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“You ruined a heap of photos!” Not the words you want to hear when the photos in question are ones you didn’t shoot, but were in. “How?” “You’re too low, too compressed.” At least he didn’t say I was ugly. “And you’re ugly.”When you work with professional photographers, you pic...

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RIGHT!!! Buck and Roger are kicking off a New England Gravé Cogal. This starts at Roger’s shop. Continue reading...

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  1. RIGHT!!! Buck and Roger are kicking off a New England Gravé Cogal. This starts at Roger’s shop.

    It is a gravel/dirt Cogal. This route was used last September for another ride and is supposedly AWESOME!!!

    You will need 28mm at a minimum, maybe 32 mm tires on gravel/CX bikes per the description.

    Here’s a link to the route/description/etc from the September ride but this one is by us, not the cycling shop, but all are welcome of course!  The write up mentions registering/meals/etc.  None of that applies to us.

    Details on pre-ride espresso/pre-night drinking in Boston/post ride recovery drinking is forthcoming but mark your calendars for this puppy!!!

    It will be a GREAT Heck of the North appetizer for anyone thinking about heading out there in October as well!!!

    No drop, Casually deliberate but we might break into groups depending on what bikes you bring.

    The route.

     

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    Date/Time
    Date - April 26, 2014
    9:05 AM - 8:20 PM

    Location
    Ride Studio Café

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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. I SO wish that I had any clue at all what I was doing. VSP PICKS: 1. GILBERT Philippe 2. KWIATKOWSKI Michal 3. VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro 4. VAN DEN BROECK Jurgen 5. MAASKANT Martijn »

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. JOHANSSON Emma 2. VAN DER BREGGEN Anna 3. ARMITSTEAD Elisabeth 4. VOS Marianne 5. STEVENS Evelyn »

The Velominati Super Prestige is a season-long competition wherein readers will be submitting their predictions for the top five finishers of each qualifying race.  In order to qualify, your picks via the VSP Picks form above the posts section of the VSP Event article pertaining to the race in question by the time the countdown clock goes to zero...

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  1. Is the full standings list anywhere? »

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. Edited for stupid typo VSP PICKS: 1. Fabian Cancellera 2. Tom Boonen 3. Peter Sagan 4. Sep Vanmarcke 5. Taylor Phinney »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Fabian Cancellera 2. Tom Booned 3. Peter Sagan 4. Sep Vanmarcke 5. Taylor Phinney »

RIGHT!!! Buck and Roger are kicking off a New England Gravé Cogal. This starts at Roger’s shop. Continue reading...

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  1. RIGHT!!! Buck and Roger are kicking off a New England Gravé Cogal. This starts at Roger’s shop.

    It is a gravel/dirt Cogal. This route was used last September for another ride and is supposedly AWESOME!!!

    You will need 28mm at a minimum, maybe 32 mm tires on gravel/CX bikes per the description.

    Here’s a link to the route/description/etc from the September ride but this one is by us, not the cycling shop, but all are welcome of course!  The write up mentions registering/meals/etc.  None of that applies to us.

    Details on pre-ride espresso/pre-night drinking in Boston/post ride recovery drinking is forthcoming but mark your calendars for this puppy!!!

    It will be a GREAT Heck of the North appetizer for anyone thinking about heading out there in October as well!!!

    No drop, Casually deliberate but we might break into groups depending on what bikes you bring.

    The route.

     

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - April 26, 2014
    9:05 AM - 8:20 PM

    Location
    Ride Studio Café

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

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. Fabian Cancellera 3. Zdenek Stybar 4. Taylor Phinney 5. Sep Vanmarcke »

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. Emma Johansson 2. Elizabeth Armitstead 3. Evelyn Stevens 4. Ashleigh Moolman Pasio 5. Giorgia Bronzini »

RIGHT!!! Buck and Roger are kicking off a New England Gravé Cogal. This starts at Roger’s shop. Continue reading...

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  1. RIGHT!!! Buck and Roger are kicking off a New England Gravé Cogal. This starts at Roger’s shop.

    It is a gravel/dirt Cogal. This route was used last September for another ride and is supposedly AWESOME!!!

    You will need 28mm at a minimum, maybe 32 mm tires on gravel/CX bikes per the description.

    Here’s a link to the route/description/etc from the September ride but this one is by us, not the cycling shop, but all are welcome of course!  The write up mentions registering/meals/etc.  None of that applies to us.

    Details on pre-ride espresso/pre-night drinking in Boston/post ride recovery drinking is forthcoming but mark your calendars for this puppy!!!

    It will be a GREAT Heck of the North appetizer for anyone thinking about heading out there in October as well!!!

    No drop, Casually deliberate but we might break into groups depending on what bikes you bring.

    The route.

     

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - April 26, 2014
    9:05 AM - 8:20 PM

    Location
    Ride Studio Café

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

  2. RIGHT!!! Buck and Roger are kicking off a New England Gravé Cogal. This starts at Roger’s shop.

    It is a gravel/dirt Cogal. This route was used last September for another ride and is supposedly AWESOME!!!

    You will need 28mm at a minimum, maybe 32 mm tires on gravel/CX bikes per the description.

    Here’s a link to the route/description/etc from the September ride but this one is by us, not the cycling shop, but all are welcome of course!  The write up mentions registering/meals/etc.  None of that applies to us.

    Details on pre-ride espresso/pre-night drinking in Boston/post ride recovery drinking is forthcoming but mark your calendars for this puppy!!!

    It will be a GREAT Heck of the North appetizer for anyone thinking about heading out there in October as well!!!

    No drop, Casually deliberate but we might break into groups depending on what bikes you bring.

    The route.

     

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - April 26, 2014
    9:05 AM - 8:20 PM

    Location
    Ride Studio Café

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

Het Volk (it will always be Het Volk to me) and now the Strade Bianche may well mark the sentimental beginning to the season, but those are specialized, pre-season races that appeal mostly to riders who are preparing for bigger objectives later in the year, such as the Cobbled or Ardennes Classics. Same goes for Tirreno Adriatico and Paris-Nice; t...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Peter Sagan 2. Fabian Cancellera 3. Mark Cavendish 4. John Degenkolb 5. Tom Jelte Slagter »

RIGHT!!! Buck and Roger are kicking off a New England Gravé Cogal. This starts at Roger’s shop. Continue reading...

@MJ Moquin's posts:

  1. RIGHT!!! Buck and Roger are kicking off a New England Gravé Cogal. This starts at Roger’s shop.

    It is a gravel/dirt Cogal. This route was used last September for another ride and is supposedly AWESOME!!!

    You will need 28mm at a minimum, maybe 32 mm tires on gravel/CX bikes per the description.

    Here’s a link to the route/description/etc from the September ride but this one is by us, not the cycling shop, but all are welcome of course!  The write up mentions registering/meals/etc.  None of that applies to us.

    Details on pre-ride espresso/pre-night drinking in Boston/post ride recovery drinking is forthcoming but mark your calendars for this puppy!!!

    It will be a GREAT Heck of the North appetizer for anyone thinking about heading out there in October as well!!!

    No drop, Casually deliberate but we might break into groups depending on what bikes you bring.

    The route.

     

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - April 26, 2014
    9:05 AM - 8:20 PM

    Location
    Ride Studio Café

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

Rules! Hear me fools: The Rules mark the beginning of the path to enlightenment, not the end. There are higher planes, expanding dimensions. Beyond the color of your bar tape exists a man, a mountain, and a bike. This is where the world begins.Keeper Jim wrote this, reporting on his utilitarian climb of Mount Ventoux. He posts less than the rest of...

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  2. Well that didn’t go how I wanted it to. »

  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GMkuPiIZ2k »

Although he was already an active community member, I began my friendship with Dan Richter in early 2012 after he reached out to me regarding some wheels he wanted us to take along on Keepers Tour: Cobbled Classics 2012. At the time, he was an amateur wheel builder making some money on the side selling his wheels on eBay. Like many of us in this co...

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  1. Is it just me, or did Mike look like a deer caught in headlights? »

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. Placed my order today without any issues. Must have been due to the volume of traffic yesterday. »

  2. I’m still confused how a private company can trademark a town name. On another note, I though Fuji actually owned the rights to the ‘Roubaix” bicycle name. »

He didn’t really want to be awake at this hour, but it was the only way. Or one of them, at least. Because he wanted to spend more time with her, he would rise before the sun, making use of the small window between their entwined slumber and the dirge of another day at the office. But still she saw those stolen hours as time he could be spend...

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  1. I had to laugh too. My wife is usually the one to push me out the door for a long overdue ride. Apparently I turn into Hyde when it’s been too long between rides and only return to Jekyll by getting some time in the saddle. »

@itburns on leftAlcon:  I had the below write up set for the Second West Point Cogal and was ready to send it to Gianni when I heard the news.  It really drives home how “Not Invisible & Imaginary” that we all are.  We will be riding this Cogal with itburns memory in our hearts and his spirit in our peloton.  Please join us if possible...

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  1. @itburns on left

    Alcon:  I had the below write up set for the Second West Point Cogal and was ready to send it to Gianni when I heard the news.  It really drives home how “Not Invisible & Imaginary” that we all are.  We will be riding this Cogal with itburns memory in our hearts and his spirit in our peloton.  Please join us if possible in body and if not, in spirit.  RIP, Brother, we said that we would ride another Cogal together and this will have to do until we ride together again in the sky.

    I’ll leave the original write up untouched as knowing itburns, he’d appreciate the joke.

    West Point Invisible Friends Cogal Part Deux

    With respect for my VMH who insists all of you are actually invisible/imaginary friends and questions your true existence, I am hosting another Falling Leaves Cogal at West Point this fall.  It will take place on, Sunday the 20th of October to try to hit the Fall Colours perfectly and will start at my house at V past X.  It will encompass the same route as last year minus the long stretch out to Bull Pond on Rt 293 and adding in a little more on the West Point Campus and in the Town of Cornwall where we will be stopping for lunch.  The Cogal will still finish with the Bear Mountain climb and back through the West Point campus.  The ride will be Casually Deliberate as we will regroup at the top of each climb but beware; there is the proverbial “Shit-ton” of climbing on this route so bring your climbing legs!

    This Cogal will give my VMH and me a chance to share our lovely espresso machine that we bought last year for Christmas with everyone.  So bring your own espresso beans if you want to as we have a grinder as well or just show up and share the ones we have.  Also, if you need to, you can crash at our house on Saturday night.  We will provide dinner the night before and breakfast the day off.

    Speaking of “Invisible Friends” that reminds me of a joke:  Superman is flying around the world really high in the sky one day and looks down and sees Wonder Woman lying completely naked on her back with her legs spread in a field.  Superman says to himself, “You know, I can fly down there, sneak a super fast one with her and be out of there before she even knows what happens.”  So Superman speeds down, does the deed and heads out in a flash.

    Wonder Woman goes, “Holy shit!!!  What the hell was that?!?!?!” and the Invisible Man goes, “I don’t know but my ass sure hurts!!!”

    See you on Sunday!

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    Date - October 20, 2013
    10:05 AM - 5:00 PM

    Location
    Buck's Office

    Cogal Details
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Growing up, I imagine my dad did his fair share of worrying about me getting into trouble with chemicals and girls. Like with most problems in life, the solution lay in Cycling; training encouraged healthy behavior and once my dad convinced me to shave my legs, no one needed to worry about the girls anymore.Cycling caused its fair share of problems...

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  1. @RVester Technically weight is only proportional to volume at like densities. A higher density at the same weight would produce less volume. »

@itburns on leftAlcon:  I had the below write up set for the Second West Point Cogal and was ready to send it to Gianni when I heard the news.  It really drives home how “Not Invisible & Imaginary” that we all are.  We will be riding this Cogal with itburns memory in our hearts and his spirit in our peloton.  Please join us if possible...

@MJ Moquin's posts:

  1. @itburns on left

    Alcon:  I had the below write up set for the Second West Point Cogal and was ready to send it to Gianni when I heard the news.  It really drives home how “Not Invisible & Imaginary” that we all are.  We will be riding this Cogal with itburns memory in our hearts and his spirit in our peloton.  Please join us if possible in body and if not, in spirit.  RIP, Brother, we said that we would ride another Cogal together and this will have to do until we ride together again in the sky.

    I’ll leave the original write up untouched as knowing itburns, he’d appreciate the joke.

    West Point Invisible Friends Cogal Part Deux

    With respect for my VMH who insists all of you are actually invisible/imaginary friends and questions your true existence, I am hosting another Falling Leaves Cogal at West Point this fall.  It will take place on, Sunday the 20th of October to try to hit the Fall Colours perfectly and will start at my house at V past X.  It will encompass the same route as last year minus the long stretch out to Bull Pond on Rt 293 and adding in a little more on the West Point Campus and in the Town of Cornwall where we will be stopping for lunch.  The Cogal will still finish with the Bear Mountain climb and back through the West Point campus.  The ride will be Casually Deliberate as we will regroup at the top of each climb but beware; there is the proverbial “Shit-ton” of climbing on this route so bring your climbing legs!

    This Cogal will give my VMH and me a chance to share our lovely espresso machine that we bought last year for Christmas with everyone.  So bring your own espresso beans if you want to as we have a grinder as well or just show up and share the ones we have.  Also, if you need to, you can crash at our house on Saturday night.  We will provide dinner the night before and breakfast the day off.

    Speaking of “Invisible Friends” that reminds me of a joke:  Superman is flying around the world really high in the sky one day and looks down and sees Wonder Woman lying completely naked on her back with her legs spread in a field.  Superman says to himself, “You know, I can fly down there, sneak a super fast one with her and be out of there before she even knows what happens.”  So Superman speeds down, does the deed and heads out in a flash.

    Wonder Woman goes, “Holy shit!!!  What the hell was that?!?!?!” and the Invisible Man goes, “I don’t know but my ass sure hurts!!!”

    See you on Sunday!

    Event Details

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    Date/Time
    Date - October 20, 2013
    10:05 AM - 5:00 PM

    Location
    Buck's Office

    Cogal Details
    Route Details


  2. @itburns on left

    Alcon:  I had the below write up set for the Second West Point Cogal and was ready to send it to Gianni when I heard the news.  It really drives home how “Not Invisible & Imaginary” that we all are.  We will be riding this Cogal with itburns memory in our hearts and his spirit in our peloton.  Please join us if possible in body and if not, in spirit.  RIP, Brother, we said that we would ride another Cogal together and this will have to do until we ride together again in the sky.

    I’ll leave the original write up untouched as knowing itburns, he’d appreciate the joke.

    West Point Invisible Friends Cogal Part Deux

    With respect for my VMH who insists all of you are actually invisible/imaginary friends and questions your true existence, I am hosting another Falling Leaves Cogal at West Point this fall.  It will take place on, Sunday the 20th of October to try to hit the Fall Colours perfectly and will start at my house at V past X.  It will encompass the same route as last year minus the long stretch out to Bull Pond on Rt 293 and adding in a little more on the West Point Campus and in the Town of Cornwall where we will be stopping for lunch.  The Cogal will still finish with the Bear Mountain climb and back through the West Point campus.  The ride will be Casually Deliberate as we will regroup at the top of each climb but beware; there is the proverbial “Shit-ton” of climbing on this route so bring your climbing legs!

    This Cogal will give my VMH and me a chance to share our lovely espresso machine that we bought last year for Christmas with everyone.  So bring your own espresso beans if you want to as we have a grinder as well or just show up and share the ones we have.  Also, if you need to, you can crash at our house on Saturday night.  We will provide dinner the night before and breakfast the day off.

    Speaking of “Invisible Friends” that reminds me of a joke:  Superman is flying around the world really high in the sky one day and looks down and sees Wonder Woman lying completely naked on her back with her legs spread in a field.  Superman says to himself, “You know, I can fly down there, sneak a super fast one with her and be out of there before she even knows what happens.”  So Superman speeds down, does the deed and heads out in a flash.

    Wonder Woman goes, “Holy shit!!!  What the hell was that?!?!?!” and the Invisible Man goes, “I don’t know but my ass sure hurts!!!”

    See you on Sunday!

    Event Details

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    Date/Time
    Date - October 20, 2013
    10:05 AM - 5:00 PM

    Location
    Buck's Office

    Cogal Details
    Route Details