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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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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… »

  4. My gosh, my gosh…8 km to go and it’s a HardMan convention! I think Wiggins is gonna get a pass from this point on for his poor facial hair and clothing choices. Vanmarcke, Boonen, Degenkolb, Cancellara, Thomas, Wiggins, Terpstra, Langeveld, Debacker, … »

  5. VSP PICKS: 1. Stybar 2. Phinney 3. Cancellara 4. Sep VanMarcke 5. Van Avermaet »

  6. VSP PICKS: 1. Stybar 2. Kristoff 3. Cancellara 4. Sep VanMarcke 5. Van Avermaet »

  7. Have two racers finished 1-2 two years in a row? I wonder. Who is our historian for the race. Please come forward. The odds of the same 1-2 seem unlikely. Thus… VSP PICKS: 1. Stybar 2. Edvald Boassan Hagen 3. Cancellara 4. Sep VanMarcke 5. Van Averma… »

  8. I like the sentiment of “hope” the spectators don’t play a big part tomorrow, as they did last year, or as they did last week. But fuck it. I don’t want hope. I want that lady from last week with the red leather jacket who took out Popovych and the guy f… »

  9. Wow, the 112th time this shall be raced. That’s pretty good lineage. Okay, who thought Sebastien Turgot would go second two years back? I’m curious which racer will get on the podium and he surprises everyone – fans, spouse, DS. »

@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. It is very, very cool to have such tales out of fellow enthusiasts. Thank you for traveling, thank you for giving it a go out there, and thank you for all the fun around here, Keepers! Onwards to the Queen of the Classics! »

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. Stybar 4. Boonen 5. Edvald Boss Hogg »

The grade is long and I am climbing away. I’m not going to Pantani this: I am not out of the saddle, not in the drops and not leaving everyone in my wake. The climbing gear was engaged a long time ago. There is progress, but I am not dancing up this climb. A little more cadence would really help here. If I could just get this mother-lover spinnin...

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  1. Gianni – you shift with your middle finger? Is that a big F-you to the inner ring? »

I had always imagined that de Ronde van Vlaanderen must be hardest race in the world. The way I worked it out – having never ridden the course of either event at the time – was that de Ronde had the same cobbles as Roubaix, but with 20% grades thrown in. It makes enough sense so long as you don’t know what you’re talking abo...

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  1. Wow, that photo of Johan and Marie-Claire is absolutely wrenching. He’s clearly in a world of pain, his shoes are off, her shoes are off, he hit her head-on at a serious pace, his bike is on top of her. I don’t even know what to think. I hope both of th… »

  2. @frank Universal Cannibals are omnivorous and Cannibals van Baal only eat fellow Benelux racers? »

  3. I’m intrigued by the development of Cancellara as a tactician. Why did he graduate from Mapei into the racer he is, while say Pozzato has become the Potato? I know it is extremely hard to race the top level, but what separates the winners from the really … »

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. @dobritch Is this from the Ronde? If so, then it proves that he did in fact switch his helmet, which the announcers on Eurosport pointed out. They thought he might have been doing some tactical trickiness. He finished in a regular Bontrasher road helmet… »

  2. Wasn’t Devolder thought to be washed up quite recently? Now he appears to be the hardest of Hardmen in the Belgian Peloton. Fucking ace. And, did anyone else see that he motorpaced home from G-V behind his father. “Oh yeah, I just lead out Cancellara, th… »

  3. @Bianchi Denti I like that positive attitude. Right, this is very true. At this level, these guys are all so good at everydarnthing. It really is the tiniest differences, like maturity. You learn from why you lost, then you smash it again next year. G… »

  4. @Mikael Liddy Ha, that is an A-class joke. I like that! A fuckin’ gutter for Sep, but yes, the deprivation from lacking the Italio-Suisse’s creativity in opening the suds, that was the real crusher. »

  5. Yikes, Sep looks gutted as Fabian swills a whole beer. Talk about the glory and the pain. Also, Greg VA. Man, that guy has to be tired of coming up just a bit short. He’s always there, he towed the huge fucker for many K’s, and then he comes in second. F… »

  6. Who in the fuck is that woman with the ugly red leather jacket who nearly killed Popovych? What an arsehole. She knew her jacket took him out, he crashed hard just a few feet away, then she let other spectators tend to him, acting as if she’d done nothing… »