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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. Bronzini Delgado  Vos Delgado Johansson Delgado Armitstead Delgado Wild Delgado Damn »

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. @il muro di manayunk No. Inhalergate and the TUE thing are nothing more than forum wanking. Inhalers don’t improve performance, and the TUE thing just shows the UCI couldn’t organise a snowfight in a blizzard (nothing new there!) If you use that leve… »

  2. The VSP Rules page is down atm. I assume you get a bigger penalty for doing swaps on the 2nd rest day? VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Nibali 2. Porte 3. Romain Bardet 4. Valverde 5. Rui Costa »

Tempo means time in Italian. Riding tempo means riding steadily, like a metronome. It is an important skill to have and since it’s Italian, it sounds cool. What it does not mean is riding at a constant speed, half-wheeling or killing it at the front. Riding at a constant speed is like having cruise control on in a car; the car seems to accelerate...

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  1. @tessar This. Read the book Faster, and realize no one knows anything. The author was wind tunnel tested by  Simon Smart, and when he asked why something sped him up Smart replied that it was because that’s what the wind said. He could look at it mor… »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. Contador 3. Nibali 4. Valverde 5. Rui Costa »

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. Only women’s race I’m not tipping Vos for. She only won 3/8 stages last year, so I’ll have to tip her teammate instead. VSP PICKS: 1. Pauline Ferrand Prevot 2. Mara Abbott 3. Claudia Häusler 4. Marianne Vos 5. Evelyn Stevens »

Climbing is something I enjoy more than I am good at it; any time I see a new road pointing up to the heavens, I find myself irresistibly drawn to explore where it leads. Every season I come to the conclusion that my training routes are all very hilly and I arrive at the brilliant idea that I should plot out a new course which seeks out the flatt...

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  1. @Daccordi Rider I have a lot of trouble judging steady state efforts on climbs. On something like Norton Summit I always push myself too hard at the bottom, and then have to go too easy on the middle part. I did a 15 second PB last weekend simply by fo… »

  2. @Mikael Liddy They fucking do hurt. But that’s kinda the point isn’t it? »

Maui Velominatus Dave is tapering for this Saturday’s Cycle to the Sun. It is more mass start, time trial to the sun as there is nothing like 3.3 km of continual climbing to sort everyone out by their power to weight ratios. After 2 km of climbing there is no pack and no draft. Everyone climbs as hard as they can and almost everyone is riding alo...

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  1. @Puffy Hmm »

Climbing is something I enjoy more than I am good at it; any time I see a new road pointing up to the heavens, I find myself irresistibly drawn to explore where it leads. Every season I come to the conclusion that my training routes are all very hilly and I arrive at the brilliant idea that I should plot out a new course which seeks out the flatt...

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  1. I love how everyone says “I’m not a good climber, but…” It’s true. Unless your name is Quintana there will always be someone faster than you. @VeloSix I’m not a good climber but… I love putting in hard (hard!) accelerations in the middle of a clim… »

  2. @Barracuda What hill is that? »

The Tour de Suisse can be everyone’s warm-up for the Tour de France, including all you VSP dreamers. The big show seems to be the Critérium de Dauphanié this year, as far as Tour de France contenders go but the Tour de Suisse still has some big guns showing up. Twiggo is here, not for a Tour warm up, unless people are worried about Richie P...

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  1. Bugger. 3/5 riders, but all in the wrong positions. »

Before Tomac and Ned, before LeMond and Big Mig, there was Bob Hannah. For a young lad obsessed with motorcycles as well as bicycles, the ‘Hurricane’ was the epitome of style on a bike. His bright yellow Yamaha YZs and matching head-to-toe kit set the bar and inspired me to emulate not only his style on the bike, but off it too. If onl...

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  1. I have done a little bit of Moto, and own a motorbike (which is currently off the road). Every time a car “doesn’t see me” on my bike I think about investigating if they would respect me more on something like a KTM Duke. I love the MX/Street look they h… »

There are two ways in life to be good at something. The first way is the most obvious, which is to actually be good at something. This is harder than it sounds because you need things like skills, talent, fortitude, and light sabers. The other way doesn’t require those things but it has its own challenges; basically, you have to be holistical...

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  1. @Marko Yeah, I read what you said. Apparently you meant something else. ;) I like Wiggins, but one TdF and 10th in PR is further away from LeMond and Hinault than the riders I named. If it’s adapatabily that counts then do Cadel’s MTB World Cup wins c… »

I hate to distract from Marko’s defense of his POC helmet and shades photo but @snowgeek is weaving cycling and sailing together here. It may never have been done before so please read carefully. The two activities have almost nothing in common except the wind and being wet and miserable. @snowgeek is not dwelling on the wet and miserable par...

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  1. Has no one else read Phil Gaimon’s book? He raced for a team called VMG for a while. He said he got sick of explaining it. I can’t remember for sure, but one of the owners might have been Clive Bannister (Roger’s son). That might have been a different tea… »

There are two ways in life to be good at something. The first way is the most obvious, which is to actually be good at something. This is harder than it sounds because you need things like skills, talent, fortitude, and light sabers. The other way doesn’t require those things but it has its own challenges; basically, you have to be holistical...

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  1. @Marko I was thinking about this the other day, and it isn’t really true anymore since COTHO left. Respect to Wiggo for doing Paris Roubaix, but lots of his rivals are better rounded than he is. Cadel, JRod, Valverde, Nibali – they have all either nea… »

The Tour de Suisse can be everyone’s warm-up for the Tour de France, including all you VSP dreamers. The big show seems to be the Critérium de Dauphanié this year, as far as Tour de France contenders go but the Tour de Suisse still has some big guns showing up. Twiggo is here, not for a Tour warm up, unless people are worried about Richie P...

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  1. I see Betancur is listed as starting – does that mean he has turned up? VSP PICKS: 1. Wiggins 2. Rui Costa 3. Roman Kreuziger 4. Bauke Mollema 5. Tony Martin »

There are two ways in life to be good at something. The first way is the most obvious, which is to actually be good at something. This is harder than it sounds because you need things like skills, talent, fortitude, and light sabers. The other way doesn’t require those things but it has its own challenges; basically, you have to be holistical...

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  1. Some seem to be under the misapprehension that cycling is a form of transport. A particularly devious form of this heresy is the “coffee ride”, where cycling is a way of getting to and from a cafe. That leads to all kinds of evil like clothes that look … »

Cycling is a mighty sport with a rich and complex history. Every company, racer, piece of kit, and component has a legend, a story behind it; in many cases it also has a personal and nostalgic connection to our lives.  While this particular sport is steeped in tradition, it is also fiercely modern, a fact that serves only to deepen its complexity...

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  1. The link to register and/or login isn’t showing up on mobile sites (Chrome on Android) »

The 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 race in question by the time the countdown clock goes to zero...

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  1. If you haven’t seen the finish of stage 2 of the Dauphine yet, do yourself a favour.. Remember Contador vs Schleck in the 2010 TdF? It’s like that.. »

  2. @VeloJello That’s not accurate. OGE have said they are interested in a GT contender but haven’t had formal talks. They (Matt White) have also said Wiggins would be a good fit. Tinkoff is often mentioned, but Contador is probably a better GT contender … »

There was a time when I held down ‘real jobs’. Jobs with (a little) stress, with (some) responsibility, but without soul. And while dealing with the great unwashed public never held much appeal, I always envied the guys who worked at my preferred LBS. They seemingly had it all––an endless supply of cheap bikes and parts, hanging out and s...

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  1. @Harminator This. I’m not a big fan of the entirety of Rule #58. I buy most of my bike stuff online – the price difference here is Australia is too crazy to ignore. $15 vs $60 for armwarmers? Forget that… OTOH, Rule #58 does get this right: “Going … »

  2. @Ccos Nice! Someone buy this man a beer. »

Maybe it’s the milestone of aging that I recently reached. It could be an awareness of the unique foibles of this sport/activity/pastime that I practice. Possibly, I just woke up one day and realised that this is a weird thing for a middle-aged man to be doing. The time for reassessment hit me, involuntarily and without warning. And I’m...

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  1. @MichalInator I think this is hilarious. Wearing MTB shorts on a road bike means you acknowledges “normal” clothes don’t work, but lacks the confidence to wear shorts designed for what you are doing. Wearing a hydration pack means you are less comfort… »

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 cl...

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  1. @Rhodri Chalapud didn’t look good when he made it across the line, but I think it was Georg Preidler (7th) who grabbed the rail.  Roche’s sprint to take 4th was the sprint of a dead man, too – he was throwing side to side like an uncoordinated  BMX rid… »