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Bike riding, wine guzzling, fat bastard.

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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. Martin 2. Valverde 3. Purito 4. Mollema 5. Costa »

Wednesday sees the return of the women to the VSP. More notably, we see the return of Marianne Vos to the road. She’s won this race five of the last seven years. It makes me wonder if the rest of the field have already resigned themselves to racing for second. On the other hand, Vos hasn’t been racing of late and may not be as sharp as...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Johansson 3. Stevens 4. Longo Borghini 5. Van Dijk »

Midweek in Belgium in Spring is a wonderful thing. Hordes of people come from seemingly nowhere to fill the bars and line the roadsides when presumably they’d usually be working, or at school, or some such. That the only ones who appear to be working are the bartenders and frites dispensers reinforces my belief that Belgium is the greatest co...

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

The Amstel Gold Race, 251 km from Maastricht to Valkenburg, the hard way. There appears to be no flat sections longer than ten meters. There are thirty-four mean little climbs to ruin the legs. We have moved on from the real Spring Classics. There is no rest in this VSP; The Ronde and Roubaix were amazing but we must continue. Legs that are smoked...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Gerrans 2. Alejandro Valverde 3. Kwiatkowski 4. Gilbert 5. Ben Swift »

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. Last time FFS! http://www.outsideonline.com/featured-videos#ooid=l0cGgzbTp6pXWkTaybT4CznmWMTvzEl2 »

  2. Well, Rule #22 and #40 were ignored but high five for getting Rule #60 partly right! »

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. Here is hoping Van Avermaet can finally get one over…otherwise he is officially the new Susan Lucci. VSP PICKS: 1. Van Avermaet 2. Spartacus 3. Terpstra 4. Sagan 5. Vanmarke »

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. Wow…first time poster, long time lurker…nice typing rookie.  Time for coffee. VSP PICKS: 1. johansson 2. Armistead 3. Borghini 4. Annemiek Van Vleuten 5. Van Dijk »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. johansson 2. Armistead 3. Borghini 4. Annemiuk Van Vleuten 5. Van Dijk »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. johansson 2. Armistead 3. Borghini 4. Van Vleuten 5. Van Dijk »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Spartacus 3. She’s Legal in Amsterdam 4. Roelandts 5. Terpstra »

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. Laurens Ten Dam naming rides citing Rule #5 on Strava and getting some twitter action today! »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Spartacus 3. Van Avermaet 4. Roelandts 5. Thomas »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Emma Johannson 2. Longo Borghini 3. Even Stevens 4. Van Dijk 5. Bronzini »

This winter Shimano showed up on Maui with a flotilla of Colnago C-59s set up with disc brakes. The lucky Shimano people tested the bikes on some of the nicest routes on the island, including some descending down the Haleakala volcano. Unbelievably they didn’t invite me along (!?). If they had I would have suggested a different place to ride, one...

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  1. @Gianni Dan tries to sell me one every time I go to Café Roubaix…one of these days I may crack… »

  2. Normally I would agree with you @Gianni as gravel bikes and fat bikes were spawned from the same notion.  However, given your inclusion of the abomination more akin to the head of a red flamingo than a seat, I fear you are treading into Homer-esque territ… »

“Are you havin’ a dig at me?” It’s a good old phrase that one. I hear it occasionally, usually in response to some jest, part of the banter that me and my friends enjoy on a regular basis. It can be used as an off-the-cuff remark, clearly meant in a jocular way, or can carry with it a more sinister edge, a way to make a poin...

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  1. @scaler911 I can tell you what $500 bibs do for me… »

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. And so it begins… VSP PICKS: 1. Cav 2. Sagan 3. Degenkolb 4. Modolo 5. Greipel »

The Velominati have our own set of nicknames and terms which have developed over time through posts and correspondence. Some of these are names of landmarks or terms in cycling; others are nicknames for some of the riders in the pro peloton. While not intended to be offensive or derogatory, the nicknames in the list represent the riders’ pe...

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  1. @frank Brilliant. »

  2. @unversio Giant – Shimanguish? »

  3. Maybe a lexicon entry for this?  Kittel Clean and Jerk…The German Press…Giant-Shimanger? The act of smashing ones bike in a fit of rage. ) »

Omloop het Nieuwsblad is fast approaching on March 1st, Strade Bianche goes off the next weekend; finally, ladies and gentlemen, we have a season. For me the racing season really has to start in cold, wet Europe. I like the Tour Down Under just fine, I watch it, but it’s too early, too sunny and too hot to signify the start of the racing season...

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  1. @Gianni you had me at rivers of blood… »

  2. @Gio I am talking the Velominati Super Prestige where @Dancollins laid a Sven-like beat down on the rest of us hacks. »

  3. @dancollins It should be a good year – you set the bar pretty frigging high last year!!  I hope that crystal ball of yours is good and ready as you will have a few of us trying to tug on Supermans cape this year. »

  4. Is it almost time for 2014 Super Prestige? »