famous quote from the Greatest Comedian Of All Time™ has resonated with me for many years. It became my silent mantra, as I don’t suffer fools gladly and sometimes don’t make much effort to conceal the fact. Lately, I̵...

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  1. On Maui there are always island visitors who show up for the Sunday ride. If they are ready to roll at 6am they are in. Our group ride is not a high performance thing and everyone gets sorted on the 5 km hill. As long as they are decent bike handlers I re… »

Stupidity is a powerful force never to be underestimated. Geese are a good example; a more stupid vertebrate one would be most challenged to come across yet should you wander into a flock of them pecking about peacefully in a field, one is likely to erupt from its grazing to grab a billful of your ass and commence beating you savagely with it...

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  1. @Rob Rob is wise. Like Rob, after many, many years of sharing the road with cars, I do have a hair trigger for telling someone to fuck off if necessary. Once, on my commute home I was about to take a right on my home street. Of course a car was passing… »

We are cyclists, the rest of the world merely rides a bike. What defines us as cyclists? Can a recumbent rider be a cyclist, a unicyclist, a fat recumbent rider with hairy legs and a YJA on? I think yes but am I snob for even asking?Years ago, I was helping a woman at another research institution set up some scientific equipment. Evidently we kept...

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  1. @DeKerr That should make it in the next edition of The Rules. Very well written. »

  2. @wiscot Yes, I agree. My brain is always cataloging roads for riding (climbing). We might visit friends in Switzerland this summer and I can’t let go of the Swiss cobbled mountain pass. Only the Swiss would do that in the first place. It begs to be rid… »

  3. @Kupepe Owning a red Colnago Super, you have met the definition already, I would say. Only a cyclists would own a that. Chapeau for getting on it inside, three times a week. »