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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. VSP PICKS: 1. Van Dijk, Ellen 2. Villumsen, Linda 3. Stevens, Evelyn 4. Small, Carmen 5. Worrack, Trixi »

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. I want my 3 feet and “reasonable and prudent speed”! http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-bike-clearance-20140917-story.html Of course there is also this: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-milton-charges-deputy-20140828-story.html »

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. A couple of photos from Bloodpipes (http://bloodpipes.tumblr.com/) that you all might enjoy. »

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. From Peleton Magazine.  Photograph by Kåre Dehlie Thorstad. I think this kit is quite nice, assuming one is the British champion of course.  I’m not fond of the translucent jerseys, but I understand that Spain can be rather warm this time of year so I’m … »

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. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Quintana, Nairo 2. Froome, Chris 3. Rodriguez, Joaquim 4. Contador, Alberto 5. Valverde, Alejandro »

First run in 2002, the GP de Plouay-Bretagne is part of the women’s UCI World Cup series.  It’s 4.5 laps totaling 121km. As usual, there is little information or publicity for yet another women’s UCI race. Here is a start list. Here is the official French website. And yes, Ms. Vos won the last two editions. We regret the lack of...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos, Marianne 2. Armistead, Elisabeth 3. Johansson, Emma 4. Pooley, Emma 5. Longo Borghini, Elisa »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana, Nairo 2. Froome, Chris 3. Rodriguez, Joaquim 4. Contador, Alberto 5. Pinot, Thibaut »

The race of the funny hat.Every team seems to have included one or two riders fresh off the Tour. One would either feel ruined or unbeatable a week after that slug fest, more than likely, ruined. I imagine there are a few riders dodging calls from their directors this week. Continue reading...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan, Peter 2. Van Garderen, Tejay 3. Roche, Nicholas 4. Valverde, Alejandro 5. Martin, Daniel »

It has been many years (25!) since professional female cyclists have raced on the cobbles of the Champs Elysées. While running the Giro Donne concurrently with the Tour de France makes no sense to me, this Sunday’s women’s race does make sense. It should be the model for a Women’s Tour de France: the route, infrastructure, roadsi...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos, Marianne 2. Wild, Kirsten 3. Johansson, Emma 4. Bronzini, Georgia 5. Pooley, Emma »

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. Rest day VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Nibali, Vincenzo 2. Porte, Richie 3. Bardet, Romain 4. Valverde, Alejandro 5. Mollema, Bauke »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Contador, Alberto 2. Froome, Chris 3. Nibali, Vincenzo 4. Valverde, Alejandro 5. Mollema, Bauke »

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. Ferrand Prevot, Pauline 2. Abbott, Mara 3. Vos, Marianne 4. Johansson, Emma 5. Pooley, Emma »

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. @wiscot Perhaps in the bedroom the phenomenon is best referred to as “la fringale.”  Not that I would know from experience, of course. »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Wiggins, Bradley 2. Kreuziger, Roman 3. Pozzovivo, Domenico 4. Costa, Rui 5. Mollema, Bauke »

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 c...

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  1. Well I’ll be damned.  I never thought I’d see the day when I darkened the top step of the VSP podium.  I’m sure it will be fleeting, but I’ll enjoy it for now. In other race news, I went to the start of today’s Tour of California stage and scrutinized th… »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana, Nairo 2. Evans, Cadel 3. Uran, Rigoberto 4. Scarponi, Michele 5. Rodriguez, Joaquim »

Riding a bicycle involves much more than just pushing the pedals around in a perfect sweep of muscular elegance while Looking Fantastic at all times. There are all sorts of soft skills involved like learning to shift properly, learning to corner properly, learning to crash properly, learning to criticize a fellow rider’s puncture-repair te...

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  1. @ChrisO I do the same thing as you and @GogglesPizano.  It’s most likely because it’s the Right Way to do it.  As I’ve told my VMH on more than one occasion, it’s not just My Way, it’s the Right Way. My Velominipper insists that she take her bidon with … »

The 100th running of Liège-Bastogne-Liège takes place this Sunday. Danny-boy Martin will be marked heavily as the defending champion. Malmerde, and Phil Gil have shown they are peaking too. Froomy has thrown his hat into the ring, as he did last year but after last years 26th place, maybe it’s training. 263 kms, past winners include a long...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Nibali, Vincenzo 2. Gilbert, Phillipe 3. Valverde, Alejandro 4. Rodriguez, Joaquim 5. Martin, Daniel »

Midweek in Belgium in Spring is a wonderful thing. Hordes of people come from seemingly nowhere to fill the bars and line the roadsides when presumably they’d usually be working, or at school, or some such. That the only ones who appear to be working are the bartenders and frites dispensers reinforces my belief that Belgium is the greatest co...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert, Phillipe 2. Valverde, Alejandro 3. Moreno, Daniel 4. Nibali, Vincenzo 5. Kwiatkowski, Michal »

Wednesday sees the return of the women to the VSP. More notably, we see the return of Marianne Vos to the road. She’s won this race five of the last seven years. It makes me wonder if the rest of the field have already resigned themselves to racing for second. On the other hand, Vos hasn’t been racing of late and may not be as sharp as...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos, Marianne 2. Armistead, Elizabeth 3. Stevens, Evelyn 4. Long0 Borghini, Elisa 5. Van Dijk, Ellen »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Kwitakowski, Michal 2. Gilbert, Phillippe 3. Valverde, Alejandro 4. Betancur, Carlos 5. Mollema, Bauke »

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. It pains me that Boonen isn’t on my list but I don’t think this is his year.  I hope that he proves me wrong, even if it trashes my VSP results. Fortune will play a role as it always does.  I’m told that Fortune favors the brave so everyone ought to pack… »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara, Fabian 2. Vanmarcke, Sep 3. Van Avermaet, Greg 4. Terpstra, Niki 5. Kristoff, Alexander »

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. http://superissimo.tumblr.com/post/82110615188/always-be-praying-for-mud-and-haute-spectating-and Must be Baby Merckx (…or is it Baby de Vlaeminck?) bathed in the glow of the sacred stone. »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. VAN DIJK Ellen 2. JOHANSSON Emma 3. LONGO BORGHINI Elisa 4. VAN DER BREGGEN Anna 5. STEVENS Evelyn »