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Velominatus: Lukas

Order: Level 2 Velominatus

Location: Portland, OR

Older in body than in spirit. Former Ski Instructor (Now only instruct my two girls) Former Soccer Player (now coach) Dreamer of living the Vie la Velominati

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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. I know that the picks are closed, but I tried several times on Friday and the site wouldn’t let me stay signed in when I navigated to the VSP page.  Oh well, here are my picks so that I can say I told you so without any reward. Horner, Valverde, Talansky… »

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. I’m only going to do a single swap.  It does look like Nibali will win it this year at this point though.  I will admit I’m rooting for Chris Horner to get into the top 10 to help motivate old guys like me. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Porte 2. Va… »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Talansky 2. Van Garderen 3. Nibali 4. Valverde 5. Contador »

  3. Wanted to go for TJ for the win, but I think Contador will be too strong.   I am also predicting that Froome will have some bad luck and Richie Porte will take over the GC hopes of team Sky VSP PICKS: 1. Contador 2. Van Garderen 3. Valverde 4. Porte 5. … »

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. Vos 2. Tatiana Guderzo 3. Mara Abbott 4. Emma Johansson 5. Elisa Borghini »

I can can feel his cold breath on my back, like a shadow drifting through an alleyway. He’s not yet upon me, but the Man with the Hammer is lurking nearby. I’m not even sure he has the intention to strike; he’s just staying close, cruelly reminding me that my fate is in his hands.I feel the heaviness in my legs from the first turn...

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  1. @Puffy Indeed it does. Since I didn’t notice right away and wait for my proper group I was DQ’d.  Once I realized, I figured the experience of hanging in with the faster riders was a good learning experience.  Painful, but educational. »

  2. Getting dropped, or as I like to put it, getting shit out the back.  Funny thing happened during the Monday evening races we have here in Portlandia.  I started out with my usual group (old slow a.k.a Masters 4/5) when about halfway though I decided that … »

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. Trying to switch a second time VSP PICKS: 1. Cadel Evans 2. Ivan Basso 3. Juaquim Rodriguez 4. Ryder Hesjedal 5. Thomas De Gendt »

  2. The website hasn’t changed my list.  I will check back in a bit otherwise I will try again. VSP PICKS: 1. Ryder Hesjedal 2. Ivan Basso 3. Juaquim Rodriguez 4. Cadel Evans 5. Thomas De Gendt »

  3. Common sense wins and I moved Ryder down the list. VSP PICKS: 1. Cadel Evans 2. Ivan Basso 3. Juaquim Rodriguez 4. Ryder Hesjedal 5. Thomas De Gendt »

  4. Redemption for Ryder? VSP PICKS: 1. Ryder Hesjedal 2. Ivan Basso 3. Juaquim Rodriguez 4. Cadel Evans 5. Thomas De Gendt »

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. Win in the bands!! VSP PICKS: 1. Rui Costa 2. Kwiatkowski 3. Valverde 4. Gerrans 5. Van Den Brock »

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. Why am I not picking Gilbert to win?  Can’t teach stupid I suppose. VSP PICKS: 1. Sammy Sanchez 2. Kreuziger 3. Van Den Broeck 4. Fuglsang 5. Gilbert »

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. Stevens 3. Armistead 4. Van Der Breggen 5. De Vries »

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. Darts thrown against the wall.  We’ll see how this goes. VSP PICKS: 1. Nibali 2. Valverde 3. Kwiatkowski 4. Gilbert 5. Kreutziger »

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. Phinney 3. Van Avermaet 4. Boonen 5. VanMarcke »

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. I wonder what effect the route changes will have on the race.  It seems the ability to climb will be more important this year. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Stybar 3. Boonen 4. Vanmarcke 5. Sagan »

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. Does anyone know why Ms. Vos isn’t racing?  I see that she is doing the Sea Otter classic next week on her web page, but why miss the Ronde? VSP PICKS: 1. Armistead 2. Stevens 3. Johansson 4. Brand 5. Van Djik »

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. Degenkolb 2. Farrar 3. Cancellara 4. Stybar 5. Sagan »

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. Evelyn Stevens 2. Emma Johansson 3. Ellen VanDijk 4. Amy Pieters 5. Elisa Longo Borghini »

The proclamation is heard in the office, on social media, at the bar with friends; “It’s leg day.” When someone utters “it’s leg day” the accompanying tone of resentment and even dread is usually followed by an audible “ugh”. This exasperation belies one fact, the person making the utterance is not a...

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  1. @Rom Wouldn’t it have been better to go as Rocky and just source some gold bibs and golden slippers? »

Water is an asshole, at least when it comes to bicycles. So is wind, now that I think of it; I don’t love it, unless its at my back, but that rarely seems to happen even on out-and-back routes. Fire’s not winning any prizes either, unless you’re talking about the hunk-a-hunka burnin’ V. Even le soleil isn’t scoring po...

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  1. Rode 20k of a 50k loop into a brutal headwind.  I kept thinking about trying be aerodynamic and to flow through the wind rather than push against it.  Flat back and all that wonderful stuff.  I had the wind at my back for the homeward stretch thank goodne… »

My words will only get in the way of what @le chuck is after here so I’ll stand aside. VLVV, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. I am fortunate that my work situation allows me to ride at lunch.  24km with my choice of a couple of small climbs, or a nice spin next to the river leaves me in a much better and productive state of mind for the rest of the day.  On days that I cannot ge… »

I walk away from social gatherings with an acute sense of accomplishment whenever I haven’t offended anyone and when my friends all stayed awake. I view myself as a bottle of wine that keeps getting better with age, but I’m slowly coming to grips with the notion that I am actually a bottle that may be corked. The great irony of life is...

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  1. Hmmm.  It looked like the video was going to imbed properly.  Oh well, here is the link. »

  2. Frank, have you been watching Barfly? »