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Seriously. Is it almost September? This was not the agreement, this was supposed to be an endless summer. And all you A-Holes down there in the Antipodes are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, enjoying longer days and shorter nights. I don’t need to tell you where you can take that, but it’s dark and it smells. I have no patien...

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  1. Will Uran toe the corporate line and work for Henao?  La Vuelta is certainly the “third” grand tour and with so many competing races lacks the identity of the Giro and Tour but it is still a grand tour so I’ll be watching as much as I can. Nibbles is the… »

The early eighties saw the tide change in the European Peloton. Components were taking on a new, curvy shape as they left their boxy forms behind. The glint of toe clips in the sun would become a rarer sight as the move towards clipless pedals would take hold in 1985. English speakers were winning the big races classically won by continental Pros.T...

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  1. What a Tour de farce start that was. Really hope clenbutador is all ok for my vsp picks :) »

  2. I would absolutely love the ASO deem that the race must be run on bikes like those. Steel is real, down tube shifters but with modern carbone rims and tubs. Heaven. I really pray Contadope finishes this high. I want to believe his results prior to the ba… »

The mighty VSP generator has been switched on once again. The mil-spec hydraulic fluid has been changed since the Giro. A new power take-off belt has also been installed. And the punch card reader has been refurbished.Broome and Berti are already riding the Critérium du Dauphiné. The top contenders prefer the Dauphiné for the decent recovery all...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Tejay van Garderen 2. Andy Schleck 3. Jonathan Tiernan-Locke 4. Ryder Hesjedal 5. Luis León Sánchez Gil »

In most situations, silence is an ominous thing that signals impending doom. Having never been in any danger myself, I base this largely on my experience watching box-office movies. As a general rule, I use Hollywood as the principal source of information on all subjects as they relate to doom and politics, principally because I’m loath t...

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  1. @frank What cages can maintain the sound of silence?  The only noise my steed makes is the bidon rattling in the cage over rougher roads and it is driving me insane.  I need, no must, rectify this post haste! »

Twiggo is dreaming of a Giro-Tour double. He has sent out mixed messages about his Tour ambitions. Will he use the Giro as the ultimate Tour preparation or will be burn all his matches in May and hope he can find another pack for July? He has abandoned his successful 2012 Tour run-up strategy of winning every stage race he entered the previous spri...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Bradley Wiggins 2. Vincenzo Nibali 3. Robert Gesink 4. Michele Scarponi 5. Ryder Hesjedal »

We came tantalizingly close to adding a foray up the Mur de Huy during our excursion to Liege-Bastogne-Liege during this year’s Keepers Tour. But good sense and the Anti-V prevailed, as they are wont to do, and only two of us were left wanting a dig at the most notorious finishing climb in the Classics season.I write this, then, woefully igno...

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  1. @Yannersan Delgado’d.  Serves me right for taking my new steed for an extended spin lat night rather than making choices.  Would have been fine had we not ended up spending 3+ hours in A&E after one of the group fell.  »

  2. VSP Picks 1. Henao 2. Porte 3. Quintana 4. Rodridguez 5. Betancur »

First off, cycling needs a different term for what it would like to convene. To equate cycling’s past with South Africa’s and Liberia’s dark histories is just wrong. Maybe the “I was a lying dick” tribunal. When I hear riders I admire say the past is the past, let’s look forward, I now assume they cheated. Cipo,...

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  1. I’ll admit the constant doping issues had led me to move away from cycling a few years a go and I could have left it behind for good but a strange thing happened.  I was surfing the web one day when I found a link to some “rules”, which were good, and a h… »

There was a time when bicycles were lovingly handmade by artisans who themselves loved the sport more than those for whom they built the machines. Lugs were filed to become Luggs; chain and seat stays were beautifully chromed for durability despite the grams it added to the frame’s final weight; spokes were chosen for their purpose and lace...

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  1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_JCm33WSAs Clear shot of the golden ticket at 1:35, I wouldn’t even have been looking without this article, now I had to double check. »

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  1. @eightzero I did that too.  I’ve chosen to see it as a good thing, my metabolism is highly tuned and when the time comes it shall help me by summoning reserves of energy when I am about to bonk. In the short term it does mean a fight with hunger as I g… »

 @Unica has thrown down the sodden sock; a cogal and a bike show all in the greater Bristol, Bath environs. Rest assured the malted beverage recovery beverage will be excellent. The Bristol area has the “Gianni, pissed as a rat” seal of approval. A day of riding followed by a bike show in Bristol, a weekender, a brilliant plan here...

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    @Unica has thrown down the sodden sock; a cogal and a bike show all in the greater Bristol, Bath environs. Rest assured the malted beverage recovery beverage will be excellent. The Bristol area has the “Gianni, pissed as a rat” seal of approval. A day of riding followed by a bike show in Bristol, a weekender, a brilliant plan here, ladies and gentlemen, mark your calendars. 

    VLVV, Gianni

    The ride itself will be on Saturday 13th April and will take in Bath, the Mendips and Somerset Levels before heading back to Bristol. After suitable malted beverage recovery consumption on Saturday evening, it will be off to the Bespoke Bristol bike show (www.bespokedbristol.co.uk) on Sunday 14th April – I’ll try and line somewhere up for breakfast on the Sunday if there’s enough interest.

    I’m still working on the exact route, but it’ll be around the 160Km mark and Casually Deliberate.

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Exposure to religion in my youth was by way of a brief dose of sunday school at the local Unitarian church. The point there, evidently, was to learn about other religions and turtles. If a point was being made, I missed it. When Catholic friends of mine came over for the weekend I would accompany them to the closest Catholic church and we would end...

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  1. I shouldn’t be drawn by Campag stuff as I prefer function over form, and prefer utilitarian to fluffy Italian, and yet I already know that when I get my new #1 it won’t be adorned by groupsan or bro-set but by a majestic and beautiful gruppo.  I haven’t e… »

Cycling is hard; I’m not leaking any trade secrets with that statement, but it feels good to say it anyway. No Cyclist avoids suffering, but of those who venture into our world, there are some who seek to limit it while others choose to embrace it. Then we have a handful of characters who consider playing Whack-a-Mole with the Man with the Ha...

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  1. @frank She may have talked about it being a calculated risk but, with my own eyes, she didn’t mean to go that wide and give the opposition that much lead. She, along with the other pro’s, remembers things differently to the way us normal folk remember… »

  2. It’s sad that she felt the need to retire at such a relatively young age, I hope she doesn’t make a comeback when it is too late. I remember watching the Beijing road race and the amount of ground she lost after loosing her line in the final bend, to lay… »

There is something supremely Fantastic about a precisely manicured set of sunglasses, particularly when they’re not being used for their intended purpose. Certainly, there are times when circumstance offer no alternative but to actually look through them, but for the most part, it’s a bit pedestrian to use sunglasses for seeing through...

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  1. I’ve touched Pantani’s climbing machine from the 1998 Giro and it’s pared back to the bone so as to not obstruct access to his V meter. Front mech shifter on the downtube to slightly reduce weight; he only climbed on the big ring so didn’t need it.  Low … »

The task spreads out before me like molasses poured onto a tabletop, indulging in its viscous immensity. Its growing breadth makes it a kind of enigma, the sort distinguished by an elusive end and therefor an intangible beginning. It occurs to me, at this moment, that the difference between those who achieve and those who stagnate is not measu...

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  1. For pure aesthetics nothing beats the look of the power rider on a steel frame laying down the V. »