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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...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Valverde 2. Sagan 3. Gerrans 4. Gilbert 5. Van Avermaet »

Attention all Velominati. The Tour VSP is going on line and it should be a good one. Sure, between Froomy and Bertie a person could hedge their bets but Moviestar is all in for Valverde, BMC for TeeJay, Astana for the Shark and Garmin is finally committing to a team leader in Talansky. Some other teams (ahem…Trek Factory Racing for one) have...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. Contador 3. Valverde 4. Nibali 5. Rolland »

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...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Abbott 2. Lichtenberg (Hausler) 3. Vos 4. Ferrand-Prevot 5. Guderzo »

The Tour de Suisse can be everyone’s warm-up for the Tour de France, including all you VSP dreamers. The big show seems to be the Critérium de Dauphanié this year, as far as Tour de France contenders go but the Tour de Suisse still has some big guns showing up. Twiggo is here, not for a Tour warm up, unless people are worried about Richie P...

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  1. Not sure what I’m more surprised by, getting top score or getting my picks in earlier than another 4 people :-) »

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...

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  1. Re asthma pumps: I’d take mine before a big effort perhaps; sometimes it flares up sometimes it doesn’t, it’s works in a preventative sense as well as a reliever and I was told to take it before exercise anyway. Then again, that’s more at the start of a … »

The Tour de Suisse can be everyone’s warm-up for the Tour de France, including all you VSP dreamers. The big show seems to be the Critérium de Dauphanié this year, as far as Tour de France contenders go but the Tour de Suisse still has some big guns showing up. Twiggo is here, not for a Tour warm up, unless people are worried about Richie P...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Rui Costa 2. Twiggo 3. Mollema 4. Roman Kreuziger 5. Domenico Pozzovivo »

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...

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  1. You get the impression it’s been a bit of a hard day when riders seem to be being helped away from the finish line. Who was the rider clinging onto the barriers? »

  2. Some very stupid spectators on the Zoncolan »

  3. @Buck Rogers From this film I guess: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQxyxant3Yk (2 minutes 40 for the short of attention span) »

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. Also is this the ultimate breaking of Rule #25? Because if you weren’t breaking it before you certainly were after you’d picked up the pieces… »

  2. @Harminator Not quite so soft and neutral in the UK. It’s kinda ‘f*cker’ sort of level here. Lesser than the c-bomb but then I’ve always had the impression some on the other side of the pond are a bit more sensitive about that than some of us Brits (ie… »

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...

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  1. I can understand the teams being p*ssed but do they have any idea how it comes across to the average fan? (who if like me really enjoyed that stage, it was epic) Whinges would probably be better in private and with the aim of making sure stages like that… »

  2. Not a patch on pedale.forchetta’s photos but got a last minute flight to Bologna and caught the Giro flying by »

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...

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  1. @frank Eek. I’m from a more mountain bikey background and people won’t even touch disk rotors for fear of getting something on them. If nothing else they squeal horribly. But that said I was never as careful with rim brakes and never noticed. Come to … »

  2. When I’ve used polish I’ve tended to spray it onto a clean rag then use that on the bike. Always been a bit paranoid about braking surfaces. »

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...

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  1. Hell that looked hard today »

  2. Colombians everywhere »

We are the Keepers of the Cog. In so being, we also maintain the sacred text wherein lie the simple truths of cycling etiquette known as The Rules. It is in our trust to maintain and endorse this list.The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path to La Vie Velominatus, not at the end; learning to balance them against one another and to welcome them...

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  1. Ahh the sunglasses one is so tempting to break. I’ve never really liked any cycling ones, they all look a bit crap but Coppi’s and Hinault’s Ray-bans… »

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...

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  1. His name is Rigo and he’s dancing to Milan Oh Rigo Rigoberto  Duran Duran »

  2. I thought it’d be the mountain TT where Evans lost time… he could potentially get a pasting there. »

  3. Robert Millar post on Evans: http://www.cyclingnews.com/blogs/robert-millar/how-long-can-cadel-evanss-luck-last Hope he’s right and there’ll be some good racing in the final week. »

  4. Anyone know if the Giro’s got much of a publicity caravan? »

  5. Ah when the rest of the internet is spitting feathers, knew I could read some comments on here that make more sense. I’m led to believe that waiting for crashes and mechanicals was never a given years back? It’s a nice and sporting thing to do in certain… »

Anecdotal research suggests that people are being let off-leash without adequate training to perform basic activities such as walking on sidewalks or through airports and busy city centers. I’m assuming this expands to shopping malls, but I never go there so I can’t be sure. It’s easy to blame the mobile phones which apparentl...

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  1. People who stop and talk on stairs… There should also be fast and slow lanes on pavements/sidewalks; not that anyone would follow them. On a shared use trail near me recently painted bike ‘lanes’ have appeared. They’re quite narrow, both ways squeezed… »

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...

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  1. There going to be any single stage VSPs during the Giro? »