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"We used to live in a rolled up newspaper in a septic tank." Found the bike relatively late in life after a mis-spent youth. Now cured, living northern Sydney, soaking up the serenity and agony of the local gorges... Married, 2 kids, school teacher (design & tech) renovating the house and running the school MTB program.

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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. @Buck Rogers Crikey! I think Jim might put doping control into the red zone. »

  2. Nibbles is riding at a level above. Hasn’t looked under pressure yet. Very impressed with young Romain Bardet. Rode like a lion today as did Tejay. Nice to see them work together and a nice gesture of thanks at the finish. In sharp contrast with Malmerde… »

  3. Porte is French for door, non? Back door Richie for the Lexicon? »

  4. I don’t know who’s calling the shots at Lotto but there’s some kind of crazed genius to their methodology: Bring a solid CG contender to the biggest race of the year and pretty much ignore him: Bring a top sprinter but forget the lead out. Then after a ha… »

  5. No Veloforma for me… VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Nibbles 2. Porte 3. Kwiatowski 4. Bardet 5. J VdB »

  6. A couple of my own pics from the Wallers sector yesterday. A bit redundant because a certain G. Watson was 5 metres to my left…(Thomas & Porte, Durbridge) It was a really crazy day for us. The VMH and Pedalwans understand my passion but don’t nec… »

  7. Ride Report – Around Orchies etc: Monday July 7. Decided at dawn to drive the 100k from Bruges to Orchies to ride some stones and check out options for spectating Stage 5. Yesterday’s pissing rain has disappeared. Its blue skies and only slight winds fro… »

  8. Nothing broken on Cav according to Lefevere. What time does ‘Merica get to watch the replays. I feel like it would be noice to stay in “non-spoiler” mode until Uncle Sam has his starbucks… »

  9. Shit just got real at the lap of France. Don’t think Gerro and Cav will be dining together tonight. »

  10. Bertie has been hiding his light under a sirloin but will and will reveal a new, revised version of the finger bang. Froomie will have a Bad Day (Wiggo will be seen cheering on twitter). JRod is solid, Nibbles is not. J VdB, Talansky and Tejay will buckle… »

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. Cromwell 2. Vos 3. Longo Borghini 4. Johannsen 5. Pooley »

The 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 race in question by the time the countdown clock goes to zero...

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  1. How very British. Top favourites to take Yellow and Green but still finding something to complain about. »

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. Last Sunday – June 22- GF Giordana – Gavia + Mortirolo. 150kms. I went into this ride 2 and 2. That is, 2 months from peaking and 2 fat to climb. I knew it was going to be a big test for me. I never knew how big until…well… My preparation was OK but as … »

Climbing is something I enjoy more than I am good at it; any time I see a new road pointing up to the heavens, I find myself irresistibly drawn to explore where it leads. Every season I come to the conclusion that my training routes are all very hilly and I arrive at the brilliant idea that I should plot out a new course which seeks out the flatt...

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  1. @Fausto Crapiz Prefers 6+kms of 15-19% grades, distills his own single malt, lives in a castle in Spain, owns an airline, dates supermodels… »

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. @brett Agreed. But I think @ChrisO would look fucking fantastic in one? We should all chip in and send an orange one to Abu Dhabi. »

There was a time when I held down ‘real jobs’. Jobs with (a little) stress, with (some) responsibility, but without soul. And while dealing with the great unwashed public never held much appeal, I always envied the guys who worked at my preferred LBS. They seemingly had it all––an endless supply of cheap bikes and parts, hanging out and s...

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  1. @Souleur Beautiful story there, Mate. Learning is beautiful. Economics can be a bitch. »

The 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 race in question by the time the countdown clock goes to zero...

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  1. @wiscot Agreed. Contador tried to go around but couldn’t. Looked like he hoped to snatch the stage but Froome was having none of it. Its good to see Froome racing so hard. He’s not exactly Mr Charisma but I’m warming to his way. Contador may be playing th… »

There was a time when I held down ‘real jobs’. Jobs with (a little) stress, with (some) responsibility, but without soul. And while dealing with the great unwashed public never held much appeal, I always envied the guys who worked at my preferred LBS. They seemingly had it all––an endless supply of cheap bikes and parts, hanging out and s...

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  1. Sounds like a good time for you and your mates there Brett – back in the day, when there was a little more meat on the bones of the retail beast. I don’t have an LBS – never really did – mainly because of symptoms from what you’ve described. Poorly manage… »

The 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 race in question by the time the countdown clock goes to zero...

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  1. @unversio »

We are the Keepers of the Cog. In so being, we also maintain the sacred text wherein lie the simple truths of cycling etiquette known as The Rules. It is in our trust to maintain and endorse this list.The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path to La Vie Velominatus, not at the end; learning to balance them against one another and to welcome them...

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  1. @MichalInator NEXT! »

Maybe it’s the milestone of aging that I recently reached. It could be an awareness of the unique foibles of this sport/activity/pastime that I practice. Possibly, I just woke up one day and realised that this is a weird thing for a middle-aged man to be doing. The time for reassessment hit me, involuntarily and without warning. And I’m...

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  1. You could make a splinter site for MTB purists called “Da Rulez”. (© ™ Patent Pending) »

This note arrived to the Velominati Bunker back in April. It was a confession. It was a cautionary one. Everyone knows someone who has done this. I nearly did it myself*. I replied to Alex, not sympathetically enough yet his message has stayed with me. Is this worthy of a New Rule? Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. I don’t know. I think “twat” is a bit soft, neutral and British. (British may be redundant in that sentence…) Further, the situation you describe reminds me of the discussion surrounding the periodic headline: “Lion Tamer Mauled By Lions” which argues t… »

For the simple reason that the Cobbled and Ardennes Classics are behind us, I have not alternative but to get back on my soap box about the Giro being the best of the three Grand Tours. Well, usually, at least. Last year’s race sucked the big one (even if it was supremely Rule #9), but for the most part it is the race that is the most cl...

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  1. @wiscot Or tell you what, let’s make every tour a nice combo of individual time trials and a couple of crits held on nice flat courses in perfect weather. That should help ensure a nice race. Exactly my thoughts. If riding batshit fast down an HC hill i… »

  2. Attention all VSP pickers. The Giro VSP has been neutralized. Pickers must remain behind the man with the retro mustache and me. Attacks strictly forbidden. »

  3. Adverse weather on the Gavia – no live / helicopter coverage possible. Wouldn’t want to be a moto camera today! I sure hope we can get some vision retrospectively. Rule #9 for the skinny men today. I would not be surprised to see Cuddles make up some time… »