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Velominatus: Gianni

Order: Keeper of the Cog

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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.

@Gianni's activity:

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...

@Gianni's posts:

  1. I had to hot wire the VSP generator to take that little doper Rebellin’s name. It gagged on it so I opened a 2 liter bottle of Old Horse Buns Strong Ale and poured it down the generator’s input punch card slot. »

  2. @Buck Rogers Frank has fled the interview so I will be cursing everybody, because I can. Abandy? Someone is picking Abandy? Dude. That is deep. »

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...

@Gianni's posts:

  1. @roger Oh mommy. A Ti Seven with those fine rose Chris King disc hubs. You are in deed the Man. Go crazy tomorrow. »

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. This doesn’t belong here, but it belongs somewhere. These boys are super stoked. God forbid the driver goes over some road chowder: exhaust pipe and muffler, dead deer, rock… »

  2. @DeKerr What? What? Did Frank already correct my error? »

It’s no secret that I’m prone to riding in the big ring as much as possible, mostly on account of my not being a giant sissy. In accordance with the ISO Non-Sissy Standard, I also never read instruction manuals or ask for directions when lost. I make sure to only rarely ask my VMH to turn up the radio when Adele comes on, usually follo...

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  1. @Chris Best comment of the day, right there. »

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...

@Gianni's posts:

  1. @Barracuda Any circumstance I’d say. To apply a camo paint job to a fancy wagon like that is a little mad and I like that. »

  2. OK, I’m really liking Stijn Vandenbergh. One, he is huge and two, this is his car. »

  3. @Mikael Liddy yep, no recovery from that. The race was On and getting a spare wheel on the Roubaix course tough enough. Mini-phinney will eventually help me in the VSP, luckily I didn’t pick him this time. »

  4. And no mini-phinney toward the end? I’m learning, over the years, to stop putting him, Boss-Hog and Farrar into my P-R picks. I also believe I shot my mouth off about Thor no longer being the god of thunder, and implying he was a maybe the god of static e… »

  5. @Jay True, I would have bet some money that Sir Twig would have been rattled to death. Chapeau to him. Damn, it would be fun to have a monster engine. »

  6. Sep says he his stronger than last year. Fabs seems a bit less strong so I’m going for the big switch. Tommeke just doesn’t have the power to crush right now which is too bad as he looks fab. Which is confusing. Van Avermat has blown his reserves. Here go… »

  7. This from Fabs about his lack of love for the stones, from cyclingnews.  It hurts a lot, especially when you’re going slow. That’s why you have to go fast and get as fast as you can off the cobbles. You have to push a lot and go through a lot of pain. Yo… »

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...

@Gianni's posts:

  1. @frank That should have been a tip off. Anyone who has the power to break a brand new chain at the bottom of the Koppenberg might have the potential to even outdistance Boonen on that course. All Hail Spartacus.  »

  2. I just Pantanied a climb or two today, stayed in the big ring and hauled ass…until I had to not Pantani anymore. Still, a little Pantani is better than no Pantani. »

  3. @Pedale.Forchetta Grazie. I’m not sure that is a proper Italian translation but I do love it, and it is most likely more fun to say in Italian too. »

  4. @the Engine Yes, this should be a Rule but maybe it’s so self-evident it is unnecessary. And chances are, as someone already mentioned, if it is so steep you can’t ride then you certainly can’t walk in cycling shoes. That would be bad. »

  5. @GogglesPizano or just a scratchy “VENGA, VENGA, VENGA, VENGA ad nauseum…so many ways to ruin a ride. »

  6. @Teocalli No, I’m Gruppo too but you are right. It’s a very subtle difference that lets you know if you have another gear or you got nuttin’. »

  7. @The Oracle There might be a whole start up bidness right there. Choose your accent, degree of foulness, degree of haughtiness, it would be great. »

  8. @Mike Stead (@tweetymike) That is a very good point. Note to self, don’t get SRAM 11 speed Bro-Set. »

I had always imagined that de Ronde van Vlaanderen must be hardest race in the world. The way I worked it out – having never ridden the course of either event at the time – was that de Ronde had the same cobbles as Roubaix, but with 20% grades thrown in. It makes enough sense so long as you don’t know what you’re talking abo...

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  1. The need for balance might not be as great for next Sunday. It looks like a dry one. Good for them, bad for everyone else. »

  2. @Mikael Liddy I finally found some recordable racing on BeIN channel (?!) free. It was using the Magnus feed. The BeIN woman kept calling him Magnus Baxter, ffs. I thought his commentating was excellent, he knows his tactics. I’m praying BeIN has P-R c… »

Well, it’s time for predictions using my carbon ball, which is lighter if less effective for peering into than your typical crystal ball commonly used for these types of activities.Status Check: Condator has pulled off the impossible duality of being both the best climber in the world and the best time-trialist.   Some people have done the m...

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  1. Preaching to an empty church. Schleck love blossoms in the heart of a young Strack.  »

Here stands a man. A quiet man. A hard working man. A Belgian man. A man from a life of grit, cold, and rain.Here stands a man who has chosen a life of hard work and sacrifice; a hard life even within the context of Cycling. A man who spends long hours in the wind and in the rain, in the service of his team. A man who despite those long hours in...

@Gianni's posts:

  1. @Rhodri , @fignons barber I’d have to say those people were crazy to be standing out there. At one point, the peloton had split and riders were going on both sides of that “island”. That is no place to spectate from, back from the edge of the road or be… »