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Velominatus: Haldy

Order: Level 3 Velominatus

Location: Mountlake Terrace, Wa

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Lifetime devotee to the Brotherhood of the Wheel. Breaking Away is the major influence of my life..have been a cyclist since my Dad and I saw the movie in the summer of '79. Started racing in 88, still do to this day, and have been a shop bike mechanic since 1991.

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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...

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  1. Tough call….gut tells me Spartacus will pull it out though… VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Boonen 3. Vanmarcke 4. Wiggins 5. Phinney »

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...

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  1. @Mike Stead (@tweetymike) And herein lies the beauty of the design of the Double-Tap. When you go to make that Hail Mary shift…the system recognizes your need to review Rule #5 and drops you down a gear so you can stand up out of the saddle and dish ou… »

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. @frank Okay..I’ll give you that I suppose, but I’ll take that kind of “weak” anyday! As an…aging racer myself, I know I have to be more careful with the matches I burn whilst racing against the youngins at the track on Friday nights and I think that Spa… »

  2. Do you think he really he was “relatively weak” ? I feel he has been conserving his strength, and not burning as many matches as years previously. Now..this weekend, we may, just may behold the full power as he becomes the only person to do the double..3 … »

Vlaanderen. Its no accident the Flemish word for Flanders starts with a V; there is nothing simple or easy about riding a bike here. If it isn’t wind, its steep bergs. If it isn’t tarmac, its cobbles. Most of the time, its all three. Oh, and the weather there sucks. In fact, Flanders doesn’t have weather – it has VVeather.De...

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  1. My picks- »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Johanasson 2. Armistead 3. Van Dijk 4. Borghini 5. Stevens »

This needs no introduction. The Spring Classics are truly upon us. The course has been modified yet again, it is tougher? The riders make the race and the 2014 Ronde van Vlaanderen is loaded with racers who could win or make the Velominati VSP placings. Just to pick the winner will not be nearly as easy as it has been recently. There are small clo...

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  1. Gonna go like this… VSP PICKS: 1. Boonen 2. Cancellara 3. Sagan 4. Vanmarcke 5. Terpstra »

This is the kick off of the VSP for women’s racing, though the women have already kicked it off with the Ronde van Drenthe in the Netherlands. Now it’s down to Northern Italy, Varese, by Lago Maggiore, but this is a climbers course, more in the mountains than by the lake. And yes, Sunday is also Gent-Wevelgem for women but Trofeo is par...

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  1. Here are my picks- »

  2. Here we go- »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Armistead 3. Borghini 4. Stevens 5. Van dijk »

The Kemmelberg is a brute. In my opinion, its the hardest of the cobbled climbs in the Spring Classics; it has a high speed tarmac approach that saps the guns of their snap. The transition from tarmac to cobbles is awful, the stones are very badly laid throughout and if you don’t hit it just right, you’ll come to a standstill. The cobbl...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Terpstra 2. Sagan 3. Thomas 4. Boonen 5. Farrar »

Het Volk (it will always be Het Volk to me) and now the Strade Bianche may well mark the sentimental beginning to the season, but those are specialized, pre-season races that appeal mostly to riders who are preparing for bigger objectives later in the year, such as the Cobbled or Ardennes Classics. Same goes for Tirreno Adriatico and Paris-Nice; t...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Michael Kwiatkowski 2. Fabian Cancellara 3. Peter Sagan 4. Taylor Phinney 5. Mark Cavendish »

We recently lost our beloved Great Dane, Kirki, who we nicknamed Beene for reasons that elude logic. She was a good dog, more sweet than clever. A sad side effect of big dog breeds and their short lives is that it wasn’t until nearly the end of her life that she made certain key discoveries about the world. Such as that weighing nearly 65 kil...

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  1. @Frank- I’ll cherish my collectors edition then! Maybe even more so if you wanted to say..throw in a set of stickers when you send me my t-shirt. :-) »

  2. Really?!? Dang! I went to the trouble to land myself a copy of the Rules as soon as I could get my hands on one, and now I gotta get another copy…oh well..I guess I’ll just have to tell the wallet to V it up and deal with it! :-)   »

Freddy effortlessly demonstrates Rules #80 and #82, the Three-Point System, and the Goldilocks Principle while his mechanic calmly swaps a mortal’s wheel for one that can withstand his ferocious sprint. All the while, a young Colonel Sanders looks on with bemused disapproval.For anyone still wondering whether the 70′s was the coolest...

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  1. More 70′s awesomeness V-Locus style…. »

Finding The V-Locus is something of an extension of the Goldilocks Principle; bars set somewhere between Sit Up and Beg and a face-plant, saddle height somewhere between speed skater and Baryshnikov, and reach somewhere between a unicycle and the Batpod. This is art more than it is science, a process of iteration and refinement. And everyone knows...

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  1. @frank - I am the one up front..this point is the final sprint for the line..the elbows start to move wide as I am digging for more V. But..I do tend to be a bit elbow wide as I get down deep anyway…it’s what works best for me! »

  2. I strive for V-Locus mastery every time I race out at the Velodrome…. »

My trouble isn’t with being a good descender; it is with cornering and stopping – and sometimes both. Or, as G’rilla puts it, “Descending is like sex; how good I am at it has nothing to do with how much I enjoy it.”Descending is demanding and requires great skill. It is not a time for resting or taking it easy; getting...

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  1. @frank Hmmm….well, since I couldn’t wait for a US edition and have the UK edition…I shall amend my copy with the new Rules »

  2. @Frank- are the extra pages at the back of The Rules..specifically to write the new Rules in as they come along? I don’t feel like I have the authority to add to the tome without express Keeper permission! »

  3. Perhaps he’s just stopped pedaling so he can give the corner maximum lean..and then will get right back on the gear? He does kinda look like he’s about to nail the apex… »

  4. @Nate I agree, descents require a sort of blending of Rules #5 and #6. Harden yourself up enough to Free the Mind to let the bike fall as fast as it can down the hill. You must be loose and fluid. Today is a hill repeat day on Norway Hill for me…you can b… »

Disregarding my Schwinn Typhoon, I started keeping score with my 1976 Peugeot PX 10 LE. It came with a Stronglight 52 x 45 and a 14 x 21 five speed freewheel. I always thought this Peugeot was set up for the pavé of northern France with those gears and wire-wrapped and soldered 3x tubular wheels. Yet according to Peugeot’s advertising, this...

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  1. When I built up my beloved Gran Criterium..it was with a Flemish Compact..53×42! »

I’m fluent in three languages: Dutch, English, and Hyperbole. The third is an acquired talent developed by creative and narcissistic tendencies; the narcissism feeds a belief that normal words can’t properly describe the magnitude of my experiences, and the creativity struggles to cope with restrictive paradigms like “facts”...

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  1. @Carl Another really neat way to end the cable…solder it. Super nice and clean. »

The only people I would care to be with now are artists and people who have suffered: those who know what beauty is, and those who know what sorrow is: nobody else interests me. - Oscar WildeI have a theory that every living being is designed to cope with a certain level of stress in their lives, that if our lives are somehow free of stress, we wil...

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  1. The Cyclist chooses to suffer, simply to help achieve that great Rule #6 state…by burning the legs..we free the mind of it’s other mundane focuses..so we may then..free our legs! »