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Location: Dallas, NJ, Montreal, France

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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. no GVA VSP PICKS: 1. ‘Berto 2. J-Rod 3. T Dumoulin 4. Bauke 5. D Caruso »

  2. I hope Vino is telling the boys not to win this…might look suspicious… »

  3. remember – course changed this year VSP PICKS: 1. GVA 2. J-Rod 3. ‘Berto 4. Bauke 5. D Caruso »

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. @DeKerr …did it for you, Lex had to appeal Cycling Canada to get on the team, playing the extra motivation card… VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Johansson 3. Ferrand Prevot 4. Cromwell 5. Albrecht »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Johansson 3. Ferrand Prevot 4. Cromwell 5. Albrecht »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. EVD 2. Stevens 3. Worrack 4. Cordon 5. Villumsen »

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. FFS – my VSP f’d over again… http://www.lequipe.fr/Cyclisme-sur-route/Actualites/Quintana-la-chute/496011 »

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...

@VirenqueForever's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. vos 2. e johansson 3. armistead 4. van der breggen 5. cordon »

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. aru 3. froome 4. jrod 5. barguil »

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. Sky needs something VSP PICKS: 1. Nieve 2. J rod 3. Gallopin 4. Kruijswijk 5. Albasini »

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. . VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Armistead 3. Wild 4. Bronzini 5. Blindyuk »

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. @Chris »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. ‘berto 2. Froomey 3. Nibali 4. JVDB 5. Talansky »

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. E Stevens 3. Amialyusik 4. Luperini 5. Van Der Breggen »

I’m not even talking about all the pseudo-asthmatics out there, vaping their way to better breathing. My breathing is just fine. It’s my little citron sized heart that is slowing me down. Is there a street-legal injection or vacuum pump for heart enlargement, or a trip to a doctor in the Congo that would transplant a badass Mandrill heart for m...

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  1. In french, but you should get it… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGtKGX8B9hU&feature=kp »

There was a time when the world was painted in hues of black and white. Right and Wrong were separated by lines painted in such a thick, heavy paint that even to wander close was to already alter your very nature. The Elders taught us on which side we were to dwell and what evils would descend upon us if we were to transcend into the void. Litt...

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  1. @therealpeel Agreed – challenge is that they also drive. »

  2. I don’t live in NJ anymore but the comments section as usual sums up the idiocy and ignorance of the masses… http://newjersey.news12.com/news/nj-assembly-passes-bill-requiring-4-foot-buffer-between-drivers-cyclists-1.8471920 »

  3. Clearly not rule compliant but interesting idea for city riding: http://vimeo.com/92380820 »

  4. Bike lanes best avoided whenever possible. I like this much better… »

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. Wiggo 2. Kreuz 3. Rui Costa 4. Mathias Frank 5. T Pinot »

There are two ways in life to be good at something. The first way is the most obvious, which is to actually be good at something. This is harder than it sounds because you need things like skills, talent, fortitude, and light sabers. The other way doesn’t require those things but it has its own challenges; basically, you have to be holistical...

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  1. I’ve put this on here before, this is the only think I can think of when I see that damn Orange POC. »

That any cyclist can enter the same arena with the same equipment as the professional helps to make cycling an awesome sport. True, the same thing could be said for golf or tennis but as a fan you can’t stand a meter away from any of those pros and scream encouragement. “Come on Tiger, RIP THAT FUCKER!” And if you attempt entry into Wimbledon...

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  1. I was at the Stage in 2007 when Casar crashed because of dog and went on to win the Stage. Epic for him. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aBD1oLKpQ4 »

Last week we completed the second stop in the tour for our book, The Rules; The Way of the Cycling Disciple. For the first two, we partnered with Rapha to do a five-to-six hour ride and then sign the books at the shop afterwards. In both cases, I was amazed by the quality of the riding and by the ride leaders themselves, Robert in NYC and Eric in...

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  1. @andrew …Perhaps, Perhaps…LOL Had an Atmos, thought it was ok until I tried the Lazer, couldn’t believe how much more confortable it is (on 2nd one now). Could add that fits well on skinny climber types… »

  2. @frank Lazer Helium definitely the best. Beats any crap Giro helmet out there, looks Euro cool! Here is inspiration for Orange POC helmet: »

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...

@VirenqueForever's posts:

  1. Fuck Me – this is pointless, but in case Cadel actually pulls this out…Purito out, Cadel in. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps): 1. Cadel 2. Quintana 3. Pozzovivo 4. Uran 5. Majka »