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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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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. »

  4. @VeloSix Really. I hate to think how many carbone wheel units would go into paying for therapy sessions. What a waste, what a waste.  »

Jump to: Scoring Guidelines • Prizes • Schedule • ResultsThe Velominati Super Prestige is a season-long competition wherein readers will be submitting their predictions for the top five finishers of each qualifying race.  In order to qualify, your picks via the VSP Picks form above the posts section of the VSP Event article pertaining to the...

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  1. @TheDon No worries, it never made it to our VSP. I should have crossed it out but didn’t. It might have happened under a different name but we didn’t contest it. »

Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour...

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  1. @Nate Oh No You Dinnnint! »

  2. I love it when even other Spaniards bitch about how the spanish cyclists refuse to work together.  Berti was miffed they wouldn’t work together to bury Froome. Ha! »

There was never any question in my mind that tubulars are more romantic than clinchers, and as a Velominatus I was always convinced that the additional time and care that goes into gluing on a set of tires would make you feel just that much more connected to your bike and the history of the sport itself. I was skeptical, however, that tubs would ri...

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  1. @Teocalli It must be the diameter of the bead or something to do with the tire. I have a pair of 2-way fit Eurus wheels and have used Michelin, Specialized Roubaix and Conti 4000 clinchers all without a thought or incident. I have Bontrager R3 tubeless… »

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. @ChrissyOne Your bike is killin’ it. Nice. I have done that red with the Michelin pros too. I’m a Michelin Pro fan and as a moto girl you will appreciate their grip in the corners, even the wet ones. »

  2. @Deakus Yeah, I looked at that and said the same as LBS. Aluminum doesn’t like to be bent and rebent. That rim is doomed. Think zipp 303s instead. I finally bought some Bontrager Aeoleus 5.0 tubs on ebay, slightly used. I can’t tell which is more aweso… »

Brett’s recent post about Jensie brings up the dilemma of professional cycling for me. I admire many of cycling’s famous riders yet I don’t admire cheaters. Luckily for me I can fervently embrace opposable ideas within my consciousness and sleep well at night. Which also means I would have been one of those cheaters. I also see the tangle...

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  1. @Al__S Thanks for that link, it is a great story. I’m about to highjack my own article, why not? Mini Phinney legs. All thanks to a USCF moto. Ouch . »

  2. @HMBSteve @Rob Exactly, this shit does need to see the light of day or people won’t understand mistakes were made. I don’t want to be the dick on Velominati who keeps bringing this up but I really do think it’s important and interesting. It’s important… »

The modern day Pro cyclist has many disadvantages stacked against them by comparison to their forefathers. They have to ride plastic bikes with little or no distinguishing character or discernible caché; they must willingly or perhaps unwittingly subject their body to an array of questionable “training techniques”; and they have to sp...

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  1. @Chris And shorts and jersey. That lad has some style. Yep, those sunglasses are smart too. »

Brett’s recent post about Jensie brings up the dilemma of professional cycling for me. I admire many of cycling’s famous riders yet I don’t admire cheaters. Luckily for me I can fervently embrace opposable ideas within my consciousness and sleep well at night. Which also means I would have been one of those cheaters. I also see the tangle...

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  1. @Dino She is not asking for sympathy, she is just telling her truth. And as @optimiste says, it is not forced, it’s not a tell all expose. I’ve held a USCF license and I’ve been following this sport since 1975. And I was  shocked to hear how Inga was t… »

  2. @DeKerr I’m thrilled to know that people like Jeannie Longo have been cheaters for decades and Inga was still able to put the hurt on them when they were in their prime. With the right coaching and team she arguably would have been the women’s version … »

The modern day Pro cyclist has many disadvantages stacked against them by comparison to their forefathers. They have to ride plastic bikes with little or no distinguishing character or discernible caché; they must willingly or perhaps unwittingly subject their body to an array of questionable “training techniques”; and they have to sp...

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  1. @wiscot Thank Merckx I can depend on @wiscot to jump into the fray when necessary. @Owen A clown’s fever dream. +1 for that. Genius. »