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Brett’s fine Nick Cave article got me thinking about music and cycling. We spend lots of time alone on our bikes. The bike is on autopilot, it stays upright from second to second, freeing up our brains to consider anything or nothing. Music might be the only riding companion we have but it has to be the right music. Being as Pro as possible is...

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  1. @actor1 Great choice, KMFDM are my selection for those long solo rides where tunes are required, although cadence normally matches the beat regardless . As for headphones, a cheap pair of sports earbuds that wrap around the ear with the right earbud cu… »

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...

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  1. Expecting Sagan to continue as bridesmaid. VSP PICKS: 1. Albasini 2. Sagan 3. Gallopin 4. Gilbert 5. Rojas »

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...

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  1. Anything can’t be as bad as my tour… VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Johansson 3. Armistead 4. Wild 5. Brozini »

It began when they come took me from my home And put me in Dead Row, Of which I am nearly wholly innocent, you know. And I’ll say it again I.. am.. not.. afraid.. to.. die.Cold, still, heavy, damp air encourages one to remain ensconsed, the familiar nagging doubt weedling away in the back, make that the front, of my mind, and I concede; I...

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  1. What is seen cannot be unseen… »

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  1. After the carnage of the first week I was tempted to wait until the second rest day to see the fallout of another week racing, but here goes… VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Tejay van Garderen 2. Richard Porte 3. Michal Kwiatkowski 4. Vincenzo Niba… »

  2. Like most professional sportsmen these guys needs a good dose of the V. Almost every sport these days the pros complain if the conditions are even mildly challenging. As a Pedalwan I’ve only been following for a few years but every tour they find a stage … »

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  1. If anyone in France can get SBS to pick up this stream it would be great.  I love not having a time trial at the start and giving everyone a chance for the maillot jaune in the first few stages  »

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  1. Does anyone else apart from the Engine keep spelling Alberto’s name with a “U”? VSP PICKS: 1. Tejay van Garderen 2. Alberto Contador 3. Chris Froome 4. Vincenzo Nibali 5. Alejandro Valverde »

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Emma Johansson 2. Marianne Vos 3. Mara Abbott 4. Emma Pooley 5. Tiffany Cromwell »

I met a nice character a few weeks ago on a magnificent ride through the Bay Area. He rode a Colnago C-50 which was so filthy that I was unable to ascertain with any degree of certainty what color it was painted. I spent most of the ride suppressing the impulse to lead him and his bike through a local car wash. As it turns out, he’s based o...

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  1. I’ve got an issue down this line of buyer regret. Since moving to a “raw carbon” bike the finish always looks that bit off. Seeing all the carbon joins just makes the bike look a bit less polished all the time, and it never feels satisfying to clean it. … »

Jump to: Scoring Guidelines • Prizes • Schedule • ResultsThe 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...

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  1. In a similar vein to Beers, can I get my incompetance at #331  removed? »

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  1. @Puffy We had a guy that used to occasionally  ride with us that did this with his phone. Apparently the groups disdain of headphones meant he needed to turn up the volume on the iphone to listen to music and serenade us with whatever crap he liked. Ne… »

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  1. Lets see if Saxo can get someone up, Majka in for Dan Dan the Crashing man. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Cadel 2. Quintana 3. Uran 4. Rodriguez 5. Majka »

  2. Some weird form of national pride is making me pick Cuddles. I suspect he’s over the hill but I’d just love to see one more big win. VSP PICKS: 1. Cadel 2. Quintana 3. Uran 4. Rodriguez 5. Dan Martin »

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  1. As a mid pack Domestique… VSP PICKS: 1. Valverde 2. Gerrans 3. Gilbert 4. Kwiatkowski 5. Kreuziger »

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  1. … VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert, P 2. Kwiatkowski 3. Costa 4. Nibali 5. Moreno »

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  1. Can’t see Vos quite there first ride out VSP PICKS: 1. Johansson 2. Van Dijk 3. Vos 4. Armistead 5. Borghini »

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  1. I think I need to stop picking people I actually want to win. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Valverde 3. Nibali 4. Kreuziger 5. Gerrans »

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

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. JOHANSSON Emma 2. ARMITSTEAD Elisabeth 3. VAN DIJK Ellen 4. CROMWELL Tiffany 5. BORGHINI Elisa »

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Boonen 3. Thomas 4. Degenkolb 5. Phinney »

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  1. Very blind and not a lot of help out there VSP PICKS: 1. Johanson 2. Armistead 3. Garfoot 4. Aubrey 5. Spratt »

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. Right, let’s see if I’m just a jinx VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Sagan 3. Hushovd 4. Goss 5. Greipel »

Het Volk (it will always be Het Volk to me) and now the Strade Bianche may well mark the sentimental beginning to the season, but those are specialized, pre-season races that appeal mostly to riders who are preparing for bigger objectives later in the year, such as the Cobbled or Ardennes Classics. Same goes for Tirreno Adriatico and Paris-Nice; t...

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  1. Going with the G’s it seems VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Gilbert 3. Degenkolb 4. Greipel 5. Gerrans »

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  1. @frank Rule #52 still applies »