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Velominatus: andrew

Order: Level 1 Velominatus

Location: Wuppertal, Germay

Australian living in Germany; always used to follow along when the TdF was on TV, but never got serious about cycling, usually just had a poorly maintained aluminium thing for commuting. Now fascinated by riding steel-framed road bikes, racing, and maintaining my early 90s Titan.

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I’m old as dirt. My first two race bikes employed toe clips and toe straps and that set-up was bad. For many reasons it was bad and any retro-hipster who thinks otherwise is wrong. When Lemond and Hinault started racing on the white Look clipless pedals, everyone but Sean Kelly quickly switched. Talk about a quantum improvement, it was long o...

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  1. @Chris So much for my thinking they’d just been hacked by mechanics… As for meeting them in a crash, they look almost like something you’d find poking out of an axle in a Ben Hur chariot race or Bond car chase. Lethal. »

  2. NetApp Endura at Paris-Roubaix this year might have found a solution to the cruddy cleat issue?  Or is there another reason to remove the body of the pedal?  I’m still eyeing different systems at the moment, but I kind of enjoy the crisis of indecision wh… »

It’s no secret that I’m prone to riding in the big ring as much as possible, mostly on account of my not being a giant sissy. In accordance with the ISO Non-Sissy Standard, I also never read instruction manuals or ask for directions when lost. I make sure to only rarely ask my VMH to turn up the radio when Adele comes on, usually follo...

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  1. @VeloVita One of my recurring nightmares, right there. »

The 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 race in question by the time the countdown clock goes to zero...

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  1. @MJ Moquin Click on the ellipsis between the top group and the lanterne rouge in the 2014 standings above. »

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. Y’know, after reading Geraint’s comments about being fully committed to Brad in the final and how had hoped Brad would do more to chase Niki, and then Brad’s comments about having good legs at the finish, I wonder if G doesn’t have a bit of reason to be c… »

  2. This is the one I watched today — pretty much the full Eurosport UK broadcast with the ad breaks edited out. »

  3. @Bespoke Boonen’s team-mates were in the following chase group, so the best they could do to help him get away was not push, as that would only help close the break down.  Boonen was frustrated that there was little to no co-operation in the breakaway,… »

  4. @frank I’m starting to think central Europe is about the worst place to be to watch these races live.  Sunday is primo long ride time, given that the shops are shut and I have to get all the stuff done on Saturday that I can’t do during the week.  I jus… »

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. Rule. Fucking. Fourteen. Jayzus.  If there are tears in his eyes, I understand, but Tony Martin never really is Casually Deliberate, is he. »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Stybar 2. Vanmarcke 3. Van Avermaet 4. Kristoff 5. Cancellara »

The grade is long and I am climbing away. I’m not going to Pantani this: I am not out of the saddle, not in the drops and not leaving everyone in my wake. The climbing gear was engaged a long time ago. There is progress, but I am not dancing up this climb. A little more cadence would really help here. If I could just get this mother-lover spinnin...

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  1. I love this.  One thing, though: did you stop there or just go on and wait for him at the top? »

I had always imagined that de Ronde van Vlaanderen must be hardest race in the world. The way I worked it out – having never ridden the course of either event at the time – was that de Ronde had the same cobbles as Roubaix, but with 20% grades thrown in. It makes enough sense so long as you don’t know what you’re talking abo...

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  1. @Pedale.Forchetta Oh thank christ someone said it.  If there are Rules of photography, this is a serious breach. »

The Ride. It is the cathedral of our sport, where we worship at the altar of the Man with the Hammer. It is the end to our means. Indeed, The Bike may be the central tool to our sport, but to turn the pedals is to experience the sensation of freedom, of flight. It is all for The Ride.The world is overflowing with small, twisty roads that capture ou...

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  1. @PeakInTwoYears @Mike_P @wiscot Thanks, gents. »

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. @chrismurphy92 So it’s definitely a Giant, then?  Seriously, though, slick looking ride, and fast looking wheels.  You sure that stem’s on the right way up? »

Here stands a man. A quiet man. A hard working man. A Belgian man. A man from a life of grit, cold, and rain.Here stands a man who has chosen a life of hard work and sacrifice; a hard life even within the context of Cycling. A man who spends long hours in the wind and in the rain, in the service of his team. A man who despite those long hours in...

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  1. @VeloJello @chris Yeah, sad and unfortunate all round, and no question JVS was going to be hurt as soon as he hit the curb.  I have the appalling feeling he’s better off having hit someone who broke his fall better than concrete would have, and can only h… »

  2. Unbelievably dumb place to stand, in my view, but surely there should have been a marshal or clearer marking or signposting of street furniture more visible to those at the back of a group of riders.  Once riders started going both sides of the traffic is… »

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. @Chris I sort of imagined people like this would have each other’s phone numbers, and the one would be on the blower to the other with a pretty clear message: Take your hand off it, Daryl. [wish I could find a clip of that, or be bothered uploading one … »

One of greatest cycling pleasures is riding with a mate. Riding ten centimeters off each other’s rear wheel for hours; trust is a beautiful thing. You swing over, ease your effort slightly so your mate rides through, you then tuck behind, in the draft, close and fast. It is the best. @Kah touches on this and other transcendent benefits from...

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  1. @ChrisO A fair point, well made, and taken. My desire to write an entertaining post got the better of me.  Thanks for the input, and congrats on the TTT. »

The Ride. It is the cathedral of our sport, where we worship at the altar of the Man with the Hammer. It is the end to our means. Indeed, The Bike may be the central tool to our sport, but to turn the pedals is to experience the sensation of freedom, of flight. It is all for The Ride.The world is overflowing with small, twisty roads that capture ou...

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  1. Did my first really long ride yesterday, 155km/1250m, twice as long as I’ve gone before, and about 50% more climb.  Amazing experience, really; the legs were still turning happily by the end — if anything, the gears felt easier — but I underestimated th… »

One of greatest cycling pleasures is riding with a mate. Riding ten centimeters off each other’s rear wheel for hours; trust is a beautiful thing. You swing over, ease your effort slightly so your mate rides through, you then tuck behind, in the draft, close and fast. It is the best. @Kah touches on this and other transcendent benefits from...

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  1. @scaler911 Cheers for the response and the info! »

  2. @scaler911 +1, and this is critical stuff for us Pedalwans who’ve come to the sport late, haven’t grown up with these sorts of rides, and whose local club consists of geriatric tourers.  I’ve found a few sites with explanations of signals, though there … »

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. Peter Sagan 2. Sep Vanmarcke 3. Stijn Devolder 4. Alexander Kristoff 5. Tom Boonen »

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. Lizzie Armistead 2. Kirsten Wild 3. Emma Johansson 4. Anna van der Breggen 5. Tiffany Cromwell »

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. @UptheTrossachs I’m shocked — shocked! — to find that anyone would call this place elitist. »

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. About the 5th revision… gah. »