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Cyclist. Photographer. Cook.

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I don’t mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that’s how it comes out. Bill HicksThat famous quote from the Greatest Comedian Of All Time™ has resonated with me for many years. It became my silent mantra, as I don’t suffer fools gladly and sometimes don’t make much effort to conceal the fact. Lately, I’v...

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  1. As I don’t know anyone who has come into cycling without at least some kind of misinformed presentation of self/bike, whether that be hairy guns, tri-bars, ill fitting kit, etc., I think its a must that we tolerate at first with an aim to educate as time … »

Stupidity is a powerful force never to be underestimated. Geese are a good example; a more stupid vertebrate one would be most challenged to come across yet should you wander into a flock of them pecking about peacefully in a field, one is likely to erupt from its grazing to grab a billful of your ass and commence beating you savagely with it...

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  1. Avoid Telepathy – I like that! »

First run in 2002, the GP de Plouay-Bretagne is part of the women’s UCI World Cup series.  It’s 4.5 laps totaling 121km. As usual, there is little information or publicity for yet another women’s UCI race. Here is a start list. Here is the official French website. And yes, Ms. Vos won the last two editions. We regret the lack of...

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  1. Can’t bet against Vos VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Armistead 3. Emma johansson 4. Prevot 5. Borghini »

Cyclists love socks. I know I do. I’d make a point of collecting as many pairs as I could from every race, event, shop or rep that I ever happened upon. Some were so good that I still have them, others, well, let’s just say they were “re-homed” long before they got the chance to retire gracefully after years of loyal service...

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  1. I’ve been pretty impressed with just about all DeFeet’s offerings and its a bonus in my book that they’re still made in the USA.  In addition to the Wooleators I also dig the Levitators.  Actually I was about to place an order with them for a few pairs ye… »

Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. Rodriguez 3. Froome 4. Uran 5. Valverde »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. Quintana 3. Rodriguez 4. Uran 5. Valverde »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. Quintana 3. Uran 4. Ten Dam 5. Rodriguez »

Jens Voigt is set to retire as we speak, having one final crack at a long break in some race in the Cycling backwater of the USA. Is it fair or fitting that he should go out like this, slipping out the back door with little fanfare, while others have been doing a farewell tour of all the big races, replete with fancy commemorative shoes and a son...

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  1. I’m glad someone said it.  I enjoy watching/listening to Jens as much as anyone, but I find it ridiculous that he’s been elevated to the level he has without the questioning that’s come of other riders of his generation. @Nosyt Well put. »

The Bike. It is the central tool in pursuit of our craft. A Velominatus meticulously maintains their bicycles and adorns them with the essential, yet minimal, accoutrement. The Rules specify the principles of good taste in configuration and setup of our machines, but within those principles lies almost infinite room for personal taste.It seems in s...

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  1. @ChrisO I found the ride quality of the Vittoria Open Corsa SC’s with latex tubes to be sublime  in the 23mm width on my HED 23mm rims.  That said, the longevity of the tires in my area made riding them less than practical.  One 80km ride in bad weathe… »

Choice, or the perception of it, is one of the most powerful forces on Earth. The great secret lies in the locus of control, which suggests that if given the perception of a choice we will be more willing to endure hardship or suffering. We’ll suffer even for the promise of a future intangible reward so long as we feel we have a choice...

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  1. I like this post a lot.  I’ve always felt like I’m a better person when I have/make the time to ride and I suspect that the control that I have over where, how long or how hard I ride is a big part of that.  There is much in our day to day lives that we h… »

Our products represent the spirit of Velominati; every product we offer is made with the utmost attention to detail – no compromises were made in their selection or design. Whenever possible, our products are made my small, locally-owned businesses who share our passion for quality and we make every effort to ensure they are made in an enviro...

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  1. @Mike_P Same here as @ChrisO has said, it seems normal.  This happened with mine when I changed out tubes even though the tube was still in tact (no puncture).  I reinflated it to see if there was any damage and there was not, so I plan on running them … »

If @steampunk can’t take much credit here I guess we can’t take any. We can take pleasure is seeing someone’s kid hauling ass on a bike, a Velominatus spawn, even better. We all came to cycling by different paths, seemingly few by our parents. It is impossible to outguess one’s children; they are clever little bastards. Hop...

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  1. @girl Agreed.  This is really touching – chapeau @Steampunk! »

Brett’s fine Nick Cave article got me thinking about music and cycling. We spend lots of time alone on our bikes. The bike is on autopilot, it stays upright from second to second, freeing up our brains to consider anything or nothing. Music might be the only riding companion we have but it has to be the right music. Being as Pro as possible is...

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  1. @teleguy57 I thought that absolution could only come from The Prophet himself…and only after a healthy dose of hill repeats »

The race of the funny hat.Every team seems to have included one or two riders fresh off the Tour. One would either feel ruined or unbeatable a week after that slug fest, more than likely, ruined. I imagine there are a few riders dodging calls from their directors this week. Continue reading...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Gallopin 2. Sagan 3. Valverde 4. Rogers 5. Rodriguez »

No technology can increase the energy of the willpower of the rider, nor can it lessen the doubts which sometimes overwhelm him. - Bernard HinaultAs I swung off the main road, I was momentarily consumed by the simple thrill of my tires leaving the hard tarmac and hitting the rough gravel of the unpaved forest road. It was a brief distraction of the...

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  1. Nicely written, as always. »

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 … »