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Velominatus: Rob

Order: Gray Order Velominatus

Location: Miami Beach, close to America

Old dog rider with some amateur race experience back in the day. Still going fast but seeing the writing on the wall... Day job is self employed metal smith. Occasional mushroom hunter, collector of antique spoons

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Most great ideas in life are accompanied by an unforeseen consequence of equal or greater magnitude. For instance, no one predicted that the Industrial Revolution would pollute our air and set off climate change on a global scale. Similarly, no one realized that when placing unfathomable computing power in the palm of our hands in the form of smart...

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  1. Like @Ccos I seem to have come to fitting early and easily. If memory serves when I started riding long races at 40kph position became something that got sorted pretty quickly. Now just getting on any bike and muscle memory can get me dialed in quickly. … »

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. Since losing the top 10 VSP in the tour I’m going with long shots of youth, hopefully get back in the completion before the worlds…. Hey @ Gianni, by Gianni / Aug 20 2014 / 85 posts  “Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on t… »

Jump to: Scoring Guidelines • Prizes • Schedule • ResultsThe Velominati Super Prestige is a season-long competition wherein readers will be submitting their predictions for the top five finishers of each qualifying race.  In order to qualify, your picks via the VSP Picks form above the posts section of the VSP Event article pertaining to the...

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  1. Vuelta, Vuelta, Vuelta! For the first time I am excited about following it. Not sure who’s on the start list, Niaro? Horner, will he be going great or what after his tour?? Yea baby, bring it on! »

The future is dark, which is the best thing the future can be, I think.- Virginia WoolfOur actions lie on the horizon of the present, in that swirling cloud where fantasy turns into reality. To plan is to cast a shadow into the future, to attempt to lay shape to the unknown. As the present merges with the future, reality will try our plans on for s...

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  1. @Frank, I am gobsmacked by the shear virtuosity of the first two paragraphs. Nabokovian genius! Then to end with the quote from Scotty… Then to have The little Wizened One give the #1 reply, out of the force, is just, just, I’m at a loss for words. It m… »

I have met @chris on the original Keepers Tour. He seemed like a reasonable person at the time. Then again, @rob passes himself off  as a rational person yet he signed up for the Too Much on 100 ride and completed it. People sign up for these crazy rides because it forces them to get in the best shape possible. It makes these long rides more enjoy...

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  1. @Chris  Epic is the word no mater what the weather! Cal and the rest of us had a blissful day for our 350 jaunt and funnily the course profile was almost the same but the reverse of what you are doing so no worries about that little bump on the outskirts … »

A friend recently asked my advice for how to prepare for the longest ride he’d ever done. My approach is somewhat unorthodox when it comes to this sort of thing; I like to train to ride a lot farther than the event itself, and whenever possible, throw in a handful of sessions with my old friend, The Man with the Hammer. I suggested he do the...

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  1. @simon The best lesson I learned from the 200 on 100 was to eat some thing VERY regularly  to keep blood sugars and energy from any lows. This advice from our friend who joined us as prep for an ultra Tri. It worked a treat. The only time I came close t… »

I bought a Road ID the day I learned of Jon Lennard’s death on August 12, 2013. Someone in the posts of the original announcement of his passing (below) mentioned he was identified by his Road ID. Of course he had a Road ID. What I knew of him made that perfect. So responsible and sensible.The nature of this community is a strange thing; we d...

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  1. @Buck Rogers Nice Buck ^ and I never read the report of the Austin cogal – flats and Rule #9 combined! Thanks »

  2. Only through posts did I meet @itburns but immediately fell in love with his handle to the point of using it in situations, like after a frozen ride, in the shower “itburns” comes out of my mouth. After he was gone his genius and humanity became the stuff… »

Never forget your roots, they say… OK, I’m a child of the 70′s, and back then bicycles were as big a part of my life as they are today. We’d always be out riding, building tracks and jumps, and tinkering with our Dragsters, stripping them down to emulate our motocross heroes, with varying results.All these memories came f...

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  1. A quick search showed that I had a Raleigh Chopper, probably the first model in 1969. It was cool but a little precious with its 3+2 5 speed “console” double gear shift – read ball extractor if you crashed just right. My friends were on more basic stuff a… »

July 13 2014 marked the 35th anniversary of the seminal ‘cycling film’ Breaking Away. 35 years. Nothing stays popular for that long, right? Things get dated, lose their edge (if there was edge in the first place) and eventually become irrelevant (I’m looking at you, Rolling Stones). Yes, even legends get stale if left out too lon...

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  1. @Minnesota Expat   That is the best clip and wow to do it at speed! Yes Gianni and I thought that move in the movie was cool and after I practiced to do it but never more than in a parking lot at 10kph. Being limber was a help and time spent on the bike… »

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. @Two Ball Billy Hat to you 2BB! Oh wait we’re you talking about Nibbles? He deserves acclaim for making it look easy but is anyone else wondering what’s up with the sausage in his shorts Or is it just me and I should seek professional help? »

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. Johansson 3. Armistead 4. Pooley 5. Bronzini »

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. @piwakawaka 54k, it’s possible but Bardet either has to be really bad at tt’s or TJVG has to have an amazing ride. If he makes it I will salvage a little of my pathetic VSP Tour… »

  2. @DCR @Buck, you know I know what stuff you are made of and how you would be like the black knight in the Tour. “What missing a foot? One is good enough. What, no legs I’ll use my hands, no hands, I will get it done with my teeth – hey where are you g… »

  3. Right now with 2 swaps of my 1st and 2nd and leaving 3-5 I’m negative 7. Ok this just either sucks or is really really fun! I choose the later and am betting that there will be lots more carnage to come so that we have not finished shuffling this peleton… »

  4. 43 to go and Jens has flatted, good wheel change, shouldn’t hurt him getting back on in pouring rain! »

  5. @VeloSix  ++1 and hes a guy that would be fun to hang with or have at your back, just saying, a rare combination these days. »

  6. @Buck Rogers I’m a fan boy of Spartacus and while it seemed he was a bit tentative yesterday it looked  to me to be exactly the situation he was quoted on, why work to bring up 3 others to have them use you. It is a very different race 5 days into the Tou… »

  7. That was the tits, a bit surprised Fabian did not have it to turn on the afterburners in the last section but Sagan is going so well he would have been giving a free ride… Kwiatkowski is the sleeper here me thinks? »

  8. @Tom Mc  Nibbles is in form – good for my 3rd place pick! Gutted for Cav but happily that means he will be back next year on fire to nail down more wins for the record book… »

  9. The field this year is so deep with potential… This is going to be a fun race! VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. Contador 3. Nibali 4. da Costa 5. Kwiatkowski »

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. Vos 2. Johansson 3. Abbott 4. Pooley 5. Borghini »

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. @Owen  spot on! A wonderful drink as is tea. Both should only be drunk in the style of the culture that adopted them and perfected the drinking of them. Note that the image (what post here never gets the image dissected?) that Gianni used is not of some … »

  2. Gianni, theres doping then theres doping… espresso, wicked hot embrocation and tiger balm in the nostrils is all legal and kosher. Miami and “Cubano” coffee are about as close to Italian coffee as one can find (ignoring that Miami is not really part of… »

It’s always a let down for a fan to realise his or her idol is not all that they were held up to be. And while I was somewhat a fan of Marco Pantani, it was neither a surprise nor a let-down to read about his troubled life, and his subsequent sad, lonely death.It wasn’t a surprise, or a let-down, to read that possibly his whole career w...

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  1. @Buck Rogers thanks, that was good, the man seems to be just what I imagine we would have been if at age 27 or so our road had taken a different turn! Hey see you in a few weeks for a Hudson Valley ( east side) ride!! »