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A great unknown awaits the young men, bound by a common entity of steel, flesh and passion rolled together. Do they contemplate the future, or are they so encapsulated in the here and now that anything beyond the finish line seems like it could only be for old people? Have they any inkling which path they will take, or be guided towards? Maybe...

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  1. Love that last line. Well said! »

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. Really well done, Frank. Can’t speak for anyone else, but sometimes when I climb on my bike I ask myself, “Do I really want to do this?” Then when that ride is over, no matter the circumstances, (hills, weather etc.), I always say, “Damn, I’m glad I did t… »

Behind every great rider, there’s a great soigneur. The right hand man, the go-to guy, who tends every whim of his rider, feeding, watering, mending and massaging. Behind the humble Velominatus Regularus, however, there’s a string of injuries, tight muscles, bad posture and aching guns. We are our own soigneurs, and if you’re like...

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  1. Try Tom Danielson’s “Core Advantage” book. I bought it last year and started in on it, but faded as time went on. This year I made a concerted effort since the first week of January to stick with it. It has made a huge difference on my bike this year. 15 … »

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. Love this race. I’ll regret not putting Rui Costa in the mix. Dumb ass. VSP PICKS: 1. Kwiatkowski 2. Valverde 3. Betancur 4. Nibbles 5. J. Rodriquez »

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. Me thinks not having Stinji Devolder pulling Spartacus is really going to hurt the Big Swiss. Those big ‘ol engines on OPSP are going to rule the day. VSP PICKS: 1. Terpstra 2. Boonen 3. Vanmarcke 4. Van Avermaet 5. Stybar »

The most important moment in a man’s life is the first time they have a beer. I place it on the list above sex and having a child because sex usually only happens as a direct result of drinking beer. As for having children, I’m given to understand they are poop factories at first, then promptly become loud, and then obnoxious before the...

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  1. If ever in Madison WI you must go to Karbon 4 Brewery. So good. »

Pineapple Bob? @cyclops goes deep with this reference. Pineapple Bob was a mystical figure in American cycling. He was not known as a racer, more a California bike guru of unknown qualifications and ethnic origins. Bridgestone was a unique brand also of unknown ethnic origins, at least to me. It was not European, it didn’t sound Japanese or...

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  1. You stated that you loved that bike when you bought it and road all over the western United States. Fond memories, I’m sure. So the answer is that you need to restore it back to it’s original state, for nostalgics sake. If it was me, and that bike came ba… »

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. The photo of Adam Hansen with the beer is a great shot. I believe he is the only rider to finish the Giro, Le Tour and the Vuelta in 2012. A stunning achievement. I do hope he had a sip of that beer! »

We have the kind of poor judgement that allows us to have a puppy. She’s half pit, half something, and half something else and boasts a lilliputian-sized head. As her Life Coach, I’ve instructed her to focus on growing her head because, as her Uncle Gianni says, no one gets anywhere in this world with a tiny head. But she’s a g...

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  1. Damn, I love this web site. That’s an awesome piece of scribe, Frank. I’ve been following Velominati for a few months now (thanks  Cyclingnews for turning me on to it), and I look forward to each and every day of it. Funny, articulate, original, great fee… »

Imagine a world without the little things we take for granted; a house without a roof, a pub with no beer, a Keepers Tour without any clothes. The last one is a reality for me at the moment, five days in and still no trace of where the hell between Wellington and Paris my bag (filled with V-Kit, shoes, helmet, everything) is. The other thing that h...

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  1. @ramenvelo Rog will never shut up VSP PICKS: 1. Spartacus 2. Chavanel 3. Sagan 4. Terpstra 5. Bozic »

Wellington isn’t renown for its great summers; a mate is always quick to remind me that if the weather was perfect all the time, everyone would want to live here and we’d be overrun by Aucklanders (just like Aussies but not quite dumb enough to live in Canberra). As our summer goes into its last death throes of amazingly calm, sunny, cl...

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  1. @wiscot Crappy is being too nice. It was 7 degrees F on my house thermometer this morning, with a high of about 23 F today. As a fellow Wisconsinite, I say this is fucking January weather. While I still intend to hop on my two wheeled steed this weekend w… »

Finally, we have Milan-Sanremo. I hope pedale.forcetta is ready to shoot some pictures, especially black and white because it will be cold and possibly wet. Throw in a little wind and a race of this distance will weed out the less hardy. Recently, but not too recently, this race would be won out of a decent size field sprint. And yet, besides Fabs...

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  1. Cold, wet, and windy? Boom Boom rises above. VSP PICKS: 1. Boonan 2. Nibali 3. Syl. Chavanel 4. Sagan 5. Terpstra »

I don’t have to tell anyone around here that @Cyclops is weird guy; most of you have already figured that out, and if you haven’t figured it out, you will soon enough. But weird doesn’t have any negative meaning, if you ask me. In fact, I’d say we’re all weird which makes normal more suspect. Several years ago, long be...

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  1. I would venture that the Red Steed will ride as good as it looks. Steel is real and yes, lugs are sexy. Nicely done, lad. »