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Velominatus Paterfamilias. 2011 Vainqueur du Velominati Superprestige.

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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...

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  1. @Mikael Liddy well done. My kids got me the Team Phoenix Gimondi tribute jersey for my recent birthday. My kids are big into Phoenixs right now. »

First run in 2002, the GP de Plouay-Bretagne is part of the women’s UCI World Cup series.  It’s 4.5 laps totaling 121km. As usual, there is little information or publicity for yet another women’s UCI race. Here is a start list. Here is the official French website. And yes, Ms. Vos won the last two editions. We regret the lack of...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Armistead 3. Johannson 4. Prevot 5. Longho borghini »

I hesitate to file this in the Guest Article category. It would be better filed under fellow un-rewarded pirate cycling-site writer, if we had such a file. @winnipegcyclechick does all of her site’s writing, her graphics are usually hers and much too funny. Frankly, she makes me sick. And, AND, she can make the jokes we can’t make lest...

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  1. Totally Rad. »

Most great ideas in life are accompanied by an unforeseen consequence of equal or greater magnitude. For instance, no one predicted that the Industrial Revolution would pollute our air and set off climate change on a global scale. Similarly, no one realized that when placing unfathomable computing power in the palm of our hands in the form of smart...

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  1. @wiscot  I keep thinking a nice big drywall square would be just the thing for accurate setback measurement. »

  2. @Teocalli I was thinking of the exact same scene. He borrowed the spanner from Brooklyn no less IIRC. »

After a night of sinning, the body must be cleansed. -The Prophet, Eddy Merckx After a week away in Atlanta for business, I feel thick and heavy. These trips away are killers; the shift in time zones means the already-too long work day is extended by a further three hours. I try my best to watch my diet, but in a town like Atlanta where even sush...

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  1. @frank One only formulates such absurd ideas out of a deep interest in discovering where the magic comes from. »

  2. @Teocalli Obviously @frank is aging his bread in the caveau until the ergot fungus germinates on it. He eats the moldy bread. Then while he is hallucinating from its effects he pens these deeply philosophical articles. »

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...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. Froome 3. Aru 4. Kelderman 5. Uran »

The future is dark, which is the best thing the future can be, I think.- Virginia WoolfOur actions lie on the horizon of the present, in that swirling cloud where fantasy turns into reality. To plan is to cast a shadow into the future, to attempt to lay shape to the unknown. As the present merges with the future, reality will try our plans on for s...

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  1. @frank now you are flattering me. »

  2. @frank What, I thought I was behind the camera? »

  3. @Optimiste Yes the one in the black helmet. Not that black helmet. The other one. »

  4. @Rob @frank’s writing gifts are considerable. I fear they are the fruit of some sort of Faustian bargain however. »

  5. @Yoda You must be aware of this, oh Great One. »

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. @Ron you are too kind; I cannot accept being called a Tubular Sensei until I have actually personally trained another Follower in the Vapoury Arts of Tubular Fitting. Until then I am at best an internet tubular Harpie. »

  2. @xyxax mount them on a more compliant rim first, they will stretch out a bit which may help matters. »

  3. @Ron geez sounds more complicated than tubulars. »

I have met @chris on the original Keepers Tour. He seemed like a reasonable person at the time. Then again, @rob passes himself off  as a rational person yet he signed up for the Too Much on 100 ride and completed it. People sign up for these crazy rides because it forces them to get in the best shape possible. It makes these long rides more enjoy...

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  1. Did JV give you any Chateauneuf to stick in the wine rack to go along with the jersey? Best of luck, sounds mental in the best of our traditions. »

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...

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  1. Robin Williams, may he RIP, said he liked cycling because it is the closest he could get to flying. »

  2. Spot on. There is nothing like the freedom of covering roads on your own power. »

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...

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  1. @frank Just a thought, don’t know if it is a good one but  perhaps we could call the +1 badge the “it burns memorial +1…” »

  2. @Buck Rogers um, +1? »

  3. I happened to be in Houston on business when the news about John came thru last year. What a kick in the gut. Never met him in person but what a sense of humor. I suspect no one will touch he number of plus one badges he earned. Roll in peace brother. »

Never forget your roots, they say… OK, I’m a child of the 70′s, and back then bicycles were as big a part of my life as they are today. We’d always be out riding, building tracks and jumps, and tinkering with our Dragsters, stripping them down to emulate our motocross heroes, with varying results.All these memories came f...

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  1. I started off with the smallest size Schwinn stingray, bought secondhand. It was dark metallic green, just like our Datsun station wagon. I will never forget learning to ride on it —  a push from dad and I was off into the heat of the Bicentennial summer… »

If @steampunk can’t take much credit here I guess we can’t take any. We can take pleasure is seeing someone’s kid hauling ass on a bike, a Velominatus spawn, even better. We all came to cycling by different paths, seemingly few by our parents. It is impossible to outguess one’s children; they are clever little bastards. Hop...

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  1. Great stuff steampunk. So far my boys like bikes. Hopefully it stays that way but if not it will probably be because they find their own passions/obsessions and have a blast with them. Vive le velominatus paterfamilias. »

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...

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  1. Allez les femmes! VSP PICKS: 1. Bronzini 2. K wild 3. Vos 4. D’hoore 5. borghini »