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Velominatus: Piwakawaka

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Location: Wellington New Zealand

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Mamil ,married, two bikes one yacht, no kids... Still pushing pedals.

@Piwakawaka's activity:

Stupidity is a powerful force never to be underestimated. Geese are a good example; a more stupid vertebrate one would be most challenged to come across yet should you wander into a flock of them pecking about peacefully in a field, one is likely to erupt from its grazing to grab a billful of your ass and commence beating you savagely with it...

@Piwakawaka's posts:

  1. @ChrisO I’m with Ron on this. Cyclists are too passive, and cycling organisations keep politely asking for things to be improved. Why should I obey all those road rules and regulations? Are they necessary because of me, a cyclist, or because of cars? So… »

We are cyclists, the rest of the world merely rides a bike. What defines us as cyclists? Can a recumbent rider be a cyclist, a unicyclist, a fat recumbent rider with hairy legs and a YJA on? I think yes but am I snob for even asking?Years ago, I was helping a woman at another research institution set up some scientific equipment. Evidently we kept...

@Piwakawaka's posts:

  1. @Jay “you’re probably not riding hard enough” »

Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour...

@Piwakawaka's posts:

  1. @Minnesota Expat I’ve enjoyed it so far, Bertie seems to have worked out Froome, by sucking his wheel and only attacking at the end where Froome is unable to respond to his acceleration and runs out of road to reel him in. That’s great bike racing right t… »

  2. @unversio 10 fuckin’ Tours back to back! And then there is all he does off the bike. »

  3. Head to http://www.steephill.tv/vuelta-a-espana/ for the final climb of this years tour, this is how you suffer. »

We are cyclists, the rest of the world merely rides a bike. What defines us as cyclists? Can a recumbent rider be a cyclist, a unicyclist, a fat recumbent rider with hairy legs and a YJA on? I think yes but am I snob for even asking?Years ago, I was helping a woman at another research institution set up some scientific equipment. Evidently we kept...

@Piwakawaka's posts:

  1. There is only one true measure of a cyclist, the ability to make ourselves suffer, a great cyclist simply has a greater ability to suffer than you do. »

Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour...

@Piwakawaka's posts:

  1. @Mike_P Hard to believe those two guy’s crashed out of TDF with fractures… »

  2. Amazing! The Spaniards repeatedly put 15-20secs into him but the train just keeps on coming. »

  3. @Teocalli top finish! The contrast in styles is wild, Froome’s technique is so effective, and so awful all at once, the other guy’s race the parcours and each other blow by blow and, wait, look out, the Froome train is back, Choo Choo!! »

I hesitate to file this in the Guest Article category. It would be better filed under fellow un-rewarded pirate cycling-site writer, if we had such a file. @winnipegcyclechick does all of her site’s writing, her graphics are usually hers and much too funny. Frankly, she makes me sick. And, AND, she can make the jokes we can’t make lest...

@Piwakawaka's posts:

  1. @Gianni Fuck. That . Was. Cool. »

The Ride. It is the cathedral of our sport, where we worship at the altar of the Man with the Hammer. It is the end to our means. Indeed, The Bike may be the central tool to our sport, but to turn the pedals is to experience the sensation of freedom, of flight. It is all for The Ride.The world is overflowing with small, twisty roads that capture ou...

@Piwakawaka's posts:

  1. @Mikael Liddy I’ll start the negotiations now… »

  2. @Mikael Liddy Yup, solid. I look forward to enjoying your hills one day. »

First run in 2002, the GP de Plouay-Bretagne is part of the women’s UCI World Cup series.  It’s 4.5 laps totaling 121km. As usual, there is little information or publicity for yet another women’s UCI race. Here is a start list. Here is the official French website. And yes, Ms. Vos won the last two editions. We regret the lack of...

@Piwakawaka's posts:

  1. @Julian Winn everyone should at least click the UCI link to the race even if you don’t watch it, just to support the women. »

  2. Great race if you want a lesson in how to smash it watch this , shelled from the group , Brand bridges back up , attacks again and TT’s it home, nice HD link here http://www.steephill.tv/players/youtube3/?title=On-Demand+Women’s+Road+World+Cup+-++Plouay,… »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Armisted 3. Borghini 4. Johansson 5. van der Breggen »

Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour...

@Piwakawaka's posts:

  1. I wouldn’t read too much into that finish, I think it was more about forcing Froome and Contador to show their hands, while Quintana can keep his closer to his chest, Sunday looks a lot more selective. »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. Quitana 3. Aru 4. Uran 5. D. Martin »

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...

@Piwakawaka's posts:

  1. @sthilzy This place! www.salvationcoffee.co.nz »

  2. @brett Yeah , saw nothing , heard nothing , took nothing… @brett Yep , been few and far between this winter , but I now have Beer on tap ! So ride we should , I’ll be riding Sunday 9-12 , 90-100k ? »

  3. @brett Julian Dean, anyone? »

  4. @ElPasoRoadie Nice riding by TJVG up that backwater pass, 3300m and to hold off Majka in the final, very impressive. »

Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour...

@Piwakawaka's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. Quitana 3. Aru 4. Horner 5. Uran »

The race of the funny hat.Every team seems to have included one or two riders fresh off the Tour. One would either feel ruined or unbeatable a week after that slug fest, more than likely, ruined. I imagine there are a few riders dodging calls from their directors this week. Continue reading...

@Piwakawaka's posts:

  1. @Daccordi Rider How is the Yates that crashed, full gas into the armco? Speaking of which the Giant rider who went through the barriers in the sprint in Poland? »

After Stage V there was Stage 9, where the World TT champion earned the dotty jumper. In case you missed it, Stage 9 was a trip into the Vosges mountains, 170km with six categorized climbs. This was a stage for a breakaway to stay away. A large group did escape and with 152km remaining to the finish Alessandro De Marchi of Cannondale bolted off the...

@Piwakawaka's posts:

  1. @ChrisO I wonder if domestiques celebrate just a little when the boss goes home and their role changes completely?   »

It’s no coincidence that Stage Five of the Tour was not only the best one to watch, or that it helped decide the race before nary a hill was crested, but that it was just, well, Stage Five. Only last minute copyright clearances prevented the organisers actually dubbing it Stage V, though they managed to get the rain delivered on time, an ess...

@Piwakawaka's posts:

  1. @Mike_P Only in ‘Straya could there be snow, hail and the risk of fire! »