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Velominatus: Rob

Order: Level 1 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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The 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 race in question by the time the countdown clock goes to zero...

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  1. @Gianni, hey good morning! It seems the  Mai tai’s that chased the  Tripels have  not impaired your lazer like mind for the VSP calculations. Im sure the keepers have been swamped with the book debut or secret keeper stuff but I was wondering if after the… »

Midweek in Belgium in Spring is a wonderful thing. Hordes of people come from seemingly nowhere to fill the bars and line the roadsides when presumably they’d usually be working, or at school, or some such. That the only ones who appear to be working are the bartenders and frites dispensers reinforces my belief that Belgium is the greatest co...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Valverde 3. Nibali 4. Kwiatowski 5. Costa »

The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path, not the end. In pursuit of La Vie Velominatus, we know of no end to the Path; each of us journey through an endless evolution of understanding and reverence. As such, The Word continues to be handed down from high upon Mount Velominis and The Rules continue to be expanded upon. Today we present you with t...

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  1. @seemunkee Keep on truckin! I don’t know why Mr Natural has not shown up more on these pages? Oh, wait was he talking about tools for… Forget it. Peace, out. @Frank,  what’s the route for the NYC ride?  GW Bridge and up to the Runcible Spoon Bakery i… »

Wednesday sees the return of the women to the VSP. More notably, we see the return of Marianne Vos to the road. She’s won this race five of the last seven years. It makes me wonder if the rest of the field have already resigned themselves to racing for second. On the other hand, Vos hasn’t been racing of late and may not be as sharp as...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Johansson 3. Van Dijk 4. Pooley 5. Longo Borghini »

The Amstel Gold Race, 251 km from Maastricht to Valkenburg, the hard way. There appears to be no flat sections longer than ten meters. There are thirty-four mean little climbs to ruin the legs. We have moved on from the real Spring Classics. There is no rest in this VSP; The Ronde and Roubaix were amazing but we must continue. Legs that are smoked...

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  1. @Steampunk the Tripels make it a trifecta! Florida is the Bomb I hope I never leave except for some great cogals. Tan lines look tatoo’d and I am almost fit enough to hang with the big huge gonzo group that does 50 km at 45 kph. Hills on the other hand a… »

  2. @Buck Rogers  no worries,  got what you were saying. Aren’t there two triples here? Theepeat of the Amstel and the possible of winning this and the next 2 races? hey Steampunk have you guys thawed out yet?? »

  3. Great race, fantastic finish! »

  4. Gilbert threepeat?! »

  5. @Gianni  that’s an old school solution to an old school tech problem, nice! Brett let us know how that pick works out for you? I’m in with my usual mojo shagadelic catfadillac picks and hope I can stay on at least the second step of the podium one more w… »

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. @roger Roger, I can’t add anything crept your going to blind some unsuspecting squirrels tomorrow! That package is rad. Give my best to Buck and all – have fun! »

It has been a brutal week for us Keepers, having decided not to hold a Keepers Tour this year. Watching the action from half a world away has been almost too much for us to bear, and I know most of the participants from last year must be feeling similarly. On Sunday, we would be escorted by our friends and guides, William and Alex of Pavé Cycling...

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  1. Yes, good man and great move! Although I found it strangely  anticlimactic – too many strong men marking each other, or the fact that I think the time was fast and they were all blown? »

@Harminator just submitted this little gem of a tale. It is too timely not to share with Paris-Roubaix looming. VLVV, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. Nice one, puts us in the proper mood! I am so stoked for this race, got back from this mornings effort and tried to find the live feed, bummed that its tomorrow… »

It has been a brutal week for us Keepers, having decided not to hold a Keepers Tour this year. Watching the action from half a world away has been almost too much for us to bear, and I know most of the participants from last year must be feeling similarly. On Sunday, we would be escorted by our friends and guides, William and Alex of Pavé Cycling...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Vanmarcke 3. Van Avermaet 4. Kristoff 5. Boonen »

The 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 race in question by the time the countdown clock goes to zero...

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  1. @seemunkee @freddy Holy Joop Zoetemelk! I just checked and am so surprised to be on the podium! I only hope I make it to the showers next weekend… Can’t wait PR has to be my favorite race. Good luck all! »

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. @Gianni it is like 10 guys could nail this one and the 3-4 favorites only need to hiccup to fall short by one podium step… drink Kerin at least it is cycling related! »

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. Johansson 2. Armistead 3. Van Dijk 4. Borghini 5. Moolman »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Boonen 3. Vanmarcke 4. Devolder 5. Sagan »

Gravity is the most unavoidable force on Earth, with the possible exception of Stupidity. And like with Stupidity, you can take measures to reduce its influence on you, but you won’t get rid of it completely, assuming you’re staying on this planet. From the very moment we’re born, Gravity takes its unrelenting hold on us –...

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  1. @ohbejoyful Nice one! It does seem to explain the reason we all get captivated by 2 wheels. I like the big picture of what the vid is about too and that may explain why I feel no guilt for my hours on the bike? Glad you joined in. »

  2. I envy your brain Frank, you never cease to amaze with your analogies, gravity and stoopid – Genius!  Since I have left the land of hills and now do not wrestle with the man with the G’s I am really curious as to how it will be when I head north and am th… »

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. @unversio Dumb works?! If I win this year I will hand make a trophy to be passed from winner to successive winner! »

Everyone knows you need at least three road bikes – two if you’re absolutely determined to make a point about minimalism. Bike Number One is reserved for good weather and events, and the Rain Bike for inclement weather. Just like our guns need to be pampered and rubbed down whenever we’re off the bike, any time Bike Number One isn...

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  1. Frank, ace reflective tape tip, thanks and thanks too @sthilzy, that rim job is getting laid on for maximum effect. I tell the VMH that I am lit up like a christmas tree so that she can yell at the bastide in court “which fecking light did you not see?”. … »

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. @unversio Si Señor, does this not apply most here?¿ »

  2. @Buck Rogers Buck, ChrisO, this ^ the interweb has no rules but this site has a vibe that keeps the boil down to a simmer so that great discussion and fun times roll out almost every day. There is no bad in the sometime/onetime poster coming just for t… »

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. Cancellara 2. Kristoff 3. Degenkolb 4. Sagan 5. Boonen »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Kristoff 3. Cancellara 4. Sagan 5. Boonen »