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Started on mountain bike then road bikes...now is difficult to say which on I love most...maybe the road bike.

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La Vie Velominatus speaks through you when clad in the Witte V-Jersey, custom-made by Kallisto. This is the ultimate cycling jersey; the cut is extremely anatomic for on-the-bike comfort. This is amazing, top-qualitiy stuff. Look deep into your soul and then deep into the sizing chart; this is race fit gear; no vanity sizing here.According to anc...

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  1. Is this Witte V-Jersey (Medium) available for shipping? »

The world championship road race stands out among all other one-day races as the one where the winner is awarded both a curse and a jersey to carry for the next 12 months. It also inspires way too many riders to wear white bibs, which is an alarming trend in itself and one which I hope Brian Cookston, the new UCI President, prioritizes over the dop...

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  1. BRAZIL!!!!! »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Nibali 2. Cancellara 3. Froome 4. Purito 5. Murilo Fischer!!! »

Each of us throw a leg over our top tubes and submit ourselves to the open road in recognition of the risks involved. These risks include those of a puncture, crash, damaged equipment, disability, and – ultimately – death. We try to be vigilant, we ride assertively yet defensively, and we hope for the best. We take every reasonable precaution t...

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  1. This is really the worst part of our sport. Unfortunatelly I gave up riding on open roads a long time ago…and I usually repeat to my friends: “I love cycling but I love myself a little bit more”. RIP Jon. »

The early eighties saw the tide change in the European Peloton. Components were taking on a new, curvy shape as they left their boxy forms behind. The glint of toe clips in the sun would become a rarer sight as the move towards clipless pedals would take hold in 1985. English speakers were winning the big races classically won by continental Pros.T...

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  1. And Murilo Fischer 6th! VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. Contador 3. Porte 4. Rodriguez 5. Hesjedal »

Twiggo is dreaming of a Giro-Tour double. He has sent out mixed messages about his Tour ambitions. Will he use the Giro as the ultimate Tour preparation or will be burn all his matches in May and hope he can find another pack for July? He has abandoned his successful 2012 Tour run-up strategy of winning every stage race he entered the previous spri...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Hesjedal 2. Nibali 3. Wiggo 4. Cadel 5. Henao »

There is something to love about a race that makes a deviation to its route for the simple joy of sending a fleet of professional riders up a fiendishly steep and narrow ramp. The Cote du Stockeu offers zero benefit to the route from a logistical standpoint – in fact, all it does is complicate things. On the way down from the Cote de Wanne &#...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Purito 2. Nibali 3. Valverde 4. Gilbert 5. Sagan »

Yes it is a race named after a barely drinkable Dutch beer. I have enjoyed Amstel beer, brought to our table by a nice waitress, sitting outside in the Dutch spring. Atmosphere is everything. Do the Dutch brew awesome beer? I drank some good stuff in Amsterdam last spring but I’m pretty sure it was Belgian.Now we begin the Ardennes three race...

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  1. Man! Those new aero helmets are so f*&#@ UGLY! VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Gilbert 3. Purito 4. J Rod 5. Gerrans »

It looks so easy on the television. Well, no, actually it looks pretty bloody hard. We think we have some understanding of how they suffer, how their bodies can take the continual beating. But we don’t really know. Not even by riding these abominations they call roads twice in the space of a few days can we understand the scale of the thing...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Phinney 3. Chavanel 4. Flecha 5. Vansummeren »

Imagine a world without the little things we take for granted; a house without a roof, a pub with no beer, a Keepers Tour without any clothes. The last one is a reality for me at the moment, five days in and still no trace of where the hell between Wellington and Paris my bag (filled with V-Kit, shoes, helmet, everything) is. The other thing that h...

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  1. And Fischer 6th VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Sagan 3. Thomas 4. Boonen 5. Paolini »

Until the 70’s it was common to race on gravel roads, but the Paving of the Planet has led to nearly every road being graced by smooth, black tarmac. As is the case with most things, once we are shown the easy path, it is difficult to return to more arduous ways. So it is with gravel roads; we take measures to avoid unpaved roads and in doi...

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  1. 6. Murilo Fischer »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Valverde 3. Pozzato 4. Sagan 5. Phinney »

Outside my window, its pouring rain. My bike is leaning agains the wall in my office, covered in grim and grit from the ride in, which was characterized by equal parts cold, wind, and rain. The spot in the locker room where I changed before my shower was marked by sand and mud, and when I walked to the shower, I left a trail of dirty footprints.It...

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  1. 6. Murilo Fischer VSP PICKS: 1. Thor 2. Pozzato 3. Vanmarcke 4. Gerald Thomas 5. Boasson Hagen »

At some point, I reckon the idea may dawn on me that I’m not a climber. Eighty kilos and standing something just shy of two meters, I’m not clear on why climbing is what speaks to me most about Cycling; I’m certainly not built like a grimpeur. But there is no question about it; I love riding in the mountains. I only have to catch...

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  1. Frank, congrats! Really! Or as we say down here in Brazil…DU CARALHO!!!! »

We are proud to announce a change to the Velominati Super Prestige moving forward: sponsorship. We are delighted (if a little surprised) at the interest our partners showed in this endeavor, despite the short notice we gave them. Four sponsors will be gracing the sides of our team bus for this year’s race: fi’zi:k is our Super Domesti...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Wiggo 2. Cadel 3. Hesjedal 4. Gesink 5. Nibali »

After a winter of long training rides that offered more in the way of numb extremities than it did in acute enjoyment, I have to say that the warming of the air and brightening of the skies have served to remind me that while I love riding in bad weather, I certainly don’t have anything against riding when its nice out.But dont think for...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Basso 2. Schleck Sr. 3. Hesjedal 4. Scarponi 5. Kreuziger »

When people think of the The Netherlands, they generally think of flat lands, windmills, and a topography where people claim to “live at elevation” when their home on the third floor of a building. Never the less, this is not entirely true as The Motherland does, in its most southern reaches, boast quite hilly terrain; the province of...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Sanchez 2. Valverde 3. Cadel 4. Nibali 5. J-Rod »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. J-Rod 2. Valverde 3. Cadel 4. Nibali 5. Sagan »

We rode the Pavé of Roubaix in the dry, and any comforting feelings we might have been carrying about with us that suggested we had somehow prepared for them were summarily vaporized as we hit the first secteur. Riding together in a group, unable to reach for the brakes or the shifters, we all were hit with the same realization: these aren’...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Boonen 2. Flecha 3. Vansummeren 4. Pozzato 5. Hagen »

The Keepers and Rigid rolled into a region in France called Flandres which, without doing any further research into the matter, we assume is the coloquial French term for this region of the world. If its anything like the other regions in Europe, these places have roots that extend way past any modern country’s border and situate themselves i...

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  1. This is one of the best cycling video I know! 2010 – Kapelmurr http://youtu.be/6T7TOTu3MyU »

  2. 6. Gilbert VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Boonen 3. Pozzato 4. Sep Vanmarcke 5. Devolder »

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. Go Murilo!!!! VSP PICKS: 1. Murilo Fischer 2. Boonen 3. Cavendish 4. Sagan 5. Freire »

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. Sagan 2. Cancellara 3. Visconti 4. Nibali 5. Hesjedal »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Hoore 2. Vocht 3. Jong 4. Goede 5. Vyust »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Boonen 2. Boom 3. Gilbert 4. Navardauskas 5. Boasson Hagen »

  • Wilkins is right about his role in his bike/car incidents. There’s 2 sides to the equation, always. As cyclists,...

  • One word, old mate … abridge!

    Fuck me that’s a long article. I really should read one someday around here.

  • @DeKerr

    Indeed, great story. What year was it published? I could not find the date. Mentions Pharmstrong’s...

  • @Ron

    YES! Ron, we have a date with DESTINY!!! Or a ride, not sure which? Either way, some of us are going to do...

  • @kixsand best of luck. Have fun and ask lots of questions!

  • Holy fuck! Anyone have any hot deals on GoPros and helmet mounts?

    Or maybe small firearms and bibshort holsters?

  • @PeakInTwoYears hear, hear. I to am fortunate to ride in friendlier climes

  • One word, old mate…………camera.

  • Mindfulness–and let’s just pass right over the idea of compassion for the moment–isn’t easy when it’s hard. When...

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