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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. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps): 1. Quintana 2. Dan Martin 3. Uran 4. Cuddles 5. Majka Raphal »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. Dan Martin 3. Uran 4. Cuddles 5. J Rod »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. Martin 3. Uran 4. Cuddles 5. J Rod »

La Vie Velominatus. It is the life we, as Velominati, lead. It is life as a disciple of cycling, of the greater meaning the bike holds and the lessons it teaches us. Along the path, one of our great duties is the wholesale consumption of the great Works related to our sport. From periodicals to books to films, herin lies the list of works conside...

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  1. Started readin this at the weekend … It’s a pretty good read about the other end of the peleton, those that suffer and rarely get mentionned. »

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. Boonen 2. Cancellara 3. Stannard 4. Sagan 5. Boss Hogg »

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. Cavendish 2. Cancellara 3. Sagan 4. Goss 5. Stannard »

We’re not really supposed to have favorites, but everyone does. Just ask your parents. So while I’m not supposed to have a favorite, I do, and its Rule #9.Bad weather immediately separates the wheat from the chaff, and so the weekend warriors stay indoors and leave the roads to the devout. I talk most often about riding in the rain, wi...

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  1. @frank I didn’t think bikes with fenders was a bad thing if done right. I offer my N+1 as an example, specifically for Rule #9 rides. »

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. @VeloJello I love the Archetypes but then I also love riding tubular tyres and my Nemesis / Royce combo in FMBs are hard to beat, these on 29mm Grand Bois are a very close second but not with fenders, so it’s 23mm Vittoria on these at present and they sti… »

  2. @Nate I will. Last time out I had to ride through a flooded lane, got fucking soaked and covered in weird smelling shit, will get piccies next time. »

  3. @PeakInTwoYears ha ha !!! I never thought of it that way, seriously though as shines new and fresh asit is I’m looking forward to the patina after a good few hard winters. It will always be clean but the stainless tubes will hopefully mean it won’t rot s… »

  4. @wiscot Thanks man, they do take a while to get right, it was a good 3-4 hours to get the arc right and have them sitting so that I did’nt need to use the stays to pull them into alignment. If anything is under tension that the alloy will eventually crac… »

  5. Bugger !!! Should work now … also forgot to add wheel are changed to accomodate 23mm clichers to fit fenders under standard drop brakes. H Plus Sons Archetype, laced 28 hole 3 cross with CX-Rays to Royce hubs ( I heart Royce hubs, also only 10 miles fro… »

  6. A slight update on my No.2 … the bike was originally planned for a “use-all-year” ride since my Enigma / Super Record / Enve No.1 does not like shitty roads in shitty weather where the rider is shitting himself about falling off. Also, some of my rides… »

I walk away from social gatherings with an acute sense of accomplishment whenever I haven’t offended anyone and when my friends all stayed awake. I view myself as a bottle of wine that keeps getting better with age, but I’m slowly coming to grips with the notion that I am actually a bottle that may be corked. The great irony of life is...

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  1. I couldn’t agree more, I realise that at the tender age of 38 I am far more annoying now to people than I was 10 years ago. I too enjoy my own company and love riding solo for the reasons you state. I find that when I am north of a metric century I can r… »

Il Lombardia, this is the race of the fallen leaves. This fall classic is a beautiful race in a beautiful region of Italy. The arduous route may change year to year but what does not change is the Italian need to win this thing. There is some national pride at stake here after the Italian men finished off the podium in Firenze. Bergamo to Lecco, 24...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. J Rod 2. Gilbert 3. Uran 4. Moreno 5. Martin »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Nibbles 3. J Rod 4. Martin 5. Moreno »

The only people I would care to be with now are artists and people who have suffered: those who know what beauty is, and those who know what sorrow is: nobody else interests me. – Oscar WildeI have a theory that every living being is designed to cope with a certain level of stress in their lives, that if our lives are somehow free of stress,...

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  1. @strathlubnaig Amen. I always, always go out to destroy myself. I learn the most about myself that way. When all else is dying a death my legs keep on spinning and screaming at me which always feels good in some twisted way. No such thing as a leisurel… »

The world championship road race stands out among all other one-day races as the one where the winner is awarded both a curse and a jersey to carry for the next 12 months. It also inspires way too many riders to wear white bibs, which is an alarming trend in itself and one which I hope Brian Cookston, the new UCI President, prioritizes over the dop...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Faboo 2. Valverde 3. The beast from the east 4. Gerrans 5. Nibbles »

There is something about a time trial that lets you go spelunking in undiscovered caverns of The Cave. Contort your body into the sleekest position you can, make the bike as uncomfortable as possible, and then rev your cardiovascular system up to the anaerobic threshold for as long as possible. Its food for legend.Being a diesel helps, churning the...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. E Stevens 2. E Johansson 3. L Brennauer 4. L Borghini 5. S Gillow »

Brittany is the kind of area that produces strong-minded and strong-bodied people; I’m looking at you, Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault. It produces this type of person because that’s what windy farming land does to people. Brittany is also lumped full of short, steep hills, and we all know what that means: its a perfect place for...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos the boss 2. Borghini 3. Armistead 4. Johansson 5. de Vries »

Seriously. Is it almost September? This was not the agreement, this was supposed to be an endless summer. And all you A-Holes down there in the Antipodes are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, enjoying longer days and shorter nights. I don’t need to tell you where you can take that, but it’s dark and it smells. I have no patien...

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  1. So nearly Delgadoed !!! VSP PICKS: 1. Nibbles 2. J Rod 3. Valverde 4. Uran 5. Henao »

This has to be one of the best photos of the 2013 Tour: Nairo Quintana at the finish on the Ventoux. Nairo gives very little away when he climbs but as he crossed the line his head dropped and the lights went out. He later admitted having gone too early again. Before that, on the slopes of the Giant of Provence, he knew he was going to win. Then h...

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  1. Ok, how do I directly upload from my iPad ??? »

  2. Bugger, that didn’t work !!! »

  3. After yesterdays win. »

Since it appears that the descents are where the action is in this year’s Tour de France, we thought we’d forgo our usual Mountain-Top Finish for the Stage VSP and instead go for what I’m guessing might be a real cracker of a stage into Le Grand Bornand. In 2009, the Schleck Tandem hadn’t yet discovered their collective dra...

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  1. Big decents ?? A hard one to call, I’m gonna change. VSP PICKS: 1. Contador 2. Froome 3. Nieve 4. Quintana 5. J-Rod »