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The Whale Shark is the biggest nonmammalian vertebrate* on the planet, rivaling the dinosaurs for size. How do you feed yourself when you’re that huge without loading up on carbs all the time? Easy, you swim around with your mouth wide open for 22 hours a day and hope enough food swims in there to take the edge off the hunger pangs. Cycl...

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  1. Apropos of Martin, T.  : he rode another great TT yesterday. »

  2. When it comes to breathing, less whale-shark and more Buteyko will take you further, faster. »

I hate to distract from Marko’s defense of his POC helmet and shades photo but @snowgeek is weaving cycling and sailing together here. It may never have been done before so please read carefully. The two activities have almost nothing in common except the wind and being wet and miserable. @snowgeek is not dwelling on the wet and miserable par...

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  1. I like cycling, I like sailing and I like your work here. I’m sure Ive miss-understood most of the key elements but nevertheless, this is a fantastic piece of work which will occupy my brain, particularly while cycling, for some time to come.  Thankyou.  … »

Maybe it’s the milestone of aging that I recently reached. It could be an awareness of the unique foibles of this sport/activity/pastime that I practice. Possibly, I just woke up one day and realised that this is a weird thing for a middle-aged man to be doing. The time for reassessment hit me, involuntarily and without warning. And I’m...

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  1. Beautifully written Brett, thanks. Perhaps in your nadir of darkness you may have found enlightenment regarding The Rules and The Purpose.  The Rules are just enablers for the journey, not a destination in themselves.  Hold them up as the destination and… »

This note arrived to the Velominati Bunker back in April. It was a confession. It was a cautionary one. Everyone knows someone who has done this. I nearly did it myself*. I replied to Alex, not sympathetically enough yet his message has stayed with me. Is this worthy of a New Rule? Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. @Boltzmann I’ve heard a similar story involving a drive-through hamburger restaurant with Scottish origins and a car laden with TT bikes.  Triathletes of course.  Wondered why people were yelling at them and blasting their horns until they realised that… »

The divisive nature of Rule #29 is not to be underestimated. It is but a humble satchel, but our rejection of its use sends people completely out of their minds. One fine gentleman even threatened my editor at Cyclist Magazine with cancellation of his subscription on the basis that they published an article wherein I espoused the virtues of goin...

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  1. @andrew Far from it. »

  2. Maybe its just me but all this obsessing about where to carry spares/tools on a bicycle seems more like a religious fetish than anything else.  Not that there’s anything necessarily wrong with that – its just not for me. Vive le difference. »

For the simple reason that the Cobbled and Ardennes Classics are behind us, I have not alternative but to get back on my soap box about the Giro being the best of the three Grand Tours. Well, usually, at least. Last year’s race sucked the big one (even if it was supremely Rule #9), but for the most part it is the race that is the most cl...

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  1. @Marcus Agree. Although – where was Smiling Sammy Sanchez?   I’d love him to be in the mix but he’s largely MIA so far.  Saving his legs? »

Despite the proclivity towards being all-knowing that comes as a consequence of my being Dutch, the most beautiful things in life are discoveries that come as a result of not knowing. We are quick to answer but slow to think; the easy solution lies at our fingertips while the true mystery lurks just beyond, ready to reveal her secrets if only we a...

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  1. @frank Actually, Scotland is an island if you’re anywhere near the northern beaches in Sydney, Australia. »

For the simple reason that the Cobbled and Ardennes Classics are behind us, I have not alternative but to get back on my soap box about the Giro being the best of the three Grand Tours. Well, usually, at least. Last year’s race sucked the big one (even if it was supremely Rule #9), but for the most part it is the race that is the most cl...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Evans 2. Quintana 3. The Chauffeur (Duran Duran) 4. Hesjdal 5. Sanchez »

I would have to start training to even do a recovery ride. And I would have to own a cyclometer, HRM, and the unavoidable watt meter. And all that would tell me what I already don’t want to know. Ignorance is bliss until some teenager on a mountain bike gets by you and at that point you better not have a watt meter on your bike. Still, we hav...

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  1. @geoffrey I agree.  Fiends who speed past in the drops are welcome to pass, regardless of the state of their or my kit or machine. On another day the roles may be reversed. As the Japanese say: ten people are ten different colours. »

  2. @frank Related to this is a German phrase for it which I have no hope of recalling but the jist of which is: less but better. Its my view that this can be applied to many areas of life – although not all. »

The Velominati are proud to present the following guest article by our community member Steampunk, who splits his time between peppering the site with his insight and humor and riding in the sacred Velominati colors. Michael Barry is one of the great domestiques of the peloton; loyal, hardworking, a hardman, a true cycling aesthete – and an e...

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  1. @frank Thats also a difference between a standard small molecule drug and a large molecule biologic like ESA (ethropoetin stimulating agent) or transfusion of packed red cells (PRC).   Because an ESA  is what your body is producing – it’s EPO which you… »

  2. @andrew Thanks for the reply; unfortunately my French is very primitive, not even a high school subject (I went to a very small school in the countryside, no languages) so I’ll just have to park that for a while.  Nevertheless, I too read that review on … »

  3. @andrew Did DM’s book come in English or French? I’d love to read it but don’t speak French. WRT Barry, Hamilton, Hincapie, O’Grady,  et al….what a mess.  So many guys I admired on the bike, in interviews and even in their own written works in Barry’s… »

The 100th running of Liège-Bastogne-Liège takes place this Sunday. Danny-boy Martin will be marked heavily as the defending champion. Malmerde, and Phil Gil have shown they are peaking too. Froomy has thrown his hat into the ring, as he did last year but after last years 26th place, maybe it’s training. 263 kms, past winners include a long...

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  1. @Mikael Liddy Thanks for posting that, it really adds another dimension to a great day for Gerro, OGE and Australian cycling.   Hows Neil Stephens when Gerro wins: Faaaaaaark! »

  2. @wiscot Has anyone watched the clip of Martin cornering slowly enough to see if his left crank/pedal was down at the moment that would have created impact?  I’ve re-watched the TV a few times but just can’t tell. Martin himself doesn’t mention it but eve… »

  3. Someone else noted it first but I tend to agree – do Martin’s cranks look quite long?  Its possible that he clipped a pedal and that was enough to unweight a tyre at the worst possible time.  Feel for him and the team, they did a good job till then: but t… »

  4. At least its not a Delgado this time.   »

  5. At least its not a Delgado this time.   VSP PICKS: 1. Dan Martin 2. Phil Gil 3. Slagter 4. Gerro 5. Porte »

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...

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  1. @LeoTea Yeah, me too.  Missed my picks with the timing (still says its open now…) but anyway.  Love all the work that Frank does so I’ll cut him a lot of slack before I throw the toys out of the cot. »

  2. Heart over head. Except Gilbert. »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Matthews 3. Sanchez 4. Slagter 5. Hesjedal »

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. Fuck it, too late for the VSP.  For posterity, here are my picks: Matthews Gilbert Gerrans Valverde Slagter Fuck it. »

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. @Ron Anything before but is bullshit. »