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Velominatus: Marko

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Marko lives and rides in the upper midwest of the States, Minnesota specifically. "Cycling territory" and "the midwest" don't usually end up in the same sentence unless the conversation turns to the roots of LeMond, Hampsten, Heiden and Ochowitz. While the pavé and bergs of Flanders are his preferred places to ride, you can usually find him harvesting gravel along forest and farm roads. He owes a lot to Cycling and his greatest contribution to cycling may forever be coining the term "Rainbow Turd".

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Cycling is a mighty sport with a rich and complex history. Every company, racer, piece of kit, and component has a legend, a story behind it; in many cases it also has a personal and nostalgic connection to our lives.  While this particular sport is steeped in tradition, it is also fiercely modern, a fact that serves only to deepen its complexity...

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  1. @mssuo Cheers to you for getting out there and riding the shit out of your bike. Glad we could be of any help at all as that still is up for debate in some circles. Welcome – good to have you in the pack. »

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. Nice to see Philipe back on form. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Jelle Venendert 3. Nibs Ali 4. Kwiatowski 5. Val Hair Day »

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. Not sure if it’s just me or if anyone else has noticed that these Women’s VSP are getting a little more difficult and interesting to pick. In other words, the field is getting stronger as a whole. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos Hog 2. Van Dijk 3. JoHo 4. Stevens 5. … »

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. @ChewbaccaD So what is it about yourself that makes you feel the need to poke your head into a community that’s new to you and pipe off like that? It’s really not necessary. Nor are we douches. Spend more that 30 seconds and ease into it a bit more and y… »

  2. @Mark Harmon You mean like, “Obey the Rules”? »

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. I think Katowa is gonna be hard to beat in the Ardennes. As will C-dale. Gilbert will be there too but without a team. Cheers. VSP PICKS: 1. Q-tipblutowski 2. Knee ball ee 3. Jill bear 4. J-J-Rod 5. Valve air day »

  2. @Gianni Gianni is this guy for Amstel Gold. Don’t play him like that. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dd7FixvoKBw »

Have you ever been told to take a good look at yourself? Usually it infers that you need to smarten up your ideas, get your shit together, shape up or ship out. If Viagra eyedrops had an advertising campaign, (or indeed existed), their tagline would be: “Take a long, hard look at yourself.”Most Cyclists need to take a long hard look at...

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  1. @andrew Just being “what you do” is probably part of it. People just associate glovelets with cycling. Bar tape is so much better these days though compared to the old linen stuff. Good thing there’s no Rule about it. »

  2. @andrew Since riding the stones in Roubaix I have sworn off gloves. My hands, and some other guys’ too, were pretty destroyed half way through the ride. It was from gloves that otherwise seemed fine. Boonen doesn’t wear them either. With the quality of… »

  3. @Ron There aren’t enough +1 badges to go around. I will, and have, soundly berated students during class for this. Of course when I did, they all showed up the next time wearing their pajamas. I love my stoodents. »

  4. @Chris Probably best to err on the side of all that’s good and decent here, so no. Not sure how much we’ve talked about this. You know as well as I do that regular road bikes are the way to go on the stones. I could see riding a cross rig on a muddy ver… »

  5. @ChrissyOne If I knew how to decipher Frank’s badge code thingy while he’s on vaca I’d give this girl a +1 badge here. If for nothing else than the style in the pic. »

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. @Tobin Well, at least he followed Rule #60. »

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. @Rhodri AKA Nazi Sleds. »

  2. Swap Vanstandsaman for Stybar. Or should I go with a Norwegian. Fuck it, yup, EBH. VSP PICKS: 1. Faboo 2. Van Avermet 3. Vanmarcke 4. Boonen 5. Boss Hog »

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. @andrew I certainly didn’t need to see that ever. My god, if that is happening there should be no bike riding going on. »

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. Lot’s of vans. Who’s driving the van? Let’s jump in a van. VSP PICKS: 1. Faboo 2. Van Avermet 3. Vanmarcke 4. Boonen 5. Vanstandsaman »

I had always imagined that de Ronde van Vlaanderen must be hardest race in the world. The way I worked it out – having never ridden the course of either event at the time – was that de Ronde had the same cobbles as Roubaix, but with 20% grades thrown in. It makes enough sense so long as you don’t know what you’re talking abo...

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  1. @Pedale.Forchetta The photography Keeper has spoken. »

In honor of de Ronde van Vlaanderen, we will be hosting a Cogal in the urban Seattle area. Route to be determined, but plan on a moderately hilly opening 80km around Lake Washington and Mercer Island before hitting the historic cobbles on Captial Hill and Queen Anne near downtown Seattle. Total length of the ride is about 115km; but the last 30 are...

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  1. In honor of de Ronde van Vlaanderen, we will be hosting a Cogal in the urban Seattle area. Route to be determined, but plan on a moderately hilly opening 80km around Lake Washington and Mercer Island before hitting the historic cobbles on Captial Hill and Queen Anne near downtown Seattle. Total length of the ride is about 115km; but the last 30 are what really count.

    We’ll be leaving from Brouwer’s Café in Fremont at 10:05. No support vehicle is expected, but we’ll have lots of opportunity to refuel along the way. I will pre-ride the route a few days in advance and post GPX files and a queue sheet. The ride is intended to be no-drop, but due to the amount of climbing, we may break into separate groups before meeting back at Brouwer’s for post-ride Recovery Ales.

    Join us one and all to get a very minor taste what its like to ride de Ronde!

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    Date - April 06, 2014
    10:05 AM - 6:00 PM

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    Brouwers

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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. Tomeke has the team. VSP PICKS: 1. Tomeke 2. Degenkolb 3. Sagan 4. Faboo 5. Vanmarke »

Everyone knows you need at least three road bikes – two if you’re absolutely determined to make a point about minimalism. Bike Number One is reserved for good weather and events, and the Rain Bike for inclement weather. Just like our guns need to be pampered and rubbed down whenever we’re off the bike, any time Bike Number One isn...

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  1. @KW RedRanger should stick its head in here too. »

Our products represent the spirit of Velominati; every product we offer is made with the utmost attention to detail – no compromises were made in their selection or design. Whenever possible, our products are made my small, locally-owned businesses who share our passion for quality and we make every effort to ensure they are made in an enviro...

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  1. @asyax This is happening »

Everyone knows you need at least three road bikes – two if you’re absolutely determined to make a point about minimalism. Bike Number One is reserved for good weather and events, and the Rain Bike for inclement weather. Just like our guns need to be pampered and rubbed down whenever we’re off the bike, any time Bike Number One isn...

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  1. @sthilzy What do you need to have a gun there though? »

I just got turned back from a ride. 5k from the house I realized my bits were getting too cold not only for comfort (in which case, apply Rule #5 and move on) but safety (i’ll take my vasectomy in the hospital, thank you very much). It’s a lovely sunny day, the only problems being the minus 12C temp, biting headwind, and leg warmers th...

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  1. @ frank http://www.upworthy.com/a-dutch-guy-is-disgusted-by-america-but-he-has-a-hell-of-a-point?g=2&c=ufb2 @Endurimil  Like this? »

  2. @Teocalli One of those pedal bars overcooked a corner at the bottom of a hill last summer in Minneapolis and crashed hard. Couple people got hurt pretty badly. Hopefully they were drunk. »