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Velominatus: boudewijn

Order: Level 4 Velominatus

Location: Colmschate, The Netherlands

Started, stopped and started again. Particular fondness for grinding up (dutch)'hills', always go into race mode halfway through a ride and as a result forget to eat and drink.

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It has been many years (25!) since professional female cyclists have raced on the cobbles of the Champs Elysées. While running the Giro Donne concurrently with the Tour de France makes no sense to me, this Sunday’s women’s race does make sense. It should be the model for a Women’s Tour de France: the route, infrastructure, roadsi...

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  1. Yay, working rss feed, time to cash some points. At least that’s what I’ll be doing in my mind while enjoying my vacation. Good luck! VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Bronzini 3. Van Vleuten 4. Johansson 5. Armitstead »

Before Tomac and Ned, before LeMond and Big Mig, there was Bob Hannah. For a young lad obsessed with motorcycles as well as bicycles, the ‘Hurricane’ was the epitome of style on a bike. His bright yellow Yamaha YZs and matching head-to-toe kit set the bar and inspired me to emulate not only his style on the bike, but off it too. If onl...

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  1. Alas, no background nor current engagement, but it sure does look cool. Off road on a track that is. Any other form is either prohibited or downright (even more that usual) suicidal taking average motorists into account. Still, the combination of rig cont… »

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. Slapped in a dutchy to compensate for all the tiny tanned people who need first place to be even slightly averagely tall. And I’m counting on some attempt at fireworks by Tom Jelte Slagter dropping Hesjedal somewhere along the way, just to make a point. H… »

The 100th running of Liège-Bastogne-Liège takes place this Sunday. Danny-boy Martin will be marked heavily as the defending champion. Malmerde, and Phil Gil have shown they are peaking too. Froomy has thrown his hat into the ring, as he did last year but after last years 26th place, maybe it’s training. 263 kms, past winners include a long...

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  1. My wild guess, perhaps a lucky one! VSP PICKS: 1. Mollema 2. Kwiatkowski 3. Valverde 4. Van den Broeck 5. Slagter »

Wednesday sees the return of the women to the VSP. More notably, we see the return of Marianne Vos to the road. She’s won this race five of the last seven years. It makes me wonder if the rest of the field have already resigned themselves to racing for second. On the other hand, Vos hasn’t been racing of late and may not be as sharp as...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Armitstead 3. Van Dijk 4. Johansson 5. Van Vleuten »

Midweek in Belgium in Spring is a wonderful thing. Hordes of people come from seemingly nowhere to fill the bars and line the roadsides when presumably they’d usually be working, or at school, or some such. That the only ones who appear to be working are the bartenders and frites dispensers reinforces my belief that Belgium is the greatest co...

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  1. Here goes nothing! VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Valverde 3. Kwiatkowski 4. Dumoulin 5. Mollema »

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. With the entire Lotto Belisol team needing training wheels I suppose sneaking two dutchees in can’t hurt. Who agrees with sports commentators that this race is a performance indicator for Le Tour? VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Valverde 3. Kwiatkowski 4. Moll… »

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. Bram Tankink showing how he’s going to ride some cobbles. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Vanmarcke 3. Boonen 4. Terpstra 5. Sagan »

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. Van Dijk 2. Johansson 3. Van Vleuten 4. Tucker Hall 5. Wild »

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

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. As I am completely oblivious, I’ll resort to picking dutchees again. Too bad they won’t all be colored orange. VSP PICKS: 1. van Vleuten 2. Johansson 3. van Dijk 4. Armitstead 5. Pieters »

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

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. @freddy Those things should be universally renamed to ‘poep beschermer’ as the belgian commentators called it. »

For many Americans, their first ten speed bike was a Schwinn. It was heavy. Everything about it was heavy. It was the bike that was going to survive outside the bomb shelter. No one put a better crankset on a Schwinn. When we moved on that old bike languished in the garage and it was not coming back out. Not so for @Teocalli, for starters he didn&#...

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  1. Bravo! Great stories like these make me wish I was a few decades older. Alas, I am but young, eager and lacking common sense. Still, this makes the legs itch to whip out the first proper bike I still have. The bike looks amazing, thank you! »

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. @Shlumpen Same here. And as a dutchie I’m hoping for some fireworks from our Johnny (Hoogerland). With his team disbanding and all other whatnot bumps in the road he deserves a good finish. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Cancellara 3. Nibali 4. Gilbert 5. Hoo… »