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Velominatus: asyax

Order: Level 2 Velominatus

Location: Darlington, Western Australia

I have been on bikes since a young tacker, and enjoy all things cycling. Whilst preferring to ascend (and descend) the slopes of Mount Velomis by the tree rooted, rock strewn goat tracks, I adopted the n+1 principle and bought myself a nice roadie - I am now spending about half my time on this. Whilst not having raced as a young bloke, I enjoy entering events (road and MTB) for the cameraderie and banter, and seeing how well I can place. Am a much better swimmer than I'll ever be a cyclist, but I acquit myself OK. Still not Rule 33 compliant though!

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It’s no coincidence that Stage Five of the Tour was not only the best one to watch, or that it helped decide the race before nary a hill was crested, but that it was just, well, Stage Five. Only last minute copyright clearances prevented the organisers actually dubbing it Stage V, though they managed to get the rain delivered on time, an ess...

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  1. Great article – those secteurs are on my bucket list! “those unfamiliar with those parts had a choice to make: Go V or go home” – Vincenzo found his! Others who didn’t have it went home. »

I like definition, to place things in a box and tightly seal the lid. It makes me feel comfortable, like another of life’s little mysteries has been stored away for safe keeping. I also love ambiguity; it is the space wherein all interesting questions are asked; the unknown is life’s greatest beauty. You might say that makes me a hypo...

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  1. I used Rudy Rydon photochromatics – White/ orange and a Crystal/red  – 2-pairs.  Lots of colour combos available. No probs, except I use the RX insert (prescription clip) and these are a bastard on cold/ wet mornings with fogging.  Gets in between the tw… »

Attention all Velominati. The Tour VSP is going on line and it should be a good one. Sure, between Froomy and Bertie a person could hedge their bets but Moviestar is all in for Valverde, BMC for TeeJay, Astana for the Shark and Garmin is finally committing to a team leader in Talansky. Some other teams (ahem…Trek Factory Racing for one) have...

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  1. @Chris I only saw a V on the back, and didn’t have the orange sleeves as per new jersey, so it was probably you. Coverage over here in Oz is fantastic! »

  2. I could have sworn I saw a Mk1 V-jersey near the banner on the top of Oxenhope Moor in Stage 2 – anyone? Didn’t have the tech or the reflexes to grab a screenshot. »

The divisive nature of Rule #29 is not to be underestimated. It is but a humble satchel, but our rejection of its use sends people completely out of their minds. One fine gentleman even threatened my editor at Cyclist Magazine with cancellation of his subscription on the basis that they published an article wherein I espoused the virtues of goin...

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  1. @Haldy Ha, you will definitely have to post a pic of that frame when you receive it/ have built it up – would love to see what he is going to do with it! »

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. Well, here she is – ready for her virgin ride on DanR’s CR50 tubs. I hope that Miyata tape holds Dan! Critique welcome fellas. »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Evans 2. Qintana 3. J Rod 4. Uran 5. Dan Martin »

Physics tells us that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The conservation law extend beyond the physical world and into mystical where the V and Anti-V are also in a constant fight for balance. The Ancients on Mount Velomis understood this well, and taught that the Anti-V expresses itself within the universe as two princi...

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  1. @freddy , Frank …..125th day = V^3 Surely a must-ride day for sheer awesomeness! »

Our products represent the spirit of Velominati; every product we offer is made with the utmost attention to detail – no compromises were made in their selection or design. Whenever possible, our products are made my small, locally-owned businesses who share our passion for quality and we make every effort to ensure they are made in an enviro...

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  1. @cummquott Like all quality things they take time – trust Frank, they will come! »

The Amstel Gold Race, 251 km from Maastricht to Valkenburg, the hard way. There appears to be no flat sections longer than ten meters. There are thirty-four mean little climbs to ruin the legs. We have moved on from the real Spring Classics. There is no rest in this VSP; The Ronde and Roubaix were amazing but we must continue. Legs that are smoked...

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  1. OGE for the win! VSP PICKS: 1. Gerrans 2. Gilbert 3. Kwiatowski 4. G. Thomas 5. Rodriguez »

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. Well, it worked last year, here goes; VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Vanmarke 3. Stybar 4. Van Avermaet 5. Kristoff »

Our products represent the spirit of Velominati; every product we offer is made with the utmost attention to detail – no compromises were made in their selection or design. Whenever possible, our products are made my small, locally-owned businesses who share our passion for quality and we make every effort to ensure they are made in an enviro...

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  1. Saw this a few days ago as well, Anatomical Universal Saddle Selector – http://flowmountainbike.com/post-all/innovation-saddle-selection-app-unveiled/ I can post my results if anyone interested! »

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. Armistead 2. Johannson 3. Stevens 4. Van Dijk 5. Borghini »

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. Cancellara 2. Terpstra 3. Sagan 4. Vanmarcke 5. Degenkolb »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Cancellara 3. Boonen 4. Stannard 5. Stybar »

Our products represent the spirit of Velominati; every product we offer is made with the utmost attention to detail – no compromises were made in their selection or design. Whenever possible, our products are made my small, locally-owned businesses who share our passion for quality and we make every effort to ensure they are made in an enviro...

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  1. @Marko  POC Octal in orange too? »

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. Cancellara 2. Sagan 3. Gerrans 4. Kwiatowski 5. Nibali »

We recently lost our beloved Great Dane, Kirki, who we nicknamed Beene for reasons that elude logic. She was a good dog, more sweet than clever. A sad side effect of big dog breeds and their short lives is that it wasn’t until nearly the end of her life that she made certain key discoveries about the world. Such as that weighing nearly 65 kil...

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  1. @Mikael Liddy Aaah… the serenity! »

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. @anotherdownunder ‘Twas me – Rule #69 compliant the whole way – bloody hell – that was tough! Excellent day out though (in hindsight)! »

  2. Interesting article on Cycling Tips on the concept of “Everesting” http://cyclingtips.com.au/2014/03/everesting-climbing-8848-metres-in-a-single-ride/ Worthy challenge for a Velominatus! Only 34 repeats of Welshpool Rd! »

I’m a non-climber who enjoys climbing. I’d enjoy it more if I was good at it. And “enjoy” might be too strong a word, “tolerate” might be better. But dragging 89 kilos up a volcano gives one time to contemplate the cycling life .Let us define non-climber. It’s someone either too fat, too big (gravitationally challenged) or a fast- twi...

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  1. @Daccordi Rider , xyxax- Found a second hand Record compact at the LBS – done deal. Butterflies have now settled a little – though hopefully not on my spokes. »

Every time we get on our bikes, we are playing a game of Russian Roulette. We take care to maintain our machines, to make sure they are in perfect running order, we look after our bodies to maximise our performance, and we, hopefully, abide by the rules of the road to keep ourselves safe from the dangers of other road users. But ultimately, our liv...

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  1. Video didn’t work, try;  http://kck.st/1h1viSw »

  2. A very tragic tale, unfortunately heard too often. A group of Perth (WA) cyclists are rolling out a new tail-light/ camera, trying to change driver culture by letting them know they are being recorded. The “Fly6″ is getting a reasonable amount of press (… »

I’m a non-climber who enjoys climbing. I’d enjoy it more if I was good at it. And “enjoy” might be too strong a word, “tolerate” might be better. But dragging 89 kilos up a volcano gives one time to contemplate the cycling life .Let us define non-climber. It’s someone either too fat, too big (gravitationally challenged) or a fast- twi...

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  1. Not meaning to open up the old Compact- Standard cranks debate, but I have a question for any Velominati who have done 3-peaks in Victoria. I am currently going to be set-up with a std 53-39 and 27-12. I have done a reasonable amount of climbing over the … »

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  1. It’s the Southerners turn to try hosting a Cogal, after last years successful Adelaide Cogal. Situated south of Adelaide, Victor Harbor and surrounding towns are a popular South Australian tourist destination: boasting the mighty Murray River and surfing beach at Goolwa through to Whale watching at Middleton and picture postcard views over Encounter Bay at Victor Harbor. Riding is a mix of seaside roads and medium hills all the way through to Willunga Hill (featured climb in the TDU). Join us for a Casually deliberate day sampling some fine roads/scenery and great coffee and food along the way.

     

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    Date - February 08, 2014
    8:05 AM - 5:00 PM

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    Nino's of Victor Harbor

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