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Velominatus: Jay

Order: Level 2 Velominatus

Location: Mohrsville, PA


I am a 55 year old hospital pharmacist living in Mohrsville, PA. I have been a cycling enthusiast since 1973 with some periods of relative inactivity that coincided with a career and raising a family. I have increased my cycling activities over the last year or so, and have really taken off this year becoming more fit than I have been in the last 20 years. It was time for me to harden up. I also have a fascination with all things related to cycling, especially pro road racing. Fabian Cancellara is the rider I find most intriguing, but all of those guys are good. I am no where near as fast as I was when I was in my 20's, but I am happy with where I am right now. I plan on getting faster...

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Most great ideas in life are accompanied by an unforeseen consequence of equal or greater magnitude. For instance, no one predicted that the Industrial Revolution would pollute our air and set off climate change on a global scale. Similarly, no one realized that when placing unfathomable computing power in the palm of our hands in the form of smart...

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  1. So long as I am comfortable on my bikes I don’t bother much with the minutiae of fitting. In addition, I doubt that Frank’s methodology would be completely accurate: different frame geometry from bike to bike.  A couple of degrees can make a noticeable di… »

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. Here goes nothing… VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. Uran 3. J. Rodriguez 4. Froome 5. Contador »

Jens Voigt is set to retire as we speak, having one final crack at a long break in some race in the Cycling backwater of the USA. Is it fair or fitting that he should go out like this, slipping out the back door with little fanfare, while others have been doing a farewell tour of all the big races, replete with fancy commemorative shoes and a son...

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  1. I don’t care one way or the other.  I still like Jens Despite all of the innuendo.  He comes across an extremely likable guy that just happens to be a true hard man as well.  I don’t believe that he has any obligation to talk about what he may or may not … »

Choice, or the perception of it, is one of the most powerful forces on Earth. The great secret lies in the locus of control, which suggests that if given the perception of a choice we will be more willing to endure hardship or suffering. We’ll suffer even for the promise of a future intangible reward so long as we feel we have a choice...

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  1. I think that a portion of the freedom that comes from riding my bike is the fact that it is also a time machine, allowing my mind to go backwards in time to when things were less complicated. »

  2. @Nate I think that many of us in this community have shared a similar sentiment about riding; I know that I have.  A as cyclist Robin Williams is a kindred spirit, who also happened to be a world renowned comic genius and actor. »

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. I completely Delgadoed this one.   »

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 2. Johansson 3. Pooley 4. Armitstead 5. Longo Borghini »

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. After today 3 of 5 have now abandoned… Things are looking bleak. »

  2. Three out of five out of the race or hopelessly out of GC contention.  Next rest day may warrant some swaps, but I was already going backwards, so what the heck?  You can’t go into negative points, can you? »

  3. I almost put Valverde in Nibali’s spot.  Talansky in 5th is optimistic, but I think that he will finish higher in the GC than Tejay.  There are so many possibilities, and only five choices… VSP PICKS: 1. Contador 2. Froome 3. Nibali 4. Mollema 5. Tala… »

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. Mara Abbott 2. Marianne Vos 3. Evelyn Stevens 4. Emma Johansson 5. Elisa Longo Borghini »

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. Finally, some degree of success; even if it is shared with 4 others. »

  2. I have won here once before, perhaps lightning can strike a second time… VSP PICKS: 1. Rui Costa 2. Bradley Wiggins 3. Mollema 4. Kreuziger 5. Laurens Ten Dam »

I met a nice character a few weeks ago on a magnificent ride through the Bay Area. He rode a Colnago C-50 which was so filthy that I was unable to ascertain with any degree of certainty what color it was painted. I spent most of the ride suppressing the impulse to lead him and his bike through a local car wash. As it turns out, he’s based o...

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  1. A wipe down Pledge or Endust will keep your ride looking pretty sweet too.  Plus they are far less costly… »

The divisive nature of Rule #29 is not to be underestimated. It is but a humble satchel, but our rejection of its use sends people completely out of their minds. One fine gentleman even threatened my editor at Cyclist Magazine with cancellation of his subscription on the basis that they published an article wherein I espoused the virtues of goin...

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  1. @Nate If you have been to the barn, then you know what the experience is like.  If you haven’t, I highly recommend it.  The day that I went for my fitting was the most fun that that I have ever had on a bike while not actually riding it.  Aside from the b… »

  2. @Nate I was up to the barn last December.  I just took delivery of this beauty last week.  I have wanted a Tom Kellogg frame since 1980 or thereabout.  It just took this long for me to finally get one.  Ironically the barn is only a 30-minute drive from m… »

  3. First, I will repeat my position that a wedge pack is not a saddle bag. Secondly, I have displaced my Roubaix with a Spectrum lugged steel frame.  I can guarantee you that modern steel is light and performs.  As an aside: I now ride Speedplay pedals afte… »

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. What I really meant to say: I wanted to pick Hesjedal, but I just couldn’t see him in my top 5. Top ten maybe… »

  2. I wanted to pick Hesjedal, but I just could see him in my top 5.  Top ten maybe… »

  3. I think that the number of picks could be extended to “top 10″ for grand tours… just sayin’. VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. Evans 3. Uran 4. Joaquim Rodriguez 5. Dan Martin »

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. Hopefully I do well this time out since I delgadoed both the men’s and women’s Flèche Wallone… VSP PICKS: 1. Valverde 2. Nibali 3. Gilbert 4. Martin 5. Kwiatkowski »

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. Gilbert 2. Kwiatkowski 3. Valverde 4. Kreuzinger 5. Rodriguez »

What, another guest post? Seemingly yes, but in fact we are keeping to our every-other Friday guest post schedule. We must Keep The Schedule! @Harminator’s post about pigs was the little seen “pop-up” article; a confluence of Paris-Roubaix, Orchies pigs and Jupiler beer. These things go very bad, very fast if not served quickly. @...

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  1. @elmeltone I agree that those statements sum up the essence of cycling.  A favorite quote of mine credited to Bob Roll: “Pain is the coin of the realm in cycling” expresses the same sentiment more concisely. »

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. I think that the biggest surprise was Wiggin’s placing.  Hats off to him! Totally messed up my picks: 2 out of 5 and in the wrong order…  Oh well, the race was interesting, nevertheless. »

  2. I may regret some of these picks later… VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Boonen 3. Vanmarcke 4. Van Avermaet 5. Phinney »