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You can only spend so much time with the Schlecks before you start talking like them, and the fabulous Fabs seems to have crossed the threshold. I’ve heard more complaining from him this season than I have talk about pushing harder on the pedals or going steady up with more speed or going full gas like everyone else, but just doing it for ...

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  1. I like Kwiatkowski. What he did to Sagan at Strada Bianchi was awesome. He hardly came from nowhere, either. He medaled in the european and world junior championships in 2007 and 2008. »

It never gets easier, you just go faster. - Greg LeMond Rule #5 looms above the other Rules in terms of sheer relevance to Cycling; it is the fundamental building block upon which this sport is built. The Five is what drives us, it is the force that springs from a well that flows deep within each of us. It must be discovered, and then we learn...

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  1. @Ccos This is a real thing BTW. There is one 4(ish) minute climb here that starts of at 3%, ramps to around 20%, levels off to around 5 and then hits a downhill. The only way to get a good time is to hit the ramp hard and then hang on until the downhi… »

My trouble isn’t with being a good descender; it is with cornering and stopping – and sometimes both. Or, as G’rilla puts it, “Descending is like sex; how good I am at it has nothing to do with how much I enjoy it.”Descending is demanding and requires great skill. It is not a time for resting or taking it easy; getting...

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  1. Brave. At least he’ll see the bump that castrates him.. »

Cycling is a sport steeped in the tradition of style. There’s no denying it. From the days of miners and farmers escaping the hardships of a life spent toiling in harsh and filthy conditions either under or above ground, through Coppi and his Cosa Nostra-esque garb and swagger, Merckx and De Vlaeminck’s 70s sideburns, to Cipo and his...

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  1. Style? »

You can only spend so much time with the Schlecks before you start talking like them, and the fabulous Fabs seems to have crossed the threshold. I’ve heard more complaining from him this season than I have talk about pushing harder on the pedals or going steady up with more speed or going full gas like everyone else, but just doing it for ...

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  1. I can’t actually see a scenario where they finish in the order I picked. I think Cancellara gets 2nd (maybe 3rd) no matter what. VSP PICKS: 1. Michael Matthews 2. Fabian Cancellara 3. Simon Gerrans 4. John Degenkolb 5. Greg van Avermaet »

This is big. This is the race that decides the arc-en-ciel  jersey for the next year. It is the best looking jersey. It carries the most baggage. It also brings the most respect. The World Championship is a circuit race of attrition. In Ponferrada Spain it’s an 182 km loop done seven times, with a total of 2142 m of climbing. Is it a climber...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Marianne Vos 2. Giorgia Bronzini 3. Lizzie Armitstead 4. Emma Johansson 5. Elisa Longo Borghini »

If Tony gets a flat or two and loses this time trial, bookies will be jumping off bridges into the Thames. It’s a lock, man, it’s a lock. There, it is now jinxed. You are welcome. Picking second through fifth will take some acumen. Will these be Vuelta riders or does that just hold true for the road race? Tony could have a jour sans. Co...

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  1. @frank Was I bitchy? Didn’t mean to be. It’s all for fun. I’m sorry and I withdraw my dispute. »

It never gets easier, you just go faster. - Greg LeMond Rule #5 looms above the other Rules in terms of sheer relevance to Cycling; it is the fundamental building block upon which this sport is built. The Five is what drives us, it is the force that springs from a well that flows deep within each of us. It must be discovered, and then we learn...

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  1. @Mikael Liddy 17+ minutes for some of us :( »

If Tony gets a flat or two and loses this time trial, bookies will be jumping off bridges into the Thames. It’s a lock, man, it’s a lock. There, it is now jinxed. You are welcome. Picking second through fifth will take some acumen. Will these be Vuelta riders or does that just hold true for the road race? Tony could have a jour sans. Co...

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  1. @The Grande Fondue Err – I meant Hepburn of course. And he did ride the TTT. (I still stand by the “Hmm” bit though) »

  2. @Mikael Liddy They could have given Hayman (the national champion) a ride, given that I don’t think he’s riding the road race. Though I don’t think he was in the OGE team in the TTT either? Hmm. »

  3. @The Grande Fondue Looking at the tips I think lots have been burnt by this one. »

  4. Hmm. Apparently there is a Samuel Dumoulin. I’m disputing it coz who knew? »

  5. Wow what a result! Can someone explain my score to me? I picked Martin, Wiggins, Dumoulin, Dennis, Kiryienka and scored only 4. Shouldn’t that have been 6? »

Stupidity is a powerful force never to be underestimated. Geese are a good example; a more stupid vertebrate one would be most challenged to come across yet should you wander into a flock of them pecking about peacefully in a field, one is likely to erupt from its grazing to grab a billful of your ass and commence beating you savagely with it...

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  1. @The Grande Fondue Hm. The site seems to strip frames out of Gifs? Here’s a link: http://www.pezcyclingnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/capo-hivisjacket-anim.gif, and I’ll try embedding it: »

  2. @gilly Capo does a range of black jerseys and jackets that are reflective when a light shines on them. Haven’t tried them myself, but they look good (pics with & without flash, from Pez). »

All hail, the Worlds are upon us. The time trials should be events where all VSP participants can rack up some decent points. Remove team tactics, national team versus trade team allegiances, using this event to train for another event, bonking and hanging onto team cars from the equation. All one is left with are possible flat tire, possible mecha...

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  1. Martina Sáblíková (who was 11th) is *really* a speed skating champion (3 Olympic gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze, 10x World Champion). She rides a bike to train for speed skating. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martina_S%C3%A1bl%C3%ADkov%C3%A1 Eric Heiden has a … »

If Tony gets a flat or two and loses this time trial, bookies will be jumping off bridges into the Thames. It’s a lock, man, it’s a lock. There, it is now jinxed. You are welcome. Picking second through fifth will take some acumen. Will these be Vuelta riders or does that just hold true for the road race? Tony could have a jour sans. Co...

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  1. Startlist: http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/2014-uci-road-world-championships-mens-itt-start-list VSP PICKS: 1. Martin 2. Wiggins 3. Dumoulin 4. Dennis 5. Kiryienka »

All hail, the Worlds are upon us. The time trials should be events where all VSP participants can rack up some decent points. Remove team tactics, national team versus trade team allegiances, using this event to train for another event, bonking and hanging onto team cars from the equation. All one is left with are possible flat tire, possible mecha...

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  1. The UCI may not have start lists, but they do have a TV broadcast list: http://www.uci.ch/mm/Document/News/NewsGeneral/16/69/24/2014UCIRoadWorldChampionshis-TVSchedule_Neutral.pdf »

  2. Hard enough without a start list, even harder without knowing how bad the injuries from the Rabo-Liv crash are. VSP PICKS: 1. Ellen van Dijk 2. Solovey 3. Villumsen 4. Annemiek van Vleuten 5. Carmen Small »

I don’t mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that’s how it comes out. - Bill Hicks That famous quote from the Greatest Comedian Of All Time™ has resonated with me for many years. It became my silent mantra, as I don’t suffer fools gladly and sometimes don’t make much effort to conceal the fact. Lately, I̵...

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  1. @brett I think it’s interesting that the thread rapidly reached the same recommendations as the Rules, without needing to reference them. It’s like they are divinely ordained, or part of human nature (or everyone is smoking the same thing). Something, … »

  2. Rule #2. Rule #3. Close the thread. »

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. @Deakus I can’t find a link, but I read that Contador and Valverde had a falling out at the 2013 TdF. The story is that Contador had been trying to bully Quintana into helping him more against Froome, and Valverde got upset about it. There was a yelli… »

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. @minion No, I have a Wilier. Don’t have a good photo around – this will do: »

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. @Mikael Liddy The trick with Ridge Rd is not to stop in Mylor. It hurts more if you cool down. So I have a story… There was a particular bit of the route I wasn’t too sure about (Whitewood), so I found some guy with a Garmin 800 with a map and follo… »

For the 2014 SA cogal we were very generous in lending the keys to the kids down south. As you’d expect they treated that responsibility with absolutely no respect & delivered the kind of temperatures that would have made Satan break out in a sweat. As a result, we city folk are taking control back & doing the only logical thing, moving...

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  1. For the 2014 SA cogal we were very generous in lending the keys to the kids down south. As you’d expect they treated that responsibility with absolutely no respect & delivered the kind of temperatures that would have made Satan break out in a sweat. As a result, we city folk are taking control back & doing the only logical thing, moving the ride date further back in to the middle of the Australian summer (shaddup, it worked fine last time)!

    Some of the other capital cities in Australia would hate to admit it, but for the last week in January, the cycling focus lands squarely on Adelaide & under that spotlight we’re going to run the first of two SA based Cogals for 2015 on the Saturday preceding the Santos Tour Down Under.

    Make no mistake, this course will require generous helpings of rules 5 & 10. The course as it stands is about 120k with 2,700m of climbing, including the now well known Corkscrew rd.

    Come & join us on January 17th, We’ll start at a lovely French cafe, empty your climbing legs up in the hills & then return to the Belgian Beer Cafe for recovery beverages before heading in to the tour village to watch the team presos.

    Strava Route is here.

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    Date - January 17, 2015
    9:05 AM - 6:00 PM

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    Hey Jupiter

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