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Location: San Antonio, TX

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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/

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

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    Castle Danger Brewery (Two Harbors MN)

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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? »

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...

@Minnesota Expat's posts:

  1. @Mikael Liddy Nice day, a little chilly, but good venue. Orica had it dialed in, Friday and Sunday! I think they’re leadout was in place and in front at least 1000m (?) from the finish. We were at the 100m on the finish straight just as Gerran’s last le… »

  2. @piwakawaka I confess, there are close to 24-hours of unwatched Vuelta stages on the hard drive at home. But therein lies the problem, I haven’t been home for almost two-weeks. I’m just surprised there is not more commentary here. This Vuelta is everyth… »

  3. Just because no one seems interested in the Vuelta, here’s a shot of the Cannondale boyz from Friday’s Le Grand Prix Cycliste – Quebec! Beautiful fall day in a beautiful city. Now we’re off to Montreal for tomorrow’s race up and down Mount Royal. 17 tim… »

  4. Nice. 26-points. Attacking from the front of the peloton and bridging to the break-away group! »

  5. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps): 1. Alberto Contador 2. Joaquim Rodriguez 3. Alejandro Valverde 4. Fabio Aru 5. Wilco Kelderman »

  6. @Rob This. It’s all about consistency and that’s why it was impossible to not pick Quintana for the Giro, or Vuelta. Or is it just that poker face that makes you think he’s invincible? Froome (crash out of the Tour and during training for the Vuelta) a… »

  7. I can’t not pick Quintana to win, Froome (his training crash) spooks me, literally too, besides his girlfriend drives me nutz, Valverde will hold back for the Worlds, but I can’t ignore him, Rodriguez is tanned, ready and hungry, I loved Aru’s riding in t… »

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. @Rob Yes, as co-leader of Movistar with Valverde. Plus Horner, Froome, Contador thinks he’s recovered enough to race, Rodriguez, Sagan, Boonen, Tony Martin, Uran, and on and on and on. No Costa or Cavendish, so far. This is going to be good. »

  2. So can we get to the Vuelta already? Gawd, I’m getting itchy, let’s go! »

July 13 2014 marked the 35th anniversary of the seminal ‘cycling film’ Breaking Away. 35 years. Nothing stays popular for that long, right? Things get dated, lose their edge (if there was edge in the first place) and eventually become irrelevant (I’m looking at you, Rolling Stones). Yes, even legends get stale if left out too lon...

@Minnesota Expat's posts:

  1. @wiscot I graduated from UW-Madison (too many years ago to count) and would seriously like to someday return and ride the roads of central and SW Wisconsin. But in 1978 the ride was for transportation and there was little thought to getting out of town … »