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Velominatus: Steampunk

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Location: Dundas, ON

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In never-ending search for la volupté, Steampunk is an unreconstructed Canadian west coaster transplanted to Ontario, where he rides on every opportunity and sometimes shows up to work as a professor of history. He is a careful student of the Rules and la vie Velominatus, but is not beyond (occasionally) distilling them down to a single path: la vie Cognoscentus. The BFGs are always locked and loaded (that sound you just heard was your soul being crushed by their power). On a more serious note, he is a staunch advocate of commuting by bike and he also fundraises for Bikes to Rwanda.

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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. @ChrisO It’s been an abominable season for Sky in general, and if the ITT had been flatter… All I meant was that in comparison with their next encounter, the advantage will rest solidly with whoever gets out in front first. Last year’s Tour showed wha… »

  2. @piwakawaka I suspect the game would be quite different if Froome was ahead on the GC, which could have been quite likely if they’d had an early ITT. Contador is milking his advantage—there’s no question—and he looks terrific, but would he have the same … »

  3. Fabio Aru’s face in today’s sprint to the line: Kid sure looks like a bike racer. »

  4. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps): 1. A. Contador 2. C. Froome 3. R. Uran 4. J. Rodriguez 5. W. Kelderman »

  5. VSP PICKS: 1. N. Quintana 2. C. Froome 3. R. Uran 4. J. Rodriguez 5. W. Kelderman »

Jens Voigt is set to retire as we speak, having one final crack at a long break in some race in the Cycling backwater of the USA. Is it fair or fitting that he should go out like this, slipping out the back door with little fanfare, while others have been doing a farewell tour of all the big races, replete with fancy commemorative shoes and a son...

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  1. Jens’s great gift was his affability and his capacity for maintaining a crazy optimism that made him seem more of a weekend warrior (just like us!) than a jaded veteran. His career was one infused with even doses of panache and loyalty. »

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. @il muro di manayunk The smart money says to sit on your wheel and copy picks. But my francophilia means I need to fail beautifully. Hence: VSP PICKS: 1. N. Quintana 2. C. Froome 3. J. Rodriguez 4. R. Uran 5. W. Kelderman »

  2. @the Engine So he comes third? Why, that’s not good, that’s legendary! »

Brett’s fine Nick Cave article got me thinking about music and cycling. We spend lots of time alone on our bikes. The bike is on autopilot, it stays upright from second to second, freeing up our brains to consider anything or nothing. Music might be the only riding companion we have but it has to be the right music. Being as Pro as possible is...

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  1. Doesn’t Phinney the Younger talk about having “I Gave You All” by Mumford & Sons going around in his head on the day he got dropped and refused to get in the broom wagon, but just rode himself home? »

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. @dancollins Last I heard, the B sample still hadn’t come back. On that front, am I the only one who can’t see the current standings? I can only see 2010 results. It was a simpler time then: we were young and carefree… »

The race of the funny hat.Every team seems to have included one or two riders fresh off the Tour. One would either feel ruined or unbeatable a week after that slug fest, more than likely, ruined. I imagine there are a few riders dodging calls from their directors this week. Continue reading...

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  1. Methinks @sthilzy beat me to the line. Happy to share the podium, though… »

  2. For 2015, could someone please teach Purito to TT and how to handle a sprint. You can’t lead out like that and hope to hold off the guy on your wheel. The only reason he didn’t finish off the podium was because Nieves was cooked and/or had the decency to … »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. A. Valverde 2. J. Rodriguez 3. J. Serpa 4. T. Gallopin 5. S. Geschke »

  4. VSP PICKS: 1. A. Valverde 2. J. Rodriguez 3. N. Roche 4. T. Gallopin 5. S. Geschke »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. K. Wild 2. J. D’Hoore 3. G. Bronzini 4. C. Hosking 5. S. Olds »

It began when they come took me from my home And put me in Dead Row, Of which I am nearly wholly innocent, you know. And I’ll say it again I.. am.. not.. afraid.. to.. die.Cold, still, heavy, damp air encourages one to remain ensconsed, the familiar nagging doubt weedling away in the back, make that the front, of my mind, and I concede; I...

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  1. YES! YES! YES!! »

Attention all Velominati. The Tour VSP is going on line and it should be a good one. Sure, between Froomy and Bertie a person could hedge their bets but Moviestar is all in for Valverde, BMC for TeeJay, Astana for the Shark and Garmin is finally committing to a team leader in Talansky. Some other teams (ahem…Trek Factory Racing for one) have...

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  1. @wiscot Bang on. I feel a bit badly for Nibali, because history will always put an asterisk beside this win (assuming he can hold on). But you don’t fluke into a TdF win, and what’s all the more disappointing is that he’s got that look in his eye: Froom… »

  2. 1. Secret’s out: Tony Gallopin is a total stud. 2. I like this Lotto Belisol team. A lot. Tim Wellens is going to be terrific, too. 3. Best kit in the peloton to boot? »

  3. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. V. Nibali 2. R. Porte 3. J. Van den Broeck 4. A. Valverde 5. R. Bardet »

Why are women’s races run concurrently with men’s races? I would get it if it was the women’s Tour de France, but I don’t get it when it is the women’s Giro in July. Since the Tour de Swiss there has been a lack of stage racing (in my TV watching schedule) and seemingly a perfect time to present a women’s stage r...

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  1. Rabo-Liv in places 1, 2, & 3?? That is one insanely strong team. »

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. @tessar The rest of the Group-san is 6600, so there’s a symmetry there. Ultegra’s good stuff. I tend to abide by the law of diminishing returns in most things cycling related. But the ride? Butter!! »

  2. @Bespoke Will do. Next summer: tubeless? Yea or nay? »

  3. Post-Ontario Cogal 3.0, I discovered I had a cracked rim (that could be a euphemism, but nevertheless…). Repair vs. replace. Shiny new bike bits built up at the local LBS. Collected them today. In keeping with my affinity for Swedish automotive engineer… »

When it comes to Rule Compliance, we have at our disposal three viable options. The first is to Obey the Rules. That one is pretty straight-forward because we wrote them down for you and also went to the great length of writing a book on the subject, partly as a public service to those suffering from insomnia. But The Rules are full of apparent...

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  1. So what you’re saying is I’m in the clear now? »

Attention all Velominati. The Tour VSP is going on line and it should be a good one. Sure, between Froomy and Bertie a person could hedge their bets but Moviestar is all in for Valverde, BMC for TeeJay, Astana for the Shark and Garmin is finally committing to a team leader in Talansky. Some other teams (ahem…Trek Factory Racing for one) have...

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  1. @Buck Rogers I suspect Froome’s wrist was giving him handling trouble before the day started… »