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Cyclist. Photographer. Cook.

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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. @Chris If the open mouth is the whale shark, is this the narwhal? »

La Vie Velominatus. It is the life we, as Velominati, lead. It is life as a disciple of cycling, of the greater meaning the bike holds and the lessons it teaches us. Along the path, one of our great duties is the wholesale consumption of the great Works related to our sport. From periodicals to books to films, herin lies the list of works conside...

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  1. @wiscot Was this ever even shown in a theatre? (apart from the London screening that Greg, Kathy and Richard Moore attended)  If not, why is there even a need for the poster. »

  2. @unversio Oh I certainly thought he was interesting.  The whole Sun Tzu ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend’ thing in regard to Hinault attacking LeMond made no sense to be whatsoever in this context (at clearly made no sense to the interviewer or Kochl… »

It has been many years (25!) since professional female cyclists have raced on the cobbles of the Champs Elysées. While running the Giro Donne concurrently with the Tour de France makes no sense to me, this Sunday’s women’s race does make sense. It should be the model for a Women’s Tour de France: the route, infrastructure, roadsi...

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  1. Well, I Delgado’d this one like a champ. @wiscot Wasn’t the full race shown on Universal Sports though? »

La Vie Velominatus. It is the life we, as Velominati, lead. It is life as a disciple of cycling, of the greater meaning the bike holds and the lessons it teaches us. Along the path, one of our great duties is the wholesale consumption of the great Works related to our sport. From periodicals to books to films, herin lies the list of works conside...

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  1. @unversio That’s about the only thing he said during his interview that made any sense. »

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. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps): 1. Nibali 2. Contador 3. Valverde 4. Talansky 5. Nibali »

I like definition, to place things in a box and tightly seal the lid. It makes me feel comfortable, like another of life’s little mysteries has been stored away for safe keeping. I also love ambiguity; it is the space wherein all interesting questions are asked; the unknown is life’s greatest beauty. You might say that makes me a hypo...

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  1. Was it not more than a year or two ago when Frank was stressing over multiple variations of Velominati color-matched custom Oakley Jawbones in hues of orange and grey? I agree that white sunnies are the tits and would argue that if you want to color matc… »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. Contador 3. Valverde 4. Talansky 5. Nibali »

Why are women’s races run concurrently with men’s races? I would get it if it was the women’s Tour de France, but I don’t get it when it is the women’s Giro in July. Since the Tour de Swiss there has been a lack of stage racing (in my TV watching schedule) and seemingly a perfect time to present a women’s stage r...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Longo Borghini 3. Abbot 4. Emma Johansson 5. Stevens »

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. I’m down for any cycling discipline in which the first item you make sure you pack for race day is your beer cooler…and truth be told, if someone put a gun to my head and told me I could only have one bike I would definitely pick a cross bike (but only … »

The Tour de Suisse can be everyone’s warm-up for the Tour de France, including all you VSP dreamers. The big show seems to be the Critérium de Dauphanié this year, as far as Tour de France contenders go but the Tour de Suisse still has some big guns showing up. Twiggo is here, not for a Tour warm up, unless people are worried about Richie P...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Wiggins 2. Pozzovivo 3. Rui Costa 4. Mollema 5. Kreuziger »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Wiggins 2. Pozzovivo 3. Costa 4. Mollema 5. Kreuziger »

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 cl...

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  1. @Mirko or pink… »

  2. What a win!  Nicely taken! »

  3. @andrew May very well be the case – I’m watching a dodgy internet feed with no sound.  Looks like Quintana is going clear now though. »

  4. Quintana and Hesjdal are going so quickly uphill I can’t tell if they’re attacking each other or trading pulls! »

  5. @Buck Rogers Quintana is indeed on an impressive ride, though Ryder just attacked and passed him.  I’ve had decent luck this Giro with the cyclingfans feeds on my phone. »

  6. @wiscot I’m on an iPhone using Skyfire so unfortunately I don’t have that option from what I can tell. »

  7. Is anyone having any luck with any of the web feeds from cyclingfans?  I was happily watching and then the feed I was using went out and now none of them are working for me. »

I met a nice character a few weeks ago on a magnificent ride through the Bay Area. He rode a Colnago C-50 which was so filthy that I was unable to ascertain with any degree of certainty what color it was painted. I spent most of the ride suppressing the impulse to lead him and his bike through a local car wash. As it turns out, he’s based o...

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  1. Thanks for the write up – I’d heard of the stuff, but not heard from anyone who had actually used it.  Unscented baby wipes are my go to for a post ride quick clean, with a full wash followed by an application of Eagle One Nanowax the more involved cleani… »

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 cl...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. J. Rodriguez 3. Uran 4. Domenico Pozzovivo 5. Scarponi »

  2. Those of you that touted Pozzovivo, you may want to check your pick mapping as mine defaulted to Potato, which I’ve promptly disputed. »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. J. Rodriguez 3. Uran 4. Pozzovivo 5. Scarponi »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Valverde 2. Dan Martin 3. Kwiatowski 4. Gilbert 5. Nibali »

Given the fact that everyone over-tightens their pedals to the crank arms, one needs a long lever to get too much torque. Rule #94 decrees using the correct tool and using it correctly. While the proper tool has always been available, it is up to us to evolve, to understand the difference between right and wrong, between vice-grip and open-ended wr...

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  1. @tessar If they rely on being torqued properly, you shouldn’t be using a plain short hex key, you should be using a torque wrench. »