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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. VSP PICKS: 1. Tommeke 2. Sep 3. Phinney 4. Terpstra 5. G. Thomas »

The grade is long and I am climbing away. I’m not going to Pantani this: I am not out of the saddle, not in the drops and not leaving everyone in my wake. The climbing gear was engaged a long time ago. There is progress, but I am not dancing up this climb. A little more cadence would really help here. If I could just get this mother-lover spinnin...

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  1. @Mike Stead (@tweetymike) I’m shocked to see so many responses without a correction. On the 11-speed Red and Force Bro-sets, and also the most recent 10-speed versions, there is a limit function preventing the dreaded accidental upshift. Attempting the … »

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

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. Faboo 2. Sagan 3. Sep 4. Terpstra 5. Phinney »

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. Van Djik 2. Pieters 3. Stevens 4. Carlee Taylor 5. Armistead »

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. Faboo 2. Sagan 3. Phinney 4. Boss Goss 5. Boom! »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Cav 2. Greipel 3. Sagan 4. Degenkolb 5. Gilbert »

My favorite feeling is perhaps the empty hollowness of hunger. That statement, in itself, is a declaration of the privileged life I’ve led; it is borderline obscene to boast of such a thing in a world where 842 million people don’t have enough to eat. Nevertheless, being lucky enough to have been raised in America and just competent eno...

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  1. @frank That pretty well hits the nail on the head. I agree completely, and I think @Puffy would too. That’s all I was getting at – you were both getting to the same place via different roads. »

  2. @frank He’s right, Frank, but not in the way that you think he’s wrong. When you train, you damage muscle. Your protein intake is what allows repair and rebuilding of the muscle damaged through hard work. Over tie, the body adapts by adding muscle to d… »

To look good is already to go fast. -Paul Fournel, VéloMy approach to research is pretty straight forward. First, I develop an opinion – usually in a cognitively compromised state. This is the first step in the process for the simple reason that it avoids the bulk of the hard work involving things like reading and thinking. Next, I cherry-pi...

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  1. Wow. So much bad science, or at least bad science journalism explaining good science. And yet, because of confirmation bias I’m totally on board with this confirming what we already knew to be the truth! Great find Shaka! »

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. @TommyTubolare Firstly, I never made the first comment about the quality of my discipleship. I know I have a long road ahead of me and sometimes err, but I’m no apologist. I spoke of the inclusive “we,” as the group itself strives to be in better compli… »

  2. @antihero First, yes, follow the rules of your sanctioning body, though if they differ from the Rules then someone has stopped paying proper attention. Second, you made my point for me – Strava is not a governing body. There was a vehicle involved that… »

  3. @Optimiste Tell us before you do it and we’ll make a Cogal of it! I can hear the Recovery Ales calling to me already. »

  4. @El Mateo Not to belabor the point, but I guess I will. It’s precisely this sentiment that concerns me. We, as a community, have accepted and adopted as our own the Rules we ride by. They are immutable, handed down from on high, recorded by the Keepers … »

  5. Well, someone is eventually going to be the prick that rains on this parade, so it may as well be me. I don’t understand why riding a certain distance exempts one from the Rules. To my mind it does no such thing. Even self-supported, these chaps stopped a… »

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. @Barracuda Right? I didn’t know until today that race mechanics were unionized. »

Yvon Chounard may not be Homer but he is a worthy modern day wise man, he admonished, don’t be a sports nazi. His meaning was, don’t do one sport to the exclusion of all others. It’s tempting not to pursue other sports when cycling demands so much time and leaves one with a body that is barely useful for anything else, but that w...

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  1. @Chris This. We are all here because we have seen some sort of light and wish to rise above the state of the YJA-clad masses. We call ourselves disciples precisely because we try to bring a bit of that light to the rest of the cycling world. We cannot… »

I am a road cyclist, at heart. Even when I’m in a car, I’ll daydream about riding the same road I’m driving. I’ll imagine how the tarmac might feel as my wheels carry me across it, the wind, the smells in the air. I’ll imagine how my lungs are expanding and contracting, cleansing me a little with every exhale. In my mi...

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  1. Beautifully written Frank. I could do without you constantly inspiring n+1 bike lust in me though. My wife likes you less and less…. »

@prowrench is throwing down the greasy gauntlet. There is truth in his words. We already understand the gap between the professional cyclist and us civilians extends somewhere over the horizon. We can ride the bikes, wear nice kit and ride the race routes but that’s about as close as we can get. No one is paying us to ride. We are not Pros. B...

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  1. @Chris I suppose I have – misunderstanding is one of my specialties. You are correct about there being plenty of people who are not dedicated to their chosen craft or profession. It’s too bad, but completely true. I wouldn’t call most of those people prof… »

  2. @Chris Actions speak louder, yet you won’t allow someone to demonstrate with action because you refuse to trust a properly trained (one would hope, anyway) mechanic. Instead, you rely on their words alone, which you also mistrust. It seems we can’t win…. »

All You Bike Pricks,Whoo-hoo Seattle, the sun is out! Let’s discuss a few things before you fumble with swapping the unused ski rack for the unused bike rack on the Subaru. Continue reading...

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  1. Genius! »

@prowrench is throwing down the greasy gauntlet. There is truth in his words. We already understand the gap between the professional cyclist and us civilians extends somewhere over the horizon. We can ride the bikes, wear nice kit and ride the race routes but that’s about as close as we can get. No one is paying us to ride. We are not Pros. B...

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  1. @DwtnBkln Bullshit, plain and simple. Not only am I not evil (I’m trying really hard though!), nor “an evil,” but I will take as much or more care in working on your machine than you do. Not only is it my job, but I consider myself a professional and a… »

A friend recently asked my advice for how to prepare for the longest ride he’d ever done. My approach is somewhat unorthodox when it comes to this sort of thing; I like to train to ride a lot farther than the event itself, and whenever possible, throw in a handful of sessions with my old friend, The Man with the Hammer. I suggested he do the...

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  1. @Chris I agree completely. I think I may have misunderstood your initial sentiment. Knowing where the line is allows one to approach it more cautiously in order to avoid disaster. Training allows one to move that line bit by bit without crossing it (too… »

@prowrench is throwing down the greasy gauntlet. There is truth in his words. We already understand the gap between the professional cyclist and us civilians extends somewhere over the horizon. We can ride the bikes, wear nice kit and ride the race routes but that’s about as close as we can get. No one is paying us to ride. We are not Pros. B...

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  1. A-Merckx! Well written and expressed, and thank you. I only wish I could get half or more of my customers to read this excellent article. »

A friend recently asked my advice for how to prepare for the longest ride he’d ever done. My approach is somewhat unorthodox when it comes to this sort of thing; I like to train to ride a lot farther than the event itself, and whenever possible, throw in a handful of sessions with my old friend, The Man with the Hammer. I suggested he do the...

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  1. @Chris Joe Friel is also a bike racer and coaches them. That’s not really the point, though – I mean, you’re coming at this from a view of running, not cycling, so the methods used are similar as far as duration and intensity of training are concerned. … »