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Whilst Brett hails from the land Down Under, he hates that fucking song. An Aussie now living as a Kiwi, he is at home on the rich dirt of New Zealand's mountain bike trails as he is on the scorching tarmac of Australia. Despite his geographical disadvantage, the cobblestones and kassien of Belgium and Northern France hold a special place in his heart and it's where you'll find him each Spring, either with a bike underneath him or a fine Belgian ale in his hand.

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I hesitate to file this in the Guest Article category. It would be better filed under fellow un-rewarded pirate cycling-site writer, if we had such a file. @winnipegcyclechick does all of her site’s writing, her graphics are usually hers and much too funny. Frankly, she makes me sick. And, AND, she can make the jokes we can’t make lest...

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  1. @wiscot I thought that before you even said it… Andrea: Marry me? »

Cyclists love socks. I know I do. I’d make a point of collecting as many pairs as I could from every race, event, shop or rep that I ever happened upon. Some were so good that I still have them, others, well, let’s just say they were “re-homed” long before they got the chance to retire gracefully after years of loyal service...

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  1. @Puffy What leather? »

Jens Voigt is set to retire as we speak, having one final crack at a long break in some race in the Cycling backwater of the USA. Is it fair or fitting that he should go out like this, slipping out the back door with little fanfare, while others have been doing a farewell tour of all the big races, replete with fancy commemorative shoes and a son...

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  1. @Rom Nice. I was going to call the article “Shut up Jens”, but maybe “Speak up Jens” is more appropriate… »

  2. @piwakawaka PS we really need to catch up for a ride… »

  3. @piwakawaka Does he toe the same line? I’m not au fait with his stance or opinions, but would love to hear more… »

  4. I don’t care that Jens doped. The way he vehemently denies ever even seeing or hearing over his career just insults us, his fans. That is the point I’m making. Especially when all oh his contemporaries eventually admit that “everyone was doing it”, it was… »

Choice, or the perception of it, is one of the most powerful forces on Earth. The great secret lies in the locus of control, which suggests that if given the perception of a choice we will be more willing to endure hardship or suffering. We’ll suffer even for the promise of a future intangible reward so long as we feel we have a choice...

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  1. @freddy Except, Van Avermaet exists… »

Never forget your roots, they say… OK, I’m a child of the 70′s, and back then bicycles were as big a part of my life as they are today. We’d always be out riding, building tracks and jumps, and tinkering with our Dragsters, stripping them down to emulate our motocross heroes, with varying results.All these memories came f...

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  1. @imakecircles Dude, you win. I want hose pants! I had a similar experience with road bikes, although I actually wanted one. Must have been pre-BMX, but a kid down the street got a 10-speed, all decked out in chrome everything, racks, lights, the lot. M… »

  2. @sthilzy So much win. It seems parents dressed kids better in the 70s… c heck out those flares and leather shoes! And your sister with her bobby socks and pleated skirt… I can’t believe the size of the chainrings on kids’ bikes back then too. This … »

  3. @KW Or an adult, for that matter. Maybe if more got on a bike every now and then, they’d be less stressed and not trying to run us over in their cars. »

  4. @Harminator Or brakes? Man, that is a sweet looking machine. Kashimax seat, Oakley grips… Tuffs! I had a green Cobra BMX with yellow Tuff IIs, but always lusted after a PK Ripper, OM Flyer or Quad Angle (in team baby blue/brown, naturally). The SE Rac… »

  5. @Rob Thanks‽ »

  6. @Owen And this… well, let’s just say dad has got it goin on fashion wise, he’s mixed about five different looks into one and somehow pulls it off. Kinda ‘casual deliberate accountant hiker ‘. »

  7. @american psycho This is so archetypal 70s style! »

I bought a Road ID the day I learned of Jon Lennard’s death on August 12, 2013. Someone in the posts of the original announcement of his passing (below) mentioned he was identified by his Road ID. Of course he had a Road ID. What I knew of him made that perfect. So responsible and sensible.The nature of this community is a strange thing; we d...

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  1. A Merckx Frank. RIP Jon, you’re missed. @the Engine It’s what he would’ve wanted. »

July 13 2014 marked the 35th anniversary of the seminal ‘cycling film’ Breaking Away. 35 years. Nothing stays popular for that long, right? Things get dated, lose their edge (if there was edge in the first place) and eventually become irrelevant (I’m looking at you, Rolling Stones). Yes, even legends get stale if left out too lon...

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  1. @actor1 Another one! Nice work, we are sorted for extras/actors for The V Movie then… »

  2. @JGalt Fantastic story! This community now boasts an extra from Breaking Away! Does it get any weirder than that? »

  3. @Optimiste They’re fantastic eh. Check out more of Steve’s work here… @DavidI Spot on, I think I said similar in the original article. The scenes that resonate with me aren’t especially the cycling but the… »

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. @frank Cheers mate. Added to Lexi. »

After Stage V there was Stage 9, where the World TT champion earned the dotty jumper. In case you missed it, Stage 9 was a trip into the Vosges mountains, 170km with six categorized climbs. This was a stage for a breakaway to stay away. A large group did escape and with 152km remaining to the finish Alessandro De Marchi of Cannondale bolted off the...

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  1. @Deakus Like Jens, but with race-winning ability… but probably not as funny. »

  2. “Tony Martin learned very early about making a successful escape. As a youth he escaped East Germany with his family. He does not fuck around when escaping.”  This. Martin is now one of my favourite riders, you can expect him to go on a long escape pret… »

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. Stage V certainly made the Tour for me. The way Nibbles took it to the other GC guys, basically saying “well, you can wait til the mountains, but I’m gonna race today…” I think he would’ve won the Tour even if Bertie and Froome were still riding, after … »

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. @frank He should take a fucking hike… »

It began when they come took me from my home And put me in Dead Row, Of which I am nearly wholly innocent, you know. And I’ll say it again I.. am.. not.. afraid.. to.. die.Cold, still, heavy, damp air encourages one to remain ensconsed, the familiar nagging doubt weedling away in the back, make that the front, of my mind, and I concede; I...

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  1. Speaking of Stagger Lee and crowd walking, this is pretty cool… especially around 7.40 in. »

  2. @VeloJello 20000 Days On Earth.  Yep, got tickets for that too! »