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Velominatus Paterfamilias. 2011 Vainqueur du Velominati Superprestige.

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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...

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

Rule #33- Legs are to be carefully shaved at all times.This is one of the Rules that really defines the term Cyclist to the Velominati. Discussions about Rule #33 flare up on the site occasionally, burn brightly then smolder out. Between faces and legs, it is a lot of man-scraping. Rule #33 is a task master. Compliance is one thing, defending it t...

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  1. Very timely topic, Gianni. I just arrived on the East Coast of three weeks of rusticating. No bike,  and I was contemplating allowing some growth to form on the lower limbs.  Thanks to your article I will not be engaging in such blasphemy: even if I am te… »

Those of you in the PacNW have likely heard of the (in)famous “Seattle to Portland” ride, or “STP.” It is produced by a large local bike club and sponsored by a large corporate health care entity. I’ve ridden it several times over the years, and it has its charms. But going for a bike ride with 10,000 of my closest fri...

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  1. Ride the Cascades with the Velominati

    Those of you in the PacNW have likely heard of the (in)famous “Seattle to Portland” ride, or “STP.” It is produced by a large local bike club and sponsored by a large corporate health care entity. I’ve ridden it several times over the years, and it has its charms. But going for a bike ride with 10,000 of my closest friends has gotten…tiresome and cloying. When I first starting riding bikes a few years ago, STP was something of a challenge. A double century over two days seemed to be something epic, something life changing. At the time, it was something to aim for, and I’m glad I did it a few times with Mrs/Dr Eightzero.

    Last year was the last time I’m doing that ride. Oh, it was fun. Nothing Bad happened. The weather was perfect. We had a good time. But…if I hear “on your left” or “CAR BACK!” one more time, I’m gonna frame pump someone. Yes, I ride casually deliberately. Yes, I know there are cars on the road. But just stop it. I Obey Rule #59, so I don’t give a shit if you’re on my left. And actually, I do own the road. I ride as far to the right as is safe, and always actually look over my shoulder if I change lines. Thus, I am obeying not only the Rules, but the law in this state as well.

    The bike club wants $100 for this “fun” and while I understand it is a fund raiser for their various advocacy efforts, for $100 I get little in return. Some cheap-ass Costco snacks and bag transport. 10,000 people at a finish line “festival” means I wait in line for 20 minutes for a $5 beer, then there’s no where to sit to enjoy it.

    So, rather than go all eveyln STeVens further, I’ve decided a Cogal is just the antidote. Cogals lack everything I just described. Velominati are particularly good bike handlers. There’s no yelling on a Cogal, only V, V, and more V. When we recover, we fill the table with empty beer bottles in a comfy corner of a local brewery. Hence, the STV Summer Cogal in Arlington WA on July 12, 2014. If you plan on doing STP, well, have fun. STV is on that weekend, so you can’t do both. I hope you have a $100 worth of fun. STV, OTOH, adheres to the Keepers’ Cogal Principles: Open to all; Free to all. And Epic. Way Epic.

    As is the tradition with the Settle Summer Cogal, we start and end at a Brewery. In this case, the Skookum Brewery near the Arlington Airport. A short spur away from our loop into the North Cascades, we are taking the route listed as one of the 75 Classic Washington State rides.

    We plan casually deliberate, and will have a periodic regrouping at a couple of the small “towns” as there are several places to refuel and rewater along the route. It is my experience that for long, epic rides like this, company to chat with during the ride is much desired (just not 10,000 people that think that going for a 100 mile ride is life changing, and thus all have stern looks of concentration like they think a freeway overpass is the Fucking Stelvio.) Still, I expect the occasional double-pacelines to form, and we can hammer along a bit, but comraderie is best served on the road.

    We need an early start: V past 8am PDT, and the ride starts on time. Start/End: Skookum Brewery, (360) 652-4917.

    Route Directions are here.

    We may make a few detours to get supplies. The best roads are a little off the beaten commercial highways where there are stores, supplies. Note this is route is Grand Fondo distance – longer than a (Imperial) Century. As a loop, there is no turning back – you’re committed, so bring supplies and a plan. IOW: Epic.

    Casually Deliberate, but multiple groups may form. Take particular note of distances and opportunities for refuel/ rewater. This is not an urban ride. It is spectacularly scenic, and while it is long, it is not overly vertical, and therefore very doable for those us that are always Too Fat to Climb.

    VLVV -Eightzero.

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    Date - July 12, 2014
    8:05 AM - 9:00 PM

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    Skookum Brewery

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We are the Keepers of the Cog. In so being, we also maintain the sacred text wherein lie the simple truths of cycling etiquette known as The Rules. It is in our trust to maintain and endorse this list.The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path to La Vie Velominatus, not at the end; learning to balance them against one another and to welcome them...

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  1. @william reichert your problem begins with conflating “rational” and “desirable.” »

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. @Steampunk Tubular. Do it properly. »

Yes, this makes three Guest Articles in three weeks, but we run the show around here and we do what we want. Especially when it comes to solid, 24-karat gold Cyclist/Rock star comparisons. Especiallier when it comes from none other than Keeper Jim’s lovely wife and food-writer celebrity, Jess Thomson. Its cute seeing the family come togethe...

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  1. Awesome stuff. Kittel does very well for a German. But only another Italian has a hope of channelling cipo. Loving the Giany Shimano kit. Harks back to some class historical jerseys. »

When it comes to Rule Compliance, we have at our disposal three viable options. The first is to Obey the Rules. That one is pretty straight-forward because we wrote them down for you and also went to the great length of writing a book on the subject, partly as a public service to those suffering from insomnia. But The Rules are full of apparent...

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  1. Nibali. »

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...

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  1. Contador v Nibble has a lot of potential. Neither one is afraid to actually race. So much better than reducing matters to a a/kg contest. »

  2. Gotvroomit didn’t get to even see Froome’s praying mantis mating with a tarantula stylings make it to the pave. »

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    Join us for the third annual Bay Area Cogal. We’ve done Marin and the Peninsula/Santa Cruz mountains. This year we’ll sample some classic East Bay roads and 40-50 Kms of dirt/fire roads.

    North Berkeley BART (ample parking) and the route looks something like this

    Recovery ales to follow at the Westbrae Biergarten. 

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    Date - July 05, 2014
    8:05 AM - 3:30 PM

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    North Berkeley BART

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Who learns of their cycling potential while in the military, serving in Africa? @wiscot is once again serving up some great cycling history in his post about  Joaquim “The Bull” Agostinho. As dangerous as cycling seems, surprisingly few professionals get killed racing or training. Agostinho was one of the unlucky few. He was a man for...

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  1. Great history, as usual, @wiscot.  Thanks, »

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    Gravel Time Gravel Time

    Join us for the third annual Bay Area Cogal. We’ve done Marin and the Peninsula/Santa Cruz mountains. This year we’ll sample some classic East Bay roads and 40-50 Kms of dirt/fire roads.

    North Berkeley BART (ample parking) and the route looks something like this

    Recovery ales to follow at the Westbrae Biergarten. 

    Event Details

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    Date/Time
    Date - July 05, 2014
    8:05 AM - 3:30 PM

    Location
    North Berkeley BART

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    Route Details

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    Gravel Time Gravel Time

    Join us for the third annual Bay Area Cogal. We’ve done Marin and the Peninsula/Santa Cruz mountains. This year we’ll sample some classic East Bay roads and 40-50 Kms of dirt/fire roads.

    North Berkeley BART (ample parking) and the route looks something like this

    Recovery ales to follow at the Westbrae Biergarten. 

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - July 05, 2014
    8:05 AM - 3:30 PM

    Location
    North Berkeley BART

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

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...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Contador 2. Mr Michelle Cound (Froome) 3. Nibali 4. Talansky 5. Malmerde »

We are the Keepers of the Cog. In so being, we also maintain the sacred text wherein lie the simple truths of cycling etiquette known as The Rules. It is in our trust to maintain and endorse this list.The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path to La Vie Velominatus, not at the end; learning to balance them against one another and to welcome them...

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  1. @Mikael Liddy thanks on behalf of all of us. Does Straylya have a birthday too? »

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...

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  1. Is it already July? VSP PICKS: 1. Contador 2. Mr Michelle Cound 3. Nibali 4. Talansky 5. Malmerde »

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...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Abbott 2. Johansson 3. Vos 4. Claudia Lichtenberg 5. Guderzo »

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    Gravel Time Gravel Time

    Join us for the third annual Bay Area Cogal. We’ve done Marin and the Peninsula/Santa Cruz mountains. This year we’ll sample some classic East Bay roads and 40-50 Kms of dirt/fire roads.

    North Berkeley BART (ample parking) and the route looks something like this

    Recovery ales to follow at the Westbrae Biergarten. 

    Event Details

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    Date/Time
    Date - July 05, 2014
    8:05 AM - 3:30 PM

    Location
    North Berkeley BART

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

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. @Brits I thought the proper term was “whinging?” »

We are the Keepers of the Cog. In so being, we also maintain the sacred text wherein lie the simple truths of cycling etiquette known as The Rules. It is in our trust to maintain and endorse this list.The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path to La Vie Velominatus, not at the end; learning to balance them against one another and to welcome them...

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  1. @Matthew Bennett Aside from what everyone else has said, the Velominatus Budgetatus is a revered subspecies of Velominatus.  As you are young and may be resourceful, you are a natural fit for the type.  I am sure you are facile with the internet technolog… »

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  1.  

    Gravel Time Gravel Time

    Join us for the third annual Bay Area Cogal. We’ve done Marin and the Peninsula/Santa Cruz mountains. This year we’ll sample some classic East Bay roads and 40-50 Kms of dirt/fire roads.

    North Berkeley BART (ample parking) and the route looks something like this

    Recovery ales to follow at the Westbrae Biergarten. 

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - July 05, 2014
    8:05 AM - 3:30 PM

    Location
    North Berkeley BART

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

  2.  

    Gravel Time Gravel Time

    Join us for the third annual Bay Area Cogal. We’ve done Marin and the Peninsula/Santa Cruz mountains. This year we’ll sample some classic East Bay roads and 40-50 Kms of dirt/fire roads.

    North Berkeley BART (ample parking) and the route looks something like this

    Recovery ales to follow at the Westbrae Biergarten. 

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - July 05, 2014
    8:05 AM - 3:30 PM

    Location
    North Berkeley BART

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

La Vie Velominatus. It is the life we, as Velominati, lead. It is life as a disciple of cycling, of the greater meaning the bike holds and the lessons it teaches us. Along the path, one of our great duties is the wholesale consumption of the great Works related to our sport. From periodicals to books to films, herin lies the list of works conside...

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  1. @sgt That is all kinds of awesome.  Thanks for popping by to post it! »

Chamois leather used in cycling shorts looked like this only once, before the first washing. After that one had to slather cream onto it to attempt to restore it to its former soft smoothness, which was impossible. I have written a reverence article on chamois cream and I vowed then to never google “saddle sore images” again, hence a b...

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  1. Been there. Wouldn’t wish it on anyone. »

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. @Teocalli Is that real?  I thought it was an excercise in piss-taking.  But maybe I am hallucinating. »