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Velominatus: Nate

Order: Black Order Velominatus

Location: Berkeley, CA

Velominatus Paterfamilias. 2011 Vainqueur du Velominati Superprestige.

@Nate's activity:

Midweek in Belgium in Spring is a wonderful thing. Hordes of people come from seemingly nowhere to fill the bars and line the roadsides when presumably they’d usually be working, or at school, or some such. That the only ones who appear to be working are the bartenders and frites dispensers reinforces my belief that Belgium is the greatest co...

@Nate's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Kwiatkowski 3. Vanendert 4. Betancur 5. Slagter »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Kwiatkowskil 3. Vanendert 4. Betancur 5. Slagter »

The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path, not the end. In pursuit of La Vie Velominatus, we know of no end to the Path; each of us journey through an endless evolution of understanding and reverence. As such, The Word continues to be handed down from high upon Mount Velominis and The Rules continue to be expanded upon. Today we present you with t...

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  1. @ChrisO non bike:  go to the Getty Museum. »

Wednesday sees the return of the women to the VSP. More notably, we see the return of Marianne Vos to the road. She’s won this race five of the last seven years. It makes me wonder if the rest of the field have already resigned themselves to racing for second. On the other hand, Vos hasn’t been racing of late and may not be as sharp as...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Pooley 2. Emma Johannsen 3. Vos 4. Van Dijk 5. Armistead »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Pooley 2. Johannsen 3. Vos 4. Van Dijk 5. Armistead »

The Amstel Gold Race, 251 km from Maastricht to Valkenburg, the hard way. There appears to be no flat sections longer than ten meters. There are thirty-four mean little climbs to ruin the legs. We have moved on from the real Spring Classics. There is no rest in this VSP; The Ronde and Roubaix were amazing but we must continue. Legs that are smoked...

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  1. Han Raas is a pimp. VSP PICKS: 1. Kwiatikowski 2. Gilbert 3. J rod 4. Gerrans 5. Slagter »

What, another guest post? Seemingly yes, but in fact we are keeping to our every-other Friday guest post schedule. We must Keep The Schedule! @Harminator’s post about pigs was the little seen “pop-up” article; a confluence of Paris-Roubaix, Orchies pigs and Jupiler beer. These things go very bad, very fast if not served quickly. @...

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  1. @Ron In its belly, you will find a new definition of pain and suffering as you are slowly digested over a…thousand years. »

  2. @Ron Anyone who dignifies that link with a pageview owes hill repeats to the point of vomiting as penance. »

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. @roger Fuck my tits that is ace.  Kilroy looks scared. When are you bringing it out here? »

What, another guest post? Seemingly yes, but in fact we are keeping to our every-other Friday guest post schedule. We must Keep The Schedule! @Harminator’s post about pigs was the little seen “pop-up” article; a confluence of Paris-Roubaix, Orchies pigs and Jupiler beer. These things go very bad, very fast if not served quickly. @...

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  1. I have been upping the suffer-quotient lately.  I find the best way to do this is to seek out the steepest local climbs where the incentive is to go as hard as possible to get the suffering over as soon as possible. A side benefit of these efforts is tha… »

Have you ever been told to take a good look at yourself? Usually it infers that you need to smarten up your ideas, get your shit together, shape up or ship out. If Viagra eyedrops had an advertising campaign, (or indeed existed), their tagline would be: “Take a long, hard look at yourself.”Most Cyclists need to take a long hard look at...

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  1. @unversio What helmet?  What gloves?  All I see is Belgian Toothpaste. »

The 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 race in question by the time the countdown clock goes to zero...

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  1. Gilbert won Brabantse Pijl today.  Could he be poised for another Ardennes rampage? »

It’s no secret that I’m prone to riding in the big ring as much as possible, mostly on account of my not being a giant sissy. In accordance with the ISO Non-Sissy Standard, I also never read instruction manuals or ask for directions when lost. I make sure to only rarely ask my VMH to turn up the radio when Adele comes on, usually follo...

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  1. @Puffy thanks for putting your nose in the wind on this. I can’t remember how many times I have told @frank that a gear inch is a gear inch.  His reaction to that one does not get old. @frank with all that talk of marginal gains I am surprised Sky haven’… »

It has been a brutal week for us Keepers, having decided not to hold a Keepers Tour this year. Watching the action from half a world away has been almost too much for us to bear, and I know most of the participants from last year must be feeling similarly. On Sunday, we would be escorted by our friends and guides, William and Alex of Pavé Cycling...

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  1. @Barracuda you have it backwards. Why not have a camo bimmer?  That thing is 110% ballin’. @Bespoke you should ask Stijn Devolder that question. »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Vanmarcke 2. Cancellara 3. Terpstra 4. Vanavermaet 5. Turgot »

@Harminator just submitted this little gem of a tale. It is too timely not to share with Paris-Roubaix looming. VLVV, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. @teleguy57 Cinghiale is so fucking delicious. And check out that clearance. »

  2. Awesome tale.  I may have to follow the pigs to the pig farm tomorrow. »

The grade is long and I am climbing away. I’m not going to Pantani this: I am not out of the saddle, not in the drops and not leaving everyone in my wake. The climbing gear was engaged a long time ago. There is progress, but I am not dancing up this climb. A little more cadence would really help here. If I could just get this mother-lover spinnin...

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  1. @scaler911 That’s your subconscious, channelling Tim Krabbe:  ”His twenty was as clean as a whistle.” »

Vlaanderen. Its no accident the Flemish word for Flanders starts with a V; there is nothing simple or easy about riding a bike here. If it isn’t wind, its steep bergs. If it isn’t tarmac, its cobbles. Most of the time, its all three. Oh, and the weather there sucks. In fact, Flanders doesn’t have weather – it has VVeather.De...

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  1. So close.  Had all top five, just had Johanssen and Van dijk flipped. »

This needs no introduction. The Spring Classics are truly upon us. The course has been modified yet again, it is tougher? The riders make the race and the 2014 Ronde van Vlaanderen is loaded with racers who could win or make the Velominati VSP placings. Just to pick the winner will not be nearly as easy as it has been recently. There are small clo...

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  1. That was so exciting it took me 15 minutes to realize that the Muur was missing.  Flanders Classics, please bring back the Muur. »

  2. vanmarcke has a lot of potential but needs some more time at a Swiss finishing school. »

  3. Brilliant race. Wow. »

Vlaanderen. Its no accident the Flemish word for Flanders starts with a V; there is nothing simple or easy about riding a bike here. If it isn’t wind, its steep bergs. If it isn’t tarmac, its cobbles. Most of the time, its all three. Oh, and the weather there sucks. In fact, Flanders doesn’t have weather – it has VVeather.De...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Johanssen 2. Armistead 3. Van dijk 4. Longho borghini 5. Van vleuten »

This needs no introduction. The Spring Classics are truly upon us. The course has been modified yet again, it is tougher? The riders make the race and the 2014 Ronde van Vlaanderen is loaded with racers who could win or make the Velominati VSP placings. Just to pick the winner will not be nearly as easy as it has been recently. There are small clo...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Faboo 2. Sagan 3. Vanmarcke 4. Boonen 5. Terpstra »

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. @EricW loving the Dirt-nago incarnation. Looking forward to seeing it. »