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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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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. Holy Fuck, that was a stage. Geraint Thomas is such a stud. He dragged Porte up through about three groups. And Cancellara was on NBC sports afterward, charming, making sense, clean. That’s a pro. I’d be under a blanket in the team bus, asleep. »

  2. @Chris Beauty! »

  3. @Harminator  You are a star. Excellent report on the stones. @Al__S   Nice work too. You guys make Trek’s resin and carbon fiber? Spot on, squire. @Chris  Another fantastic report. Your daughter should have given Brailsford an earful about something. I … »

  4. At least Cav admitted he caused that crash and called Gerro and apologized. There was some smooth bike handling going on so only three guys hit the road. @Harminator I already have 6 hours recorded on tivo when I get up, and I’m about 11 hours from Eng… »

  5. @andrew grrrrrrr, me too. Got home at 9:20 last night and remembered, doh! Oh well. »

Why are women’s races run concurrently with men’s races? I would get it if it was the women’s Tour de France, but I don’t get it when it is the women’s Giro in July. Since the Tour de Swiss there has been a lack of stage racing (in my TV watching schedule) and seemingly a perfect time to present a women’s stage r...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. vos 2. abbott 3. Emma Johansson 4. bronzini 5. pooley »

Tempo means time in Italian. Riding tempo means riding steadily, like a metronome. It is an important skill to have and since it’s Italian, it sounds cool. What it does not mean is riding at a constant speed, half-wheeling or killing it at the front. Riding at a constant speed is like having cruise control on in a car; the car seems to accelerate...

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  1. @Steve G or shave the guns. »

  2. @VeloJello Was that when my boy Ryder nudged him off the road ? Doh! »

  3. @Edster99 See…white socks gives a man extra power and vigor! He will now look even more awesome wearing the nice national champion jersey, and white sock, white shoes. »

  4. @Ccos OK, he is my man on Sky now. Watching Criterium du Dauphiné reminded me how fucked Froom looks on a bike, especially when he attacks. No doubt he is fast but who ever came up with “spider humping a light bulb” was a damn genius. »

  5. @il ciclista medio Yeah, I so agree. Those photos of Cipo fooling around in the peloton and riders embracing their families on the side of the road, man, that’s what makes this sport special. »

  6. @mobygrape Poetry? That’s a new one for me. Maybe Frank is contagious. If this is not spam, Chapeau back at you. @VeloSix  Ditto for you! »

  7. Oh my, I’m going to hijack my own post right off the bat. Who is the second Sky rider (not in yellow) in the photo, with the white socks and white shoes. He is may favorite Sky rider now. I’ll put his poster in my bedroom. Rapha makes white socks, why, wh… »

Cyclocross could be the most perplexing of all the cycling disciplines. To me it’s  at once the most beautiful and the most unappealing. The beauty comes from the great European races, and of course by ‘European’ I mean ‘Belgian’. The lack of appeal stems from the fact that I just don’t want to do it. It looks...

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  1. @Ron Excellent call. The recently divorced guy (divorced because S-1 could not hold) is a great asset. As is bike shop owner who just has to upgrade because he is the bike shop owner. »

  2. I’m safe here on Maui, unless some dick starts up a CX series. It would be good to be forced to run occasionally as I am so bad at it. I never got into it on the mainland, where it has been a very serious sport for off-season roadies for decades. We would… »

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. Cycle to the Sun just happened. Velominati was running the 2k meter aid station. Mauibike in foreground, first person under 3 hours, twenty years ago. Winning time this year was 2:47. Our boy Dave E. did it in 3:35, beating the DM’s time by some. »

  2. @Harminator Jesus H Christ, that sounds cruel. Well done, we don’t put our feet down. Note to self, stay away from Mortirolo.  2 and 2, that should find its way into the lexicon. »

Maui Velominatus Dave is Tapering for this Saturday’s Cycle to the Sun. It is more mass start, time trial to the sun as there is nothing like 3.3 km of continual climbing to sort everyone out by their power to weight ratios. After 2 km of climbing there is no pack and no draft. Everyone climbs as hard as they can and almost everyone is riding alo...

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  1. @DeKerr Until the spider crashes his bike and has two bad days in a row. Those last two days of the Dauphine were damn exciting to watch. And the final day was crazy. It was like everyone said fuck it; the break was bigger than the main peloton, and the… »

  2. @GogglesPizano You are right, right there. I think people misuse the term Man with the Hammer to explain fatigue when your description is the one I like for him. When it takes four times as long as it should to ride the last 15 km of a ride, then you kn… »

  3. @ChrisO That is a very good point and it demonstrates how little I know about training with power. Yeah, that makes sense. The point I should have made is, when on a weekend group ride and you let your power meter dictate your ride that day, your friend… »

  4. @wiscot “Extension of the bike” I was sort of astounded to hear that phrase myself. And I have no experience with one but I am sort of captivated by the notion of the bike telling you how you are going. First thing is the actual need to train for someth… »

The Tour de Suisse can be everyone’s warm-up for the Tour de France, including all you VSP dreamers. The big show seems to be the Critérium de Dauphanié this year, as far as Tour de France contenders go but the Tour de Suisse still has some big guns showing up. Twiggo is here, not for a Tour warm up, unless people are worried about Richie P...

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  1. @wiscot yep, they were. I had seen him wearing Sidis in various team shots earlier in the year so it’s cool he is sticking with the Bonts. Or he is getting a lot of money to wear them. Who knows. Frank converted me to Bonts. »

I’m not even talking about all the pseudo-asthmatics out there, vaping their way to better breathing. My breathing is just fine. It’s my little citron sized heart that is slowing me down. Is there a street-legal injection or vacuum pump for heart enlargement, or a trip to a doctor in the Congo that would transplant a badass Mandrill heart for m...

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  1. @PeakInTwoYears +1 on the coffee bean roasting, me too, for my espresso machine. I can make better espresso than most of the places on the island for much less money. Green beans are only $5-$6 a pound. I am too lazy to brew beer anymore though, I’ll pa… »

  2. @Buck Rogers “un jour sans” might already be in the lexicon and I wish it was my phrase. Those darn French, they coined that a long time ago. Hey, I’m happy you read the post, I keep ‘em short and no big words, just for you. »

There are two ways in life to be good at something. The first way is the most obvious, which is to actually be good at something. This is harder than it sounds because you need things like skills, talent, fortitude, and light sabers. The other way doesn’t require those things but it has its own challenges; basically, you have to be holistical...

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  1. @Minnesota Expat Wow, those are some white legs. First day for riding without tights on in Minn. »