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Velominatus: V-inden

Order: Level 2 Velominatus

Location: Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

Swimmer, turned rower, turned cyclist. This time I think I'll stick.

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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 c...

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  1. Danny Boy to smash everyone up the climbs, Rigo marked too heavily to be allowed any room to get away and Nairo to have not quite peaked.  J-Rod to lose too much time on TTs and Bad Cadel to make a heart-breaking return at some point and upsetting his cla… »

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. First time I have ever made a sub leading up to a race. »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Dan Martin 2. Philipe Gilbert 3. Roman Kreuziger 4. Bauke Mollema 5. Michal Kwiatkowski »

  3. Probably be Piti, but I’m not picking Piti. VSP PICKS: 1. Dan Martin 2. Philipe Gilbert 3. Simon Gerrans 4. Michal Kwiatkowski 5. Jelle 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. Kwiatkowski 2. Gerrans 3. Gilbert 4. Slagter 5. Kreuzinger »

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. One of these 5 will win it. I just don’t know who… Faboo looking imperious and showing that he’s got the tactical nous and versatility to win solo or from a select group.  Vanmarcke’s time will come (The new Spartacus?), until then he will be constantl… »

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. Eurosport are  showing highlights after some other race that’s in Flanders on Sunday. Happy days! VSP PICKS: 1. ARMITSTEAD Elisabeth 2. STEVENS Evelyn 3. VAN DIJK Ellen 4. WILD Kirsten 5. JOHANSSON Emma »

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. @Chris That photo is breathtaking! »

  2. This has got to be the hardest one of the year to choose.  I’d love to see Wiggo do well but this isn’t a 245km ITT so I just don’t see it myself.  G will be in the front group and crash heavily on the final lap but will finish anyway. Half of OPQS could… »

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. OPQS and Belkin to dominate on the front only to get smoked by Peter Pincher in the sprint from a select group.  Tommeke, despite his injuries to lead the chasing group home with tears of pure Flandrian iron in his eyes because he’s so damn hard. VSP PIC… »

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. One for the sprinters this year* *makes picks then watches Cancellara/Sagan/Gilbert/Stannard/Kwiatkowski [delete as appropriate] go long for the win. VSP PICKS: 1. Cavendish 2. Greipel 3. Sagan 4. Degankolb 5. Modolo »

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. Evidence of further adoption of The Rules from amongst the pro ranks.  Everyone’s second favourite Dutch hardman* Laurens Ten Dam and his morning ride: *Clearly it’s Hoogerland in the #1 spot on that list.  Or V… »

Freddy effortlessly demonstrates Rules #80 and #82, the Three-Point System, and the Goldilocks Principle while his mechanic calmly swaps a mortal’s wheel for one that can withstand his ferocious sprint. All the while, a young Colonel Sanders looks on with bemused disapproval.For anyone still wondering whether the 70’s was the coolest...

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  1. …and still looks like he could crush you in the sprint.  Or at anything else in life for that matter. »

Growing up, I imagine my dad did his fair share of worrying about me getting into trouble with chemicals and girls. Like with most problems in life, the solution lay in Cycling; training encouraged healthy behavior and once my dad convinced me to shave my legs, no one needed to worry about the girls anymore.Cycling caused its fair share of problems...

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  1. I certainly can’t compare myself with The Likes of Vansummeren et al but based on height and build (183cm and 82kgs), I feel I’m probably too densely built to class as a rouleur.  I have always enjoyed the rollers and can certainly dish out my own humble … »

Il Lombardia, this is the race of the fallen leaves. This fall classic is a beautiful race in a beautiful region of Italy. The arduous route may change year to year but what does not change is the Italian need to win this thing. There is some national pride at stake here after the Italian men finished off the podium in Firenze. Bergamo to Lecco, 24...

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  1. @xyxax Thanks for that! In the end I cut my losses and went for a ride and left my frustration out on the road. »

  2. Anyone know where I can watch this in Britain? Eurosport seems to be preoccupied with cars and motorbikes at the moment. »

  3. Step climb and a descent to the line, this should have Costa written all over it….Having said that, I read someone already mention he’ll still be hungover and I think you might be right. Plus J-Rod will be super motivated and not have Piti-ful to “help”… »

Disregarding my Schwinn Typhoon, I started keeping score with my 1976 Peugeot PX 10 LE. It came with a Stronglight 52 x 45 and a 14 x 21 five speed freewheel. I always thought this Peugeot was set up for the pavé of northern France with those gears and wire-wrapped and soldered 3x tubular wheels. Yet according to Peugeot’s advertising, this...

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  1. @Gianni A friend of mine climbed Ventoux this year on a 53×39 11-25 and had a similar experience of arriving at the summit 20 minutes down on me (52×36 12-27) and another fellow rider (50×34 12-28).  We lauded him for his hard man efforts but the respo… »

The world championship road race stands out among all other one-day races as the one where the winner is awarded both a curse and a jersey to carry for the next 12 months. It also inspires way too many riders to wear white bibs, which is an alarming trend in itself and one which I hope Brian Cookston, the new UCI President, prioritizes over the dop...

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  1. @the Engine Ha! Coffee on my keyboard and MD looking disapprovingly in my direction. Coughing fit belatedly and unconvincingly faked. »

  2. @HMBSteve I’ve been pretty critical of the performances of Wiggins and Froome et al from the weekend but having raced a few Cat 3/4 road races and been unlucky/shit enough to get dropped I know how hard it can be to chase back on and how quickly the mor… »

  3. @Buck Rogers No Eurosport coverage sadly as I’d have loved to have heard how many “calculaaytions” he would have thrown into the mix when J-Rod, Pity, Nibbles and Costa….er….anyone have a nick-name for our new champion yet??? went clear. In fairness f… »

  4. @Deakus This! »

  5. @Deakus I concur! Although Cav worked his heart out early on, as he always does when he pulls on a national jersey and I’m sure would have always expected to drop out when it reached the circuit. Luke Rowe also put in a good show early on as a late rep… »

  6. Gutted for Purito but as soon as they came back together and Valverdi didn’t make a move I thought it would be Costa For The Win. He’s shown his form in descents to the finish time and again this year and he’s a canny tactician. Chapeau! Shame he won’t n… »

  7. I think all of my picks are still there. Pretty sure that even if I get the top 5 I won’t get them in the right order. Regretting not picking Stybar though, just remembered how he annihilated the peloton on the final climb at the Enneco tour »