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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… »

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...

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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 … »

Maybe it’s the narcissist in me or maybe I never really learned how to share properly, but I prefer my birthday over Christmas. My birthday is the one day of the year where everything is about me. No feigning interest in other people’s gifts, no getting distracted by any greater meaning. Just me and my loot, as it was meant to be. Spea...

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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  »

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...

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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 »

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. 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? »

Anecdotal research suggests that people are being let off-leash without adequate training to perform basic activities such as walking on sidewalks or through airports and busy city centers. I’m assuming this expands to shopping malls, but I never go there so I can’t be sure. It’s easy to blame the mobile phones which apparentl...

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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… »

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 c...

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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 »

The 100th running of Liège-Bastogne-Liège takes place this Sunday. Danny-boy Martin will be marked heavily as the defending champion. Malmerde, and Phil Gil have shown they are peaking too. Froomy has thrown his hat into the ring, as he did last year but after last years 26th place, maybe it’s training. 263 kms, past winners include a long...

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

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

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

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. 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 »

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. Phinney 2. Cancellara 3. Boonen 4. Vanmarke 5. Kristoff »

Vlaanderen. Its no accident the Flemish word for Flanders starts with a V; there is nothing simple or easy about riding a bike here. If it isn’t wind, its steep bergs. If it isn’t tarmac, its cobbles. Most of the time, its all three. Oh, and the weather there sucks. In fact, Flanders doesn’t have weather – it has VVeather.De...

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

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

This is the kick off of the VSP for women’s racing, though the women have already kicked it off with the Ronde van Drenthe in the Netherlands. Now it’s down to Northern Italy, Varese, by Lago Maggiore, but this is a climbers course, more in the mountains than by the lake. And yes, Sunday is also Gent-Wevelgem for women but Trofeo is par...

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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 »

The most important moment in a man’s life is the first time they have a beer. I place it on the list above sex and having a child because sex usually only happens as a direct result of drinking beer. As for having children, I’m given to understand they are poop factories at first, then promptly become loud, and then obnoxious before the...

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  1. @frank Rule #52 still applies »