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Velominatus: atomicmanatee

Order: Level 3 Velominatus

Location: Montgomery, AL, United States

118kg 109kg of sprinter's muscle Having been an avid mountain biker in high school, I gave it up when life (college, jobs) intervened. A year ago my passion for cycling was renewed by a good friend picking up a mountain bike. Lack of riding time on the trails led me to pursue a road bike, a Felt Z95, in December 2012. In a search for reading material about my new passion, i found the Velominati by coincidence.

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Boonen 2. Spartacus 3. Phinney 4. Vanmarcke 5. Van Avermaet »

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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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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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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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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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