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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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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. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rgKAOdPx58 »

  2. Frank, have you been watching Barfly? »

Finding The V-Locus is something of an extension of the Goldilocks Principle; bars set somewhere between Sit Up and Beg and a face-plant, saddle height somewhere between speed skater and Baryshnikov, and reach somewhere between a unicycle and the Batpod. This is art more than it is science, a process of iteration and refinement. And everyone knows...

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  1. May I suggest that Francesco had a good understanding of how to find his V-locus.  One of my favorite flat back rider positions of all time. »

A Velominatus gives the impression of having been born on the bike; the connection between rider and machine is so deeply entrenched that one can hardly draw the line where one ends and the other begins. There is an air of relaxed precision that is part innate and part learned through countless hours devoted to the craft of riding a bicycle batshit...

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  1. Is it Casually Deliberate when one’s natural poker face is a hint of a smile?  Especially when one is on the way to spitting all the young fellas out the back?  Note only one of these riders is anywhere close to smiling.  It is the old dude.  I must admit… »

Merckx famously professed that after a night of sinning, the body must be cleansed. He obviously meant this figuratively, not literally, because those mud guards on his bike aren’t going to take a big bite out of whatever that lorry has to offer him by way of a Flandrian Facial.Winter is a tough time for those of use pawing about in search of...

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  1. @frank Perhaps the guidance should be that tasteful fenders when deployed for Rule #9 riding are acceptable.  The flagrant no-no would be one of those awful seat post mounted plastic tail things.  Properly fitted fenders can give a bicycle an air of utilit… »

  2. With The Prophet using fenders on his winter training steed, I will be mounting some on my winter rain bike guilt free. »

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. @tessar N+1 is indeed the ‘Dale with SRAM Red.  Now more training to do it justice.  My apologies about the EPMS.  I needed some extra tools along for adjustments to get the position right.  I will admit that I go back and forth about riding with the EPMS»

In the days of Anquetil, this was considered the most prestigious individual time trial on the calendar, and he made his name early by winning the event as an amateur at 19. It was also 100km in length, which brings up the point that maybe everyone in our generation should be banned from ever breathing the phrase, “Rule #5″.These days,...

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  1. Darts at the wall.  Hope this is a lucky day.  Wait, it was a sunny day in Portland and I got 67k on the bike, it is a very lucky day. VSP PICKS: 1. Neben 2. Borghini 3. De Vocht 4. O’Donnell 5. Zabelinskaia »

Il Lombardia, this is the race of the fallen leaves. This fall classic is a beautiful race in a beautiful region of Italy. The arduous route may change year to year but what does not change is the Italian need to win this thing. There is some national pride at stake here after the Italian men finished off the podium in Firenze. Bergamo to Lecco, 24...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vincenzo Nibali 2. Jan Bakelants 3. Juaquim Rodriguez 4. Rigoberto Uran 5. Damiano Cunego »

The world championship road race stands out among all other one-day races as the one where the winner is awarded both a curse and a jersey to carry for the next 12 months. It also inspires way too many riders to wear white bibs, which is an alarming trend in itself and one which I hope Brian Cookston, the new UCI President, prioritizes over the dop...

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  1. I’ll admit there is a bit of rooting for my fellow Oregonian happening here. VSP PICKS: 1. Chris Horner 2. Fabian Cancellara 3. Peter Sagan 4. Tejay Van Garderen 5. Chris Froome »

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. The EVO is the way I was leaning, so thank you for validating what I was feeling during my test rides.  Now it is just SRAM red or Ultegra Di2.    Thanks again for the input. »

  2. @RedRanger A generic carbon frame with Ultegra all around except for a DuraAce rear derailleur.  It is all 5+ year old 6600 generation stuff.  I had a set of HED rims laced to some Chris King R45 hubs built up for it.  This photo is pre-HED wheels. »

  3. A question for the esteemed panel.  I have the potential to pick up n+1.  There is a Trek Domane 6.2 and a Cannondale SuperSix Evo Red that are within the Velominatus Budgetatis limit.  Any thoughts between those two?  Both steeds better than I am, but I’… »

Where: Montecatini Terme to Firenze, ItalyWhen: September 28 Continue reading...

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  1. Bumped enter a bit early there.  Sorry for doubling up the posts.  I’m looking forward to a great race!  I want to ride like a girl when these ladies go flying up the road. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Stevens 3. Longo Borghini 4. Pooly 5. Johansson »