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@Blackpooltower is obviously spending all his n+1 money on new cycling books, or he works in the little seen cycling-specific bookshop. Either way, he is nice enough to catch us all up on what is vvorthy. The lead image alone is enough, it’s fantastic. It’s worthy of its own article or, even better, a movie. It is not too late for hint...

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  1. @The Grande Fondue I concur!  I periodically pull The Rider from the shelf and I find it just as compelling as the first time I read it. »

I’ve lost a lot of things that were, at some point or another, dear to me. At times, I’ve even cast them away deliberately, either because of a nurtured indifference or an irrational or impulsive dislike. Regret is an easy emotion to find in reflection, it lays right at the surface and provides us with a quick answer without requiring...

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  1. @unversio Strong work!  Thanks for sharing the story and photos.  The last photo leaves no doubt that it was indeed a perfect day. »

Attention, this is the final event on the Men’s VSP calendar for 2014. There is one more Women’s event to come. We may already have a winner of this years over-all but the rest of the podium could be up for grabs. @il muro di manayunk has broken away and I’m not sure @steampunk is going to chase him down. Has everyone noticed how...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Degenkolb, John 2. Demare, Arnaud 3. Nizzolo, Giacomo 4. Van Avermaet, Greg 5. Vanmarcke, Sep »

I’m getting too old and cranky for all this race schedule changing. I know they already did this last year and presumably I had the same gripings then, but Lombardia is supposed to close out the season and I’m downright angry that Paris-Tours is closing out the books now; it only seems right that one of the most beautiful races should...

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  1. I love autumn.  All images copied from Pez Cycling News. VSP PICKS: 1. Contador, Alberto 2. Rodriguez, Joaquin 3. Valverde, Alejandro 4. Gallopin, Tony 5. Sanchez, Samuel »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Contador, Alberto 2. Rodriguez, Joaquin 3. Valverde, Alejandro 4. Gallopin, Tony 5. Sanchez, Samuel »

You can only spend so much time with the Schlecks before you start talking like them, and the fabulous Fabs seems to have crossed the threshold. I’ve heard more complaining from him this season than I have talk about pushing harder on the pedals or going steady up with more speed or going full gas like everyone else, but just doing it for ...

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  1. I have no idea at all how it will turn out on Sunday. VSP PICKS: 1. Valverde, Alejandro 2. Gerrans, Simon 3. Kristoff, Alexander 4. Rodriguez, Joaquin 5. Cancellara, Fabian »

This is big. This is the race that decides the arc-en-ciel  jersey for the next year. It is the best looking jersey. It carries the most baggage. It also brings the most respect. The World Championship is a circuit race of attrition. In Ponferrada Spain it’s an 182 km loop done seven times, with a total of 2142 m of climbing. Is it a climber...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos, Marianne 2. Amristead, Elizabeth 3. Ferrand-Prevot, Pauline 4. Bronzini, Georgia 5. Stevens, Evelyn »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Martin, Tony 2. Wiggins, Sir Bradley 3. Dumoulin, Tom 4. Dennis, Rohan 5. Van Garderen, Tejay »

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 … »