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Velominatus: TheVid

Order: Level 2 Velominatus

Location: Calgary, AB

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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. @The Pressure: Holy flashback to the 90s… »

  2. I see what you did there, Frank.  Very subtle, but probably the best pseudo mis-use of ‘principle’.  Though you may have been referring to the primary issue with the Sit Up and Beg epidemic, the avoidance of such a position is certainly a matter of princi… »

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. Okay.  Time to get some points… I’m lagging the intra-office VSP. VSP PICKS: 1. Spartacus 2. Mini Finney 3. Van Avermaet 4. Stybar 5. Vanmarcke »

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. Shakes magic 8 ball… “Really, didn’t I just tell you to ask tomorrow a moment ago.” But this is for the women.  ”Oh, well in that case, here you go…” VSP PICKS: 1. Armistead 2. Johannson 3. Van der Breggen 4. Van Dijk 5. Longo Borghini »

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. Shakes magic 8 ball…. “Ask again tomorrow…” Figures. VSP PICKS: 1. Boonen 2. Sagan 3. Cancellara 4. Thor 5. Vanmarcke »

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. Okay. Bring out the strong women. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Armistead 3. Van Dijk 4. Johansson 5. Borghini »

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. Here’s hoping VSP PICKS: 1. Boonen 2. Degenkolb 3. Kristoff 4. Sagan 5. Cancellara »

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. @frank +1.  When the VMH and I were expecting our first, Tommeke was in the final 5 if it was a boy.  Definitely one of my favourites in the pro peloton, tied with Cuddles, who took the time to get a picture with my little velominippers after a cold sta… »

  2. @KW No monument is worth being away from your significant other at a time like this.   Chapeau to Tommeke for making the right decision to stay home this weekend. »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Sagan 3. Gilbert 4. Cavendish 5. Greipel »

We recently lost our beloved Great Dane, Kirki, who we nicknamed Beene for reasons that elude logic. She was a good dog, more sweet than clever. A sad side effect of big dog breeds and their short lives is that it wasn’t until nearly the end of her life that she made certain key discoveries about the world. Such as that weighing nearly 65 kil...

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  1. Condolences on your loss Frank.  I echo @Ped’s comment above.  Though not a veterinarian (though I am a son of one), there was a lot of that kind of loss when I worked for my dad.  There is no easy transition to losing a family member, regardless of speci… »

I wasn’t anywhere near old enough to hold a driver’s license but my dad had already bought me a motorcycle. It was a late seventies BMW R100 RS, dark blue. I loved that bike; I polished it fortnightly even though it never left the garage. I spent hours sitting on it, twisting the throttle and squeezing the clutch, diving in and out of t...

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  1. @Rob Back in high school, I was an avid mountain biker.  I grew up following Tomac, Overend, Cuddles and Hejsedal on the World Cup circuit.  I had a dream of being a professional cyclist.  Between HS and smart school, I fulfilled that dream by being a … »

Wind is an asshole. I have no patience left for it. It has all of it been used up, gone, finished. It is the only force that I’m aware of (with the possible exception of gravity) that is more stubborn and less willing to listen to reason than I myself am. It blows me around on my bike, it embezzles speed from my Magnificent Stroke. No matter...

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  1. @frank They salt some of the main roads when they can, but by the time they got to my street, it was too cold for salt to be effective. Ergo, sand only.  I think the daytime high at the time was around -24C or so, overnight lows near -35C, wind-chill in… »

  2. @PeakInTwoYears Funny, that’s exactly what I was thinking about when you mentioned Port Townsend.  I’ve been there exactly twice.  Got there both times by sailboat, first to have the boat measured for a dodger, then to have it installed.  Great little… »

  3. For some, Spring is ushered in by blossoms and beauty.  In my world, it is ushered in by rapid thaws of the inches thick ice on my street.  Nothing like crossing 3 inch deep rivulets that create square shaped speed dips on your street to indicate that spr… »

Lucky is the cyclist who has a parent cyclist. Early mentoring about the pain cave, guidance gluing on tires, these are worthwhile lessons a parent could lecture a child on. If one has to listen to a parental lecture, better it be about Eddy Merckx and how you are no Eddy Merckx than balancing your checking account. For the rest of us, our parents...

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  1. Thanks to Dad, I always had a bike.  I never understood friends who didn’t have a bike growing up.  Riding a bike was life, not having a bike…is no life at all. The freedom to go anywhere you wanted without having to wait until you had a driver’s licen… »

I don’t know if its because I see something of myself in them or if it awakens some kind of nurturing instinct, but I always seem to find myself drawn to tragically flawed figures.Layne Staley and Marco Pantani strike me as two halves of the same whole; incredibly talented yet tortured with mortally addictive personalities, both set loose in...

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  1. I didn’t find road cycling until long after the days of Marco, but from what I’ve learned on this site the comparison with Layne is apt.  Like missing the days of Marco, I never got to see AIC perform while Layne was alive.  I did see Jerry Cantrell in Va… »

  2. My pain is self-chosen.  At least so The Prophet says. I could either burn, or cut off my pride and burn some time A head full of lies is the weight, tied to my waist. The river of deceit pulls down, the only direction we flow is down. My pain is self-c… »

I recently overheard someone say that there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. This is the kind of statement that makes me want to hate people as a species a little bit. Of course there such a thing as bad weather. There are also bad people (loads of them), bad ideas (even bigger loads of them), bad advice (especially on the inter...

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  1. @The Oracle  I know I’m definitely more jealous of the weather.  You must live in a similar climate to me. -20C right now, but it’ll warm up to a balmy -10C after the weekend. »

Even though in today’s mountain bike world the bikes are better, the clothing more appropriate, and there are more trails to ride, there’s no denying the early 90s were the Golden Age of Mountain Biking. Just look at these fellas, and tell me I’m wrong.Tomac knew what was up. You don’t get such a badass Rainbow Jersey by ac...

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  1. @cognition I was so sad that she beat Alison Sydor in Atlanta at the Olympics, but she was certainly memorable.  It would have been awesome to have a Canuck in gold.  XC MTB was a demonstration sport that year I believe. »

I’ve never been able to decide if choices are a gift or a curse; a lack of choices introduces simplicity but also with it the risk that the simple choices do not meet the demands of a complex world. An abundance of similar choices, on the other hand, often reduces the impact of getting things a little bit wrong, but also decreases the thought...

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  1. @frank I was shocked and appalled to see that Shimano offers an 11-32 cassette at the Ultegra level.  2x hill repeats for anyone with such an abomination on their steed. »

  2. @Ron +1.  I’m now into season 3 on my #1 (and only)  By the end of spring last year, I found that the compact just didn’t work for my legs or the terrain I ride (Prairie flat/foothills of the Canadian Rockies).  Due to budgetatus limits, I had consigned… »

One of the finest things about Velominati is it attracts the crazy bastards. Cyclists are slightly unhinged anyway but there are more than a few out there who have no fear. Crazy is not constrained by nationality. Crazy knows no borders. Sure the Randonneurs would do this just to make sure they were happy with their choice of headlamp strap but @ba...

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  1. A Merckxian ride for sure.  Chapeau! »

The Goldilocks Principle is under assault, balance is lost. Without balance, we are reduced to savages. Steerectile Dysfunction is spreading like wildfire; socks are quickly becoming knee-highs and the line between shorts and knickers continues to blur.We spend considerable time making everything on our loyal steed fit and look perfect. Bar tape an...

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  1. @Optimiste Velominutiae should be in the Lexicon.  Though I’ve never been good at malarky or whatever, so I won’t attempt to come up with a definition. »

  2. @frank The moment I start taking any of this too seriously is the day I go insane and get on a recumbent…:shudders: »