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Velominatus: Russ

Order: Level 3 Velominatus

Location: New Zealand

Cycling what more needs to be said! Good people and wide open roads.

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I have met @chris on the original Keepers Tour. He seemed like a reasonable person at the time. Then again, @rob passes himself off  as a rational person yet he signed up for the Too Much on 100 ride and completed it. People sign up for these crazy rides because it forces them to get in the best shape possible. It makes these long rides more enjoy...

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  1. Enjoy your ride chris, it will be a noble one! »

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  1. Now that is to the point. Nice read. »

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  1. Very good article, all the reasons i ride whether it be a group or solo effort. As for the geriatric tourers, i owe a few of the boys  for towing me home after 160k solo and getting caght by the man with the hammer! »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Sagan 3. Boonen 4. Kristoff 5. Stannard »

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  1. Frank  condolences to you and the VMH, There are very few things that can match the unconditional love  of a pet.  N1 being another off the top of my head.   Looking forward to the  Book release. »

  2. @Nate Keep riding your bikes you blokes, your fishing skills lack luster . »

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  1. Very good read @wescot. May your long winter end soon »

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  1. @piwakawaka My eye can never undo what I’ve seen . @ shilzy  Is that how you  trained back in the day 15kg on your back some real rule “5″ going on there »

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  1. Lights and night go together like Velominati and the rules. No compromise !  Drivers and cell phones or lap top for that matter  just don’t work . »

  2. This is why i ride at 0530 and yes i know it only takes one but my odds are so much better. My VMH thinks i’m one turn away from crazy ville getting up as early as i do but it is a sacrifice i’m willing to take . On the plus side almost zero cars and  exh… »

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  1. @ All :   Need some input on how to subtley  place a logo  into a film shot when asked not to? I have two items to work with. The sacred “V” kit and a little known publication we know as ” The Rules”. Shop is now open! »

The Ride. It is the cathedral of our sport, where we worship at the altar of the Man with the Hammer. It is the end to our means. Indeed, The Bike may be the central tool to our sport, but to turn the pedals is to experience the sensation of freedom, of flight. It is all for The Ride.The world is overflowing with small, twisty roads that capture ou...

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  1. @ New Zealand ( Auckland)  Velominati.  Very short notice and a long, long  story short. I will be filming a show this  Thursday/Sunday called House Hunters International. So i pitched the idea of filming a few shot of me cycling with some new mates? If a… »

  2. @All  I know there are Kiwi Velominati out there!  Are there any in the Auckland area? »

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  1. I find that it is my love hate relationship with the perfect amount of dumb that keeps bringing me back to  my climbing routes three and four days a week.  There’s something about suffering at the  five & dime  with the “V” meter dialed in to that swe… »

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  1. Happy Holidays  too everyone and I can’t wait until 2014 to start, I need to start working off some of the over indulgence I par took in this holiday .  You see I am also part of  the clean plate club as are a few of you Velominati out there. One of the r… »

The Bike. It is the central tool in pursuit of our craft. A Velominatus meticulously maintains their bicycles and adorns them with the essential, yet minimal, accoutrement. The Rules specify the principles of good taste in configuration and setup of our machines, but within those principles lies almost infinite room for personal taste.It seems in s...

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  1. @Buck Rogers  That was my first thought, second thought was lucky bastard! »

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  1. The twilight hours are by far one of my most antisapted rides. What the darkness takes in visual white noise emerges in greater focus and energy. I like to think of it as going to the bank of adrenaline and writing the check that feels oh so good.  Like f… »

Sometime this spring I got an email from @xyverz suggesting a second annual bay area cogal, along with some route suggestions.  Before long, plans coalesced around a ride starting near Palo Alto, going over the mountains, down the coast to Santa Cruz, and back over a bigger part of the mountains to Los Gatos and Palo Alto.  I doubt I would have g...

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  1. Fantastic Cogal and glad to see XYVERC is doing well. »

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  1. 3 in the morning….. that  will make for a long day. Although i embraced both in my life at seperate times, i give it to Jan hands down for the suffering alone! I’ve never seen a drummer so shelled by the end of his set that he fell off his stool. »

Everyone knows that the quality of one’s character is measured by the size gear they can push, particularly when going uphill. It is also a well-established fact that no self-respecting Flemish Pro would ever ride a Compact, no matter what condition their knees are in or how ferocious the gradient. Which, by extension, means that Compacts are...

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  1. @wiscot A little pent up emotion isn’t good for the soul, Hill repeats are in order. »

Each of us throw a leg over our top tubes and submit ourselves to the open road in recognition of the risks involved. These risks include those of a puncture, crash, damaged equipment, disability, and – ultimately – death. We try to be vigilant, we ride assertively yet defensively, and we hope for the best. We take every reasonable precaution t...

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  1. “RIP” Jon, You’ll be missed! »

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  1. @brett It most certainly raises an eyebrow or two, which bring’s up a thought? If this data is so readily available wouldn’t you think the the little voice in his head ( team car ) would tell him to back off on some of his effort. Or is that what happen… »

The early eighties saw the tide change in the European Peloton. Components were taking on a new, curvy shape as they left their boxy forms behind. The glint of toe clips in the sun would become a rarer sight as the move towards clipless pedals would take hold in 1985. English speakers were winning the big races classically won by continental Pros.T...

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  1. @Buck Rogers It would sure put some fight back in to the field. There should be a few stages that they remove all electronic devices and strap a watch on the stem and tell them they have only so much time to finish. »

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  1. @Cyclops +1 »

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. @Marcus Those boys always seem to have fun, Who knew The Prophet was an AC/DC fan. »