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Attention, this is the final event on the Men’s VSP calendar for 2014. There is one more Women’s event to come. We may already have a winner of this years over-all but the rest of the podium could be up for grabs. @il muro di manayunk has broken away and I’m not sure @steampunk is going to chase him down. Has everyone noticed how...

@Minnesota Expat's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Arnoud Demare 2. John Degenkolb 3. Sep Vanmarcke 4. Greg Van Avermaet 5. Giacomo Nizzolo »

  2. @il muro di manayunk Yes. Your math is correct (insert emoticon here)! »

I’m getting too old and cranky for all this race schedule changing. I know they already did this last year and presumably I had the same gripings then, but Lombardia is supposed to close out the season and I’m downright angry that Paris-Tours is closing out the books now; it only seems right that one of the most beautiful races should...

@Minnesota Expat's posts:

  1. @frank Maybe, but that is still one hot looking bike. »

  2. @Jay Good race and finish. I’ve rewatched Martin’s attack 5 times. Wow. It’s always good to see a native of the British Isles win. But, one point?! Dyalander delgado’s and I only score one point?! »

  3. @Erik The main page of steephill.tv is automatically non-spoiler mode and has a link to the results and news updates. It’s an aggregation site, no original content, but it’s got everything you need or want. »

  4. They have the “internets” in Two Harbors? How were the mosquitoes? Horseflies? See any bears? Pics! We want pics! »

  5. This might change yet, but it’s time to get a marker on the wall. xyxax? dyalander? VSP PICKS: 1. Joaquim Rodriguez 2. Fabio Aru 3. Alberto Contador 4. Daniel Moreno 5. Alejandro Valverde »

  6. @Ron 17* – 29*C in the Texas Hill Country this weekend. It’s not the same as “up north”, but autumn is a pleasure for riding in San Antonio (v. the typical summertime heat of 35*C plus). There were cyclists all over this morning and tomorrow will be a g… »

  7. @starclimber I like your picks, those are my top three favorite riders from 2014. Now, back to our regularly scheduled program and who is going to win on Sunday! »

The Heck of the North is a Gravel Classic held in Northern Minnesota. The course is about 185 kilometers long, approximately 75% gravel/dirt road, with 15 kilometers of trail and as little pavement as needed to make it all come together.The front few groups of this race go for the win, while the rest of the field simply enjoy a fun day out on the...

@Minnesota Expat's posts:

  1. The Heck of the North is a Gravel Classic held in Northern Minnesota. The course is about 185 kilometers long, approximately 75% gravel/dirt road, with 15 kilometers of trail and as little pavement as needed to make it all come together.

    The front few groups of this race go for the win, while the rest of the field simply enjoy a fun day out on the bike, riding one of the most challenging and exciting routes in the quickly-emerging gravel scene.

    Mixing gravel roads and ATV trails, this race is home to some of the most innovative bicycle concoctions you’ll ever come across, from drop-bar fat bikes to race-tuned Graveur machines. Leave your road machine at home; you’ll need fast 32mm tires at least in order to survive the trail sections.

    More information on the Heck of the North site. Registration is $54 before July 15; $65 before August 15; and $76 until September 15. Registration ends September 15 or once the 400 rider limit is met.

    The Heck of the North is not a Cogal, but Velominati is a sponsor of the event and will be providing exclusive prizes. See you there.

    Official site: http://www.heckofthenorth.com/

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    Date - October 04, 2014
    12:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Location
    Castle Danger Brewery (Two Harbors MN)

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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 ...

@Minnesota Expat's posts:

  1. @Steampunk Gerran’s face reminds me of a comic book illustration of an eight year-old boy. Maybe it’s an Australian thing (insert emoticon here). But what a beast. We were on the barrier at the 100m point of the finish in Montreal when he went by at 60+… »

  2. @Steampunk I would guess it’s absolutely because he’s Eastern European, I can imagine the same sentiments if some Hungarian or Romanian cyclists were also breaking out on the World Tour. Besides being outside the axis of cycling (France, Belgium, Nether… »

  3. @frank Whew! It’s a good thing Simon Gerrans didn’t win, he’s only 5’7″! »

  4. @frank Ohhhhhhhh. You didn’t go there. Minus that. »

  5. @il muro di manayunk Exactly why I have to go against the crowd, it’s math (a net gain of 10 pts), and have the luxury of picking Cancellara to win. Attack off the front, cross over to the top 5, or explode and get spit out the back! »

  6. Going with the Old Man and his dream! VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Gerrans 3. Van Avermaet 4. Valverde 5. Kristoff »

  7. @il muro di manayunk First two posts pick Cancellara to win.That’s bold. Garrans is super hot on fire and Fabian is, just old, very cool, but old.  Picking this race is giving me a headache. »

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...

@Minnesota Expat's posts:

  1. At the request of the the VMH, I am swapping out Tiffany Cromwell for Rossella Ratto. If Ratto places fourth, or anywhere in the top five, someone owes Ms Minnesota Expat a handlebar basket for her Bianchi Cortina. I’m guessing that someone is me. VSP PI… »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Emma Johansson 2. Marianne Vos 3. Pauline Ferrand Prevot 4. Tiffany Cromwell 5. Elizabeth Armistead »

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...

@Minnesota Expat's posts:

  1. @davidlhill Don’t forget Olympic TT gold medalist (beat Tony Martin in that one too) and he seems intent on riding the Classics again. Could there be a win coming this spring? He is surely “checking the boxes”.   @Rob Eccentricity? You’re being ge… »

  2. Zow! Simply Zow! I CAN NOT wait to see that on DCR tonight. »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Tony Martin 2. Bradley Wiggins 3. Tom Dumoulin 4. Adriano Malori 5. Rohann Dennis »

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...

@Minnesota Expat's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Anna Solovey 2. Ellen Van Dijk 3. Katrin Garfoot 4. Linda Villumsen 5. Alison Powers »

The Heck of the North is a Gravel Classic held in Northern Minnesota. The course is about 185 kilometers long, approximately 75% gravel/dirt road, with 15 kilometers of trail and as little pavement as needed to make it all come together.The front few groups of this race go for the win, while the rest of the field simply enjoy a fun day out on the...

@Minnesota Expat's posts:

  1. The Heck of the North is a Gravel Classic held in Northern Minnesota. The course is about 185 kilometers long, approximately 75% gravel/dirt road, with 15 kilometers of trail and as little pavement as needed to make it all come together.

    The front few groups of this race go for the win, while the rest of the field simply enjoy a fun day out on the bike, riding one of the most challenging and exciting routes in the quickly-emerging gravel scene.

    Mixing gravel roads and ATV trails, this race is home to some of the most innovative bicycle concoctions you’ll ever come across, from drop-bar fat bikes to race-tuned Graveur machines. Leave your road machine at home; you’ll need fast 32mm tires at least in order to survive the trail sections.

    More information on the Heck of the North site. Registration is $54 before July 15; $65 before August 15; and $76 until September 15. Registration ends September 15 or once the 400 rider limit is met.

    The Heck of the North is not a Cogal, but Velominati is a sponsor of the event and will be providing exclusive prizes. See you there.

    Official site: http://www.heckofthenorth.com/

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - October 04, 2014
    12:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Location
    Castle Danger Brewery (Two Harbors MN)

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

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...

@Minnesota Expat's posts:

  1. Well okay, so the World’s start tomorrow. Is there going to be a VSP? »

  • 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...

  • @Ron

    YES! Ron, we have a date with DESTINY!!! Or a ride, not sure which? Either way, some of us are going to do...

  • @kixsand best of luck. Have fun and ask lots of questions!

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