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Velominatus: bdias85

Order: Level 4 Velominatus

Location: Braintree, MA

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Addicted to cycling since 2009. Will find any excuse to ride. Coffee is a must in my daily routine.

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The cycling cap was part of any kit: nearly black shorts, team jersey and cap. It would be matching, it would be cotton. In the day before the required helmet, the cycling cap was it. Unrestrained by helmet or hairnet, the cap was the crown upon the head. It would sit high on the head, not pulled down like a baseball cap. It sat no higher upon the...

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  1. I love the team issue cycling cap we use. I wish more could see while out on rides. Ties in perfectly with the kit. Keeps the head mostly warm unless it goes below 40. I do wear it for post ride espresso/beer and get the odd looks from strangers. »

Heading toward KaupoWhat better way to ring in 2013 than to meet the Man with the Hammer? I’m expecting a 60% attendance rate (n=3) for Maui Velominati with Frank as big kahuna guest of honor unless we can cajole Ryder into joining the fun (doubtful). @Mauibike will be our experienced tour guide and spiritual leader. This is listed as casual...

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  1. Heading toward Kaupo

    What better way to ring in 2013 than to meet the Man with the Hammer? I’m expecting a 60% attendance rate (n=3) for Maui Velominati with Frank as big kahuna guest of honor unless we can cajole Ryder into joining the fun (doubtful). @Mauibike will be our experienced tour guide and spiritual leader. This is listed as casually deliberate pace but with this much climbing there will be much shelling and regrouping.

    The route circumscribes the Haleakala volcano counter-clockwise with approximately 175 km and 3.3 km of climbing. We will all ride to and rendez-vous at Grandma’s at 1 km of elevation to take on coffee around V past 7 in the morning. Frank and I will have left on bike well before first light to make it there. One can do a kilometer of climbing at the beginning or at the end of this and he and I will split the difference, something I will dearly regret eight hours later.

    Leaving Grandma’s we start a long descent towards sea level and Maui’s own pavé sector. The south coast is hot, dry and devoid of water except the Kaupo general store, hence the early start. Past the pavé will be some dirt sectors and some of the poorest, most broken up tarmac around. The road will eventually poke around toward the East end of Maui, more green,  past the grave of America’s favorite flyer/isolationists Charles Lindbergh’s grave. The route proceeds through Kipahulu to Hana town where lunch will be taken on and hopefully kept down.

    Leaving Hana we cruise the green, wet north shore which is weathered into fifty plus gultches: in, out, up, down, repeat. Somewhere along here I will meet Mr Hammer and it will be a long nasty effort to stiff-arm him all the way back to the house. The final climb, for those who chose not do do this in the pre-dawn dark, will be “fun” and will scatter the group again. I hope Frank can find his way home by himself. The regrouping will happen later that day at Flatbreads in Paia where the great rehydration will occur. Tall tales will be recounted, tattoos tattooed.

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    Date - January 09, 2013
    7:05 AM - 8:30 PM

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    Grandma's Coffee House

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The Cannibal Velo Club Trustees met recently over frosty mugs to plan a joint Velominati-Cannibal Spring Cogal here in Connecticut.Proposed details: Continue reading...

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  1. The Cannibal Velo Club Trustees met recently over frosty mugs to plan a joint Velominati-Cannibal Spring Cogal here in Connecticut.

    Proposed details:

    • Date: Sunday May 19th (shrewdly missing both the Mother’s Day and Memorial Day weekends).
    • Accommodations: I’m sure that among the Cannibals, we can host most or all of the visiting Velominati/hoti. Bed & Breakfast venues are also available nearby. A Saturday Dinner/BBQ would be great for those who arrive the day before the ride.
    • Route: about 130km, about 5k climbing! That’s a lot of climbing FFS.  A mix of short, tough climbs, endless rollers, and scenic beauty in both rural and coastal areas.

    http://connect.garmin.com/course/2423364

    We can figure out other details, mid-ride chow, timing, etc. as the date nears. In the meantime, please share your thoughts and suggestions.

    Contact me about the Cannibal Connecticut Cogal May 19, 2013; Chuck Mueller- cgmueller2@gmail.com ; Cannibal VeloClub info: www.cannibal-veloclub.webs.com ; @CannibalVelo on Twitter ; ‘Canniabal Velo Club’ on Facebook.

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    Date - May 19, 2013
    9:05 AM - 8:00 PM

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    Simon's Marketplace

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At some point, I reckon the idea may dawn on me that I’m not a climber. Eighty kilos and standing something just shy of two meters, I’m not clear on why climbing is what speaks to me most about Cycling; I’m certainly not built like a grimpeur. But there is no question about it; I love riding in the mountains. I only have to catch...

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  1. Great work Frank. I cannot imagine the suffering you went through. 3 hours is usually enough of a ride for me! Never mind 3+ hours of climbing. »

I rousted Frank early. The Sunday morning group ride rolls out at 6:30 am from Twin Falls. As I put bikes in the truck  I saw a sky full of stars, a good indicator for a beautiful morning ride. I have been crazed to show Frank our local Sunday morning group ride and now he was on Maui it was finally going to happen. It is a casually deliberate rid...

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  1. @Gianni I had the privilege to ride the West Maui loop in September. The VMH allowed me a day to get up at 6AM to get the loop in one morning. Could not beleive how many other cyclists were out there. I started in Lahaina then went over to the tropical si… »

The Poggio. It’s probably one of the most famous easy climbs in the world; going through old cycling photographs, I rarely come across one where the leaders haven’t moved Sur La Plaque. It has a reputation, however, for being a real leg breaker, mostly because any climb is a big climb once you cross its summit after a paltry 291 kilomet...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Boonen 3. Goss 4. Cavendish 5. Gilbert »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Boonen 3. Goss 4. Cavendish 5. Thor »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Boonen 3. Goss 4. Cavendish 5. Chavenel »

Building a frame has been, since childhood, a dream which always seemed a little bit out of reach. Aside from not being sure how not to do it wrong, I’ve always assumed that, in addition to nunchuck and computer-hacking skills, my lacking of welding skills would render any would-be frame unridable at best and lethal at worst. Not to mention...

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  1. Beautiful work @Cyclops! A masterpiece to marvel at! Love the generosity as well. Not sure if @Frank could repay this great gift. »

One of the cairns on the unknowable path to Cyclist is riding one’s first unimaginable distance. In the non-metric world it would be the first 100 mile ride, an unholy distance if one has never done it. And there is nothing for it. Come up with a rationalization, a plan, an excuse, something that forces one to cover 100 miles (or close to it)...

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  1. Great words to motivate! I too felt when doing my first Century I could always cut off at any of the turnoffs and do a lesser distance. I just wanted my screen to read 100 miles! I need to do get myself motivated to go to Europe and do a Cyclosportif! T… »

While the The V Moment of the Year is the moment during the season when the sport demonstrated the most pure example of spirit of The V, the Anti-V Moment of the Year similarly acknowledges the moment in which all those things that make The V great were ignored. This is more than just cheating or climbing into the broom wagon; this is reserved...

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  1. I remember watching this and screaming at the TV! My family thought I was a madman to say the least. »