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Order: Level 2 Velominatus

Location: Somevvhere between rides (Australia)


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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. @Chris @Chris Bang on…French riders are finally not having to compete clean against dopers, and so now there clean talent is showing through.  Great for the sport and for french cycling, who, for all those years, persisted with what appeared to be c… »

  2. @Mikael Liddy Damn, you beat me to it.  Was about to say she is a gun VMH in her own right. If those two have kids, heaven help anyone in the tour in 25 yrs time… »

  3. Oh Well. I guess the consolation is that every one else is doing the Rest Day Shuffle… VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Nibbles 2. Valverde 3. Porte 4. Van Garderen 5. Bardet »

  4. @Bikemeister2000 I see your list and Rearrange it….. VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. Clenbutador 3. Nibbles 4. Talansky 5. Valverde »

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. Abbott 2. Ferrand-Prevot 3. Johansson 4. Vos 5. Lichtenburg »

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. @Barracuda “Ween Dog” is the nickname on any Greenedge Back Stage Pass…. »

  2. @wiscot That’s what I thought, almost like he gifted it to Matthews on the line by swinging out on the last corner. It was like Cuddles led Bling out for the win… »

  3. OMG I have podiumed in the VSP….Won’t last long with 2 of my 5 out….[shakes fist at weather god] damn you rain…. »

  4. VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. Evans 3. Uran 4. Rodriguez 5. Dan Martin »

Physics tells us that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The conservation law extend beyond the physical world and into mystical where the V and Anti-V are also in a constant fight for balance. The Ancients on Mount Velomis understood this well, and taught that the Anti-V expresses itself within the universe as two princi...

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  1. @unversio “Hrmmmm…There is no Try…Do or Do Not…there is only the V” »

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. Phil gilbert 2. Valverde 3. Dan Martin 4. Gerrans 5. Kreuziger »

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. Kwaitkowski 3. ValVerde 4. Rui Costa 5. Albasini »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Kwaitkowski 3. ValVerde 4. Costa 5. Albasini »

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. Hmm….My crystal ball is broken, so back to the dart board »

  2. Hmm….My crystal ball is broken, so back to the dart board VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. johansson 3. Stevens 4. Armitstead 5. Longo Borghini »

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. Another unsuccessful roll of the dice right there….. VSP PICKS: 1. valverde 2. Gilbert 3. Chavanel 4. Rodriguez 5. Gerrans »

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. @Xponti I guess it played out differently.  Anyone that picked that deserves the Cobbled Icon…. »

  2. I guess it will play out like Flanders, Group of three or four into the Majestic Circle of Roubaix, GVA forced to do a lead out and Faboo too strong in the sprint. Boonan is still too emotionally fatigued from his recent loss to be performing at his best,… »

  3. I guess it will play out like Flanders, Group of three or four into the Majestic Circle of Roubaix, GVA forced to do a lead out and Faboo too strong in the sprint. Boonan is still too emotionally fatigued from his recent loss to be performing at his best,… »

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  1. Come celebrate the Prophets Birthday and ride the Grave’ Train

    Out to Northam on the Kep Track, along the river to Toodyay and back via the Avon Valley train line.

    210km one day gravel epic. Approx 80% on gravel.

    Start & Finish Address: Rose & Crown Hotel, 105 Swan Street, Guildford WA (Western Australia that is!)

    Route: Kep Track to Northam then Toodyay, and return via Avon River Train line, 210km one day epic

    Ride Route.

    Ride Classification – Casually Deliberate, but will need the V towards the end, CX/gravel bikes only

    Please – CX bikes only – MTB’s will generally be too slow and may be dropped (unless you are a gun!).

    Essential items;

    • · CX bike
    • · Lights (suitable for night gravel riding- will be dark at start)
    • · Food & adequate water supplies
    • · Cash – coffee at Bakers Hill, lunch at Northam, stop at Toodyay to restock for home leg
    • · Suitable clothing – Rule #9 adherence may be required
    • · Critical spares (no support vehicle)
    • · Mobile phone
    • · Well stocked V-bank
    • · Extra cash/ credit card for hop-based recovery fluids at Rose & Crown on completion

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    Date - June 22, 2014
    6:05 AM - 9:00 PM

    Rose & Crown Hotel

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Vlaanderen. Its no accident the Flemish word for Flanders starts with a V; there is nothing simple or easy about riding a bike here. If it isn’t wind, its steep bergs. If it isn’t tarmac, its cobbles. Most of the time, its all three. Oh, and the weather there sucks. In fact, Flanders doesn’t have weather – it has VVeather.De...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Armitstead 2. Johansson 3. Van Dijk 4. Cromwell 5. Pieters »

This needs no introduction. The Spring Classics are truly upon us. The course has been modified yet again, it is tougher? The riders make the race and the 2014 Ronde van Vlaanderen is loaded with racers who could win or make the Velominati VSP placings. Just to pick the winner will not be nearly as easy as it has been recently. There are small clo...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Boonen 3. Sparticus 4. Sep Vanmarcke 5. Stybar »

This is the kick off of the VSP for women’s racing, though the women have already kicked it off with the Ronde van Drenthe in the Netherlands. Now it’s down to Northern Italy, Varese, by Lago Maggiore, but this is a climbers course, more in the mountains than by the lake. And yes, Sunday is also Gent-Wevelgem for women but Trofeo is par...

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  1. Server didn’t map Borgini the Lamborgini VSP PICKS: 1. Armitstead 2. Pieters 3. Elisa Longo Borghini 4. Emma Johnasson 5. Cromwell »

  2. I wish there was a full start list for this race.  Makes it (more) difficult to work out who will win….. VSP PICKS: 1. Armitstead 2. Pieters 3. Borghini the Lamborgini 4. Johnasson 5. Cromwell »

The Kemmelberg is a brute. In my opinion, its the hardest of the cobbled climbs in the Spring Classics; it has a high speed tarmac approach that saps the guns of their snap. The transition from tarmac to cobbles is awful, the stones are very badly laid throughout and if you don’t hit it just right, you’ll come to a standstill. The cobbl...

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  1. Threw the dice, read the tea leaves, and bled a chicken over the start list and came up with this. VSP PICKS: 1. Boonan 2. Sparticus 3. Sagan 4. Rojas, Jose 5. Boom, Lars »