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This is the second round of the Women’s World Cup, the first being the Ronde van Drenthe. Laveno Mombello to Cittiglio, 120 km of racing in Italy. It is a very worthy course and we know who will be wearing the number 1 on her jersey. Enough already, I like Ms Vos as much as the next person but someone has to work her over on the climbs and ri...

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  1. I guess Vos can’t win every race she enters after all. »

Gent (Deinze)-Wevelgem, it starts with 130 km of cruising around Belgium and Northern France followed by a flurry of bergs and then a final 38 km of  flatter riding to the inevitable sprint finish. How hard can the climbing be if Super Mario got over them? Ask the riders from KT 2012, (the ones not in the following car) and they will tell you...

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  1. Find it hard to believe I picked a winner, first time for everything! »

This is the second round of the Women’s World Cup, the first being the Ronde van Drenthe. Laveno Mombello to Cittiglio, 120 km of racing in Italy. It is a very worthy course and we know who will be wearing the number 1 on her jersey. Enough already, I like Ms Vos as much as the next person but someone has to work her over on the climbs and ri...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. vos 2. glaesser 3. van der kamp 4. van der meer 5. another van »

Gent (Deinze)-Wevelgem, it starts with 130 km of cruising around Belgium and Northern France followed by a flurry of bergs and then a final 38 km of  flatter riding to the inevitable sprint finish. How hard can the climbing be if Super Mario got over them? Ask the riders from KT 2012, (the ones not in the following car) and they will tell you...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. sagan 2. boss hogg 3. boonen 4. tuft 5. van summeren »

My first article on Velominati was to introduce one of my favorite cyclists, Eros Poli. I refered to him as a domestique on the Mercatone-Uno team. This faux pas was properly pointed out much later by @KaffeineKeiser, a commenter who suddenly surfaced and unfortunately submerged just as quickly, like Das Boot in the Straits of Gibraltar.*I do tak...

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  1. @Gianni, Thank you for the article, I love the way you describe this type of rider, and yes it is the kind of rider I would love to be. »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. B. Lavrijssen 2. M. Vos 3. C. Becker 4. J. Glaesser 5. E. Kuchinskaya »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. sagan 2. nocentini 3. hunter 4. pozzato 5. valverde »

Outside my window, its pouring rain. My bike is leaning agains the wall in my office, covered in grim and grit from the ride in, which was characterized by equal parts cold, wind, and rain. The spot in the locker room where I changed before my shower was marked by sand and mud, and when I walked to the shower, I left a trail of dirty footprints.It...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. boonen 2. vansummeren 3. tuft 4. boom 5. matthews »

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One great mystery remains in this cycling world. I’ve been a cyclist for over thirty years and I still can’t buy a clue. Remember those rides where very early on, as you roll out of a parking lot, or just away from your house, you notice you have good legs. You need verification and after a proper warm up the feeling is still there, to...

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  1. I found a pair of good legs just the other day, rode them hard for three hours and never felt like i was working, should have gone longer as I don’t remember where I put them and will probably not be able to find them on a day when it really matters. »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Evans 2. Schlek the elder 3. Hesjedal 4. Wiggins 5. Voeckler »

This is an exciting time of year. The Giro is in the books, the Tour is firmly in everyone’s sights, and those of us with the vaguest idea of how the big race will unfold are prognosticating the loudest as we use races that are proven to reveal fuck-all about what will happen at the Tour to predict what will happen at the Tour.With the Dauphi...

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  1. I have no clue but here goes, no Schleck is the only thing I am sure of, I think. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Gesink 3. Valverde 4. Van Summeren 5. Kreuzinger »

I feel it in my bones. I feel it in my breathing. I fixate on how much I feel it in my legs to the point where I find myself in a meeting, rubbing them to gauge how soft they’ve gotten. (Must learn to stop doing that in public as it can’t possibly improve my social standing. I’m tempted to cite the fact that I’m a Cyclist an...

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  1. This addiction we have is most noticeable during times of turmoil in our lives. During the last few months we sold our home and bought an under construction home back in the town we are from. Among all of the details (including trying to find employment) … »

When people think of the The Netherlands, they generally think of flat lands, windmills, and a topography where people claim to “live at elevation” when their home on the third floor of a building. Never the less, this is not entirely true as The Motherland does, in its most southern reaches, boast quite hilly terrain; the province of...

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  1. A Canadian has to win sometime. VSP PICKS: 1. Ryder Hesjedal 2. Edvald Boasson Hagen 3. Alejandro Valverde Belmonte 4. Thomas Voeckler 5. Frank Schleck »

Finally we can speak to this Paris-Roubaix mythology. The Keepers Tour group rode twenty-one sectors at something much slower than race speed. After the first sector we regrouped and we were all stunned by how bad it was. Twenty more sectors of that? That was horrendously tough.The first sectors are the easy ones. The hard ones start with the famou...

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  1. Great article, can’t really be said better than that,my VMH thinks that it proves we are all nuts so it must be good. @ Mikael, been there before, the older you are the longer to heal, but heal it will and you will be back in the land of the living once … »

We rode the Pavé of Roubaix in the dry, and any comforting feelings we might have been carrying about with us that suggested we had somehow prepared for them were summarily vaporized as we hit the first secteur. Riding together in a group, unable to reach for the brakes or the shifters, we all were hit with the same realization: these aren’...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Van Summeren 3. Sagan 4. Boonen 5. EBH »

While the rest of us where bickering over the style in which the finale of one of the most exciting editions of Milano-Sanremo played out, @Pedale.Forchetta was busy behind the finish line, living and breathing the reality of the race. He spent the day following the race to photograph the riders and tifosi and generously shares his story and photos...

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  1. @Cyclops @cyclops being a 50′s guy myself I have the same desire to go to Italy and ride to the end of time and photos like these only increase the want. »

Gent conjures up images of the quintessential Flemish city. Age-old medieval architecture rising from the river’s edge is classically Belgian. Gent is also firmly tied to Belgium’s greatest gift to the world, cycling tradition. Many a pro-expat cyclist has relocated to Gent with the hope of testing their mettle in the seat of cycling...

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  1. Don’t see Cancellara or Gilbert on the start list so here goes, no Cav though he won’t make twice over Kemmelburg twice with the leaders. VSP PICKS: 1. EBH 2. Johan van Summerem 3. Thor 4. Lars Boom 5. Baden Cooke »

The Bike. It is the central tool in pursuit of our craft. A Velominatus meticulously maintains their bicycles and adorns them with the essential, yet minimal, accoutrement. The Rules specify the principles of good taste in configuration and setup of our machines, but within those principles lies almost infinite room for personal taste.It seems in s...

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  1. @Ron @ Ron, the bars are Zipp Carbone @ Frank, amazingly accurate I am 5’11″, not so tall I won’t ride with pygmees on occasion. »

The Velominati have our own set of nicknames and terms which have developed over time through posts and correspondence. Some of these are names of landmarks or terms in cycling; others are nicknames for some of the riders in the pro peloton. While not intended to be offensive or derogatory, the nicknames in the list represent the riders’ pe...

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  1. @Steampunk I have put some thought into this and perhaps it is better to live with the hope that possibly one day there could be a divine revelation and my VMH may have a desire to saddle up so I guess I agree with you. »

  2. @ Steampunk, my significant other quilts. She may ride a cruiser bike one day….maybe. »

  3. I submit the word Velominotte or VMN as in a significant other who does not cycle and therefore can never appreciate the bike, the rules or the logic in anything related to our participation in the sport. »

The Bike. It is the central tool in pursuit of our craft. A Velominatus meticulously maintains their bicycles and adorns them with the essential, yet minimal, accoutrement. The Rules specify the principles of good taste in configuration and setup of our machines, but within those principles lies almost infinite room for personal taste.It seems in s...

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  1. So I managed to convince my velominotte (not a cyclist in any way) that it was a good idea to upgrade my number two steed otherwise it was in need of replacement. So here is the result, with only the stock seatpost left for your comments. »

The Poggio. It’s probably one of the most famous easy climbs in the world; going through old cycling photographs, I rarely come across one where the leaders haven’t moved Sur La Plaque. It has a reputation, however, for being a real leg breaker, mostly because any climb is a big climb once you cross its summit after a paltry 291 kilomet...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Mark Cavendish 2. Fabian Cancellara 3. Peter Sagen 4. Mark Renshaw 5. Tom Boonen »

Our balaclava wearing friend, @Oracle, submitted this winter reflection on The V. The article is a little ripe, but for many, spring is still a long way off and the gym or a balaclava are the only solutions to some tough questions. Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. While I agree with a lot of the sentiment that has been posted, my only experience with spin classes have been the very epitome of V. You may scoff, but my bike on a stationary trainer in a class with no music being lead by an ex-pro rider (leahgoldstien…. »