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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. @Teocalli no worries, i was afraid i’d hit a wrong # in all the build up »

  2. 51.115km »

  3. 3 min., 5 laps left »

  4. 10 to go, 4.20 min. left »

  5. avg. speed is rising, 50.9km/hr »

  6. 20 laps left, 6+ min. left »

  7. 10 min. left, needs 26 laps »

  8. lap 156, 14 min. left »

  9. lap 100 & he’s 40 seconds ahead »

  10. according to the livestream i’m watching, the commentator mentioned he HAS to maintain <18 sec. laps »

  11. lap 56 54km/hr »

July 13 2014 marked the 35th anniversary of the seminal ‘cycling film’ Breaking Away. 35 years. Nothing stays popular for that long, right? Things get dated, lose their edge (if there was edge in the first place) and eventually become irrelevant (I’m looking at you, Rolling Stones). Yes, even legends get stale if left out too lon...

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  1. @brett although not an extra from “breaking away”, i AM a bike-riding extra in “national treasure”.  i’m portraying a messenger, riding a mountain bike (before i found THE WAY), towards the camera, in the scene with nicholas cage & justin bartha.  it’… »

  2. preach the truth. i believe ‘barber of seville’ is playing & i still get goosebumps thinking about dave turning himself inside out just to re-join the italians after getting dropped the 1st time. as the peleton heads out of town, they just miss that b… »

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. @Shane ok, you’ve opened the pandora’s box. slayer, from “reign in blood”, track 1, ‘angel of death’ : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPGKlb8hklQ starting at 1:38 mark, kmfdm stole that riff & made this gem, called ‘godlike': https://www.youtube.com… »

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. good lord. shot in the dark, but what a great hat! VSP PICKS: 1. sagan 2. valverde 3. van garderen 4. rodriguez 5. slagter »

It began when they come took me from my home And put me in Dead Row, Of which I am nearly wholly innocent, you know. And I’ll say it again I.. am.. not.. afraid.. to.. die.Cold, still, heavy, damp air encourages one to remain ensconsed, the familiar nagging doubt weedling away in the back, make that the front, of my mind, and I concede; I...

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  1. one of my favorites: nick cave & shane mcgowan: http://www.mtvhive.com/2013/02/15/best-nick-cave-duets/ another favorite: nick cave & kylie minogue same link, but go to #3. »

This note arrived to the Velominati Bunker back in April. It was a confession. It was a cautionary one. Everyone knows someone who has done this. I nearly did it myself*. I replied to Alex, not sympathetically enough yet his message has stayed with me. Is this worthy of a New Rule? Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. @Bereanracer touché »

  2. decided against a roof rack for this very reason. i heard of a guy driving down the highway, his litespeed secured to the rack on the roof. only problem is, the rack wasn’t secured to the roof. so at cruising speed, he hears a sudden whoosh, looks in the … »

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. totally shooting in the dark… VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. and Uran, Uran so far away 3. Cadelephant 4. Dan Martin 5. J. Rodriguez »

Jump to: Scoring Guidelines • Prizes • Schedule • ResultsThe Velominati Super Prestige is a season-long competition wherein readers will be submitting their predictions for the top five finishers of each qualifying race.  In order to qualify, your picks via the VSP Picks form above the posts section of the VSP Event article pertaining to the...

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  1. @VirenqueForever re: photoguy: i have to say a hearty “war eagle!”, since someone was genius enough to include my alma mater (auburn). »

“Are you havin’ a dig at me?” It’s a good old phrase that one. I hear it occasionally, usually in response to some jest, part of the banter that me and my friends enjoy on a regular basis. It can be used as an off-the-cuff remark, clearly meant in a jocular way, or can carry with it a more sinister edge, a way to make a poin...

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  1. re: the rider who’s ‘half-wheeling': my old school solution while riding mtn. bikes (& top-mounted thumb shifters), when they get close enough, just reach over & shift for them. or a gentle nudge on their brake lever. they won’t ever get close en… »

We’re an odd bunch, us Cyclists. Shaved legs, scars, tan lines, muscular legs paired to scrawny upper bodies. These things that make us stand out are some of the things I take great pride in. I marvel at my freshly shaved guns and how smooth they feel under my dress clothes when I’m stuck at the office. I’ll stand in front of the...

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  1. @frank i recommended stopping by a small shop, run by an american couple, for a snack, not a full meal. i’m not much of a foodie, but i know better than that. since it’s 1 1/2 blocks from notre dame (on the ile-de-la-cite), i thought a few euros could hel… »

  2. @markpa a quick search on the google box provides this info: http://users.rcn.com/barbara.dnai/lacipale.html a short description of the area.  -while you’re in paris, hit up an american’s cupcake shop 1 & 1/2 blocks from notre dame: http://www.bertie… »

We are the Keepers of the Cog. In so being, we also maintain the sacred text wherein lie the simple truths of cycling etiquette known as The Rules. It is in our trust to maintain and endorse this list.The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path to La Vie Velominatus, not at the end; learning to balance them against one another and to welcome them...

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  1. re: TWSNBN: i have an old water bottle from them. it’s a parody label of heineken, that says “heine-kick” (or something similar in spelling). underneath the logo it states “Just a clever parody, please don’t sue us”. i’ll try to get a pic tonight from ho… »

Flies and dogs, two things that we don’t need on a climb.I had descended down this street many times, but I had never before ridden up it. I even said hello to the two excited pitbulls on the other side of the driveway gate. I like dogs. I like them until one of them squeezes under the gate and I’m going uphill slowly. Pitbulls arenR...

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  1. @Gianni i was in florida & got chased by a pitbull mix of some kind. granted, i was riding a mountain bike down a dirt road & definitely in his territory. i saw i wasn’t going fast enough nor did i get enough of a headstart on a sprint to outlast … »