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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. These are my picks VSP PICKS: 1. boonen 2. van marcke 3. cancellara 4. oscar gatto 5. degenkolb »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. boonen 2. van marcke 3. cancellara 4. gatto 5. degenkolb »

Het Volk (it will always be Het Volk to me) and now the Strade Bianche may well mark the sentimental beginning to the season, but those are specialized, pre-season races that appeal mostly to riders who are preparing for bigger objectives later in the year, such as the Cobbled or Ardennes Classics. Same goes for Tirreno Adriatico and Paris-Nice; t...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Kwiatkowski 2. Sagan 3. Demarre 4. Degenkolb 5. Greipel »

Rules! Hear me fools: The Rules mark the beginning of the path to enlightenment, not the end. There are higher planes, expanding dimensions. Beyond the color of your bar tape exists a man, a mountain, and a bike. This is where the world begins.Keeper Jim wrote this, reporting on his utilitarian climb of Mount Ventoux. He posts less than the rest of...

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  1. This piece has really helped me get my head around a few things. As a relatively new Cyclist, and an even newer follower of the way of the Velominati, I have been pondering many of the rules that don’t make sense to me. To help me in this quest, I have oc… »

2013 was The Year of The Anti-V. In every other year, the Velominati Cogclave to decide The V and The Anit-V awards is full of curses and thrown pint glasses, usually in defense of each of our chosen V-Moments. 2013 saw the same scene, except this time it was for us having too many competing Anti-V Moments and when it came time to discuss the V-Mom...

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  1. I agree that Spartacus was incredible at both the Ronde and Paris-Roubaix. But I would switch the order. For me, the latter will always carry the question mark of what might have happened had Stybar not run into that spectator. I’m not saying that this in… »

My words will only get in the way of what @le chuck is after here so I’ll stand aside. VLVV, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. Great post, as everyone has already pointed out. I live in Maputo, the capital city of Mozambique, where the roads and traffic make it impossible for me to get out much (there’s a group ride most mornings at five a.m. but I’m just not able to get up that… »

The Bike. It is the central tool in pursuit of our craft. A Velominatus meticulously maintains their bicycles and adorns them with the essential, yet minimal, accoutrement. The Rules specify the principles of good taste in configuration and setup of our machines, but within those principles lies almost infinite room for personal taste.It seems in s...

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  1. @sthilzy Thanks, sthilzy (and everyone else who has replied), for helping me understand the Rules. Here is a picture of my bike – Condor Italia RC, predominantly white frame with black highlights and tricolore detailing. I have matched bar, stem and … »

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. Hello, I’m new around here, and still trying to get my head around the Rules. Some of them (like Rules #5, #10, #24 and #51) have struck a deep and immediate chord with me – it’s as if I always knew these were the rules, I just needed someone to tell me. But… »