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Jens Voigt is set to retire as we speak, having one final crack at a long break in some race in the Cycling backwater of the USA. Is it fair or fitting that he should go out like this, slipping out the back door with little fanfare, while others have been doing a farewell tour of all the big races, replete with fancy commemorative shoes and a son...

@Pedale.Forchetta's posts:

  1. Well done Brett, we are fans, we are cyclists but we know the world we live in. It’s not an error to hope and acting trying to improve it a little bit. »

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...

@Pedale.Forchetta's posts:

  1. Tomorrow the last stage (9th) finishing at the Madonna del Ghisallo. Today (stage 8th) the girls suffered like hell on the last slope. »

There are two ways in life to be good at something. The first way is the most obvious, which is to actually be good at something. This is harder than it sounds because you need things like skills, talent, fortitude, and light sabers. The other way doesn’t require those things but it has its own challenges; basically, you have to be holistical...

@Pedale.Forchetta's posts:

  1. @frank Thank you, not the best squadra, but at least has some class. »

  2. @wiscot I’m with you, and I personally like their bike too. »

  3. Rule #50?!? Ahahah… Just joking of course. »

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...

@Pedale.Forchetta's posts:

  1. I’ve never put my bike on the roof of my car. She travel inside. »

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 c...

@Pedale.Forchetta's posts:

  1. Thomas Dekker, stage 15. Photo by me. »

  2. @Mikael Liddy the radio just say that some motorcycles will be put in front of the riders with red flag in order to prevent attacks and to minimize risks. »

  3. Same stage, different people, and with those scars is not difficult guess who he is. Photo by me. »

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I met a nice character a few weeks ago on a magnificent ride through the Bay Area. He rode a Colnago C-50 which was so filthy that I was unable to ascertain with any degree of certainty what color it was painted. I spent most of the ride suppressing the impulse to lead him and his bike through a local car wash. As it turns out, he’s based o...

@Pedale.Forchetta's posts:

  1. @frank  how true is that!? »

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 c...

@Pedale.Forchetta's posts:

  1. 14 stage, Agliè -Oropa. Photo by me. »

I met a nice character a few weeks ago on a magnificent ride through the Bay Area. He rode a Colnago C-50 which was so filthy that I was unable to ascertain with any degree of certainty what color it was painted. I spent most of the ride suppressing the impulse to lead him and his bike through a local car wash. As it turns out, he’s based o...

@Pedale.Forchetta's posts:

  1. World is small, I’m using it since ages! »

On our trip to Paris, my wife and I, in need of culture, rode The Vélib bikes to Cycles Laurent. This was our first French bike shop visit and excitement was high as we navigated our helmetless headed way through the city traffic. The shop is a classic; it’s crammed with bikes and clothes. There is no room to move. My wife immediately dove into...

@Pedale.Forchetta's posts:

  1. “Finishing any event last is always better than not finishing.” And even more commendable is finishing In spite of  mishaps! Great one Gianni. »

Behind every great rider, there’s a great soigneur. The right hand man, the go-to guy, who tends every whim of his rider, feeding, watering, mending and massaging. Behind the humble Velominatus Regularus, however, there’s a string of injuries, tight muscles, bad posture and aching guns. We are our own soigneurs, and if you’re like...

@Pedale.Forchetta's posts:

  1. Me like many cyclists (in the amateur area) have done nothing for my legs or whatever for ages. Then I’ve started 2 years ago to stretch my calves every day, every morning. No more then 5 or 6 minutes in all, but it really changed the shape of my legs… »

Here are a few lessons learned while in New York City. I’m sure leaving a bar at one o’clock in the morning is not how the serious riders prepare for a ride with a 9 o’clock morning roll-out. I am sure. Conversational pace for a group ride means different things to different people. Eddy could talk your ear off at 40kph. Lezyne mini-pump owne...

@Pedale.Forchetta's posts:

  1. …and the photos too! »

  2. Bellissimo… »

If Lance won seven Tours then maybe Tyler Hamilton did win a Monument after all, or not. Finally Hamilton had a chance to measure up to Armstrong in a big one day race. That alone must have felt good; riding against him instead of for him. Johann versus Bjarne, Lance versus Tyler, this was a proper knife fight. Tyler looks ahead and Lance looks at...

@Pedale.Forchetta's posts:

  1. When winning is everything, sport and sportmanship are dead. »

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...

@Pedale.Forchetta's posts:

  1. @Gianni I’ll be in NYC few days, but unfortunately I’ll be back in Italy the 30th of April… too bad. »

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...

@Pedale.Forchetta's posts:

  1. Great article! The (perfect) Italian phrase in a very nice bonus. »

I had always imagined that de Ronde van Vlaanderen must be hardest race in the world. The way I worked it out – having never ridden the course of either event at the time – was that de Ronde had the same cobbles as Roubaix, but with 20% grades thrown in. It makes enough sense so long as you don’t know what you’re talking abo...

@Pedale.Forchetta's posts:

  1. Thanks for the encouragement guys. By the way the Giro is almost here… »

  2. @therealpeel Photos are not for the sake of cycling, but for the sake of photography itself. Selective color is bad as would be bad cycling wearing long compression socks, then everyone is free to do and like what he want. »

  3. I hope you would reconsider the use of selective color to  the photos. »

I wasn’t anywhere near old enough to hold a driver’s license but my dad had already bought me a motorcycle. It was a late seventies BMW R100 RS, dark blue. I loved that bike; I polished it fortnightly even though it never left the garage. I spent hours sitting on it, twisting the throttle and squeezing the clutch, diving in and out of t...

@Pedale.Forchetta's posts:

  1. Domenico Pozzovivo (the Pianist), Giro dell’Emilia 2013 »

Wind is an asshole. I have no patience left for it. It has all of it been used up, gone, finished. It is the only force that I’m aware of (with the possible exception of gravity) that is more stubborn and less willing to listen to reason than I myself am. It blows me around on my bike, it embezzles speed from my Magnificent Stroke. No matter...

@Pedale.Forchetta's posts:

  1. @frank The Milano Sanremo 2014 with the very old route is a gift to Cavendish. He’s better be ready! »