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Velominatus: Sam

Order: Level 4 Velominatus

Location: The Yorkshire Dales

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I thought I’d take this opportunity to move en danseuse on Rule 89 and to refer to Liege-Bastogne-Liege by its less-common Flemish name. It also draws into sharp relief that fact that while Dutch may be every bit as expressive and subtle as French, it certainly sounds less sexy.Some races seem to foster a romanticism that other races of equ...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Phil Gilbert 2. Dan Martin 3. M Albasini 4. Daminao Cunego 5. Jelle Vanendert »

When people think of the The Netherlands, they generally think of flat lands, windmills, and a topography where people claim to “live at elevation” when their home on the third floor of a building. Never the less, this is not entirely true as The Motherland does, in its most southern reaches, boast quite hilly terrain; the province of...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Gerrans 2. Rodriguez 3. Valverde 4. Dan Martin 5. Evans »

We rode the Pavé of Roubaix in the dry, and any comforting feelings we might have been carrying about with us that suggested we had somehow prepared for them were summarily vaporized as we hit the first secteur. Riding together in a group, unable to reach for the brakes or the shifters, we all were hit with the same realization: these aren’...

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  1. Can’t look past Boonen at all really, i’m hoping that Gallopin can pull something off now freed from the honour of being shackled to poor old spartacus. Also all those who have picked P Sagan, i’m 90% certain he isn’t starting. There is a Sagan on Liquig… »

The Keepers and Rigid rolled into a region in France called Flandres which, without doing any further research into the matter, we assume is the coloquial French term for this region of the world. If its anything like the other regions in Europe, these places have roots that extend way past any modern country’s border and situate themselves i...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Boonen 2. Cancellara 3. Chavanel 4. Farrar 5. Flecha »

The Velominati Super-Prestige continues with our second Women’s event of 2012, the Women’s Ronde van Vlaanderen. This one is made even more exciting for me by the fact that I now have some small connection to the Women’s Tibco Racing Team, as I watched with envy as they each pulled their bikes off the oversized baggage carrousel...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Lizzie Armitstead 2. Marianne Vos 3. Kirsten Wild 4. Nicole Cooke 5. Emma Johansson »

Gent conjures up images of the quintessential Flemish city. Age-old medieval architecture rising from the river’s edge is classically Belgian. Gent is also firmly tied to Belgium’s greatest gift to the world, cycling tradition. Many a pro-expat cyclist has relocated to Gent with the hope of testing their mettle in the seat of cycling...

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  1. Boonen for the win, just have a feeling about him this year, and he looks like he means business. The rest are just people i fancy to be there of thereabouts VSP PICKS: 1. Boonen 2. Farrar 3. Cancellara 4. Van Avermeat 5. Flecha »

The Poggio. It’s probably one of the most famous easy climbs in the world; going through old cycling photographs, I rarely come across one where the leaders haven’t moved Sur La Plaque. It has a reputation, however, for being a real leg breaker, mostly because any climb is a big climb once you cross its summit after a paltry 291 kilomet...

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  1. if Cav is in the front group then he wins, full stop. so other picks are going to have to be for other eventualities & Gilbert doesn’t seem to be there yet, not really sure y VSP PICKS: 1. Cavendish 2. Boonen 3. Nibali 4. Modolo 5. Eddie Boss »

We kick off the first races of the 2012 VSP with a double-header as we open the picks for the VVomen’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Aside from an early hiccup, the new software has been running as expected, though I should have known better than to declare something as “tested”; as the first few picks went in sideways, there was more co...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Lizzie Armitstead 2. Emma Johannson 3. Katie Colclough 4. Kirsten Wild 5. Tiffany Cromwell »

The 2012 Velominati Super Prestige kicks off in proper form this season with the debut of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad as part of the series. I’m tempted to stubbornly refer to this race as Het Volk, but I’ll toe the line and refer to the race by its bewildering new(ish) name.This is a tricky race to predict because the big races in April ar...

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  1. don’t like putting two riders from the same team in always but i recon that might happen VSP PICKS: 1. Boonen 2. Greg Van Avermaet 3. Ian Stannard 4. Flecha 5. Nick Nuyens »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Boonen 2. Greg Van Avermaet 3. Flecha 4. Ian Stannard 5. Nick Nuyens »

The Rules – They were never expected to become this well known. Nor was the list ever going to get this long or be taken this seriously. The Rules were first suggested as a few basic guidelines just to keep some basic civility and decorum on the road. But we took it too far (as we do everything) and now The Rules somehow define the Velominati...

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  1. @Buck Rogers I’m really pumped about it just wondering how to structure my training, whether to concentrate on doing just miles and miles or to set out and concentrate on strengthening with Hill Reps and Intervals. Also how much fluid/food would u take on… »

  2. @Buck Rogers i must confess i have only ever done a crit or two but thats just because they’re accessible it’s the first RR/crit thing of the year this saturday at Croft, is 4 laps of a motor circuit = 45mins so not sure what you wanna call it. Pulling o… »

  3. @Dr C that would be fantastic wiki says we haven’t had it since 1982, which feels like a long time, i’d love it to be up here but i can’t see it, but then again the road scene is growing again up here we’ve got a new elite RR series starting which hopeful… »

  4. @Dr C I’d love a World Cup Stage up here! thats the dream for me a spring classic with 4-5 of the stomptastic 20% bastards to make the selection…. i’m presuming WCs is a World Cup Race, we have a shocking lac of pro level races in this country »

  5. @Dr C I think we do, the Dales are fantastic, from there we can take in Fleet Moss, Buttertubs, Tan Hill…..the pain could be endless. Also VERY exited about the possibility of 2016, Yorkshire as the host of the opening stages of the Grand Buckle. I just… »

  6. @Souleur surely anything goes, provided it’s done with taste. There are some disgusting creations that have come out of the Trek project one custom stuff, but that shouldn’t rule out any given colour. Given that the definition of a Pro as actually being… »

  7. love Rule 88, just had a work friend buy himself a bike, beginning to teach him the craft, (has involved him crashing into the back of me) but it’s the surging that gets me the most, i need to get him in a big group so that it makes sense. @Dr C The Blac… »

The fear of crashing is there but we can’t let override our pleasure in cycling. @mblume writes of this and underplays his riding the Haute Route. That ride alone should be a long article about abiding Rule V.Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. @doubleR i feel the pain my first ride out with the cleats i rolled in outside my flat and keeled over painfully slowly. The problem is my flat was above a coffee shop which was packed at the time, and an 80 year old lady came over to check i was alright…. »

Those of you who have been studying our catalog of The Rules will have noticed that eyewear is to be cycling-specific, and should always accompany you on your rides.  There is a functional reason for this: your eyes are a valuable asset which you want to protect from UV rays, debris, and wind.  There is also a stylish reason: in this age of near-...

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  1. @VeloVita The Assos Zeghos are a travesty of style and look like the result of Vic Beckham being let loose on a specialist cycle clothing factory, and you’d have to sell your house to afford them. As as been said before in order for an item to be revered … »

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. @paolo wow those are some sexy wheels, and i may be able to get them for £480 and be rule compliant, just requires some sweet talking at the local shop & just forking out the extra for the cassette. thanks man i had no idea i could get anywhere near dura-… »

  2. Seasons greeting Velominati hope you’re all having a good one. I need some advice, been given £500 Sterling off a grandparent and i want to up grade the wheelset. Looking at 3-4 options, Mavic Krysium Elite, SRAM S27AL and S30AL, Shimano Ultegra 6700 and … »

It is my great pleasure to introduce this guest article, penned by my long time friend @Rob. I’ve know the lad since we were both in short pants. We both discovered cycling as something more serious than transportation at the same impressionable age. For Rob, his discipline gained from martial arts, his fearlessness on the bike and his innate...

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  1. thanks rob superb article, as the first race of the season looms on to the horizon it’s easy to be distracted from the art. All that we can do is put in the miles on the road, the place we are most comfortable and get a bit more comfortable »

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. keepers i require some advice re Rule 33, i have one question, and i think its big one. How High? »

Three is a big deal.  There are three constituents to an atom, there are three main classifications of galaxies, we live on the third stone from the sun, we perceive the universe in 3D, we have the holy trinity, there are three goals in a hat-trick, there are three little pigs (and bears),  there’s the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (yup, thre...

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  1. fantastic article marko well written, i really want that anteres saddle, it’s on the list for sinterklaus. along with a big pile of other stuff i want and can’t afford so unfortunately i’m going to have to take a scrubbing brush to my brain and eradicate … »

What Gianni humbly omitted from his last article is that once he finishes ranting about sock color (actually, the lack of need for any color other than than white), he recovers quickly and we wrap up the Keepers executive board meeting with him tearing our legs off on the ride home from the bar with his magnificent stroke.  Because after all, he i...

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  1. clearly my grasp of technology is as tenuous at best »