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Velominatus: San Tonio

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Location: San Antonio, TX

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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. Here’s a classic steel Bianchi San Jose pulling triple duty of commuter, cross and gravel. »

Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour...

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  1. Swap Day VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps): 1. Froome 2. Contador 3. Aru 4. Uran 5. Dan Martin »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. Quintana 3. Aru 4. Uran 5. Dan Martin »

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. Been a while VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Wild 3. Bronzini 4. Johansson 5. Armistead »

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. @Gianni OK so the second rest day on the 19th is the last time to make swaps for the Giro. That’s tough still two weeks of racing left a lot can change in that time »

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. @Floridian Don’t know if you’ve seen this yet but here is some pretty awesome footage of that sprint – »

  2. “Always a bridesmaid , never a bride” – no longer. El Purito finally steps on the top step of the podium in a Grand Tour. VSP PICKS: 1. El Purito 2. N. Quintana 3. Pozzovivo 4. Dan Martin 5. Mediocre Cadel »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Dan Martin 2. Fast Phil 3. Valverde 4. Kwiatkowski 5. Nibbles »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. E. Pooley 3. E. Stevens 4. Borghini 5. Van Dijk »

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. Fast Phil 2. Kwaitkowski 3. Valverde 4. Dan Martin 5. Betancur »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Valverde 2. Kwiatkowski 3. Gilbert 4. Kreuziger 5. Rui Costa »

It’s no secret that I’m prone to riding in the big ring as much as possible, mostly on account of my not being a giant sissy. In accordance with the ISO Non-Sissy Standard, I also never read instruction manuals or ask for directions when lost. I make sure to only rarely ask my VMH to turn up the radio when Adele comes on, usually follo...

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  1. @andrew Yeah the were aluminum cinelli altera handlebars and come to find out they have a reputation  for snapping suddenly. I was pretty surprised at the time. »

  2. Back to the original topic of the massive power available climbing in the drops.I was actually imagining myself as Pantani and climbing in the drops when this happened : Fortunately it was a slow motion crash, I wasn’t hurt bad and I was only half a bloc… »

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. @razmaspaz I usually use cyclingfans.com to watch the races. The are always several links to choose from. http://www.cyclingfans.com/paris-roubaix/live »

  2. Triple Double in a sprint finish! VSP PICKS: 1. Van Fabian 2. Van Boonen 3. Van Mini Phinney 4. Vanmarcke 5. Van Avermaet »

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. Ok last time I change my picks for this one VSP PICKS: 1. P. Sagan 2. Faboo 3. Tommeke 4. Z. Stybar 5. S. Van Marcke »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. P. Sagan 2. Z. Stybar 3. Thor 4. Faboo 5. Van Avermaet »

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. E. Longo-Borghini 2. E. Armistead 3. E. Johansson 4. G. Bronzini 5. E. Stevens »

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. @ChrisO I wouldn’t describe the VSP Champions Shop Apron as a token souvenir more like highly sought after trophy and in my case prized possession. That being said I don’t disagree with you but damn that Veloforma is one sweet ride. »

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. Great race to watch and feels good to be on the board with some points. I was a little surprised that there were no English language feeds for the race. »

  2. Slight revision of picks. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Van Avermat 3. Degenkolb 4. Farrar 5. Boonen »

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. I have a feeling that the Women’s VSP will make the difference in the overall win this year. Don’t sleep on their races. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Borghini 3. Pooley 4. Johansson 5. Van Dijk »

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. Badly need some points this race. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Van Avermat 3. Degenkolb 4. Faboo 5. Phinney »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. P. Sagan 2. R. Krueziger 3. M. Kwiatkowski 4. I. Stannard 5. JJ Rojas »

  2. After some serious deliberation I’ve decided to put a bunch of names on a dart board and make my picks that way. VSP PICKS: 1. P. Sagan 2. R. Krueziger 3. M. Kwwiatkowski 4. I. Stannard 5. JJ Rojas »

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