Velominati Community Profile Archive

Velominatus: UptheTrossachs

Order: Level 3 Velominatus

Location: Scotland

Social:

Returning in late mid-life to the joys of the cog, I am one of those irritating characters who stand close to the finish/summit and shout "Keep going! Right to the end!" and other such inanities.

@UptheTrossachs's activity:

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...

@UptheTrossachs's posts:

  1. The route looks like someone threw spaghetti at a map, trying to hit Oudenaarde. VSP PICKS: 1. Lizzie Armitstead 2. Ellen van Dijk 3. Emma Johansson 4. Anna van der Breggen 5. Elisa 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...

@UptheTrossachs's posts:

  1. Here goes – about as much chance as winning the Grand National… VSP PICKS: 1. F. Cancellera 2. T. Boonen 3. G. Thomas 4. P. Sagan 5. G. Van Avermaet »

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...

@UptheTrossachs's posts:

  1. @Ron O.K. I apologise. I expressed myself clumsily. Like everyone here, I would like to spend more time on this site and learn more about being a Cyclist. My ‘Real Life’ reference was to all things outside of this virtual space, including striving to beco… »

  2. @andrew  not the place, the remark, or posting…. »

  3. @Ron are you serious?? I bow to your Black Velominatus status and I am an infrequent visitor to this space (I have  many demands on my time in Real Life), but I feel moved to respond to your apparently elitist remark. Maybe, just maybe, some of these ‘int… »

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...

@UptheTrossachs's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. F. Cancellera 2. T. Boonen 3. E. Boasson Hagen 4. P. Sagan 5. T. Farrar »

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...

@UptheTrossachs's posts:

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

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...

@UptheTrossachs's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. F. Cancellera 2. T. Boonen 3. M. Cavendish 4. P. Sagan 5. G. Thomas »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. F. Cancellera 2. T. Boonen 3. E. Boasson Hagen 4. P. Sagan 5. I. Stannard »

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...

@UptheTrossachs's posts:

  1. Ummm I think… errr, dunno but Gerrans is out and I have had too much red wine (to ease the Achilles injury) to be able to think straight. I have heard people say that they would prefer a broken bone to a soft tissue injury and thought “Yeah, right”, but… »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. P Sagan 2. M Cavendish 3. J Degenkolb 4. F Cancellera 5. S Gerrans »

Our products represent the spirit of Velominati; every product we offer is made with the utmost attention to detail – no compromises were made in their selection or design. Whenever possible, our products are made my small, locally-owned businesses who share our passion for quality and we make every effort to ensure they are made in an enviro...

@UptheTrossachs's posts:

  1. The Gear arrived Monday. It looks awesome, fits beautifully and even washes out well. Definitely worth the wait! Need to get a gilet to top off the look….. »

Brittany is the kind of area that produces strong-minded and strong-bodied people; I’m looking at you, Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault. It produces this type of person because that’s what windy farming land does to people. Brittany is also lumped full of short, steep hills, and we all know what that means: its a perfect place for...

@UptheTrossachs's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. JOHANSSON Emma 2. VOS Marianne 3. LONGO BORGHINI Ellsa 4. VAN DIJK Ellen 5. ARMITSTEAD Lizzie »

Seriously. Is it almost September? This was not the agreement, this was supposed to be an endless summer. And all you A-Holes down there in the Antipodes are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, enjoying longer days and shorter nights. I don’t need to tell you where you can take that, but it’s dark and it smells. I have no patien...

@UptheTrossachs's posts:

  1. In other words, no idea – whatever he said….. VSP PICKS: 1. Nibali 2. Valverde 3. Rodriguez 4. Henao 5. Uran »

As surely as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, if you ride a bicycle you can bet your ass against an apple that you are going to get a flat. Not if, but when. Death and taxes, and all that.This could be Pierre or Antonio or Jean-Michel, most likely a name that rolls off the tongue with the same ease he rolled his dead tubular from the...

@UptheTrossachs's posts:

  1. God I love this site. Where else could anyone find such an amazing photograph which is critiqued and analysed from so many viewpoints (even a more than educated estimation of the aspect ratio). Add to this inspiring, evocative, off the cuff essays about l… »

Each of us throw a leg over our top tubes and submit ourselves to the open road in recognition of the risks involved. These risks include those of a puncture, crash, damaged equipment, disability, and – ultimately – death. We try to be vigilant, we ride assertively yet defensively, and we hope for the best. We take every reasonable precaution t...

@UptheTrossachs's posts:

  1. RIP @itburns Nothing more to be said. I really would’ve liked to have known you….. »

Once again the metal grate is rolling up in front of the VSP lotto window. It’s bettin’ time. The Route de France is an eight day women’s stage race consisting of a prologue and seven road stages. The route stays away from any serious mountains so daily victories could go to sprinters or those willing to drive a breakaway. To make...

@UptheTrossachs's posts:

  1. Here goes… sentiment got the better of me.. VSP PICKS: 1. Emma Johansson 2. Evelyn Stevens 3. Giorgia Bronzini 4. Elisabeth Armitstead 5. Valentina Scandolara »

The early eighties saw the tide change in the European Peloton. Components were taking on a new, curvy shape as they left their boxy forms behind. The glint of toe clips in the sun would become a rarer sight as the move towards clipless pedals would take hold in 1985. English speakers were winning the big races classically won by continental Pros.T...

@UptheTrossachs's posts:

  1. Mixed emotions. 7th – b*gg*r. So close. »

  2. That frame will look great with my new kit when/if it arrives…………. ;o) VSP PICKS: 1. Chris Froome 2. Alberto Contador 3. Joaquim Rodriguez 4. Richie Porte 5. Nairo Quintana »

Every once in a while, you stumble across a quote that changes your outlook on how you approach life. Of course, this requires that one does a good deal of “reading”, which is a problem for me, as reading anything that isn’t Cycling-related feels the same as doing “work”. I do the odd bit of it nevertheless, and in a r...

@UptheTrossachs's posts:

  1. @ErikdR Talking of hobbits – as I may have mentioned elsewhere, I’m still having nightmares about being chased down the road by Dobby…… »

Date/Time: 8th June 2013Meeting at the Car Park near where I live which is free at VV to nine. We’ll then roll into town for a coffee stop at Empire State Coffee which serves the best coffee in Dundee according to the VMH. Then we ride all the way up to Cairn ‘O’ Mount at which point there are several options. For those with the l...

@UptheTrossachs's posts:

  1. Date/Time: 8th June 2013

    Location:  Magdalen Yard Road Car Park, Dundee, DD1 4NB
    Route Details:  170km starting in Dundee, reaching Cairn ‘O’ Mount, over the top riding a wee loop then back over and home to Dundee.

    Meeting at the Car Park near where I live which is free at VV to nine. We’ll then roll into town for a coffee stop at Empire State Coffee which serves the best coffee in Dundee according to the VMH. Then we ride all the way up to Cairn ‘O’ Mount at which point there are several options. For those with the legs it’s over the top and round a small loop before coming back over the Mount to then stop at The Clattering Brig for refreshments. Option Two is to ride up to the top, turn around and wait for those going over at TCB. The third Option is to just stop at The Clattering Brig and not take on the climb but I hope no-one chooses this option. Then the party of Velominati will travel back to the Car Park where showering facilities will be available at my place as well as some food before we walk a short distance for the recovery beverages. The long route climbing the Cairn ‘O’ Mount from both sides is about 170km. All welcome.

    VLVV

    snoov

     

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - June 08, 2013
    8:40 AM - 8:30 PM

    Location
    Magdalen Yard Road Car Park

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

  2. Date/Time: 8th June 2013

    Location:  Magdalen Yard Road Car Park, Dundee, DD1 4NB
    Route Details:  170km starting in Dundee, reaching Cairn ‘O’ Mount, over the top riding a wee loop then back over and home to Dundee.

    Meeting at the Car Park near where I live which is free at VV to nine. We’ll then roll into town for a coffee stop at Empire State Coffee which serves the best coffee in Dundee according to the VMH. Then we ride all the way up to Cairn ‘O’ Mount at which point there are several options. For those with the legs it’s over the top and round a small loop before coming back over the Mount to then stop at The Clattering Brig for refreshments. Option Two is to ride up to the top, turn around and wait for those going over at TCB. The third Option is to just stop at The Clattering Brig and not take on the climb but I hope no-one chooses this option. Then the party of Velominati will travel back to the Car Park where showering facilities will be available at my place as well as some food before we walk a short distance for the recovery beverages. The long route climbing the Cairn ‘O’ Mount from both sides is about 170km. All welcome.

    VLVV

    snoov

     

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - June 08, 2013
    8:40 AM - 8:30 PM

    Location
    Magdalen Yard Road Car Park

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

It has been a crazy year, this, with our first annual Keepers Tour sorted, partnerships with the industry’s leading icons including Johan Museeuw, Pavé Cycling Classics, DeFeet, fi'zi:k, and Lezyne – and a book deal to boot (deadline looming large on January 1st). We couldn’t have asked for a better year, and would like to remind...

@UptheTrossachs's posts:

  1. Merry Christmas all. I can assert that without this site I would certainly be ending this year at least 30lbs heavier and without gravel rash on my knee. I am happy to be still a little Too Fat To Climb and wincing each time I bend my right knee. Merry Me… »

It is less than a week from the longest night of the year for us lucky cyclists in the Northern hemisphere. Articles about lighting systems and losing form are what we cough up. @Strathlubnaig has even shorter days than most of us, works at sea, gets out on the bike and writes about it. Rule #9 or not, when is it ever a bad idea to ride a bike? V...

@UptheTrossachs's posts:

  1. And there was me thinking you were A**n ‘Hard as Nails’ W****n! Great piece of writing mon gar.. »

Attention all hands, attention all hands. The first Scottish Cogal has been scheduled. It sounds endlessly fun, punishing and exciting. The malted beverage recovery fluid will be outstanding. It has to be, it’s Scotland.  Please note, post-cogal reports have to include photos and description of said malted beverage environs. -gianni Continue...

@UptheTrossachs's posts:

  1. Attention all hands, attention all hands. The first Scottish Cogal has been scheduled. It sounds endlessly fun, punishing and exciting. The malted beverage recovery fluid will be outstanding. It has to be, it’s Scotland.  Please note, post-cogal reports have to include photos and description of said malted beverage environs. -gianni

    Route will be Callander south on the A81 over the Braes of Greenock to Aberfoyle, back north over the Duke’s Pass A821 (10% in places) then left at Loch Achray and along the banks of Loch Katrine, on a road that is only open to local motorised traffic, to Stonachlachar and then south along the B829 back to Aberfoyle. Through Aberfoyle along the A81 to Strathblane (this road can sometimes be busy in places), then left (east) along the A891 to Lennoxtown and then sharp left back north along the B822 Crow Road (proper torture). At Fintry take the right to continue along the B822 to Kippen, then straight through Kippen across the roundabout on the main road continuing along the B822 to Thornhill. At Thornhill continue north to pick up the A81 to Callander and Malted Recovery Beverage.

    The back of my cigarette packet suggests that this is around 160kms – but I might be wrong. In case of apocalyptic weather beyond Rule #10 (we had hurricane force winds here twice last year and our roads have a tendency to flood in places) there are a number of points where the route can be cut short with some logic.

    This being Scotland it will be Casually Deliberate and a short period of Waiting Properly is expected at the off as well. We have some PMU rubber hands at the ready so some junior Engines may be employed to make a proper crowd scene and set the tone. Pictures will be taken and posted on the site so Looking Pro and Fantastic is the only way to roll.

    Mrs Engine will supply ribald remarks and (more usefully) a sag wagon if any Velominatus actually shows imminent signs of expiring. There is also the possibility of food being thrown at us en route by the said Mrs Engine.

    We can accommodate two Velominati (or possibly four if they are very friendly with each other) should the consumption of Malted Recovery Beverage mean that driving home afterwards isn’t possible. There’s also places to lay your head in town that we can provide info on should the need arise. Post ride food is also available chez Engine provided numbers are sub 10 if not then, given ample warning of numbers, we’ll think of something.

    As always – this is guys and gals meeting on the road for a bike ride – if you come to grief please refer to Rule #5.

    If you’re doing anything other than turning up and going home please drop me a text on 07799 690390 or send an email on ivor@sneddencampbell.co.uk and make your needs known so that we have a fighting chance of making the Scottish Cogal a day to remember for all the right reasons.

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - October 13, 2012
    9:05 AM - 5:00 PM

    Location
    Ancaster Square

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification