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Velominatus: Mikael Liddy

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Location: Adelaide, South Australia

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New member of the Velominatus Paterfamilias club & fighting the Breeding & Blimping instincts doggedly!

@Mikael Liddy's activity:

You can only spend so much time with the Schlecks before you start talking like them, and the fabulous Fabs seems to have crossed the threshold. I’ve heard more complaining from him this season than I have talk about pushing harder on the pedals or going steady up with more speed or going full gas like everyone else, but just doing it for ...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. @frank speaking of kits, did I see green on the Swiss kit? Whiskey.Tango.Foxtrot? @Gianni here you go, last 15mins in HD »

  2. @RedRanger Frank & I were on the same page with Vos, I think you were still referring to Ferrand-Prevot. »

  3. @frank absolutely, it’s Monday morning and I’m already half a day behind cos I’m busy arguing with you. I love it!!! »

  4. @frank or it’s because he was Twenty-Fucking-Two before that, cycling isn’t a sport where you’re winning things of any consequence in your late teens. Interestingly, have a look at the breakout year your man Tom had when he was 24 compared to the previous… »

  5. @RedRanger or dare we ask, the woman who has won the bands in 3 separate disciplines & seems to simply win every race she puts her mind to? »

  6. @frank Are you fucking kidding me? The kid is 24yrs old, and while this year has been highly successful, the results also are a progression of a pretty strong showing in similar races last year. It’s not like he’s been some middling rider for 10yrs bef… »

  7. So let’s see, a tough climb & then a descent leading to the finish…where have we seen this before? VSP PICKS: 1. Gerro 2. Fabs 3. Degenkolb 4. Kristoff 5. GVA »

This is big. This is the race that decides the arc-en-ciel  jersey for the next year. It is the best looking jersey. It carries the most baggage. It also brings the most respect. The World Championship is a circuit race of attrition. In Ponferrada Spain it’s an 182 km loop done seven times, with a total of 2142 m of climbing. Is it a climber...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. Call me Pedro… »

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...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. @VeloJello Could cause some Principle of Silence issues though perhaps? »

It never gets easier, you just go faster. - Greg LeMond Rule #5 looms above the other Rules in terms of sheer relevance to Cycling; it is the fundamental building block upon which this sport is built. The Five is what drives us, it is the force that springs from a well that flows deep within each of us. It must be discovered, and then we learn...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. @DeKerr That is the +1 badge right there. »

  2. @Puffy interesting. I’ve had the reverse come from an inadvertent change to my riding patterns. Previously my riding consisted of ~200-250k per week on various routes through the hills on my doorstep depending upon what I felt like on the day. As I don’t … »

Cycling is a sport steeped in the tradition of style. There’s no denying it. From the days of miners and farmers escaping the hardships of a life spent toiling in harsh and filthy conditions either under or above ground, through Coppi and his Cosa Nostra-esque garb and swagger, Merckx and De Vlaeminck’s 70s sideburns, to Cipo and his...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. When it comes to on or off bike style, I think one of the biggest factors is your comfort level with what you’re wearing. I know we bang on about “Casually Deliberate” a lot, but it’s a huge factor in how what you wear is interpreted by others. If you’re… »

Jump to: Scoring Guidelines • Prizes • Schedule • ResultsThe 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...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. @dyalander did you change email addresses? Given the cog ratings seem to be attached to that, I’d assume the prize badges are too. »

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...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. @Gianni if only we could teach him about Rule #26, #3 out of 3 whips captured while in the not so big dog… »

  2. @Daccordi Rider Faaaaaark, whoever says the property market is struggling here in Adelaide needs to go see your estate agency I think! »

If Tony gets a flat or two and loses this time trial, bookies will be jumping off bridges into the Thames. It’s a lock, man, it’s a lock. There, it is now jinxed. You are welcome. Picking second through fifth will take some acumen. Will these be Vuelta riders or does that just hold true for the road race? Tony could have a jour sans. Co...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. @Harminator Depends how much the pay off is from OGE/Gerro/Gerry Ryan should the sniper get up…it’s not like he doesn’t have time on his side to tackle the TT. »

It never gets easier, you just go faster. - Greg LeMond Rule #5 looms above the other Rules in terms of sheer relevance to Cycling; it is the fundamental building block upon which this sport is built. The Five is what drives us, it is the force that springs from a well that flows deep within each of us. It must be discovered, and then we learn...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. @The Grande Fondue I like to play around near the entrance to the cave for a bit before diving headlong in to the pool at the bottom. 17 is about as well as I can go when I’m solo (as evidenced here), PR is 15.57 but that was with some grimpeur mates … »

  2. Brilliant piece Frank, there’s a local climb that’s generally the measuring stick used to judge climbing ability that’s 5.5k long at a steady 5% from start to finish. To begin with, improvements were easy to come by with increases in riding time & co… »

If Tony gets a flat or two and loses this time trial, bookies will be jumping off bridges into the Thames. It’s a lock, man, it’s a lock. There, it is now jinxed. You are welcome. Picking second through fifth will take some acumen. Will these be Vuelta riders or does that just hold true for the road race? Tony could have a jour sans. Co...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. @ChrisO I would assume the Aussie decision is related to ensuring Gerro has as much of his OGE break neutralisation squad at hand as possible in the road race. »

  2. @The Grande Fondue Click on the arrows next to each of your picks to ensure it was mapped to the right rider, that’ll also tell you how much you scored for each one. »

Cycling is a sport steeped in the tradition of style. There’s no denying it. From the days of miners and farmers escaping the hardships of a life spent toiling in harsh and filthy conditions either under or above ground, through Coppi and his Cosa Nostra-esque garb and swagger, Merckx and De Vlaeminck’s 70s sideburns, to Cipo and his...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. @frank THIS! Our work recently relaxed the dress standards for back office staff, meaning that back office men could wear pants & a shirt sans tie…you think that means I’m not suiting up most days of the week? We sit one floor below the execs, th… »

If Tony gets a flat or two and loses this time trial, bookies will be jumping off bridges into the Thames. It’s a lock, man, it’s a lock. There, it is now jinxed. You are welcome. Picking second through fifth will take some acumen. Will these be Vuelta riders or does that just hold true for the road race? Tony could have a jour sans. Co...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. Lanterne Rouge baby!!!! »

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...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. @Daccordi Rider I can imagine Phil just rubbing his hands together with glee! »

All hail, the Worlds are upon us. The time trials should be events where all VSP participants can rack up some decent points. Remove team tactics, national team versus trade team allegiances, using this event to train for another event, bonking and hanging onto team cars from the equation. All one is left with are possible flat tire, possible mecha...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. Gah, got the Lululemons around the wrong way! Had Evie for the win & Brennauer for bronze… »

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...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. @Daccordi Rider time for a name change then… »