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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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@Bianchi_Bob sent his article in just this week. Its sense of urgency required it to be published NOW. We all need reminding to live in the moment; here is a good reminder. Thanks Bianchi Bob. Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. Thanks for putting thing into prospective . Your perseverance through it all is a fight that should never be fought. All the best to your family. By the way you’ll be riding with me tomorrow morning at 5am and again at 830pm hell maybe all week . Cheers »

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! »

In my journey through life, I’ve been struck by the near universal existence of the competitive spirit amongst people. Even people who claim not to be competitive in nature are seemingly competitive about how uncompetitive they are. I’m more uncompetitive than you. We find it everywhere, between old friends and perfect strangers alike...

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

One of greatest cycling pleasures is riding with a mate. Riding ten centimeters off each other’s rear wheel for hours; trust is a beautiful thing. You swing over, ease your effort slightly so your mate rides through, you then tuck behind, in the draft, close and fast. It is the best. @Kah touches on this and other transcendent benefits from...

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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 »

We recently lost our beloved Great Dane, Kirki, who we nicknamed Beene for reasons that elude logic. She was a good dog, more sweet than clever. A sad side effect of big dog breeds and their short lives is that it wasn’t until nearly the end of her life that she made certain key discoveries about the world. Such as that weighing nearly 65 kil...

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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 . »

@wiscot is at it again. He is the Velominati historian and I’m always pleased when more of his writing arrives at the bunker. Luckily for all of us, cycling has a long history, most of which we are unaware of. This was not taught at school. Any article that includes the words Spartacus and Hour Record in the first paragraph already has my att...

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

Lucky is the cyclist who has a parent cyclist. Early mentoring about the pain cave, guidance gluing on tires, these are worthwhile lessons a parent could lecture a child on. If one has to listen to a parental lecture, better it be about Eddy Merckx and how you are no Eddy Merckx than balancing your checking account. For the rest of us, our parents...

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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 »

Every time we get on our bikes, we are playing a game of Russian Roulette. We take care to maintain our machines, to make sure they are in perfect running order, we look after our bodies to maximise our performance, and we, hopefully, abide by the rules of the road to keep ourselves safe from the dangers of other road users. But ultimately, our liv...

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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… »

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. @ 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? »

I’m a non-climber who enjoys climbing. I’d enjoy it more if I was good at it. And “enjoy” might be too strong a word, “tolerate” might be better. But dragging 89 kilos up a volcano gives one time to contemplate the cycling life .Let us define non-climber. It’s someone either too fat, too big (gravitationally challenged) or a fast- twi...

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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… »

To each of you in our Community, we’d like to thank you for making Velominati a worthwhile place to visit and be a part of. Velominati, as most of you know, is a passion project that is borne of our nights and weekends, to be juggled between full time jobs, family, friends, and our first love – riding our bikes. And it is only because o...

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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! »

The dark makes everything worse; something primal awakens in us when the sun has gone and we are wrapped in the black cloak of night. Laying in bed, my worst thoughts and fears come knocking like some used-car salesperson who won’t leave me alone. There is no shutting down of this process, our imaginations are given free reign to do their wor...

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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. »

It’s funny what goes through your head at 3am when you’re woken by a cat. Especially if that cat’s name is Lars, and he was named after the Metallica drummer (not by me, he’s my VMH’s cat). I prefer to call him Jan though, as Jan has always been my favourite Ullrich. So last night Lars woke me up, and unable to get ba...

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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! »

I’m not too proud to admit to having multiple phobias against various things. That’s phobia multiplicity. Having a phobia against something is very simliar to having a normal phobia, except that in addition to being irrationally scared of something, you also harbor a stifling grudge against it. Also possibly irrationally.For example,...

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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. »

I’m not too proud to admit to having multiple phobias against various things. That’s phobia multiplicity. Having a phobia against something is very simliar to having a normal phobia, except that in addition to being irrationally scared of something, you also harbor a stifling grudge against it. Also possibly irrationally.For example,...

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  1. @Cyclops +1 »

  • Wilkins is right about his role in his bike/car incidents. There’s 2 sides to the equation, always. As cyclists,...

  • One word, old mate … abridge!

    Fuck me that’s a long article. I really should read one someday around here.

  • @DeKerr

    Indeed, great story. What year was it published? I could not find the date. Mentions Pharmstrong’s...

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