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Velominatus: Ron

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Turning the cranks, one day at a time. I'm a Yankee originally from upstate NY, now living in the south with my wife, 3 cats, 1 dog, one housemate who rides a lot, but almost never for fun. After being adrift for a year or two after college sports ended, I bought a used road bike. Commuting to work, then weekend rides. Now I'm more or less hooked, but it has been a great addition to my life. I try to remember I'm just riding for fun, but occasionally I'll race and ride too much. Oh, and this is the first sport where being on the small side of things has never been a drawback and maybe is a plus. I LOVE that part. Lots o' bikes. Nice carbon LOOK, nice steel Casati, less nice steel De Bernardi, a fantastic "mid-life crisis" Tommasini, Bianchi track bike, an Al/carbon Van Dessel, and a no-name steel cx bike for commuting and touring. Jeez, I didn't realize I had all those until I wrote them down. Couldn't be more thrilled to be a part of this community. It's taken me under its wing and transformed me from a biker to a cyclist!

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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. Armitstead 3. van Dijk 4. Borghini 5. Emma Johansson »

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. This time of year is a real nightmare for schedule meetings, work, etc. Can’t do Sundays, can’t do Wednesday morning. Soon the Giro will be on…and I’ll have three weeks of cycling to watch. May always seemingly evaporates, as April is about to do thanks… »

  2. If anyone is picking Jerome Gilbert, from Team Wanty, best be sure to spell that out, so he’s not confused with Dr. Phil. »

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. @ChrisO Baseball?! It’s the only sport slower and more boring than cricket… Good luck with the adult “acting” though, that sounds a bit more exciting for ya. Plus, it could offer years and years of slowly burning memories. »

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. That is damn cool, Steampunk. Hope she does well! Damn, Boonen’s Ferrari was fucking awful. I bet Kit decided to crash itself to end the misery of going around like that. Marko – ah, wage differences. I’m an academic. My brother is a financier. It’s lau… »

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. @G’rilla Sad to say that I also did this when installing new tires on my first true road bike. Bonkers. Now I’m able to install tires on most of my rims without anything more than my hands. I swore that I’d have to sell my soul to the devil the first t… »

  2. @G’rilla Sad to say that I also did this when installing new tires on my first true road bike. Bonkers. Know I’m able to install tires on my of my rims without anything more than my hands. »

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. Ouch, just a sip out of Gerrans? He has to work on his skulling skills! »

  2. How damn cool to have an embedded Follower there to capture, and share!, the action. Very cool, Andrew, very cool.I hope to someday attend a big, PRO race. Richmond is going to be awesome next year, but I don’t think it’ll have quite the atmosphere of a C… »

  3. Oh wow, I’ve spent the past few years watching via online streaming on a laptop. Last year the father-in-law gave us a 23″ t.v. monitor and an apple tv box. I mirrored my computer to that and thought I was in heaven. Well, we’re visiting the in-laws for … »

  4. It’s getting close! VSP PICKS: 1. Kwiatkowski 2. Gilbert 3. Valverde 4. Mollema 5. Kreuziger »

What, another guest post? Seemingly yes, but in fact we are keeping to our every-other Friday guest post schedule. We must Keep The Schedule! @Harminator’s post about pigs was the little seen “pop-up” article; a confluence of Paris-Roubaix, Orchies pigs and Jupiler beer. These things go very bad, very fast if not served quickly. @...

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  1. Ha, it’s not actually that bad, Nate. Would just be more fun to be at home to ride in the morning and watch the race. I’d bring a bike but it’s so flat where we’ll be that the most exciting part of the ride is wind, and I hate wind. And the group rides a… »

  2. Suffering, eh? See if you can suffer through this… http://www.outsideonline.com/featured-videos/gear-videos/bikes/How-to-Fix-a-Flat–with-Lance-Armstrong.html »

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. Not easy to call this one. A lot of guys rode well early, but have been missing for a few weeks, making it tough to discern their form. Kwiatkowski, Valverde. Gilbert just won, but who knows if he’ll ever be back to his top form. Who has seen Rui Costa’s… »

What, another guest post? Seemingly yes, but in fact we are keeping to our every-other Friday guest post schedule. We must Keep The Schedule! @Harminator’s post about pigs was the little seen “pop-up” article; a confluence of Paris-Roubaix, Orchies pigs and Jupiler beer. These things go very bad, very fast if not served quickly. @...

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  1. Nice Friday reading! I’ll be suffering this weekend…instead of riding on Sunday I have to visit the in-laws. A special type of suffering! »

Have you ever been told to take a good look at yourself? Usually it infers that you need to smarten up your ideas, get your shit together, shape up or ship out. If Viagra eyedrops had an advertising campaign, (or indeed existed), their tagline would be: “Take a long, hard look at yourself.”Most Cyclists need to take a long hard look at...

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  1. @ChrisO Goddamn, a lot of wisdom right here! Yep, the more everything is in order, the easier it is to find that tranquilness. Exactly! I like bowties but I am holding out on wearing one until I finish my degree. Then, anchors away! Also, I taught arou… »

  2. Whenever I teach a college/university course I tell the students on the first day, along with passing out the syllabus, that pajamas, pajama pants, slippers, or house shoes will not be tolerated in the classroom. I see people going around town all the fu… »

  3. Here I was thinking that this would be a piece solely bashing Kristoff and his crooked helmet. But, what we have is a brilliantly written Public Service Announcement on looking the part, being proper, looking classy, and having some damn self-respect. We… »

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. @Bespoke To put him above the UCI weight limit for apres-bicycles transport? »

  2. @scaler911 I bet he will. Oh yes, for sure. The guy is a great cyclist, can’t also be a great announcer. I wasn’t being critical as much as I was saying that Flecha seems pretty good at it, while LeMan seemed a bit nervous. Like he had something equall… »

  3. @andrew Hmm, reminds me of this. I went from a large, public high school to a small private college. I got to know some of the co-eds who had attended private prep schools. Many of them would say, “I love her to death but…” I always thought that was … »

It’s no secret that I’m prone to riding in the big ring as much as possible, mostly on account of my not being a giant sissy. In accordance with the ISO Non-Sissy Standard, I also never read instruction manuals or ask for directions when lost. I make sure to only rarely ask my VMH to turn up the radio when Adele comes on, usually follo...

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  1. I slogged on through, but damn, the opening paragraph is excellent. I’m kidding, the whole things is slick. Interesting thoughts on the trend of bar shape, which reduces hand positions. Less variety is never a good idea. I try to use the tops, hoods and … »

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. What to think about the build of Niki? He’s tall, but has pretty slim legs and arms. Nothing like Boonen, Cancellara, Sagan. Not really the bulk of a cobbles man, but he’s an Awesome Dutchman, of course. PRO: no silver shoe covers halfway to his knees C… »

  2. @Gianni And if you missed it, around 7 k or so to go, when things got wild again, Thomas and Wiggins were at the back of the chase talking about what to do, likely how to play it in terms of how they each felt. Thomas did then get back up to the front…. »

  3. Two interesting comments from the Eurosport ticker… “The host broadcaster failed to show the final spring for the remaining podium positions! Terrible stuff there – they were following the third group to the line!” “Thanks for joining us today for wha… »