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Rule #33- Legs are to be carefully shaved at all times.This is one of the Rules that really defines the term Cyclist to the Velominati. Discussions about Rule #33 flare up on the site occasionally, burn brightly then smolder out. Between faces and legs, it is a lot of man-scraping. Rule #33 is a task master. Compliance is one thing, defending i...

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  1. Head above parapet time… Isn’t all this sticking too the rules a bit like being in a tribute band? I.e. pretending to be something you’re not? Discuss… »

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. My Italian piece… »

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. Just a point on this Wiggo thing. 1. He has had no real form since winning TdF in 2012, British time trial champ and winning Tour of California (with all due respect) are not going to get Bertie and Nibbles shitting themselves. 2. Wiggo is great when he… »

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. Eddie with a great leadout… »

Despite the proclivity towards being all-knowing that comes as a consequence of my being Dutch, the most beautiful things in life are discoveries that come as a result of not knowing. We are quick to answer but slow to think; the easy solution lies at our fingertips while the true mystery lurks just beyond, ready to reveal her secrets if only we a...

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  1. @unversio Now that looks worth watching. Not only was he an incredible man and an incredible rider, he also looked this awesome… »

  2. Speaking of long rides, just been reading this most awesome of articles about the most awesome of men. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-27333310 Kind of put’s worrying about the length of your socks into proportion. »

The most important moment in a man’s life is the first time they have a beer. I place it on the list above sex and having a child because sex usually only happens as a direct result of drinking beer. As for having children, I’m given to understand they are poop factories at first, then promptly become loud, and then obnoxious before the...

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  1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsC06rOYeDg »

Omloop het Nieuwsblad is fast approaching on March 1st, Strade Bianche goes off the next weekend; finally, ladies and gentlemen, we have a season. For me the racing season really has to start in cold, wet Europe. I like the Tour Down Under just fine, I watch it, but it’s too early, too sunny and too hot to signify the start of the racing season...

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  1. Anyone got a guide to what’s on UK TV or good Internet links for live streams? While we’re on the subject does anyone subscribe to cycling.tv? Looks reasonable for the money but wondering what the coverage is like. »

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  1. Kind of reminds me of clip below, about 32 seconds in to it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xcXuZvvfRE »

The Velominati have our own set of nicknames and terms which have developed over time through posts and correspondence. Some of these are names of landmarks or terms in cycling; others are nicknames for some of the riders in the pro peloton. While not intended to be offensive or derogatory, the nicknames in the list represent the riders’ p...

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  1. @Shaun Kelly I mean ‘our’ parts »

  2. Proposal – Asparagussed To be dropped when least expecting it, used a lot round out parts and originates from the following https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozB9fD48pFk&feature=youtube_gdata_player »

London CallingA London Cogal was discussed a few months ago but didn’t get beyond a casual conversation. This week’s sad news about @itburns has made me realise how much this community means to people and that sitting back and waiting for things to happen is not an option. Continue reading...

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  1. London Calling

    A London Cogal was discussed a few months ago but didn’t get beyond a casual conversation. This week’s sad news about @itburns has made me realise how much this community means to people and that sitting back and waiting for things to happen is not an option.

    London calling to the faraway towns

    The London Cogal will start from the Mall and head roughly South West to Havant on the coast, possibly taking in a loop of Box Hill.

    Route: Something like this (Subject to some modification and refinement)

    The ride out of London will should serve as a good leg loosener, a steady build up to speed by the time we hit the countryside rather than it being fast from the go. The route isn’t quite nailed down yet (we’ll refine it over the next month or so) but there are plenty of stunning roads through that part of the country. If you’ve got any thoughts, email me on the address below.

    The route is generally lumpy, crossing the South Downs, so it make sense to make it a no drop day but if there’s a decent number of attendees, two groups might be the sensible way forward.

    The Royal Oak in Havant is an ideal spot for post ride recovery beverages and protein replenishment. Lamb Shanks or Beef and Ale pie will go down particularly well if it’s a Rule #9 day. After that it’ll be a short ride to Havant Station to get the train back into London.

    For those in the South West/South of London and not wanting to head into the centre of town the route will take us through either Richmond Park or Clapham Junction/Common so we could pause briefly to pick up attendees a second rendezvous point.

    Email me at london.cogal@gmail.com if you’re interested and with your thoughts on the route.

    The ice age is coming, the sun’s zooming in

    The Royal Oak The Royal Oak

    Event Details

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    Date/Time
    Date - October 13, 2013
    9:05 AM - 9:00 PM

    Location
    Admiralty Arch

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

  2. London Calling

    A London Cogal was discussed a few months ago but didn’t get beyond a casual conversation. This week’s sad news about @itburns has made me realise how much this community means to people and that sitting back and waiting for things to happen is not an option.

    London calling to the faraway towns

    The London Cogal will start from the Mall and head roughly South West to Havant on the coast, possibly taking in a loop of Box Hill.

    Route: Something like this (Subject to some modification and refinement)

    The ride out of London will should serve as a good leg loosener, a steady build up to speed by the time we hit the countryside rather than it being fast from the go. The route isn’t quite nailed down yet (we’ll refine it over the next month or so) but there are plenty of stunning roads through that part of the country. If you’ve got any thoughts, email me on the address below.

    The route is generally lumpy, crossing the South Downs, so it make sense to make it a no drop day but if there’s a decent number of attendees, two groups might be the sensible way forward.

    The Royal Oak in Havant is an ideal spot for post ride recovery beverages and protein replenishment. Lamb Shanks or Beef and Ale pie will go down particularly well if it’s a Rule #9 day. After that it’ll be a short ride to Havant Station to get the train back into London.

    For those in the South West/South of London and not wanting to head into the centre of town the route will take us through either Richmond Park or Clapham Junction/Common so we could pause briefly to pick up attendees a second rendezvous point.

    Email me at london.cogal@gmail.com if you’re interested and with your thoughts on the route.

    The ice age is coming, the sun’s zooming in

    The Royal Oak The Royal Oak

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - October 13, 2013
    9:05 AM - 9:00 PM

    Location
    Admiralty Arch

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

  3. London Calling

    A London Cogal was discussed a few months ago but didn’t get beyond a casual conversation. This week’s sad news about @itburns has made me realise how much this community means to people and that sitting back and waiting for things to happen is not an option.

    London calling to the faraway towns

    The London Cogal will start from the Mall and head roughly South West to Havant on the coast, possibly taking in a loop of Box Hill.

    Route: Something like this (Subject to some modification and refinement)

    The ride out of London will should serve as a good leg loosener, a steady build up to speed by the time we hit the countryside rather than it being fast from the go. The route isn’t quite nailed down yet (we’ll refine it over the next month or so) but there are plenty of stunning roads through that part of the country. If you’ve got any thoughts, email me on the address below.

    The route is generally lumpy, crossing the South Downs, so it make sense to make it a no drop day but if there’s a decent number of attendees, two groups might be the sensible way forward.

    The Royal Oak in Havant is an ideal spot for post ride recovery beverages and protein replenishment. Lamb Shanks or Beef and Ale pie will go down particularly well if it’s a Rule #9 day. After that it’ll be a short ride to Havant Station to get the train back into London.

    For those in the South West/South of London and not wanting to head into the centre of town the route will take us through either Richmond Park or Clapham Junction/Common so we could pause briefly to pick up attendees a second rendezvous point.

    Email me at london.cogal@gmail.com if you’re interested and with your thoughts on the route.

    The ice age is coming, the sun’s zooming in

    The Royal Oak The Royal Oak

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - October 13, 2013
    9:05 AM - 9:00 PM

    Location
    Admiralty Arch

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

  4. London Calling

    A London Cogal was discussed a few months ago but didn’t get beyond a casual conversation. This week’s sad news about @itburns has made me realise how much this community means to people and that sitting back and waiting for things to happen is not an option.

    London calling to the faraway towns

    The London Cogal will start from the Mall and head roughly South West to Havant on the coast, possibly taking in a loop of Box Hill.

    Route: Something like this (Subject to some modification and refinement)

    The ride out of London will should serve as a good leg loosener, a steady build up to speed by the time we hit the countryside rather than it being fast from the go. The route isn’t quite nailed down yet (we’ll refine it over the next month or so) but there are plenty of stunning roads through that part of the country. If you’ve got any thoughts, email me on the address below.

    The route is generally lumpy, crossing the South Downs, so it make sense to make it a no drop day but if there’s a decent number of attendees, two groups might be the sensible way forward.

    The Royal Oak in Havant is an ideal spot for post ride recovery beverages and protein replenishment. Lamb Shanks or Beef and Ale pie will go down particularly well if it’s a Rule #9 day. After that it’ll be a short ride to Havant Station to get the train back into London.

    For those in the South West/South of London and not wanting to head into the centre of town the route will take us through either Richmond Park or Clapham Junction/Common so we could pause briefly to pick up attendees a second rendezvous point.

    Email me at london.cogal@gmail.com if you’re interested and with your thoughts on the route.

    The ice age is coming, the sun’s zooming in

    The Royal Oak The Royal Oak

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - October 13, 2013
    9:05 AM - 9:00 PM

    Location
    Admiralty Arch

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

  5. London Calling

    A London Cogal was discussed a few months ago but didn’t get beyond a casual conversation. This week’s sad news about @itburns has made me realise how much this community means to people and that sitting back and waiting for things to happen is not an option.

    London calling to the faraway towns

    The London Cogal will start from the Mall and head roughly South West to Havant on the coast, possibly taking in a loop of Box Hill.

    Route: Something like this (Subject to some modification and refinement)

    The ride out of London will should serve as a good leg loosener, a steady build up to speed by the time we hit the countryside rather than it being fast from the go. The route isn’t quite nailed down yet (we’ll refine it over the next month or so) but there are plenty of stunning roads through that part of the country. If you’ve got any thoughts, email me on the address below.

    The route is generally lumpy, crossing the South Downs, so it make sense to make it a no drop day but if there’s a decent number of attendees, two groups might be the sensible way forward.

    The Royal Oak in Havant is an ideal spot for post ride recovery beverages and protein replenishment. Lamb Shanks or Beef and Ale pie will go down particularly well if it’s a Rule #9 day. After that it’ll be a short ride to Havant Station to get the train back into London.

    For those in the South West/South of London and not wanting to head into the centre of town the route will take us through either Richmond Park or Clapham Junction/Common so we could pause briefly to pick up attendees a second rendezvous point.

    Email me at london.cogal@gmail.com if you’re interested and with your thoughts on the route.

    The ice age is coming, the sun’s zooming in

    The Royal Oak The Royal Oak

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - October 13, 2013
    9:05 AM - 9:00 PM

    Location
    Admiralty Arch

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

No words survive here, only echoes. Echoes of our hopes, of our plans, of our failures. What we thought we might do when we came here is little more than a shadow; it flickers on the walls for a moment and when we turn to look, it is gone. Doubts swell up and bounce off the walls until they become so loud they can no longer be heard.Once we’ve en...

@Velocitractor's posts:

  1. @frank I hear you @frank, I hear him shouting ‘Will you fekkers stop with the screaming in there?!’ »

  2. Looks like Obree is building his own pain cave… http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24015622 »

  3. @motor city That would be a damn fine episode. Sean Kelly vs. Father Jack would be a battle royale! »

  4. “What’s a fekkin’ pain cave?” »

London CallingA London Cogal was discussed a few months ago but didn’t get beyond a casual conversation. This week’s sad news about @itburns has made me realise how much this community means to people and that sitting back and waiting for things to happen is not an option. Continue reading...

@Velocitractor's posts:

  1. London Calling

    A London Cogal was discussed a few months ago but didn’t get beyond a casual conversation. This week’s sad news about @itburns has made me realise how much this community means to people and that sitting back and waiting for things to happen is not an option.

    London calling to the faraway towns

    The London Cogal will start from the Mall and head roughly South West to Havant on the coast, possibly taking in a loop of Box Hill.

    Route: Something like this (Subject to some modification and refinement)

    The ride out of London will should serve as a good leg loosener, a steady build up to speed by the time we hit the countryside rather than it being fast from the go. The route isn’t quite nailed down yet (we’ll refine it over the next month or so) but there are plenty of stunning roads through that part of the country. If you’ve got any thoughts, email me on the address below.

    The route is generally lumpy, crossing the South Downs, so it make sense to make it a no drop day but if there’s a decent number of attendees, two groups might be the sensible way forward.

    The Royal Oak in Havant is an ideal spot for post ride recovery beverages and protein replenishment. Lamb Shanks or Beef and Ale pie will go down particularly well if it’s a Rule #9 day. After that it’ll be a short ride to Havant Station to get the train back into London.

    For those in the South West/South of London and not wanting to head into the centre of town the route will take us through either Richmond Park or Clapham Junction/Common so we could pause briefly to pick up attendees a second rendezvous point.

    Email me at london.cogal@gmail.com if you’re interested and with your thoughts on the route.

    The ice age is coming, the sun’s zooming in

    The Royal Oak The Royal Oak

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - October 13, 2013
    9:05 AM - 9:00 PM

    Location
    Admiralty Arch

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

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. Damn you eagle eyed Velominatus! SPDs make it easier for the pub stops – that’s my excuse. I shall be using SPDs for the LDN Cogal so get your piss taking ready! I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled for any infringements… »

  2. First time posting one of my steeds on here, here’s bike #2, my classic steel machine. It’s a Motobecane (Jubilee I think) with Campag Veloce and Mavic CXP30s that have a lovely pale bronze finish. Only change now is I have a black suede Turbo saddle rat… »

London CallingA London Cogal was discussed a few months ago but didn’t get beyond a casual conversation. This week’s sad news about @itburns has made me realise how much this community means to people and that sitting back and waiting for things to happen is not an option. Continue reading...

@Velocitractor's posts:

  1. London Calling

    A London Cogal was discussed a few months ago but didn’t get beyond a casual conversation. This week’s sad news about @itburns has made me realise how much this community means to people and that sitting back and waiting for things to happen is not an option.

    London calling to the faraway towns

    The London Cogal will start from the Mall and head roughly South West to Havant on the coast, possibly taking in a loop of Box Hill.

    Route: Something like this (Subject to some modification and refinement)

    The ride out of London will should serve as a good leg loosener, a steady build up to speed by the time we hit the countryside rather than it being fast from the go. The route isn’t quite nailed down yet (we’ll refine it over the next month or so) but there are plenty of stunning roads through that part of the country. If you’ve got any thoughts, email me on the address below.

    The route is generally lumpy, crossing the South Downs, so it make sense to make it a no drop day but if there’s a decent number of attendees, two groups might be the sensible way forward.

    The Royal Oak in Havant is an ideal spot for post ride recovery beverages and protein replenishment. Lamb Shanks or Beef and Ale pie will go down particularly well if it’s a Rule #9 day. After that it’ll be a short ride to Havant Station to get the train back into London.

    For those in the South West/South of London and not wanting to head into the centre of town the route will take us through either Richmond Park or Clapham Junction/Common so we could pause briefly to pick up attendees a second rendezvous point.

    Email me at london.cogal@gmail.com if you’re interested and with your thoughts on the route.

    The ice age is coming, the sun’s zooming in

    The Royal Oak The Royal Oak

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - October 13, 2013
    9:05 AM - 9:00 PM

    Location
    Admiralty Arch

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

  2. London Calling

    A London Cogal was discussed a few months ago but didn’t get beyond a casual conversation. This week’s sad news about @itburns has made me realise how much this community means to people and that sitting back and waiting for things to happen is not an option.

    London calling to the faraway towns

    The London Cogal will start from the Mall and head roughly South West to Havant on the coast, possibly taking in a loop of Box Hill.

    Route: Something like this (Subject to some modification and refinement)

    The ride out of London will should serve as a good leg loosener, a steady build up to speed by the time we hit the countryside rather than it being fast from the go. The route isn’t quite nailed down yet (we’ll refine it over the next month or so) but there are plenty of stunning roads through that part of the country. If you’ve got any thoughts, email me on the address below.

    The route is generally lumpy, crossing the South Downs, so it make sense to make it a no drop day but if there’s a decent number of attendees, two groups might be the sensible way forward.

    The Royal Oak in Havant is an ideal spot for post ride recovery beverages and protein replenishment. Lamb Shanks or Beef and Ale pie will go down particularly well if it’s a Rule #9 day. After that it’ll be a short ride to Havant Station to get the train back into London.

    For those in the South West/South of London and not wanting to head into the centre of town the route will take us through either Richmond Park or Clapham Junction/Common so we could pause briefly to pick up attendees a second rendezvous point.

    Email me at london.cogal@gmail.com if you’re interested and with your thoughts on the route.

    The ice age is coming, the sun’s zooming in

    The Royal Oak The Royal Oak

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - October 13, 2013
    9:05 AM - 9:00 PM

    Location
    Admiralty Arch

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification