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This has to be one of the best photos of the 2013 Tour: Nairo Quintana at the finish on the Ventoux. Nairo gives very little away when he climbs but as he crossed the line his head dropped and the lights went out. He later admitted having gone too early again. Before that, on the slopes of the Giant of Provence, he knew he was going to win. Then h...

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  1. Quintana is SO legit… couldn’t agree more about the photo and its power. »

As referenced in the 2012 V-Moment of the year article and ensuing discussion, it was a most Vawesome year for cycling. It’s been hypothesized here and on cycling sites with more integrity that the fantastic racing of 2012 may be, at least in part, attributed to a cleaner peloton. Unless you watched the Tour de France you’d think the da...

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  1. errr… Beaverton ;o) »

  2. @scaler911 Scaler911, I feel your frustration… I’m in Washington, used to live in Beverton back in the early 90’s, and a fan of the OBRA system. I do support their model though it doesn’t do me much good living in Eastern Washington. I failed to make a… »

  3. @eightzero Well said, friend. I too am finished with holding a license, promoting and supporting anything sanctioned… I’ll still be ready to fucking throw-down on any given day, but I’ll never sellout to a national sanctioning body again. Next time so… »

I’ve been waiting for the other shoe to drop in the Lance affair. That is a long wait. And I’m burned out on the whole doping subject so it’s great @wiscot writes up a profile of Charlie Mottet. Here is a man whose sock height I can believe in. VLVV, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. Mottet was given some much deserved love coming into the now legendary ’89 tour – he was listed as one of the pre-race favorites. That was the first I’d heard of him, and though he was overshadowed by the amazing drama, he still made a lasting impression… »

During the birth of The Rules, just like the Big Bang, there was a flurry of new activity, too much expanding and not enough contracting; certainly not enough thinking. It’s hard to keep the throttle back when divining the Word of Merckx in real time. The interweb tubes whistled with new Rules shuttling back and forth, beers consumed, genius...

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  1. @foghorn leghorn Yes! »

I must admit to not having read most of the cycling memoirs in the Works. I may eventually but the local public library doesn’t carry any of them and never will so I’ll have to buy them or ask Frank to tote everything he has to Hawaii. I did get off my wallet and buy these two and it was money well spent. David Millar and Tyler Hamilton...

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  1. Thinking that same thing on Friday and Saturday’s rides… both days were incredibly wet-cold-windy, but despite my mind wondering back and forth over this cleansing process (especially how to support LeMond’s return to grace), I kept coming back to the … »

  2. @ChrisO I agree, Chris… this had to be done w/ Sky. @ In General: As far as Sky’s policy and if they’re fucked in the head for doing things this way… I don’t see it that way at all. It’s their policy from inception and more power to them for sticking… »

Despite being a bald, visually challenged Velominatus, I envy only one other man from the peloton past. The only man who could pull off the historically near-impossible chrome-dome/ponytail combination, and couple it with a pair of wire-rimmed reading glasses yet still manage to exude a lethal concoction of Gallic style, hardness and pure V that co...

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  1. Forgive me if I fail to adequately make my point, but I’m a very distracted man of late and really don’t feel like dealing with this shit right now… that said I really feel I need to comment on this latest trend I’ve seen popping up lately over Lemond, … »

I must admit to not having read most of the cycling memoirs in the Works. I may eventually but the local public library doesn’t carry any of them and never will so I’ll have to buy them or ask Frank to tote everything he has to Hawaii. I did get off my wallet and buy these two and it was money well spent. David Millar and Tyler Hamilton...

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  1. @Beers See “Relative V02 above 90″ when looking for clarification on all things LeMond… »

Despite being a bald, visually challenged Velominatus, I envy only one other man from the peloton past. The only man who could pull off the historically near-impossible chrome-dome/ponytail combination, and couple it with a pair of wire-rimmed reading glasses yet still manage to exude a lethal concoction of Gallic style, hardness and pure V that co...

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  1. Brilliant! … absolutely captures the moment. Huge respect for Fignon and his hardman style of racing. »

The recent headlines being made in the cycling world have honestly not garnered a whole lot of attention at V-HQ, at least where a certain COTHO is concerned. Yes, The Keepers have added to the usual discussions on the topic here, read the news, and given it some thought. But we really don’t feel the need to take any sort of official position...

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  1. @Marko That’s now the plan, Marko… he’s twelve, so has another few years before he’s likely the right size. I’ll build it up and get in a couple years of rides before turning over the keys to the saddle. »

  2. It never sat right with me… mocking Lemond. Still I felt it wasn’t my place to speak up on the matter (here anyway). I’ve always believed his accounts and treated them as heartfelt honesty, and never doubted his 90+ relative VO2 data wouldn’t someday sp… »

I must admit to not having read most of the cycling memoirs in the Works. I may eventually but the local public library doesn’t carry any of them and never will so I’ll have to buy them or ask Frank to tote everything he has to Hawaii. I did get off my wallet and buy these two and it was money well spent. David Millar and Tyler Hamilton...

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  1. @ChrisO I find myself hoping that it plays out that way… no way COTHO was able to pull any of this shit off on his own. He’s just the tool on the bike, but the real puppet masters have to be sweating at this point. My guess is when he’s faced with “s… »

  2. @unversio @unversio When my LBS called Campy to inquire, their response was… “don’t know, and don’t care.” So there you go. Anyway, like I said I’m on my second run using this set up, and I’m sold. I do have to edit my previously stated longevity co… »

  3. Maybe not common knowledge, but the SRAM quick-link (Black) works perfectly with the Campy Record-10… I’ve used this system with two chains (including my current) and have had zero issues. I don’t own a Campy Chain Tool. I’ve gotten about 6400 km out of… »

The northwest has just experienced a spell of dry weather over two months long. It’s been enough to make a man sick.That’s all over now, thank Merckx. Commuting home today, I was caught off guard. No jacket, no gloves– nothing. A few drops hit, heavy and plump like ripe fruit. Then the drops became steady. By my half-way point, I...

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  1. Dumping! Dumping buckets of rain outside… 4c and gusting to 33 km. Couldn’t be more aptly timed as today is day one of a three week, high duration, training block. Going out on #1 today, just to remind her who’s boss. My washing machine is about to get … »

I must admit to not having read most of the cycling memoirs in the Works. I may eventually but the local public library doesn’t carry any of them and never will so I’ll have to buy them or ask Frank to tote everything he has to Hawaii. I did get off my wallet and buy these two and it was money well spent. David Millar and Tyler Hamilton...

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  1. Thank what ever god you’re into these days for the Velominati… it’s refreshing to read comments and opinions based on sound judgment and common fucking sense! I wonder how many assets COTHO has been secretly shifting overseas these past few weeks. Can’… »

Along the lines of what Bruce Dickinson famously decreed while espousing the medical benefits of cowbell in the remedy of rare types of influenza, I put my shoes on one at a time – just like you. But after I’ve got my shoes on, I ooze fluidly harmonic articulation.As Cyclists, we wield the mighty power of The V, yet lay victim to the na...

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  1. Too many OCD-like rituals for me, or at least that’s what I’m told by those around me. They just don’t get it, but to Frank’s point… yes… it matters, and yes it’s necessary. I like to point out from time to time, that I’m repetitive or ritualistic as… »

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. @ KC … and to add one more point about your BB to A transition, it’s always a good idea to remember that a sample size of 1 is never a good indicator of the natural order of things. This brings me to a point I had forgotten to mention in my last reply, … »

Il Grillo gives it some stick in 06. Photo: actionplus sports images[/caption]Lombardia is a beautiful race. Taking in the majestic shoreline of Lake Como and climbing past the shrine to the Madonna del Ghisallo, its stunning Italian-ness bookends the Monuments along with Milan-San Remo which started them way back in March. And it’s a coming...

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  1. Ah man… soggy bagel. »

I must admit to not having read most of the cycling memoirs in the Works. I may eventually but the local public library doesn’t carry any of them and never will so I’ll have to buy them or ask Frank to tote everything he has to Hawaii. I did get off my wallet and buy these two and it was money well spent. David Millar and Tyler Hamilton...

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  1. Thanks for the review(s) and insight. Hopefully I’ll end up with both of these reads sooner than later. »

Il Grillo gives it some stick in 06. Photo: actionplus sports images[/caption]Lombardia is a beautiful race. Taking in the majestic shoreline of Lake Como and climbing past the shrine to the Madonna del Ghisallo, its stunning Italian-ness bookends the Monuments along with Milan-San Remo which started them way back in March. And it’s a coming...

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  1. @frank Vincenzo is easily in my top three for my all hardman team… he earned much of my respect this year for his day-in-day-out hardman style (even before the TdF). He’s an impact rider, win or lose, he’s a factor every time he rides. »

  2. All eyes on Gilbert… but Nibali is likely out for a little revenge. VSP PICKS: 1. GILBERT Philippe 2. NIBALI Vincenzo 3. SANCHEZ GONZALEZ Samue 4. VOECKLER Thomas 5. CONTADOR VELASCO Alberto »

Its hard to say precisely where the line lays, but I’m certain I’m well on the wrong side of it. I never notice lines as I pass over them but I can usually tell after I have because it feels suddenly liberating to leave reason, sensibility, and convention behind. I find them very restrictive – claustrophobic, almost. They force me...

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  1. @Nate Yes… Rule #65. It’s on my radar! I’ve been reading online wheel building and how to true a wheel articles for most of the night. I could very well dive into those Mavic’s as soon as tomorrow. »

  • Wilkins is right about his role in his bike/car incidents. There’s 2 sides to the equation, always. As cyclists,...

  • One word, old mate … abridge!

    Fuck me that’s a long article. I really should read one someday around here.

  • @DeKerr

    Indeed, great story. What year was it published? I could not find the date. Mentions Pharmstrong’s...

  • @Ron

    YES! Ron, we have a date with DESTINY!!! Or a ride, not sure which? Either way, some of us are going to do...

  • @kixsand best of luck. Have fun and ask lots of questions!

  • Holy fuck! Anyone have any hot deals on GoPros and helmet mounts?

    Or maybe small firearms and bibshort holsters?

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