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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. @Mikael Liddy Thanks for that. I’ll repost once I’ve resized the photo manually. »

  2. Ok, clearly I’m incompetant. It wasn’t supposed to look like that. »

  3. Violating more than just Rule #26, I know, but I’d like your thoughts on this please. This is my #1. A mid 80s Bianchi. Campy Syncro (or Syncro II?) shifters and drivetrain, except the original 5 speed freewheel has been replaced with a 7 speed ti casset… »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Kwiatkowski 3. Degenkolb 4. Sagan 5. Ulissi »

Gent conjures up images of the quintessential Flemish city. Age-old medieval architecture rising from the river’s edge is classically Belgian. Gent is also firmly tied to Belgium’s greatest gift to the world, cycling tradition. Many a pro-expat cyclist has relocated to Gent with the hope of testing their mettle in the seat of cycling...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Boonen 3. Gilbert 4. Greipel 5. Van Summeren »

The Poggio. It’s probably one of the most famous easy climbs in the world; going through old cycling photographs, I rarely come across one where the leaders haven’t moved Sur La Plaque. It has a reputation, however, for being a real leg breaker, mostly because any climb is a big climb once you cross its summit after a paltry 291 kilomet...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Cavendish 3. Griepl 4. Boonen 5. Gilbert »

It’s right around this time of year when the little voice in my head that spurs me on in cold, wet, Rule #9 conditions starts getting overpowered by all my other personalities who at this stage are gathering stones and crowbars and getting ready to enforce their will on him regarding their preference for riding in nice, warm, sunny conditi...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Frank Schleck 2. Tony Martin 3. Philippe Gilbert 4. Jens Voigt 5. Leipheimer »

The Monte Paschi Strade Bianchi is happening this Saturday and it is such an interesting race we are putting it into the VSP.  The route is a mix of pavement and white marble sectors that roam through the hilly Tuscan country and finishes in the middle of beautiful Sienna. It seems early to me but that is because the Giro had an epic stage on the...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Gilbert 3. Hesjedal 4. Sagan 5. Evans »

We kick off the first races of the 2012 VSP with a double-header as we open the picks for the VVomen’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Aside from an early hiccup, the new software has been running as expected, though I should have known better than to declare something as “tested”; as the first few picks went in sideways, there was more co...

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  1. Should be interesting. VSP PICKS: 1. Kirsten Wild 2. Trixi Worrack 3. Claudia Häusler 4. Karol-Ann Canuel 5. Julie Beveridge »

The 2012 Velominati Super Prestige kicks off in proper form this season with the debut of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad as part of the series. I’m tempted to stubbornly refer to this race as Het Volk, but I’ll toe the line and refer to the race by its bewildering new(ish) name.This is a tricky race to predict because the big races in April ar...

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  1. Here we go… »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Boonen 2. P. Gilbert 3. Van Summeren 4. Hushovd 5. Boom »