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Phd in English lit.

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  1. If you’ve always wanted a V watch, this might be the site for you: http://modifywatches.com/pages/custom »

The Whale Shark is the biggest nonmammalian vertebrate* on the planet, rivaling the dinosaurs for size. How do you feed yourself when you’re that huge without loading up on carbs all the time? Easy, you swim around with your mouth wide open for 22 hours a day and hope enough food swims in there to take the edge off the hunger pangs. Cycl...

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  1. With that noggin-neck combo, Tony’s always struck me as more of a Turtle than a Whale Shark, but clearly Turtles can do a good Whale Shark impressions. »

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. Best episode of 24 I’ve ever seen. »

  2. Reports suggest Fuglsang was The second rider (after Contador) to be Van Den Broek. Apparently he was thunderstruck by Jurgan’s bidon. »

Yes, this makes three Guest Articles in three weeks, but we run the show around here and we do what we want. Especially when it comes to solid, 24-karat gold Cyclist/Rock star comparisons. Especiallier when it comes from none other than Keeper Jim’s lovely wife and food-writer celebrity, Jess Thomson. Its cute seeing the family come togethe...

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  1. @wiscot We’ll have to come up with more lyrics – “Bells will ring, ding a ling a ling, and I have to sing, cos his jersey is yellow Bikes will sway as they sprint away on the final day, but it’s for him I bellow.” »

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. Not sure the mains and desert can match that entrée. Although the Vuelta might be more interesting than usual. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. V. Nibali 2. R. Porte 3. A. Valverde 4. T. Van Garderen 5. B. Molema »

Yes, this makes three Guest Articles in three weeks, but we run the show around here and we do what we want. Especially when it comes to solid, 24-karat gold Cyclist/Rock star comparisons. Especiallier when it comes from none other than Keeper Jim’s lovely wife and food-writer celebrity, Jess Thomson. Its cute seeing the family come togethe...

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  1. @VeloJello Let me fix that for you – try these instead: “Hey Richie you’re so fine, you’re so fine you blow my mind…” or if you prefer to croon: “When it points to the skies then he rides like he flies, that’s Nibali. On the wet Belgian stones he… »

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. @andrew I heard Van Den Broeck was singing his name to the tune of Thunderstruck as he rode off into the mist “Jur’gen… VAN DEN BROEK!” »

Yes, this makes three Guest Articles in three weeks, but we run the show around here and we do what we want. Especially when it comes to solid, 24-karat gold Cyclist/Rock star comparisons. Especiallier when it comes from none other than Keeper Jim’s lovely wife and food-writer celebrity, Jess Thomson. Its cute seeing the family come togethe...

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  1. I’m surprised this didn’t occur to me sooner – I’ve been thinking about cycling and music for the purposes of chanting by the side of the road should I ever make it to a grand tour – I mentioned “Boom shake the Froome” for Lars Boom in the TDF thread. I’v… »

  2. Does that make Degenkolb DJ D-shay? Yeah, I remember the name of his DJ, but to be fair, he’s name checked repeatedly – he’s the one with ‘Guage while Vanilla has the Nine. »

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. @Chris Disappointed the headline doesn’t read “Boom shake the Froome” »

The Velominati Super Prestige is a season-long competition wherein readers will be submitting their predictions for the top five finishers of each qualifying race.  In order to qualify, your picks via the VSP Picks form above the posts section of the VSP Event article pertaining to the race in question by the time the countdown clock goes to zero...

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  1. As much as I’d love to claim to be a freaking oracle, you can’t argue with 100%. »

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. . VSP PICKS: 1. A. Contador 2. C. Froome 3. A. Valverde 4. V. Nibali 5. B. Molema »

The Velominati Super Prestige is a season-long competition wherein readers will be submitting their predictions for the top five finishers of each qualifying race.  In order to qualify, your picks via the VSP Picks form above the posts section of the VSP Event article pertaining to the race in question by the time the countdown clock goes to zero...

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  1. @Teocalli I have a feeling Froome will suffer some horrible luck and will not make it to Paris, if you pick him and it comes to pass we won’t know if it was your hoodoo or if I’m a cycling oracle. That said, my last feeling was that Tjarllingii would rand… »

Why are women’s races run concurrently with men’s races? I would get it if it was the women’s Tour de France, but I don’t get it when it is the women’s Giro in July. Since the Tour de Swiss there has been a lack of stage racing (in my TV watching schedule) and seemingly a perfect time to present a women’s stage r...

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  1. Could be more than one Rabo Liv rider in the top 5, but it’s hard to leave out a rested Pooley who is starting show some reasonable form. VSP PICKS: 1. M. Voss 2. M. Abbott 3. E. Johansson 4. T. Guderzo 5. E. Pooley »

The Velominati Super Prestige is a season-long competition wherein readers will be submitting their predictions for the top five finishers of each qualifying race.  In order to qualify, your picks via the VSP Picks form above the posts section of the VSP Event article pertaining to the race in question by the time the countdown clock goes to zero...

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  1. Giro Rosa will be interesting – lots of contenders, and Vos will be riding with some in-form team-mates. So much so that she might end up riding for one of her in-from team-mates – not sure I’d bet against her though. »

The Tour de Suisse can be everyone’s warm-up for the Tour de France, including all you VSP dreamers. The big show seems to be the Critérium de Dauphanié this year, as far as Tour de France contenders go but the Tour de Suisse still has some big guns showing up. Twiggo is here, not for a Tour warm up, unless people are worried about Richie P...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Roman Kreuziger 2. Ion Izaguirre 3. Bauke Mollema 4. Mathias Frank 5. Thibaut Pinot »

There was a time when I held down ‘real jobs’. Jobs with (a little) stress, with (some) responsibility, but without soul. And while dealing with the great unwashed public never held much appeal, I always envied the guys who worked at my preferred LBS. They seemingly had it all––an endless supply of cheap bikes and parts, hanging out and s...

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  1. LBS for the internet? Not sure it’s a fair trade (stop cringing, puns are awesome), but I can live with it. I know what you mean though; I used to work at the local video store. »

Anecdotal research suggests that people are being let off-leash without adequate training to perform basic activities such as walking on sidewalks or through airports and busy city centers. I’m assuming this expands to shopping malls, but I never go there so I can’t be sure. It’s easy to blame the mobile phones which apparentl...

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  1. Train door blocking notwithstanding, it’s one thing to stop in front of an escalator, it’s a whole different level (don’t pretend puns aren’t awesome) stopping to decide where you’re going immediately after you step off, while a line of people are gently … »

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 cl...

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  1. Just got a feeling about Tjarllingii. No rational explanation for it. VSP PICKS: 1. N Quintana 2. C Evans 3. M Tjarllingii 4. R Uran 5. J Rodriguez »

Riding a bicycle involves much more than just pushing the pedals around in a perfect sweep of muscular elegance while Looking Fantastic at all times. There are all sorts of soft skills involved like learning to shift properly, learning to corner properly, learning to crash properly, learning to criticize a fellow rider’s puncture-repair te...

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  1. Speaking of correct pronunciation, I’ve been digging this: http://www.speedmetalcycling.com/name-that-cyclist/ I hope they expand it to more cycling terms – and I note that they’re looking for native speakers to help – they definitely need an Aussie to c… »

  2. @sthilzy The next step is to master drilling the moto with a bidon Chipo-style – see the video in the comments of this fantastic post from a few years ago: http://www.velominati.com/tradition/youtube-mario-cipollini/ »

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. I guess I should end any further speculation. Yep – Aussie. What gave it away? I tried my best to hide my smugness. Tragic for Martin and Garmin. Massively impressed by Kwiatowski. It’ll be interesting to see where he goes from here. He could be a class… »

The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path, not the end. In pursuit of La Vie Velominatus, we know of no end to the Path; each of us journey through an endless evolution of understanding and reverence. As such, The Word continues to be handed down from high upon Mount Velominis and The Rules continue to be expanded upon. Today we present you with t...

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  1. Franco Ballerini, bike aloft, “Merci Roubaix” plastered across his gut. Exempt from 95 because he’s all V. http://www.velominati.com/general/franco-ballerini-1964-2010/ »

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. Martin’s knee will hurt on the longer ride so he’ll be looking to fry up some Canadian Bacon. Got a feeling Bakelants will be the pick of the Omega riders, but while I don’t think Nibbles can drop the pack I hope I’m wrong and have to put him the 5 just i… »