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A friend recently asked my advice for how to prepare for the longest ride he’d ever done. My approach is somewhat unorthodox when it comes to this sort of thing; I like to train to ride a lot farther than the event itself, and whenever possible, throw in a handful of sessions with my old friend, The Man with the Hammer. I suggested he do the...

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  1. @Puffy Interesting points and these, with @Frank ‘s article, bring up the question of what training really is. Some would argue that if you haven’t pushed yourself to the ragged edge then you haven’t actually been training but just going for a bike ride. … »

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. @piwakawaka I wouldn’t worry about it.  They’re probably over here having the last laugh http://bangabledudesinprocycling.com/ »

This is the women’s Giro and it just happens to take place in early July, bad timing or good timing, at least the Italians step up and do a mini-Grand Tour. Here is the start list. Unfortunately we cannot be giving away more bikes and wheels for this race, but bragging rights and points are useful. Do I have any insightful things to say about...

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  1. The Vos has tweeted a link to some photos of her run in. Looks like she was lucky to stay upright.  However, other photos confused me (it’s pretty easy to do): there are podium girls. Shouldn’t the cycling girls get podium dudes? »

Ok, so you guys and gals don’t miss a trick, but sometimes we do. In fact, we kind of specialize in it. @Bianchi Denti just texted me to point out, as others have done on site, that we have almost missed the next stop on the VVomen’s VSP calendar, the Ronde Van Drenthe. On International Women’s Day, of all things.All I can tell yo...

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  1. Clucking bell, I’ve missed the start. »

Until the 70′s it was common to race on gravel roads, but the Paving of the Planet has led to nearly every road being graced by smooth, black tarmac. As is the case with most things, once we are shown the easy path, it is difficult to return to more arduous ways. So it is with gravel roads; we take measures to avoid unpaved roads and in doi...

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  1. I put in my picks with 35 mins remaining on the counter, but there’s a breakaway of 4 up the road and Cannondale are chasing at the head of the bunch with 60km to go, and the gap is 5m30s.  At least on the stream I can get.  Can Cycling Weekly see into th… »

  2. I’ve just clocked Marko’s Graveur bike and now need to go for a cold shower.  That is sweet. »

  3. I’ve no idea and these chaps are first on their team lists.  Easy. VSP PICKS: 1. Peter Sagan 2. Thomas Dekker 3. Marco Bandiera 4. Fabian Cancellara 5. Thomas Damuseau »

Finally, some cold nasty Belgian one day racing. Oman, Qatar, does anyone brag about winning those stage races? Yes, they might but really, it’s a tune up for the real season which finally begins this Saturday. Will racing in China or Oman grow the sport? Will there be a new wave of inspired young racers from these countries. Does professiona...

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  1. More cycling can only be a good thing, more televised cycling even better.  And the women’s races are every bit as exciting as the men’s, if not more so if the Olympic Road Race was anything to go by. VSP PICKS: 1. Elizabeth Armitstead 2. Marijn De Vrie… »

One of the loveliest things about the Grand Tours is that you get a feel, by the nature of the route, of the country’s landscape and physical qualities. Italy is littered with mountains and coasts, France is bordered by mountains with large swaths of open landscape throughout, and Spain is like Tatooine; mostly desert with some rocky outcropp...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. De Gendt 3. Contador 4. Anton Hernandez 5. Kessiakoff »

  2. I almost didn’t make this VSP, it’s been a long season. The introduction of the women’s races has meant I’ve sometimes had to think of two things at once and that’s been tough.  Here we go again: VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. De Gent 3. Contador 4. Anton Hern… »

You can all wave “goodbye” to your Post GT Depression Syndrome, because the Men’s Olympic Road Race is only three days yonder. I don’t typically give two shits about this particular event; while contested by national teams, unlike the Worlds it appears as just another one-day race on a calendar filled with events that carry...

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  1. @Chris That’s it, cheers! »

  2. @Jonny Having just re-read the Millar interview, he says they were pacing to Cav and therefore didn’t feel they could bridge to the break.  I’m sure I read or saw something where somebody said they thought about it. »

  3. @Teh Moos3 I think there’s an interview with David Millar (might be the one in CyclingNews) where he says Cav had the legs for attempting to bridge but they decided to stick with their plan – hopefully I’ve not just made that up.  If that’s the case they… »

  4. @Teh Moos3 Well, I was on Box Hill and from memory when the second group went clear they only had a 20 second lead for a couple of laps, with the front group’s lead dropping from 5:25 to around 1:40 by about the final climb (when I think the two leading … »

What a difference four years can make. In Beijing, Nicole Cooke was the dominant rider in Women’s Cycling, taking wins in every important race on the Women’s calendar for several years running. Fast finish, good in the hills, good against the clock, she helped give context to what we mean by the term “all rounder”.Four year...

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  1. A’Merckx, if women’s racing is like that all the time it defininly needs more coverage. »

  2. Vos takes it in the sprint, Armitstead second, Zabelinskya third, Teutenberg fourth from the following bunch sprint. »

  3. Clouded over and tipping down in London now – the three are still away with 3.6 km to go and 50 second lead. »

  4. The leading three have 50 seconds comingthought Richmond Park. »

  5. Three away: Vos, Armitstead and Zabelinskya, but Vos and Armistead are laying down the V.  25km to go with a 30 second lead. »

  6. Rule 9 conditions for the women,  which is weird as I’m in London and it’s beautiful sunshine here. »

  7. The women’s race is brilliant – attack after attack.  Also, It’s fascinating to watch a race on roads I’ve ridden. »

You can all wave “goodbye” to your Post GT Depression Syndrome, because the Men’s Olympic Road Race is only three days yonder. I don’t typically give two shits about this particular event; while contested by national teams, unlike the Worlds it appears as just another one-day race on a calendar filled with events that carry...

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  1. @all re the nature of the race My £0.02 on Cav’s comments are that’s he’s not as eloquent as David Millar but they’re saying the same thing (Millar isn’t so specific), i.e GB’s plan was well publicised so everyone else’s job was to 1) neutralise the GB e… »

We are proud to announce a change to the Velominati Super Prestige moving forward: sponsorship. We are delighted (if a little surprised) at the interest our partners showed in this endeavor, despite the short notice we gave them. Four sponsors will be gracing the sides of our team bus for this year’s race: fi’zi:k is our Super Domesti...

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  1. @roadslave525 +1 to that.  Sky, Froome and Wiggo are dishing out a metric fuckload of awesomeness and I’m loving it.  Hopefully they’ll all stay rubber side down, which most of my original picks failed to do.   VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Wiggo… »

  2. It has to be, it must be, it’s now or never – ALLEZ WIGGO! VSP PICKS: 1. Wiggo 2. Cadel Evans 3. Hejsedal 4. Schleck 5. Voeckler »

After a winter of long training rides that offered more in the way of numb extremities than it did in acute enjoyment, I have to say that the warming of the air and brightening of the skies have served to remind me that while I love riding in bad weather, I certainly don’t have anything against riding when its nice out.But dont think for...

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  1. @Buck Rogers +1 That was amazing. »