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Cyclist. Photographer. Cook.

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A great unknown awaits the young men, bound by a common entity of steel, flesh and passion rolled together. Do they contemplate the future, or are they so encapsulated in the here and now that anything beyond the finish line seems like it could only be for old people? Have they any inkling which path they will take, or be guided towards? Maybe...

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  1. I can certainly forgive the helmets as this was 1989, but for fuck’s sake, who was responsible (or irresponsible) for that kit design?  And why doesn’t Pharmy have to wear team shorts? »

I have an idea. If Mr Cookson and the UCI are eager to lift women’s cycling up, why not sponsor a women’s race for each of the Monuments of the sport? A Giro di Lombardia Féminin would be a much better end to the season than the Chrono Des Nations. Each Monument would have an earlier start time than the men’s, a slightly shorter...

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  1. Who knows VSP PICKS: 1. Solovey 2. Tetrick 3. Antoshina 4. Leth 5. Laseur »

If Rouler does not do reviews, we don’t do reviews. Think of this as a commentary on Bont’s Vaypor+ road shoe. Any discussion of points-of-contact will generate a storm of comments ending in why Sidi shoes and fi'zi:k saddles are the best. They may be the best for you but not for me. Everyone’s feet and everyone’s butt has d...

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  1. @tessar If it helps, my fi'zi:k R3s which I find fit perfectly are a size 44 and the Bont’s I ordered were a 44.5.  My Mavic Pulse MTB shoes are a size 10.5 (I’m not sure what that translates into in Euros according to Mavic).  I too find the Mavics quite… »

  2. @tessar I have. I ordered according to the Bont sizing/measuring instructions and erred on the side of the next half size up because I was within a few mm in length from the upper limit of the recommendation.  They fit, however its still a close one and… »

Attention, this is the final event on the Men’s VSP calendar for 2014. There is one more Women’s event to come. We may already have a winner of this years over-all but the rest of the podium could be up for grabs. @il muro di manayunk has broken away and I’m not sure @steampunk is going to chase him down. Has everyone noticed how...

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  1. @the Engine …and frozen white winters that melt into spring classics »

  2. @il muro di manayunk @il muro di manayunk I love Philly actually.  Agreed about Monk’s and Eulogy.  I’m also partial to The Dark Horse on 2nd and Lombard.  I think the food/drink culture in that city is phenomenal – Amada and Zahav are a couple of my … »

  3. @il muro di manayunk Have you taken into account the 10pt deduction you automatically get for being from Philadelphia? »

  4. @Steampunk Looks like we’re going to have some trackstanding, cat & mouse action between Il Muro and Steampunk on the way to the VSP finish line, since by my logic Il Muro can maintain his lead as long he ensures they both choose the same top 5 in t… »

If Rouler does not do reviews, we don’t do reviews. Think of this as a commentary on Bont’s Vaypor+ road shoe. Any discussion of points-of-contact will generate a storm of comments ending in why Sidi shoes and fi'zi:k saddles are the best. They may be the best for you but not for me. Everyone’s feet and everyone’s butt has d...

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  1. @Gianni I’m with you.  I have a pair of the white/black R3s and they are without a doubt the most comfortable cycling shoes I’ve ever worn.  I love the wider forefoot and the high arch.  I haven’t tried the new ones but by all reports I don’t think I’d… »

Attention, this is the final event on the Men’s VSP calendar for 2014. There is one more Women’s event to come. We may already have a winner of this years over-all but the rest of the podium could be up for grabs. @il muro di manayunk has broken away and I’m not sure @steampunk is going to chase him down. Has everyone noticed how...

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  1. @frank So are we not VSPing the Chrono de Nations? or is is just that these three are so far ahead that nothing that happens from here on out could affect the end result? »

  2. Who knows VSP PICKS: 1. Degenkolb 2. Demare 3. van avermaet 4. gallopin 5. vanmarcke »

Doing things the hard way is a luxury. It says to the world that we’ve beat evolution; intelligence is no match for technology and economy is no match for indulgence. We need only step a bit outside our bubble to realize the scale of the illusion, but nevertheless it has become reality for many of us who live our lives happily and fortuna...

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  1. “Doing things the hard way is a beautiful way to remind ourselves of the history that built the luxuries we surround ourselves with.” I couldn’t agree more (even if this does read like ad copy from one of those hipster artisanal axe manufacturers…or … »

I’m getting too old and cranky for all this race schedule changing. I know they already did this last year and presumably I had the same gripings then, but Lombardia is supposed to close out the season and I’m downright angry that Paris-Tours is closing out the books now; it only seems right that one of the most beautiful races should...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Kwiatkowski 2. Contador 3. J Rodriguez 4. Valverde 5. Gilbert »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Kwiatkowski 2. Van Avermaet 3. J Rodriguez 4. Valverde 5. Gilbert »

This is big. This is the race that decides the arc-en-ciel  jersey for the next year. It is the best looking jersey. It carries the most baggage. It also brings the most respect. The World Championship is a circuit race of attrition. In Ponferrada Spain it’s an 182 km loop done seven times, with a total of 2142 m of climbing. Is it a climber...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Armistead 3. Bronzini 4. Emma Johansson 5. Ferrand Prevot »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Van Vleuten 3. Armistead 4. Bronzini 5. Ferrand Prevot »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Van Vleuten 3. Armistead 4. Bronzini 5. Prevot »

If Tony gets a flat or two and loses this time trial, bookies will be jumping off bridges into the Thames. It’s a lock, man, it’s a lock. There, it is now jinxed. You are welcome. Picking second through fifth will take some acumen. Will these be Vuelta riders or does that just hold true for the road race? Tony could have a jour sans. Co...

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  1. @andrew Same issue with Stybar being the WC in cyclocross. »

  2. …and by 26 seconds nonetheless »

  3. Wow.  I have to say that I did not by any means think that Wiggo was going to be able to pull that one out.  Chapeau! »

Cycling is a sport steeped in the tradition of style. There’s no denying it. From the days of miners and farmers escaping the hardships of a life spent toiling in harsh and filthy conditions either under or above ground, through Coppi and his Cosa Nostra-esque garb and swagger, Merckx and De Vlaeminck’s 70s sideburns, to Cipo and his...

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  1. @Barracuda Ha!  Nicely done. »

If Tony gets a flat or two and loses this time trial, bookies will be jumping off bridges into the Thames. It’s a lock, man, it’s a lock. There, it is now jinxed. You are welcome. Picking second through fifth will take some acumen. Will these be Vuelta riders or does that just hold true for the road race? Tony could have a jour sans. Co...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Tony Martin 2. Bradley Wiggins 3. Alex Dowsett 4. Rohan Dennis 5. Tom Dumoulin »

Cycling is a sport steeped in the tradition of style. There’s no denying it. From the days of miners and farmers escaping the hardships of a life spent toiling in harsh and filthy conditions either under or above ground, through Coppi and his Cosa Nostra-esque garb and swagger, Merckx and De Vlaeminck’s 70s sideburns, to Cipo and his...

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  1. I’m not sure why all the discussion of Scotland – Millar was born in Malta, so that makes him a Maltese »

All hail, the Worlds are upon us. The time trials should be events where all VSP participants can rack up some decent points. Remove team tactics, national team versus trade team allegiances, using this event to train for another event, bonking and hanging onto team cars from the equation. All one is left with are possible flat tire, possible mecha...

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  1. For everyone that chose ‘Small’, you may want to look at how your pick mapped…mine mapped as Adrien Petit »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Van Dijk 2. Villumsen 3. Carmen Small 4. Stevens 5. Solovey »