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Velominatus: Rigid

Order: Level 3 Velominatus

Location: Wellington, New Zealand

A proud male New Zeelander (, from a country that shares a border with a strip of Belgium. I grew up hard and tough riding a Chopper with a red flag around the coastal roads of New Plymouth before being towed to Wellington by parents. 40 years old currently, I still have a lasting love affair with cycles that I'm hoping will be eternal - A-Merckx. No. 1 Bike is a TIME Proteam with Campa Shamals

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I’m getting too old and cranky for all this race schedule changing. I know they already did this last year and presumably I had the same gripings then, but Lombardia is supposed to close out the season and I’m downright angry that Paris-Tours is closing out the books now; it only seems right that one of the most beautiful races should...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Ryder H 3. Rodriguez 4. Kwiatowski 5. Martin »

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...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. Contador 3. Froome 4. J. Rod 5. Talansky »

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. Sagan 2. Gallopin 3. Rodriguez 4. Gilbert 5. Valverde »

It has been many years (25!) since professional female cyclists have raced on the cobbles of the Champs Elysées. While running the Giro Donne concurrently with the Tour de France makes no sense to me, this Sunday’s women’s race does make sense. It should be the model for a Women’s Tour de France: the route, infrastructure, roadsi...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Emma J 3. Bronzini 4. K. Wild 5. Armitstead »

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. Bertie 3. Nibbles 4. Valverde 5. Mollema »

I’m not even talking about all the pseudo-asthmatics out there, vaping their way to better breathing. My breathing is just fine. It’s my little citron sized heart that is slowing me down. Is there a street-legal injection or vacuum pump for heart enlargement, or a trip to a doctor in the Congo that would transplant a badass Mandrill heart for m...

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  1. A pre-commute stovetop is the usual start to the morning for me and changes the quality of the ride – the legs seem to spin faster for the duration and the cool air is sucked through the mouth like a supercharger. That’s the drug for me. It’s also a great… »

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. Wiggins 2. Bauke Mollema 3. Cadel Evans 4. Roman Kreuziger 5. Carlos Betancur »

The 100th running of Liège-Bastogne-Liège takes place this Sunday. Danny-boy Martin will be marked heavily as the defending champion. Malmerde, and Phil Gil have shown they are peaking too. Froomy has thrown his hat into the ring, as he did last year but after last years 26th place, maybe it’s training. 263 kms, past winners include a long...

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  1. Shamefully I’ve missed the last three races due to a vacation in Phuket, need to focus and regroup now for the major tours VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Martin 3. Valverde 4. J-rod 5. Kwiatkowski »

Vlaanderen. Its no accident the Flemish word for Flanders starts with a V; there is nothing simple or easy about riding a bike here. If it isn’t wind, its steep bergs. If it isn’t tarmac, its cobbles. Most of the time, its all three. Oh, and the weather there sucks. In fact, Flanders doesn’t have weather – it has VVeather.De...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Lizzie Armitstead 2. Emma JOHANSSON 3. Van Der Breggen 4. K Wild 5. Ferrand-Prevot »

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. Soooo hard to pick this race but I think Fabian is going to repeat last years effort on the Pateburg  and blow the contenders off his wheel. Unless a Stybar or someone similar gets there first VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Sep Vanmarcke 3. Sagan 4. Boonen… »

This is the kick off of the VSP for women’s racing, though the women have already kicked it off with the Ronde van Drenthe in the Netherlands. Now it’s down to Northern Italy, Varese, by Lago Maggiore, but this is a climbers course, more in the mountains than by the lake. And yes, Sunday is also Gent-Wevelgem for women but Trofeo is par...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Johansson 3. Borghini 4. Armistead 5. Van dijk »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Boonen 2. Sagan 3. Stybar 4. Cancellara 5. Greg Van Avermaet »

This winter Shimano showed up on Maui with a flotilla of Colnago C-59s set up with disc brakes. The lucky Shimano people tested the bikes on some of the nicest routes on the island, including some descending down the Haleakala volcano. Unbelievably they didn’t invite me along (!?). If they had I would have suggested a different place to ride, one...

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  1. Was talking to someone more knowledgeable than I who suggested the UCI might make disc breaks mandatory on all bikes in the pro-tour  in the near future. This is due to differential breaking rates among all the different rims these days causing too many… »

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. I’m going for a breakaway on the final climbs with fast descenders coming to the fore but being outsprinted by Sagan, followed by a bunch sprint phew.. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Nibbles 3. Cancellara 4. Cavendish 5. Degenkolb »

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...

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  1. That’s a gorgeous photo to emphasize the point – all the perspective lines are warped by his speed (and the wide angle lense) to move the vanishing point off the page.. I’m always trying to explain the joy of cycling to non-cyclists but they never underst… »

Lucky is the cyclist who has a parent cyclist. Early mentoring about the pain cave, guidance gluing on tires, these are worthwhile lessons a parent could lecture a child on. If one has to listen to a parental lecture, better it be about Eddy Merckx and how you are no Eddy Merckx than balancing your checking account. For the rest of us, our parents...

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  1. Dad’s and bikes go together well- mine used to take us up the street to watch the racers come streaming down the mountain behind us, with sun glinting off shiny bits of their bikes. He used to impress me by riding epic all day marathons to  get to grandpa… »

Ok all you roadies, listen up. You’re not gonna like what I’m about to tell you, but it’s the truth. And sometimes, the truth hurts. You ready?Road cycling owes a lot to mountain biking. Continue reading...

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  1. If I had to ride the Arenburg Trench every year I’d do pretty much anything for a smoother ride, if just to stop my front teeth from falling out. Did those Rox shox Ruby’s have a lockout for the smooth sections I wonder? Well researched article Bretto, yo… »

In the days of Anquetil, this was considered the most prestigious individual time trial on the calendar, and he made his name early by winning the event as an amateur at 19. It was also 100km in length, which brings up the point that maybe everyone in our generation should be banned from ever breathing the phrase, “Rule #5″.These days,...

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  1. I must admit to picking names I like the sound of rather than having knowledge of their form – some of them sound like burlesque dancers VSP PICKS: 1. Strappazzon Marine 2. Leleu Fanny 3. Artaud Audrey 4. Van Houweling Molly 5. Brulee Latoya »

Welliminati unite for a Casually Deliberate, no-drop ride to celebrate the life of @itburns, a friend we unfortunately never met. This is also to show our support for the itburns Memorial Cogal taking place at Westpoint, NY, later the same day.Shake off the winter blues for 130 (approx) kilometres. We’ll ride from Aro Valley, out to Whitemans Vall...

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  1. Welliminati unite for a Casually Deliberate, no-drop ride to celebrate the life of @itburns, a friend we unfortunately never met. This is also to show our support for the itburns Memorial Cogal taking place at Westpoint, NY, later the same day.

    Shake off the winter blues for 130 (approx) kilometres. We’ll ride from Aro Valley, out to Whitemans Valley, across to and over Moonshine Road, through Whitby, then back to the city via Johnsonville and Ohariu Valley. I’’m guessing that few of us have done any distance work over winter, so I’m sure that the pace won’t be too hot for anyone.

    Meet at Aro Valley Fish and Chip shop at 9:30am, whatever the weather. There are 2 cafes in the immediate vicinity for pre-ride espressos and snacks.

    Distance: approx 130km

    And beers afterwards, obviously

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    Date - October 20, 2013
    9:30 AM - 6:30 PM

    Aro Valley Fish & Chip Shop

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Growing up, I imagine my dad did his fair share of worrying about me getting into trouble with chemicals and girls. Like with most problems in life, the solution lay in Cycling; training encouraged healthy behavior and once my dad convinced me to shave my legs, no one needed to worry about the girls anymore.Cycling caused its fair share of problems...

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  1. @frank that video of Ole Ritter on the track is inspirational, especially when it goes slo-mo at the end – the seemingly effortless application of power. I imagine there isn’t a single dead spot in his pedal stroke »

Five is an important number. Assuming nothing has gone amuck in our development or our usage of cutlery, we each boast five digits on both our hands and both our feet. Most of us have five senses. Most miraculously, any number multiplied by five and then divided by five gives you the same number you started with and yields no remainder.The Babaloni...

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  1. Two V’s for a hardman of the peliton – on the road to the summit of the Galibier »

Il Lombardia, this is the race of the fallen leaves. This fall classic is a beautiful race in a beautiful region of Italy. The arduous route may change year to year but what does not change is the Italian need to win this thing. There is some national pride at stake here after the Italian men finished off the podium in Firenze. Bergamo to Lecco, 24...

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  1. This is one of the races I look forward to all year – such a beautiful route and so much history VSP PICKS: 1. Rodriguez 2. Nibali 3. Gilbert 4. Quintana 5. Contador »

They don’t call it the race of truth for nothing, and Ferdi ain’t no liar. There’s no hiding when your specialist chrono machine is also your specialist road racing machine, and aero headwear is achieved through flipping your leather cap around to face the Jeep loaded with drunk French truffle hunters that’s been tailing yo...

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  1. This photo and the pain cave gospel according to Frank where the inspiration for today’s sufferfest. Four hours in and I wanted to turn the bike towards the flats and home – No said the tiny Ferdi on my shoulder, you shall ride the 2k up Mt Albert and so … »

There are many revered places in Cycling, places that are instantly recognisable, places that command their own special page in history and in our memories for the great battles held upon them. Most likely the names you’ll think of first would be the great mountain climbs of the Grand Tours, l’Alpe d’Huez, Ventoux, Zoncolan, Stelv...

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  1. @brett Ha ha. It’s a musette which dispenses many gifts and is also useful for taking a couple of ales to party. I really like the design of the kit – bold sophisticated use of colour and great typeset. Any idea what the Ravito stands for? »

Seriously. Is it almost September? This was not the agreement, this was supposed to be an endless summer. And all you A-Holes down there in the Antipodes are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, enjoying longer days and shorter nights. I don’t need to tell you where you can take that, but it’s dark and it smells. I have no patien...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Valverde 2. J-rod 3. Nibali 4. Henao 5. Uran »