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Watching the Jensie set a “new” record was somehow not-that-interesting and riveting at the same time. One guy going around the track for an hour; only cycling aficionados could find it so compelling. The thing I can’t get out of my mind is Eddy Merckx still did 49.43 km/hr with toe clips, spoked, box section wheels and a hairnet...

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  1. That is to say: nice article, I concur. »

  2. I don’t accept that the rule change has removed/reduced the capacity for riders to compare themselves to Merckx. If a big name pro wants to put a comparable bike to Merckx’s together and schedule some time on the track s/he can do so anytime. I accept tha… »

The Bike. It is the central tool in pursuit of our craft. A Velominatus meticulously maintains their bicycles and adorns them with the essential, yet minimal, accoutrement. The Rules specify the principles of good taste in configuration and setup of our machines, but within those principles lies almost infinite room for personal taste.It seems in s...

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  1. Here’s my number 1. It’s a Confraude. It just looks like a Concorde but is no more than a sheep in wolf’s clothing – aluminium frame with PDM team livery and 105 bits. It was an absolute bargain. One day I may find a Squadra, but in the meantime, this doe… »

Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour...

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  1. . VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps): 1. A. Contador 2. C Froome 3. J Rodriguez 4. R Uran 5. W Kelderman »

First run in 2002, the GP de Plouay-Bretagne is part of the women’s UCI World Cup series.  It’s 4.5 laps totaling 121km. As usual, there is little information or publicity for yet another women’s UCI race. Here is a start list. Here is the official French website. And yes, Ms. Vos won the last two editions. We regret the lack of...

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  1. . VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Johannson 3. Armitstead 4. Longo Borghini 5. Pieters »

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. Not sure how I feel about this one. While the pervasive presence of doping is clear; I have to admit, I’ve never made the jump to assume that literally all of the peloton was doping. So given I’ve never made that leap, I need something more to be convinc… »

Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour...

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  1. . VSP PICKS: 1. N Quintana 2. C Froome 3. J Rodriguez 4. R Uran 5. W Kelderman »

Jump to: Scoring Guidelines • Prizes • Schedule • ResultsThe 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...

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  1. @Deakus It could be quite to the contrary – he may be returning home. »

The race of the funny hat.Every team seems to have included one or two riders fresh off the Tour. One would either feel ruined or unbeatable a week after that slug fest, more than likely, ruined. I imagine there are a few riders dodging calls from their directors this week. Continue reading...

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  1. I think this is one of the hardest to pick all year. It’s not the sort of race many of the big guns target and it’s so easy to get caught up in Tour form or Tour fatigue. VSP PICKS: 1. J. Rodruigez 2. S. Gerrans 3. H. Zubeldia 4. G. Meersman 5. T. Gallo… »

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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” »

Jump to: Scoring Guidelines • Prizes • Schedule • ResultsThe 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...

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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 »

Jump to: Scoring Guidelines • Prizes • Schedule • ResultsThe 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...

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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 »

Jump to: Scoring Guidelines • Prizes • Schedule • ResultsThe 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...

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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. »