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Velominatus: Mike_P

Order: Black Order Velominatus

Location: Surrey, UK

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47 years young, loving husband, devoted father of two fabulous young boys, totally untalented but slightly obsessive cyclist since rediscovering the joy of the bike a few years ago. I work in the pharmaceutical industry but no, I'm not a drug dealer (as I was introduced at a party once) and no I can't hook you up with some EPO (I've been asked).

@Mike_P's activity:

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...

@Mike_P's posts:

  1. Holy shit, Wiggo. I mean, Holy shit!!  Get in. »

Jens Voigt is set to retire as we speak, having one final crack at a long break in some race in the Cycling backwater of the USA. Is it fair or fitting that he should go out like this, slipping out the back door with little fanfare, while others have been doing a farewell tour of all the big races, replete with fancy commemorative shoes and a son...

@Mike_P's posts:

  1. The real thing…The Prophet down Mexico way… »

  2. I’m officially excited.  Today’s the day!! »

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...

@Mike_P's posts:

  1. @Teocalli Man, you are building a whole collection of beauties. I’m insanely jealous! »

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...

@Mike_P's posts:

  1. Blimey, it’s all been kicking off for days out in Spain! http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/deignan-says-he-was-punched-full-in-the-face-by-rodriguez »

  2. I think the best thing about yesterday’s stage was the sound of King Kelly on Eurosport clearly trying not to piss himself laughing when he was talking about the handbags at dawn moment.  Classic. As for Bertie.  Sorry, not normal IMHO. »

The modern day Pro cyclist has many disadvantages stacked against them by comparison to their forefathers. They have to ride plastic bikes with little or no distinguishing character or discernible caché; they must willingly or perhaps unwittingly subject their body to an array of questionable “training techniques”; and they have to sp...

@Mike_P's posts:

  1. @Deakus Wow, that is such a lesson in how to be Deliberately Casual.  I agree with you Deakus; I can almost imagine that as a black and white image from yesteryear.  He’s probably got Hugo Koblet’s comb in his jersey pocket.  Certainly showing some of … »

  2. @Chris I had the very unfortunate experience of coming face to face with a bloke in that lederhosen abomination in Italy recently.  Even more scarily, he probably weighed in at a little over 18 stone.  That coupled with his Project One Madone certainly ma… »

Jens Voigt is set to retire as we speak, having one final crack at a long break in some race in the Cycling backwater of the USA. Is it fair or fitting that he should go out like this, slipping out the back door with little fanfare, while others have been doing a farewell tour of all the big races, replete with fancy commemorative shoes and a son...

@Mike_P's posts:

  1. @wiscot +1 for the VSP idea.  I think we’re all going to be stoked for it and rooting for him (oops, I almost sound Murican). Like everyone else, I’m just surprised. »

  2. @Rob …until he announces Ondrej Sosenka is “coaching” him ?!   I suspect Sir Bradley is sitting somewhere rolling his eyes and being a bit “sweary” this afternoon.  As for Faboo, well he’ll just be whinging, as usual these days. »

  3. @Puffy Oh no he’s not!  Just when we thought it was safe, he’s only decided to go for The Hour!  I shit you not….. http://app.bronto.com/public/?q=preview_message&fn=Link&id=7854jrgel8vjepr0ivbzyr41ldb59&ssid=31334&t=3 »

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...

@Mike_P's posts:

  1. Just back from two weeks holiday so thought I’d best check I can still get on to the community and through the security.  I’ve got to say, two weeks with maybe 30 minutes total internet access has been almost as liberating as riding my bike. »

  2. @xyxax ^^^ Gold.  It must be Friday. Joking aside, I know Frank has got a lot on his plate these days. It’s quite a juggling act he manages to do, so I can’t get animated about the spam. »

Choice, or the perception of it, is one of the most powerful forces on Earth. The great secret lies in the locus of control, which suggests that if given the perception of a choice we will be more willing to endure hardship or suffering. We’ll suffer even for the promise of a future intangible reward so long as we feel we have a choice...

@Mike_P's posts:

  1. @rfreese888 Oh well done.  That’s class. »

  2. Bloody Hell @Frank, you’ve been brewing that one up for a while.  That’s a really beautiful piece. The more pain I can endure when I’m training, the more I know I’ll enjoy the simple pleasures of just riding tempo for a few hours. Suffering is still ther… »

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...

@Mike_P's posts:

  1. @VeloVita Thanks guys. The reassurance is much appreciated. »

  2. Folks, some advice please…. When I punctured the other day, I found that my latex tube had almost adhered itself to the inside of the tire and needed kind of peeling away.  I’d talc’d it when I fitted them a few weeks earlier.  Maybe I hadn’t used enou… »

I bought a Road ID the day I learned of Jon Lennard’s death on August 12, 2013. Someone in the posts of the original announcement of his passing (below) mentioned he was identified by his Road ID. Of course he had a Road ID. What I knew of him made that perfect. So responsible and sensible.The nature of this community is a strange thing; we d...

@Mike_P's posts:

  1. @Ron Both of them should be eternally celebrated by us.  Both left the party far far too early. »

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...

@Mike_P's posts:

  1. @KW – those comments were for David not you.  I should show up and post more often. Getting rusty! »

  2. @KW Ryder is compliant. He looks like a fool in the fugly dome, but he’s compliant. Stop it with this “exceptions” nonsense.  You know in your heart, or should do, that it’s just wrong. By the way, welcome aboard – stick around, have fun, learn some… »

I bought a Road ID the day I learned of Jon Lennard’s death on August 12, 2013. Someone in the posts of the original announcement of his passing (below) mentioned he was identified by his Road ID. Of course he had a Road ID. What I knew of him made that perfect. So responsible and sensible.The nature of this community is a strange thing; we d...

@Mike_P's posts:

  1. Very sad thoughts on the ride in to work this morning.  Can it really be a year since this dreadful event took our friend from us?  Ride safe everyone.  Be at peace Jon. »

It’s no coincidence that Stage Five of the Tour was not only the best one to watch, or that it helped decide the race before nary a hill was crested, but that it was just, well, Stage Five. Only last minute copyright clearances prevented the organisers actually dubbing it Stage V, though they managed to get the rain delivered on time, an ess...

@Mike_P's posts:

  1. @Mikael Liddy and a moderate fire risk thrown in for good luck. Sounds like a lovely day out! »

  2. I took large withdrawals out of my V Bank a few weeks ago in Italy, and have basically not topped up with any meaningful deposits since.  Strangely though, with a 160km ride coming up next week, I’m almost looking forward to meeting The Man again.  He’ll … »

  3. Top work Brett.  I love this line “Others don’t even get to remove it from their jersey pocket.”  Just great. »

The Whale Shark is the biggest nonmammalian vertebrate* on the planet, rivaling the dinosaurs for size. How do you feed yourself when you’re that huge without loading up on carbs all the time? Easy, you swim around with your mouth wide open for 22 hours a day and hope enough food swims in there to take the edge off the hunger pangs. Cycl...

@Mike_P's posts:

  1. @Puffy And so ends the myth of the hard arsed Aussie male!  Have you actually read what you’ve written here? The hairs are nice and soft, I have to lock the door, the hairs have a nice rounded tip. Whinge, whinge, whinge. This is the Velominati not Vog… »

  • Wilkins is right about his role in his bike/car incidents. There’s 2 sides to the equation, always. As cyclists,...

  • One word, old mate … abridge!

    Fuck me that’s a long article. I really should read one someday around here.

  • @DeKerr

    Indeed, great story. What year was it published? I could not find the date. Mentions Pharmstrong’s...

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