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Velominatus: VeloSix

Order: Level 1 Velominatus

Location: East Tennessee

I ride a bicycle and I enjoy it, No, actually I'm addicted to it. Sometimes I race it against other people of similar mindset, and we have fun. What better way to spend a weekend, than for a couple hundred guys and gals to pool their money together, and have a race.

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The Heck of the North is a Gravel Classic held in Northern Minnesota. The course is about 185 kilometers long, approximately 75% gravel/dirt road, with 15 kilometers of trail and as little pavement as needed to make it all come together.The front few groups of this race go for the win, while the rest of the field simply enjoy a fun day out on the...

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  1. The Heck of the North is a Gravel Classic held in Northern Minnesota. The course is about 185 kilometers long, approximately 75% gravel/dirt road, with 15 kilometers of trail and as little pavement as needed to make it all come together.

    The front few groups of this race go for the win, while the rest of the field simply enjoy a fun day out on the bike, riding one of the most challenging and exciting routes in the quickly-emerging gravel scene.

    Mixing gravel roads and ATV trails, this race is home to some of the most innovative bicycle concoctions you’ll ever come across, from drop-bar fat bikes to race-tuned Graveur machines. Leave your road machine at home; you’ll need fast 32mm tires at least in order to survive the trail sections.

    More information on the Heck of the North site. Registration is $54 before July 15; $65 before August 15; and $76 until September 15. Registration ends September 15 or once the 400 rider limit is met.

    The Heck of the North is not a Cogal, but Velominati is a sponsor of the event and will be providing exclusive prizes. See you there.

    Official site: http://www.heckofthenorth.com/

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    Date/Time
    Date - October 04, 2014
    12:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Location
    Castle Danger Brewery (Two Harbors MN)

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The Whale Shark is the biggest nonmammalian vertebrate* on the planet, rivaling the dinosaurs for size. How do you feed yourself when you’re that huge without loading up on carbs all the time? Easy, you swim around with your mouth wide open for 22 hours a day and hope enough food swims in there to take the edge off the hunger pangs. Cycl...

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  1. @Rom Is it possible he is just using the planet as his own personal set of rollers….?  When you can take the ring gear out of a Dana 60, and slap it on your crank, I would think rotating the earth beneath you is no problem. »

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. massacre of a picking… VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Nibali 2. Valverde 3. van Garderen 4. Porte 5. Costa »

  2. @Fausto Crapiz Let me guess, you’re favorite race would be a time trial up Haleakala.  Everything else is not racing according to you, right? »

  3. @piwakawaka Personally, I’d rather beat a guy who’s at his best, than win because they didn’t survive the bad luck of the day. »

  4. the Jensie, post race interview…  Awesome! That dude is the shit!  He is my hero! »

  5. @Ron The last crash, must have been quite a tumble.  And when I was watching it unfold, I think Froomy did want to press on, but seemed to know if he was to do so, would be on the ground many more times before making it to Arenberg. »

  6. @Teocalli I saw that too.  The guy must have been half out it after that crash.  It looked like he didn’t know which part of his body to hold.  When they got a new bike for him, he almost looked at it like he thought it was going to bite his good hand o… »

  7. @frank Agreed!  I’m really pulling for the American kids, and TJ let me down with those comments.  Andrew however, I’m happy as can be to see up in the GC after yesterday »

When it comes to Rule Compliance, we have at our disposal three viable options. The first is to Obey the Rules. That one is pretty straight-forward because we wrote them down for you and also went to the great length of writing a book on the subject, partly as a public service to those suffering from insomnia. But The Rules are full of apparent...

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  1. damn, can’t see any previous posts to read anything… Anyway, great article @Frank.  I have to agree, its hard to look any more fabulous than  Fabulous….er, I mean Fabian Cancellara. I’m also a big fan of #iamtedking, that guy can certainly turn the … »

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. @Teocalli As much as I’m not a Cav fan, that wasn’t enjoyable to see… »

  2. @Teocalli Let’s see, pick 5 names, have a chance at a badass Velominati frame, wheelset, or kit….  I’ll put GC riders in a hat, and draw names for a chance at that! »

  3. I guess you have to do this all season to be in the running, but I’ll take a stab here anyway.  Get my feet wet at least…. VSP PICKS: 1. Contador 2. Froome 3. Talansky 4. Nibali 5. Valverde »

Tempo means time in Italian. Riding tempo means riding steadily, like a metronome. It is an important skill to have and since it’s Italian, it sounds cool. What it does not mean is riding at a constant speed, half-wheeling or killing it at the front. Riding at a constant speed is like having cruise control on in a car; the car seems to accelerate...

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  1. @ChrisO Now that I’ve learn what half-wheeling really is now (Thanks to Sir @ChrisO), I’ve kinda played dumb, by “letting it slide” (meaning not contest the wheel) but I’m far from ignoring it.  I basically hold their pace half a wheel back, waiting for… »

  2. Fanfuckingtastic!!  Outside of the weekly worlds ride, this should be recited before every shop ride! »

Cyclocross could be the most perplexing of all the cycling disciplines. To me it’s  at once the most beautiful and the most unappealing. The beauty comes from the great European races, and of course by ‘European’ I mean ‘Belgian’. The lack of appeal stems from the fact that I just don’t want to do it. It looks...

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  1. @brett Very nice article, a worthy read indeed.   Like you, I fear purchasing a cyclocross machine would take my further down the rabbit hole of this addiction.  I tell myself I would use it for other things (urban commuting or some shit like that), but I… »

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. Must be a race for the sprinters »

  2. @ChrisO Whilst out riding the hills of east Tennessee today, (you know, those long boring 6% grade types), and the name Fausto was mentioned….  I listened in for a moment. @Fausto Crapiz talking shit to men who have been laying down the V long befor… »

Maui Velominatus Dave is tapering for this Saturday’s Cycle to the Sun. It is more mass start, time trial to the sun as there is nothing like 3.3 km of continual climbing to sort everyone out by their power to weight ratios. After 2 km of climbing there is no pack and no draft. Everyone climbs as hard as they can and almost everyone is riding alo...

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  1. Having a non arbitrary number to quantify my training load has been a fantastic addition to my bike and training.  As @ChrisO stated, I was astonished at what a recovery effort really is, when compared to what my “light effort” consisted previously, on my… »

Climbing is something I enjoy more than I am good at it; any time I see a new road pointing up to the heavens, I find myself irresistibly drawn to explore where it leads. Every season I come to the conclusion that my training routes are all very hilly and I arrive at the brilliant idea that I should plot out a new course which seeks out the flatt...

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  1. @The Grande Fondue Fair points!  To all those I leave behind me on the climbs I’m sure I’m a great climber in their eyes.  But to all those who I watch pull away from me in a race, I lack the power to weight for me to use words words of praise to descr… »

  2. @Fausto Crapiz You have to work your delivery dude.  Rule #72  Nobody wants to listen to you tell us, or read how you infer, what a manbeast you are. We are not here to whip out our dicks and measure them in front of each other.   We are here for the … »

  3. @ChrisO That is certainly a balance I have to work out.  How long can I lay down 400 W along side the little guys spinning like hamsters, and still have a healthy reserve for my rhythm climbing for the long haul when they decide to settle down some, if e… »

  4. @ChrisO That is certainly a balance I have to work out.  How long can I lay down 400 W along side the little guys spinning like hamsters, and still have a healthy reserve for my rhythm climbing for the long haul when they settle down. If it’s a hilltop … »

  5. @Fausto Crapiz Boring huh?  Riding a bicycle on the legendary  Tail of the Dragon is boring?  Descending over 100 km/h puts you to sleep?  Might want to rethink doing 5 Ways to Look Rock.  Those steep climbs that keep you interested in life, you’ll also… »

  6. @Fausto Crapiz I assume you know where the Foothills Parkway is?  At the top is Look Rock.  There are 5 climbs to Look Rock.  Climb them all in one ride.  160 km, 3048 m. »