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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. »

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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 … »

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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). »

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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… »

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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… »

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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 … »

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. @actor1 SHOULD READ: -1/froome, 2/contador,3/evans, 4/sagan, 5/van garderen VSP PICKS: 1. froome 2. contador 3. evans 4. sagan 5. van garderen »

  2. in case it doesn’t show up, my picks: contador evans sagan van garderen VSP PICKS: 1. froome 2. contador 3. evans 4. sagan 5. van garderen »

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  1. chapeau on an awesome ride! »

  2. missed it by…..*puts thumb & index finger almost together*…..THAT much. »

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  1. Date/Time: 8th June 2013

    Location:  Magdalen Yard Road Car Park, Dundee, DD1 4NB
    Route Details:  170km starting in Dundee, reaching Cairn ‘O’ Mount, over the top riding a wee loop then back over and home to Dundee.

    Meeting at the Car Park near where I live which is free at VV to nine. We’ll then roll into town for a coffee stop at Empire State Coffee which serves the best coffee in Dundee according to the VMH. Then we ride all the way up to Cairn ‘O’ Mount at which point there are several options. For those with the legs it’s over the top and round a small loop before coming back over the Mount to then stop at The Clattering Brig for refreshments. Option Two is to ride up to the top, turn around and wait for those going over at TCB. The third Option is to just stop at The Clattering Brig and not take on the climb but I hope no-one chooses this option. Then the party of Velominati will travel back to the Car Park where showering facilities will be available at my place as well as some food before we walk a short distance for the recovery beverages. The long route climbing the Cairn ‘O’ Mount from both sides is about 170km. All welcome.

    VLVV

    snoov

     

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  2. Date/Time: 8th June 2013

    Location:  Magdalen Yard Road Car Park, Dundee, DD1 4NB
    Route Details:  170km starting in Dundee, reaching Cairn ‘O’ Mount, over the top riding a wee loop then back over and home to Dundee.

    Meeting at the Car Park near where I live which is free at VV to nine. We’ll then roll into town for a coffee stop at Empire State Coffee which serves the best coffee in Dundee according to the VMH. Then we ride all the way up to Cairn ‘O’ Mount at which point there are several options. For those with the legs it’s over the top and round a small loop before coming back over the Mount to then stop at The Clattering Brig for refreshments. Option Two is to ride up to the top, turn around and wait for those going over at TCB. The third Option is to just stop at The Clattering Brig and not take on the climb but I hope no-one chooses this option. Then the party of Velominati will travel back to the Car Park where showering facilities will be available at my place as well as some food before we walk a short distance for the recovery beverages. The long route climbing the Cairn ‘O’ Mount from both sides is about 170km. All welcome.

    VLVV

    snoov

     

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    Date/Time
    Date - June 08, 2013
    8:40 AM - 8:30 PM

    Location
    Magdalen Yard Road Car Park

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What is the best pro team kit ever? I’m talking team kit only, not a leader’s jersey, national team jersey or the national champion jersey. Not the worst either, for those are legion and worthy of a much longer article than this. @wiscot and I exchanged emails about Urs Freuler and the fantastic Atala kit which led to quick discussion o...

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  1. @Ron you can find some really awesome goatskin leather gloves (w/ an old school crocheted back) in padded palm or unpadded.  these jokers are made in pennsylvania, & are $16.  i’m never buying another other type.  use the googlebox to find the company… »

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  1. good luck, fronke.  my guess: 37.256 km »

If I spent half a summer riding with one hand on the tops and one on the hoods, I spent the other half riding with each hand deliberately gripping the hoods differently. As any young Cyclist growing up in the United States in the late 80s, I had a major thing for Greg LeMond.I imagined Greg to be the perfect Cyclist, as youth often does of their...

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  1. *hands* on tops… »

  2. hand on tops for warming up & descending. hands on hoods/drops for climbing/hammering.  opens up the chest more for more air, but i try to move them closer to regulate breathing & slow the heart rate a little.  but that’s just me, quite a bit off … »

Until the 70′s it was common to race on gravel roads, but the Paving of the Planet has led to nearly every road being graced by smooth, black tarmac. As is the case with most things, once we are shown the easy path, it is difficult to return to more arduous ways. So it is with gravel roads; we take measures to avoid unpaved roads and in doi...

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  1. total shot in the dark (or a shot into the luce, considering this event)…. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. mini-Phinney 3. Tyler Farrar 4. Peter Sagan 5. Cadel Evans »