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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 »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara, Fabian 2. Sagan, Peter 3. Vanmarcke, Sep 4. Boonen, Tom 5. Van Avermaet, Greg »

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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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. VSP PICKS: 1. Longo Borghini, Elisa 2. Armistead, Elisabeth 3. Bronzini, Giorgia 4. Van der Breggen, Anna 5. Johansson, Emma »

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. Boonen, Tom 2. Sagan, Peter 3. Cancellara, Fabian 4. Hushovd, Thor 5. Boasson Hagen, Edvald »

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. Kwiatkowski, Michal 2. Cancellara, Fabian 3. Sagan, Peter 4. Boasson Hagen, Edvald 5. Gilbert, Phillipe »

  2. Chapeau to the Keepers and the sponsors for the VSP and the prizes.  The glory and prestige of victory are their own rewards, but a sweet frame or wheels or kit doesn’t hurt! »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Kwiatkowski, M 2. Cancellara, F 3. Boasson Hagen, E 4. Sagan, P 5. Phinney, T »

The proclamation is heard in the office, on social media, at the bar with friends; “It’s leg day.” When someone utters “it’s leg day” the accompanying tone of resentment and even dread is usually followed by an audible “ugh”. This exasperation belies one fact, the person making the utterance is not a...

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  1. @KW  Our son is in the bathroom shaving….his legs. It all ended well for Dave, though. »

Omloop het Nieuwsblad is fast approaching on March 1st, Strade Bianche goes off the next weekend; finally, ladies and gentlemen, we have a season. For me the racing season really has to start in cold, wet Europe. I like the Tour Down Under just fine, I watch it, but it’s too early, too sunny and too hot to signify the start of the racing season...

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  1. @Mike_P  Fuck yeah! Proper racing. In the words of Bing Ring Riding, SMASH THE FUCKING PINS, LADS! »

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. @andrew Thanks for that link.  I pulled the trainer and bike into my office and made excellent use of the lunch hour pedaling and watching the Giro. On an unrelated note, I just read that the photo archive at Il Dolore is going to disappear so if you wan… »

To look good is already to go fast. -Paul Fournel, VéloMy approach to research is pretty straight forward. First, I develop an opinion – usually in a cognitively compromised state. This is the first step in the process for the simple reason that it avoids the bulk of the hard work involving things like reading and thinking. Next, I cherry-pi...

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  1. @G’rilla Not only did Stybar Look Fantastic, he looked like a fucking beast!  Starting from 4 or 5 rows back and then trading blows with Nys after they put the rest of the field to the sword was impressive.  Chapeau to two titans of cyclocross for that r… »

We’re an odd bunch, us Cyclists. Shaved legs, scars, tan lines, muscular legs paired to scrawny upper bodies. These things that make us stand out are some of the things I take great pride in. I marvel at my freshly shaved guns and how smooth they feel under my dress clothes when I’m stuck at the office. I’ll stand in front of the...

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  1. Nothing ugly about Kelly’s guns, white socks, and black shoes!  You can tell that the spectators are both fascinated and terrified. I’d never noticed the little kid staring between Kelly’s ankles before. »

Even though in today’s mountain bike world the bikes are better, the clothing more appropriate, and there are more trails to ride, there’s no denying the early 90s were the Golden Age of Mountain Biking. Just look at these fellas, and tell me I’m wrong.Tomac knew what was up. You don’t get such a badass Rainbow Jersey by ac...

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  1. Did someone say purple anodized?  Behold the early 90s! Rule violations aside, I still ride it and I have a second set of wheels with slicks for cruising around town and pulling a Trail-a-Bike. The original wheels were destroyed long ago and the cas… »

I’ve never been able to decide if choices are a gift or a curse; a lack of choices introduces simplicity but also with it the risk that the simple choices do not meet the demands of a complex world. An abundance of similar choices, on the other hand, often reduces the impact of getting things a little bit wrong, but also decreases the thought...

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  1. “Meyrueis, Lozere, June 26, 1977. Hot and overcast.  I take my gear out of the car and put my bike together.  Tourists and locals are watching from sidewalk cafes.  Non-racers.  The emptiness of those lives shocks me.” Boutonnet read that the Pros were… »

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. Specialized just earned my nomination for The Anti-V moment of the year for being the worst sort of bully.  Disgusting. »

Having asthma is kind of like winning the lottery, except it happens to more people and instead of money you win a chronic difficulty in breathing. I wouldn’t say I’m proud to be an asthmatic, but it’s not information I’m ashamed to share. In doing so, I often discover others who are similarly afflicted, and upon doing so w...

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  1. I don’t have asthma, thank Merckx, but I do have allergies.  After many years of brute, pig-headed stupidity and chronic sinus infections I finally sought the advice of a doctor specializing in diseases of the holes and passages of the head.  One of the t… »

Il Lombardia, this is the race of the fallen leaves. This fall classic is a beautiful race in a beautiful region of Italy. The arduous route may change year to year but what does not change is the Italian need to win this thing. There is some national pride at stake here after the Italian men finished off the podium in Firenze. Bergamo to Lecco, 24...

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  1. IPA has increased my clarity of mind so I must change my picks slightly. VSP PICKS: 1. Nibali, V 2. Rodriguez, J 3. Sagan, P 4. Costa, R 5. Ulissi, D »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Nibali, V 2. Rodriguez, J 3. Costa, R 4. Ulissi, D 5. Henao, S »

The world championship road race stands out among all other one-day races as the one where the winner is awarded both a curse and a jersey to carry for the next 12 months. It also inspires way too many riders to wear white bibs, which is an alarming trend in itself and one which I hope Brian Cookston, the new UCI President, prioritizes over the dop...

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  1. @Deakus Valid points.  Professional sponsors seemed to take a bit of a back seat to national teams, but teams like GB certainly still had plenty of Sky kit visible.  I’m sure the riders will have to answer to their sponsors. I don’t disagree with your p… »

  2. I think that for many of the riders who abandoned, it was really a sound business decision and I don’t hold it against them.  A bad crash could end a career.  Riders and their professional teams obviously have their own goals for the remainder of this sea… »