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Location: San Antonio, TX

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It has been many years (25!) since professional female cyclists have raced on the cobbles of the Champs Elysées. While running the Giro Donne concurrently with the Tour de France makes no sense to me, this Sunday’s women’s race does make sense. It should be the model for a Women’s Tour de France: the route, infrastructure, roadsi...

@Minnesota Expat's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Marianne Vos 2. Giorgia Bronzini 3. Elizabeth Armistead 4. Kirsten Wild 5. Emma Johansson »

Attention all Velominati. The Tour VSP is going on line and it should be a good one. Sure, between Froomy and Bertie a person could hedge their bets but Moviestar is all in for Valverde, BMC for TeeJay, Astana for the Shark and Garmin is finally committing to a team leader in Talansky. Some other teams (ahem…Trek Factory Racing for one) have...

@Minnesota Expat's posts:

  1. That worked out well. Carry on! »

  2. @piwakawaka Yeah. Guess you have to play around with the size and do some cropping in Picture Manager. »

  3. Photo by Kåre Dehlie Thorstad for Peloton Magazine Just cause I think it’s a great picture, Reza is doing an awesome job, he’s French, and his presence makes the peloton richer. »

  4. @unversio Funny thing is, that’s a great result for Schleck and a terrible result for Talansky. Tells you everything you need to know about this tour. »

  5. Might as well make big changes, the cost is high, but when your #1 & 2 are finished, what are you going to do? VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Vincenzo Nibali 2. Alejandro Valverde 3. Ritchie Porte 4. Tejay Van Garderen 5. Rui Costa »

  6. @Ron What?! You don’t equate driving a Cadillac Escalade with the elegance and privilege of the French royal court of 18 c. France (commercial on NBCSN tour coverage)? Or that this is desirable and a winning formula for social prosperity and economic pr… »

  7. @ChrisO True all that. But, great interview (long one) with Brailsford on the Telegraph Tour podcast yesterday. He places a higher value on a cohesive team (Froome-Porte) that can get along for four weeks, rather than Froome-Wiggins and team friction as… »

  8. @Buck Rogers I think it was perfectly predictable, Nibali has great bike handling skills (rides like Sagan), he’s aggressive and attacks (ref this year’s San Remo), can ride in the cold, rain and on wet pavement (again, ref his descent on the Cipressa a… »

  9. @ChrisO Isn’t Porte the SKY ‘Plan B’. Wasn’t he supposed to be the GC rider for SKY at the Giro ? I mean really, Porte is probably as good as most any teams GC guy on the road today. »

  10. @Ron Did you see the intermediate sprint today in Epping Forest? Look for it somewhere. Coquard was smoking hot, quick and fast. Definitely has a big future. »

  11. @Fausto Crapiz Maybe, maybe not, but the official start list is posted to the internet(s) on the official TdF website, right? Just teasin’ »

  12. @Fausto Crapiz He might, if he was racing on the OPQS TdF team (insert smiley face here)! Maybe you’re thinking of Cancellara? I was blown away by Cancellara’s attack today, good for him and completely unexpected, he could really shake up Stage 5 on the… »

  13. @unversio I just watched the Dauphine’ Stage 8 again. Brilliant. Why isn’t Hesjedal riding in the TdF? Cause he rode in the Giro? Too bad, cause he killed himself for Talansky at the Dauphine’. »

  14. Okay, change number one and mix it up a little. Just can’t get excited by Valverde, he’s going to crash in the cobbles, or lose big time in the TT, and have another top ten finish. Yawn. He’s out. I really want to see good things from Talansky and Garmin … »

  15. Six hours of HD coverage Saturday and Sunday on NBC Sports starting at 5:00am CST?! SIX hours?! That is the whole stage tomorrow and Sunday according to the race schedule. This is too good to be true. Great excuse to start drinking at 5 in the morning. Ne… »

  16. Okay, because I fear a Delgado, here goes. I reserve the right to make changes anytime between now and midnight PST (and the consumption of a six-pack of Stella Artois, barbecue chicken, potato salad and five pieces of corn-on-the-cob). I really don’t wa… »

Why are women’s races run concurrently with men’s races? I would get it if it was the women’s Tour de France, but I don’t get it when it is the women’s Giro in July. Since the Tour de Swiss there has been a lack of stage racing (in my TV watching schedule) and seemingly a perfect time to present a women’s stage r...

@Minnesota Expat's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Mara Abbott 2. Marianne Vos 3. Emma Pooley 4. Emma Johansson 5. Elisa Longo Borghini »

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. @RedRanger First glance, I thought it was Wiggins (the beard and then that shirt are his style) and his was riffing on the LeMond/Armstrong tire changing clips. »

Winter’s frost is finally relinquishing its tight grasp of the Great White North, which means it’s time for the third annual Ontario Cogal. Starting with the finest espresso and finishing with fine local brews at the galaxy’s finest cycling café, Domestique Café Cyclo-Sportif in Dundas, Ontario, the ride will take on the local h...

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  1. Winter’s frost is finally relinquishing its tight grasp of the Great White North, which means it’s time for the third annual Ontario Cogal. Starting with the finest espresso and finishing with fine local brews at the galaxy’s finest cycling café, Domestique Café Cyclo-Sportif in Dundas, Ontario, the ride will take on the local hills, including Sydenham, Snake Road, and Rattlesnake Point.

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    Date - June 22, 2014
    9:30 AM - 6:00 PM

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There are two ways in life to be good at something. The first way is the most obvious, which is to actually be good at something. This is harder than it sounds because you need things like skills, talent, fortitude, and light sabers. The other way doesn’t require those things but it has its own challenges; basically, you have to be holistical...

@Minnesota Expat's posts:

  1. @Gianni Yeah. That was the first thing I noticed, before the orange pumpkin helmet. But we have to cut them some slack, they had a miserable winter and got pounded this year*. Still, you’d think a Minnesota winter training regimen on a trainer would inc… »

I’m not even talking about all the pseudo-asthmatics out there, vaping their way to better breathing. My breathing is just fine. It’s my little citron sized heart that is slowing me down. Is there a street-legal injection or vacuum pump for heart enlargement, or a trip to a doctor in the Congo that would transplant a badass Mandrill heart for m...

@Minnesota Expat's posts:

  1. Mid-ride espresso in Sackets Harbor, NY and fuel for the 35k return ride uphill and into the wind. Inspired by this article and thread. Chrissy Beanz* thanks all of you. Beautiful day. * The only problem is the presentation. There is something wrong ab… »

There are two ways in life to be good at something. The first way is the most obvious, which is to actually be good at something. This is harder than it sounds because you need things like skills, talent, fortitude, and light sabers. The other way doesn’t require those things but it has its own challenges; basically, you have to be holistical...

@Minnesota Expat's posts:

  1. @wiscot I think so. A pod of POC wearing cyclists. Here’s a another one. That’s a bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. Also from Greg LeMond’s Facebook page. »

  2. Look who’s wearing an orange POC helmet; From Greg LeMond’s Facebook page. »

The Tour de Suisse can be everyone’s warm-up for the Tour de France, including all you VSP dreamers. The big show seems to be the Critérium de Dauphanié this year, as far as Tour de France contenders go but the Tour de Suisse still has some big guns showing up. Twiggo is here, not for a Tour warm up, unless people are worried about Richie P...

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  1. @Minnesota Expat Corrected with a question mark at the end. Lack luster performances by Froome in the Dauphine’ and Wiggins at the TdS will make an interesting TdF. You just have to now consider Lampre and Costa (maybe with Horner too?) who looks like h… »