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Velominatus: Rom

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A dedicated MAMIL but was touring and some racing from age 15. Now weekly group rider, some racing and TT.

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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...

@Rom's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Gerrans 3. Valverde 4. Rodriguez 5. Mollema »

The Whale Shark is the biggest nonmammalian vertebrate* on the planet, rivaling the dinosaurs for size. How do you feed yourself when you’re that huge without loading up on carbs all the time? Easy, you swim around with your mouth wide open for 22 hours a day and hope enough food swims in there to take the edge off the hunger pangs. Cycl...

@Rom's posts:

  1. @Puffy You sound like a taller version of the gymnast girls I’ve seen on the Commonwealth games coverage. Is your hair in a bun? As my son says “you need to lift”. »

  2. @wiscot Ha, what’s that thing attached to the top tube? Looks tri like to me. I’m not that happy with the bar bottle as it leaks and covers you with sticky stuff. I have seat rail cages I use for training and toolkit on longer races. I’d like a seat t… »

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. Scientific validation of Rule #27. Vanquish your rivals. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-28/morton-beats-meares-to-sprint-gold-in-glasgow/5627720 »

The Whale Shark is the biggest nonmammalian vertebrate* on the planet, rivaling the dinosaurs for size. How do you feed yourself when you’re that huge without loading up on carbs all the time? Easy, you swim around with your mouth wide open for 22 hours a day and hope enough food swims in there to take the edge off the hunger pangs. Cycl...

@Rom's posts:

  1. @frank @frank shaving incident with a Bowie knife. »

  2. @PT Watching the TT last night, my theory is that Martin creates a localised low pressure cell and effectively inhales all the other riders on course. »

  3. @DeKerr Thanks mate, I’ve got two options then, campy track pedal that came with my 30 yo steely, or reversible platform pedal on the MTB. The clog is about an inch high so a bit of imbalance is expected. the positive is that I plan to buy new cycling … »

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...

@Rom's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Olds 3. Bronzini 4. Wild 5. Armistead »

The Whale Shark is the biggest nonmammalian vertebrate* on the planet, rivaling the dinosaurs for size. How do you feed yourself when you’re that huge without loading up on carbs all the time? Easy, you swim around with your mouth wide open for 22 hours a day and hope enough food swims in there to take the edge off the hunger pangs. Cycl...

@Rom's posts:

  1. @DeKerr I’ve got a more immediate problem, how do I put a cleat on this? »

  2. @Puffy The VMH has one of these. There are still finger nail marks in the ceiling after she attacked a square inch on one of my guns. She has much more V than me. i prefer pain to come from within the guns. her torture device is also pink so very unm… »

  3. @Barracuda Two reasons why that isn’t the case: that’s a TT bike not a dirty tri bike if I had attempted a swim first I wouldn’t have made it onto the bike »

  4. @frank   have discussed this with the VMH and she’s not for it. But after seeing Specialized wind tunnel video (not that we listen to them), I’m thinking it may be some free seconds. Also will help me look more fantastic. problems are: i have trou… »

  5. @wiscot My 15 yo son refers to it as my sippy cup. I’d slap him but he’s 6′ 3″ »

  6. My VMH and I also refer to this. As race face »

  7. @Barracuda You guys and your Adelaide hills. attended my first TDU in 2012. Me “how much longer does this hill go for?” My  “mate” who’d been there   before “just a few more k’s”. 10km later, me “how much longer does this hill go for?” My  “mate” 0f d… »

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...

@Rom's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Nibali 2. Contador 3. Porte 4. Valverde 5. Rui Costa »

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

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. Emma Johansson 2. Marian Vos 3. Emma Pooley 4. Giorgia Bronzini 5. Evelyn Stevens »

Chamois leather used in cycling shorts looked like this only once, before the first washing. After that one had to slather cream onto it to attempt to restore it to its former soft smoothness, which was impossible. I have written a reverence article on chamois cream and I vowed then to never google “saddle sore images” again, hence a b...

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  1. @wiscot Speaking of things your mum made, here I am centre, with arm warders knitted by me mum, circa 1982. Who said merino was the new wonder material? »

  2. I remember the good old days, having to wash your jersey and shorts by hand in wool wash then having to wait ages for them to dry and the chamois ending up stiff as a board. on recommendation I used to rub in this cream I think called Jecovital to soften … »

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. Mollema 3. Roman Kreuziger 4. Wiggins 5. Mathias Frank »

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 cl...

@Rom's posts:

  1. So J-Rod is out, Quintana has a sore butt and Nibali didn’t front up. C’mon guys. »

Last week we completed the second stop in the tour for our book, The Rules; The Way of the Cycling Disciple. For the first two, we partnered with Rapha to do a five-to-six hour ride and then sign the books at the shop afterwards. In both cases, I was amazed by the quality of the riding and by the ride leaders themselves, Robert in NYC and Eric in...

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  1. What’s going on in the regroup pic with the guy in the pink jersey? »

Behind every great rider, there’s a great soigneur. The right hand man, the go-to guy, who tends every whim of his rider, feeding, watering, mending and massaging. Behind the humble Velominatus Regularus, however, there’s a string of injuries, tight muscles, bad posture and aching guns. We are our own soigneurs, and if you’re like...

@Rom's posts:

  1. I find regular visits to my Physio help a lot. helps that they’re in my building at work. After a back injury from avoiding running over my mate’s face and the self inflicted pain from TTing, the Physio’s work and helped my lower back big time. I’ve also … »

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 cl...

@Rom's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. Joaquim Rodriguez 3. Evans 4. Uran Uran 5. Nibali »