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Velominatus: TheVid

Order: Level 2 Velominatus

Location: Calgary, AB

I started mountain biking in the mid 90s as an escape from the world of shallow mentalities I was surrounded with at school. It was liberating and freeing, and gave myself challenges to conquer. I moved away from home to the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, where mountain biking, no matter what locals here call it, doesn't really exist as I knew it. Real mountains are nearly an hour's drive away, and driving to reach a place to ride seems silly to me. I converted to cycling on the road in the early 2010s, and have been striving for rule V, and VV compliance ever since.

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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. I don’t know this song either, nor have I even heard of Nick Cave.  But the brilliance of the piece, and Bretto’s adaptation is spot on. @Gianni On of my personal go to’s is Cake’s “The Distance”  so appropriate for fighting off the man with the hamm… »

I like definition, to place things in a box and tightly seal the lid. It makes me feel comfortable, like another of life’s little mysteries has been stored away for safe keeping. I also love ambiguity; it is the space wherein all interesting questions are asked; the unknown is life’s greatest beauty. You might say that makes me a hypo...

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  1. I too like definitions, as they make things very black and white.  Something is or isn’t, end of story.  Unless of course the definition implies something grey, at which point I will rationalize the greyness using black or white hypotheses, thus getting e… »

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. Rest Day Swaps.. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Nibali 2. Valverde 3. Rui Costa 4. Pinot 5. Mollema »

  2. @Ron This.  Absolutely this. My personal standout performance awards go to Fuglsang, Westra, Thomas, and of course Boom.  What a fantastic race within a fantastic race.  Sad to see the Spider withdraw how he did.  He looked in a world of hurt. »

Maybe it’s the narcissist in me or maybe I never really learned how to share properly, but I prefer my birthday over Christmas. My birthday is the one day of the year where everything is about me. No feigning interest in other people’s gifts, no getting distracted by any greater meaning. Just me and my loot, as it was meant to be. Spea...

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  1. The VMH and I used to get cable only for the month of July.  This year we’ve decided to go the on demand route, but we dare not cancel the cable until after the TdF.  Our PVR died last weekend, so I ended up missing the first couple stages.  Up and runnin… »

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. Am I the only one who is very disappointed with the lack of coverage for this race?  It would be awesome to watch these ladies lay down the V.  There were a bunch of their races on TV earlier this season, which was fantastic, but it seems like it’s all Td… »

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. Revised.  2nd Guessing.  Throwing new darts at the board.  Whatever, here goes. VSP PICKS: 1. Contador 2. Froome 3. Rui Costa 4. Talansky 5. Mollema »

We are the Keepers of the Cog. In so being, we also maintain the sacred text wherein lie the simple truths of cycling etiquette known as The Rules. It is in our trust to maintain and endorse this list.The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path to La Vie Velominatus, not at the end; learning to balance them against one another and to welcome them...

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  1. @william reichert That sort of behaviour is definitely verboten for a Velominatus, as it violates at least three rules (potentially 4) that I can think of.  Perhaps the wiser Velominati could elaborate. Review rule #11, rule #42, rule #65, and possibly … »

Who learns of their cycling potential while in the military, serving in Africa? @wiscot is once again serving up some great cycling history in his post about  Joaquim “The Bull” Agostinho. As dangerous as cycling seems, surprisingly few professionals get killed racing or training. Agostinho was one of the unlucky few. He was a man for...

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  1. A-merckx.  My education of cycling’s rich history continues.  Thanks. »

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. Thank goodness there’s no TTT this time, or I’d wonder about Garmin’s chances.  Here’s hoping for a safe first week. VSP PICKS: 1. Contador 2. Valverde 3. Froome 4. Rui Costa 5. Talansky »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Johansson 3. Abbott 4. Stevens 5. Pooley »

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. Never having ridden anything more powerful than a 49cc scooter, or being a passenger on a moto, I think I know how the non-sailers felt about the VMG article. @ChrissyOne This. This was also my mantra and philosophy when I worked as a bike messenger. … »

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. Further pondering on the idea of V made good, I was thinking about that nifty power meter from Pioneer that measures power output (a crude attempt and quantifying The V) at different points of one’s magnificent stroke, and then reports how much of the V b… »

  2. @wilburrox +1.  My other thought was along the lines of ‘we are sailors, everybody else just holds the tiller’. »

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. Note to all: entering ‘Costa’ only may not give you the Costa you seek…. VSP PICKS: 1. Wiggo 2. Rui Costa 3. Kreuziger 4. Mollema 5. Pinot »

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. Or when you find that you’ve tacked at the right time to catch the next shift and find yourself a few boat lengths ahead of the boat you’ve been chasing for the past couple legs. Who would the Merckx of sailing be?  Paul Elvstrom would get my vote. Sail… »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Wiggo 2. Costa 3. Kreuziger 4. Mollema 5. Pinot »

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. @KW This. »

In my journey through life, I’ve been struck by the near universal existence of the competitive spirit amongst people. Even people who claim not to be competitive in nature are seemingly competitive about how uncompetitive they are. I’m more uncompetitive than you. We find it everywhere, between old friends and perfect strangers alike...

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  1. Excellent piece, Frank.  I love how some articles really make one self analyse motivations/decisions or what have you.  I believe I am the second type, as far as cycling goes anyway. Success is defined based on how I feel at the finish with my own perform… »

Anecdotal research suggests that people are being let off-leash without adequate training to perform basic activities such as walking on sidewalks or through airports and busy city centers. I’m assuming this expands to shopping malls, but I never go there so I can’t be sure. It’s easy to blame the mobile phones which apparentl...

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  1. @Duende  Maybe he had a Schleckanical…or he’s never ridden a bicycle in the rain over painted lines.  Counter steer man, counter steer. »

  2. I should add however, that stopping dead in the middle of a lane, hallway, walkway, elevator door, top of escalator or other place where people and things are intended to be in motion is just plain dumb.  Move right (or left as the case may be in your par… »

  3. My fear is that someday when I’m on a MUP whilst riding my #1, I’ll get stopped by some local authority and fined for not having a bell on it.  In my head I then argue that few would hear a bell anyway since they all (yes, I know it’s an omniscience falla… »

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. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Evans 2. Uran 3. Quintana 4. Pozzovivo 5. Scarponi »

Here are a few lessons learned while in New York City.The Rapha store is an excellent place to begin a ride. It’s a killer bike shop with no bikes for sale. Once in the door there are ample places to rack a bike. Behold beautiful espressos, fresh croissants, bike racing projected on a whole wall, seats, tables, a WC, and evidently some nice kit f...

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  1. @frank Meanwhile in these parts, I woke up to a fresh dusting of snow, and windchill to -5C.  Apparently on this day last year it was 27C.  It feels like winter will not give up its grip around these parts. Wish I could have been there, and not only… »

The 100th running of Liège-Bastogne-Liège takes place this Sunday. Danny-boy Martin will be marked heavily as the defending champion. Malmerde, and Phil Gil have shown they are peaking too. Froomy has thrown his hat into the ring, as he did last year but after last years 26th place, maybe it’s training. 263 kms, past winners include a long...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Kwiatkowski 3. Dan Martin 4. Valverde 5. Mollema »