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Velominatus: Kevin

Order: Level 3 Velominatus

Location: Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA

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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. Marianne Vos 2. Emma Johansson 3. Lizzie Armistead 4. Pauline Ferrand Prevot 5. Elisa Longo Borghini »

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. Stage 3 Final Mr Dan Martin needs to learn Rule #92 »

  2. Horner—Out!  Who gets the #1 bib?  Valerio Conti? VSP PICKS: 1. Nairo Quintana 2. Chris Froome 3. Dan Martin 4. Joaquin Rodriguez 5. Rigoberto Uran »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. Froome 3. Rodriguez 4. Talansky 5. Uran »

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. Joaquim Rodriguez 2. Peter Sagan 3. Phil Gilbert 4. Tony Gallopin 5. Dan Martin »

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. @Mikael Liddy It takes a special jersey and a great acceleration to make that move!  A risky move but you need to take risks for a chance to win! »

  2. @VeloVita Universal Sports had an hour and a half of coverage, about the last 41km.  Great if your cable/satellite provider has it, not so great if they don’t. I think the coverage was good.  They had pre race sign-in, interviews with Chrissie Welling… »

Rule #33- Legs are to be carefully shaved at all times.This is one of the Rules that really defines the term Cyclist to the Velominati. Discussions about Rule #33 flare up on the site occasionally, burn brightly then smolder out. Between faces and legs, it is a lot of man-scraping. Rule #33 is a task master. Compliance is one thing, defending i...

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  1. When I realized a cyclist’s life was for me, I started shaving my legs.  About 2 days later, I started shaving my arms (the back of my hands up to and including my sorry excuse for biceps)! As I look down and see my guns glistening, showing off all the V… »

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. Gerrans and Cavendish would have sorted that out! Fucking Coquard clipped Gerrans on the left and caused the crash!  But is anyone going to blame the French guy? »

  2. Hoping this will be an exciting Tour from start to finish.  Wouldn’t it be nice if the Dopers stayed home this year and the new “clean” generation were able to shine!  Wouldn’t it be nice…. VSP PICKS: 1. Alberto Contador 2. Alejandro Valverde 3. Chris… »

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. Emma Johansson 3. Marianne Vos 4. Emma Pooley 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. VSP PICKS: 1. Wiggins 2. Mollema 3. Kreuzinger 4. Pozzovivo 5. Evans »

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. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Quintana 2. Rodriguez 3. Uran 4. Hesjedal 5. Evans »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Valverde 2. Gilbert 3. Dan Martin 4. Kwiatkowski 5. Nibali »

Wednesday sees the return of the women to the VSP. More notably, we see the return of Marianne Vos to the road. She’s won this race five of the last seven years. It makes me wonder if the rest of the field have already resigned themselves to racing for second. On the other hand, Vos hasn’t been racing of late and may not be as sharp as...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Armistead 3. Borghini 4. Pooley 5. Stevens »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Armistead 3. Borghini 4. Poorer 5. Stevens »

Midweek in Belgium in Spring is a wonderful thing. Hordes of people come from seemingly nowhere to fill the bars and line the roadsides when presumably they’d usually be working, or at school, or some such. That the only ones who appear to be working are the bartenders and frites dispensers reinforces my belief that Belgium is the greatest co...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Dan Martin 3. Kwiatkowski 4. Gerrans 5. Valverde »

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. Kwiatkowski 2. Slagter 3. Gilbert 4. Rodriquez 5. G Thomas »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Boasson Hagen 3. Boonen 4. Vanmarcke 5. Phinney »

This needs no introduction. The Spring Classics are truly upon us. The course has been modified yet again, it is tougher? The riders make the race and the 2014 Ronde van Vlaanderen is loaded with racers who could win or make the Velominati VSP placings. Just to pick the winner will not be nearly as easy as it has been recently. There are small clo...

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  1. Sunday morning cannot come soon enough! VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Boonen 3. Sagan 4. Paolini 5. Vanmarcke »

Vlaanderen. Its no accident the Flemish word for Flanders starts with a V; there is nothing simple or easy about riding a bike here. If it isn’t wind, its steep bergs. If it isn’t tarmac, its cobbles. Most of the time, its all three. Oh, and the weather there sucks. In fact, Flanders doesn’t have weather – it has VVeather.De...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Emma Johansson 2. Lizzie Armistead 3. Evelyn Stevens 4. Ellen Van Dijk 5. Shelley Olds »

Gravity is the most unavoidable force on Earth, with the possible exception of Stupidity. And like with Stupidity, you can take measures to reduce its influence on you, but you won’t get rid of it completely, assuming you’re staying on this planet. From the very moment we’re born, Gravity takes its unrelenting hold on us –...

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  1. @wilburrox All I see is pure Joy written on her face! »

This is the kick off of the VSP for women’s racing, though the women have already kicked it off with the Ronde van Drenthe in the Netherlands. Now it’s down to Northern Italy, Varese, by Lago Maggiore, but this is a climbers course, more in the mountains than by the lake. And yes, Sunday is also Gent-Wevelgem for women but Trofeo is par...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Lizzie Armistead 2. Marianne Vos 3. Evelyn Stevens 4. Elisa Longoria Borghini 5. Eleonora Van Dijk »

The Kemmelberg is a brute. In my opinion, its the hardest of the cobbled climbs in the Spring Classics; it has a high speed tarmac approach that saps the guns of their snap. The transition from tarmac to cobbles is awful, the stones are very badly laid throughout and if you don’t hit it just right, you’ll come to a standstill. The cobbl...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Peter Sagan 2. Sep Vanmarcke 3. Fabian Cancellara 4. Tom Boonen 5. Greg Van Avermaet »

Evolution doesn’t really seem to be part of the picture anymore, at least not where humans and our direct reports are concerned. We control an astounding number of genetic defects in ourselves, our pets, and agriculture while Science and Technology give Natural Selection swirlies in the locker room.Take exercise-induced asthma, which is a con...

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  1. Insert “have to this point evolved” but imagine the evolution of humans over the next 100,000 years if we only rode bicycles (with round chain rings) for transportation.  I fear, however, that humans will evolve closer to those fat fucks depicted in Wall… »