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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. »

  2. @DeKerr Or perhaps enough waffles?  On reflection, is there such a thing? »

  3. @DeKerr ?Norway?  Hushovd finally had a decent ride but Terpstra is Dutch. »

  4. @The Grande Fondue I think he flatted a couple of times and then crashed while still at the back. Left in an ambulance apparently. »

  5. @starclimber Totally agree: great ride to win by Terpstra, great team race by OPQS. Really nice to see Thor at the front of a race again too. »

  6. Very hard to say. Have picked on the basis that Spartacus doesn’t make the final selection somehow. »

  7. VSP PICKS: 1. Kristoff 2. VanMarcke 3. Boonen 4. Stybar 5. VanArvarmet »

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. @Rob Dude, admirable sentiment but I think its a stretch: Keiren vs Kirin. VSP PICKS: 1. Vanmarcke 2. Cancellara 3. Sagan 4. Terpstra 5. Haussler »

  2. I honestly have no real effing idea, could be anyones. VSP PICKS: 1. Vanmarcke 2. Cancellara 3. Sagan 4. Terpstra 5. Haussler »

Gianni really took it in the shorts after trying to sneak his way along with a stealth EPMS. Like an alcoholic falling off the wagon, the poor fellow can’t quite come to grips with the comfort of his old friend, the saddle bag. The solution lies in finding a light toolkit to carry along with him on his rides, one that fits in one pocket in to...

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  1. @frank : looks like an alloy Cervelo S1 you have there? Or had? Sorry, am a bit late to this party.   Either way, one of my all-time favourite bikes, even though I’ve not owned one yet. I had its TT sister , the alloy 3SL – also with Campy Record Gruppo, … »

Gravity is the most unavoidable force on Earth, with the possible exception of Stupidity. And like with Stupidity, you can take measures to reduce its influence on you, but you won’t get rid of it completely, assuming you’re staying on this planet. From the very moment we’re born, Gravity takes its unrelenting hold on us –...

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  1. Hills are good for the soul. »

The Kemmelberg is a brute. In my opinion, its the hardest of the cobbled climbs in the Spring Classics; it has a high speed tarmac approach that saps the guns of their snap. The transition from tarmac to cobbles is awful, the stones are very badly laid throughout and if you don’t hit it just right, you’ll come to a standstill. The cobbl...

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  1. @Gianni But isn’t 9th for the God of Thunder perhaps his best this year?  Would he have been in mix without the crashes though?  I haven’t watched the race, just read the write-ups.  Gossy appears to be in a very strange place – has been since that DQ … »

  2. Complete re-think which has me throwing out all sentimental favourites.  Sorry Thor, Heinrich, Phillipe, Greg. VSP PICKS: 1. VanMarcke 2. Terpstra 3. Farrar 4. Cancellara 5. Vandenberg »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Boonen 2. Haussler 3. Gilbert 4. Van Avermet 5. Hushovd »

The proclamation is heard in the office, on social media, at the bar with friends; “It’s leg day.” When someone utters “it’s leg day” the accompanying tone of resentment and even dread is usually followed by an audible “ugh”. This exasperation belies one fact, the person making the utterance is not a...

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  1. @Harminator : That is very impressive.  No wonder she can sprint. »

Het Volk (it will always be Het Volk to me) and now the Strade Bianche may well mark the sentimental beginning to the season, but those are specialized, pre-season races that appeal mostly to riders who are preparing for bigger objectives later in the year, such as the Cobbled or Ardennes Classics. Same goes for Tirreno Adriatico and Paris-Nice; t...

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  1. Am updating my picks as Costa, R.  is not riding. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Hushovd 3. Haussler 4. Cancellara 5. Gerrans »

  2. Based on not much at all. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Hushovd 3. Haussler 4. Costa 5. Gerrans »

The illusion of transparency is perhaps the most important tool the Velominatus has in their toolbox, apart from having some measure of competence, being Casually Deliberate at all times, Looking Fantastic, and being able to dish out and endure heaping helpings of The V.Cycling is suffering, and one of the most crucial lessons we have to learn is t...

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  1. I imagine if you still have it in the big ring and are braking for the hairpins, any further demonstration of capability is considered ostentatious. »

Not one to subscribe to the slew of text speak or acronyms that permeate the modern vernacular (well, not too much, I guess YJA is one used fairly regularly), I am harbouring a severe case of FOMO right now. And the catalyst for this? The lack of a KT14. Shit, I did it again. WTF?As Gianni wound up the excitement and anticipation for the real start...

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  1. @Chris  – A personal affection for rain & mud was not part of my thinking, and thus I apologise if my comment was harsh. Moreover, well done on riding the course and enjoying all it entails. However, I can’t agree in anyone wishing for a road bike ra… »

  2. @Chris - spoken like a true spectator. »

The most important moment in a man’s life is the first time they have a beer. I place it on the list above sex and having a child because sex usually only happens as a direct result of drinking beer. As for having children, I’m given to understand they are poop factories at first, then promptly become loud, and then obnoxious before the...

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  1. @andrew: Fucking Nihilists, pissed on my rug. »