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Cyclist. Photographer. Cook.

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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 c...

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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 c...

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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 w...

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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. »

The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path, not the end. In pursuit of La Vie Velominatus, we know of no end to the Path; each of us journey through an endless evolution of understanding and reverence. As such, The Word continues to be handed down from high upon Mount Velominis and The Rules continue to be expanded upon. Today we present you with t...

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  1. @eenies I think this is in the same spirit of the exception for placing your bike on a roof rack. »

Wednesday sees the return of the women to the VSP. More notably, we see the return of Marianne Vos to the road. She’s won this race five of the last seven years. It makes me wonder if the rest of the field have already resigned themselves to racing for second. On the other hand, Vos hasn’t been racing of late and may not be as sharp as...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Armistead 3. Stevens 4. Emma Johansson 5. Cromwell »

Midweek in Belgium in Spring is a wonderful thing. Hordes of people come from seemingly nowhere to fill the bars and line the roadsides when presumably they’d usually be working, or at school, or some such. That the only ones who appear to be working are the bartenders and frites dispensers reinforces my belief that Belgium is the greatest co...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Moreno 3. Valverde 4. Kwiatkowski 5. Gerrans »

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. Gilbert 2. J Rodriguez 3. Kwiatkowski 4. Valverde 5. Betancur »

It’s no secret that I’m prone to riding in the big ring as much as possible, mostly on account of my not being a giant sissy. In accordance with the ISO Non-Sissy Standard, I also never read instruction manuals or ask for directions when lost. I make sure to only rarely ask my VMH to turn up the radio when Adele comes on, usually follo...

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  1. @San Tonio Are those aluminum (and undamaged from any previous crash)?  If so, wow! »

  2. When I purchased my ‘custom’ frameset (it wasn’t custom built for me but would have been the bike the builder would have built for me), I had an in depth discussion on just this point regarding compact handlebars.  I had been riding them on my Ridley and … »

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. @KW I agree 1oo% on your point – its just that venting your frustration when others around you aren’t working is pretty standard fare. »