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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. Here goes nuttin’ VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Boonen 3. Sagan 4. Phinney 5. Vansumeran »

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. Here goes nuttin’ VSP PICKS: 1. Van dijk 2. Armistead 3. Johansson 4. Bronzini 5. Stevens »

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. Maybe Vos? Gawd I have no clue. VSP PICKS: 1. Boonen 2. Cancellara 3. Sagan 4. Terpstra 5. Stybar »

RIGHT!!! Buck and Roger are kicking off a New England Gravé Cogal. This starts at Roger’s shop. Continue reading...

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  1. RIGHT!!! Buck and Roger are kicking off a New England Gravé Cogal. This starts at Roger’s shop.

    It is a gravel/dirt Cogal. This route was used last September for another ride and is supposedly AWESOME!!!

    You will need 28mm at a minimum, maybe 32 mm tires on gravel/CX bikes per the description.

    Here’s a link to the route/description/etc from the September ride but this one is by us, not the cycling shop, but all are welcome of course!  The write up mentions registering/meals/etc.  None of that applies to us.

    Details on pre-ride espresso/pre-night drinking in Boston/post ride recovery drinking is forthcoming but mark your calendars for this puppy!!!

    It will be a GREAT Heck of the North appetizer for anyone thinking about heading out there in October as well!!!

    No drop, Casually Deliberate but we might break into groups depending on what bikes you bring.

    The route.

     

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@itburns on leftAlcon:  I had the below write up set for the Second West Point Cogal and was ready to send it to Gianni when I heard the news.  It really drives home how “Not Invisible & Imaginary” that we all are.  We will be riding this Cogal with itburns memory in our hearts and his spirit in our peloton.  Please join us if possible...

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    Alcon:  I had the below write up set for the Second West Point Cogal and was ready to send it to Gianni when I heard the news.  It really drives home how “Not Invisible & Imaginary” that we all are.  We will be riding this Cogal with itburns memory in our hearts and his spirit in our peloton.  Please join us if possible in body and if not, in spirit.  RIP, Brother, we said that we would ride another Cogal together and this will have to do until we ride together again in the sky.

    I’ll leave the original write up untouched as knowing itburns, he’d appreciate the joke.

    West Point Invisible Friends Cogal Part Deux

    With respect for my VMH who insists all of you are actually invisible/imaginary friends and questions your true existence, I am hosting another Falling Leaves Cogal at West Point this fall.  It will take place on, Sunday the 20th of October to try to hit the Fall Colours perfectly and will start at my house at V past X.  It will encompass the same route as last year minus the long stretch out to Bull Pond on Rt 293 and adding in a little more on the West Point Campus and in the Town of Cornwall where we will be stopping for lunch.  The Cogal will still finish with the Bear Mountain climb and back through the West Point campus.  The ride will be Casually Deliberate as we will regroup at the top of each climb but beware; there is the proverbial “Shit-ton” of climbing on this route so bring your climbing legs!

    This Cogal will give my VMH and me a chance to share our lovely espresso machine that we bought last year for Christmas with everyone.  So bring your own espresso beans if you want to as we have a grinder as well or just show up and share the ones we have.  Also, if you need to, you can crash at our house on Saturday night.  We will provide dinner the night before and breakfast the day off.

    Speaking of “Invisible Friends” that reminds me of a joke:  Superman is flying around the world really high in the sky one day and looks down and sees Wonder Woman lying completely naked on her back with her legs spread in a field.  Superman says to himself, “You know, I can fly down there, sneak a super fast one with her and be out of there before she even knows what happens.”  So Superman speeds down, does the deed and heads out in a flash.

    Wonder Woman goes, “Holy shit!!!  What the hell was that?!?!?!” and the Invisible Man goes, “I don’t know but my ass sure hurts!!!”

    See you on Sunday!

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    Date - October 20, 2013
    10:05 AM - 5:00 PM

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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. @roger Jeeeeeesus, Roger. I’m happy to help if you want. I’ll join you from Lexington to, say, Newton? But seriously, maybe I can hook you up with some folks in NJ for a Velomiescort through the Garden State. No, not that kind of escort. »

There has been some gravel fever going around; there is a lot of talk of new bikes and new routes. I don’t live in gravel country and have not caught the disease, yet. @Antoniv submitted this tale of gravel. It’s a bit long but the race was long too. For those of us who haven’t caught the bug, this might help, or hurt. Either way,...

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  1. Amen. Your writing makes me want to go for a long ride. Which I will. Hopefully some gravel this weekend (right, Roger?) »

Each of us throw a leg over our top tubes and submit ourselves to the open road in recognition of the risks involved. These risks include those of a puncture, crash, damaged equipment, disability, and – ultimately – death. We try to be vigilant, we ride assertively yet defensively, and we hope for the best. We take every reasonable precaution t...

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  1. Ugh. Condolences to Jon/Itburns’ family and friends. He was and will remain a major pillar upon which this site rests. I hope to live up to his joie de VLVV. I will repeat what many have written: Ride in Peace, Jon. We will miss you. -cal »

Since it appears that the descents are where the action is in this year’s Tour de France, we thought we’d forgo our usual Mountain-Top Finish for the Stage VSP and instead go for what I’m guessing might be a real cracker of a stage into Le Grand Bornand. In 2009, the Schleck Tandem hadn’t yet discovered their collective dra...

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  1. Again, I know nothing. As usual. VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. Froome 3. Contador 4. JRod 5. Kreutziger »

The early eighties saw the tide change in the European Peloton. Components were taking on a new, curvy shape as they left their boxy forms behind. The glint of toe clips in the sun would become a rarer sight as the move towards clipless pedals would take hold in 1985. English speakers were winning the big races classically won by continental Pros.T...

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  1. Woo hoo! VSP PICKS: 1. Valverde 2. Evans 3. Froome 4. Contador 5. Hejsdal »

Update: You can watch the live stream (assuming it works from the velodrome) on the Velominati channel at USTREAM. When you log in, you’ll first see my little test video of my puppy eating grass. Please disregard me yelling at it. That never happened.I have always considered myself to have a good imagination, something I attribute half to my...

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  1. Man, this is great. Potential for very public heroism (he’s already a velomihero – is that a sandwich?) or embarrassment. My money’s on the former. 38.123 km This will not be easy. May the wind travel in ovals and always be at your back, Frank. -cal »

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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    9:05 AM - 8:00 PM

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  2. 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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    9:05 AM - 8:00 PM

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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

    Location
    Simon's Marketplace

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  6. 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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    9:05 AM - 8:00 PM

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Last year we saw Evelyn Stevens out-last Marianne Vos at the top of the Mur de Huy. The take home message is don’t start one’s charge too early. Vos should know this finish, having won it four times already. It’s hard to know who is on form in the professional women field as the races are too far apart to infer much from the last...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Armistead 3. Stevens 4. Van dijk 5. Borghani »

We came tantalizingly close to adding a foray up the Mur de Huy during our excursion to Liege-Bastogne-Liege during this year’s Keepers Tour. But good sense and The Anti-V prevailed, as they are wont to do, and only two of us were left wanting a dig at the most notorious finishing climb in the Classics season.I write this, then, woefully igno...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Gilbert 3. Valverde 4. J Rod 5. Vande velde »

It looks so easy on the television. Well, no, actually it looks pretty bloody hard. We think we have some understanding of how they suffer, how their bodies can take the continual beating. But we don’t really know. Not even by riding these abominations they call roads twice in the space of a few days can we understand the scale of the thing...

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  1. Oh yeah. VSP PICKS: 1. Chavanal 2. Cancellara 3. Hushovd 4. Phinney 5. Boom »

Gent (Deinze)-Wevelgem, it starts with 130 km of cruising around Belgium and Northern France followed by a flurry of bergs and then a final 38 km of  flatter riding to the inevitable sprint finish. How hard can the climbing be if Super Mario got over them? Ask the riders from KT 2012, (the ones not in the following car) and they will tell you...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Hushovd 2. Gilbert 3. Cancellara 4. Cavendish 5. Sagan »

This is the second round of the Women’s World Cup, the first being the Ronde van Drenthe. Laveno Mombello to Cittiglio, 120 km of racing in Italy. It is a very worthy course and we know who will be wearing the number 1 on her jersey. Enough already, I like Ms Vos as much as the next person but someone has to work her over on the climbs and ri...

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  1. Yeah! VSP PICKS: 1. Armistead 2. Vos 3. Bronzini 4. De vries 5. Van dijk »

Ok, so you guys and gals don’t miss a trick, but sometimes we do. In fact, we kind of specialize in it. @Bianchi Denti just texted me to point out, as others have done on site, that we have almost missed the next stop on the VVomen’s VSP calendar, the Ronde Van Drenthe. On International Women’s Day, of all things.All I can tell yo...

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  1. Double shite. Now I see the results. (Oh, and I swear that I didn’t see the results before the previous post….) »

  2. Shite. Just saw this. Vos Vos Vos Vos…. »

Until the 70′s it was common to race on gravel roads, but the Paving of the Planet has led to nearly every road being graced by smooth, black tarmac. As is the case with most things, once we are shown the easy path, it is difficult to return to more arduous ways. So it is with gravel roads; we take measures to avoid unpaved roads and in doi...

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  1. Again, no clue. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Sagan 3. Potato 4. Phinney 5. Boom »