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I have always ridden a road bike, from a 5 speed Raleigh in my early teens to today's 22 speed carbon Dream machine. Never raced, member of Ythan CC. Former competitive surfer, once finished =33rd in the European Championships. Have been a big fan of pro cycling since Channel 4 started broadcasting TdF highlights back in the Roche, Fignon, Delgado days.

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  1. 10 months since I ordered my sacred garments, imagine how fucking stoked I will be when they finally  arrive. They might turn up soon so I better get out and train more. »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Ben Swift 2. Alejandro Valverde 3. Philippe Gilbert 4. Tom Jelte Slagter 5. Bauke Mollema »

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. @andrew @Beers Wiggo’s effort was even more disappointing since he was one of my picks and I finished the VSP in 196th and last place. I think it will sink in now for Sir Brad that if Terpstra could time trial to the finish then he might have done the s… »

  2. Sat down with the i pad to make my picks and switch on the TV. Flick thru the channels and find Kirk Douglas as Spartacus on ITV4! It’s a sign, how can I ignore the obvious choice? But I can’t see him winning, he’s the red hot favourite but will have the … »

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. Lizzie Armitstead 2. Annemiek Van Vleuten 3. Emma Johansson 4. Jolien D’Hoore 5. Roxanne Knetemann »

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. Peter Sagan 2. Niki Terpstra 3. Stijn Devolder 4. Jurgen Roelandts 5. Greg Van Avermaet »

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. @Ron I wish GoPro would sponsor a race and have a camera on the bars of every rider.  Imagine the footage from the guys at the front end of the peloton in the last 10km of Gent Wevelgem. The rubbing of  wheels, elbows and heads at 40kph in full HD, the … »

  2. Revision 1.0 Cav is out and  Sagan has tasted victory and likes it. »

  3. Revision 1.0 VSP PICKS: 1. P Sagan 2. Faboo 3. Eddie Bos 4. Boonen 5. Degenkolb »

  4. Going with Cav again this week, for MSR he earned me my one and only point. VSP PICKS: 1. Cav 2. Degenkolb 3. P Sagan 4. Boonen 5. Faboo »

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. Hope the winner begins with an E. VSP PICKS: 1. Emma Pooley 2. Emma Johansson 3. Elisa Longo Borghini 4. Lizzie Armitstead 5. Annemiek Van Vleuten »

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. No Stannard in the Sky line up. They are going with Eddie Bos and Swifty as their sprint options and Geraint as the guy who gets in a good position then crashes at the crucial moment. »

  2. Everyone is expecting it to be a bunch sprint in the rain so I predict several crashes on the drop from the Poggio and a handful of domestiques to get clear in the chaos to contest the finish. In other words, I have no fucking clue so I’ll just go for Cav… »

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. The new bike is now V-jazzled up. »

My favorite feeling is perhaps the empty hollowness of hunger. That statement, in itself, is a declaration of the privileged life I’ve led; it is borderline obscene to boast of such a thing in a world where 842 million people don’t have enough to eat. Nevertheless, being lucky enough to have been raised in America and just competent eno...

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  1. Last year during one of his Eurosport gigs King Kelly was asked about his fighting weight. I was amazed when he said that he was 12-13 kilos heavier now than he was back in his prime. Kelly is no blob, he’s still in good shape but it brings home the impor… »

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. @andrew Cheers, still streaming on Saturday morning and such a contrast to the 2013 Giro. Much better weather back then but the same crazy tifosi. »

Omloop het Nieuwsblad is fast approaching on March 1st, Strade Bianche goes off the next weekend; finally, ladies and gentlemen, we have a season. For me the racing season really has to start in cold, wet Europe. I like the Tour Down Under just fine, I watch it, but it’s too early, too sunny and too hot to signify the start of the racing season...

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  1. As the start of the “real” season approaches I feel excited but not quite ready, like an overweight 80′s pro; it’s all about to kick off and I don’t have enough K’s in the legs.  @Daccordi Rider  gets my hopes up by hinting that Harmon might be back then … »

Cogals (pronounce it correctly: kog-al) are meetings of like-minded misfits brought together by the promise of beer, preceded by a bike ride. Cogals are free, open to all, organized by our fellow Velominati and are always followed by consumption of post-ride Recovery Ales and merriment. These are gatherings of unbridled observance of Rule #4.C...

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The view from Strahlubnaig.December 21st, 2013, at latitude 56 ½ degrees North, a little before 9am, and of course not fully light yet in this small corner of north west Europe, where the shortest day grudgingly gives us 6h 50m of what can be loosely described as ‘daylight’. Continue reading...

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  1. Great read @strathlubnaig, also sorry I couldn’t make it. The photaes scream “DREICH,” makes me shiver just looking at them. Well done lads, +1′s to all four of ye hardy drookit craiters. »

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. Tommy Godwin is the father of Rule #5 and #330km in a day is the challenge, do it every day for a year and you are truly badass. http://www.raleigh.co.uk/tommygodwin205 »

  2. @ChrisO Well played Sir! I also like to treat myself to a fish supper after a good day out on the bike, the perfect combination of protein and carbs. »

We’re not really supposed to have favorites, but everyone does. Just ask your parents. So while I’m not supposed to have a favorite, I do, and its Rule #9.Bad weather immediately separates the wheat from the chaff, and so the weekend warriors stay indoors and leave the roads to the devout. I talk most often about riding in the rain, wi...

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  1. Can I suggest an addition to Rule #24? Speeds and distances shall be referred to and measured in kilometres and temperatures shall be referred to in Celcius. Just so when we talk about riding in the low 30s we are all on the same page. I would’t want som… »

Another Cogal in the Northern Hemisphere in 2013? Oh yes, The Farmer is inviting one and all to a Scottish Cogal, December 21st.Start and finish at the Meikleour Inn. V to 9 as it should be light enough by then and will give enough time to get back before it gets too dark, mmmmmmm! Hopefully anyway. Continue reading...

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  1. Another Cogal in the Northern Hemisphere in 2013? Oh yes, The Farmer is inviting one and all to a Scottish Cogal, December 21st.

    Start and finish at the Meikleour Inn. V to 9 as it should be light enough by then and will give enough time to get back before it gets too dark, mmmmmmm! Hopefully anyway.

    Strave route is here.

     

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    Date - December 21, 2013
    8:45 AM - 4:15 PM

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    Meikleour Inn

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  2. Another Cogal in the Northern Hemisphere in 2013? Oh yes, The Farmer is inviting one and all to a Scottish Cogal, December 21st.

    Start and finish at the Meikleour Inn. V to 9 as it should be light enough by then and will give enough time to get back before it gets too dark, mmmmmmm! Hopefully anyway.

    Strave route is here.

     

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - December 21, 2013
    8:45 AM - 4:15 PM

    Location
    Meikleour Inn

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

  3. Another Cogal in the Northern Hemisphere in 2013? Oh yes, The Farmer is inviting one and all to a Scottish Cogal, December 21st.

    Start and finish at the Meikleour Inn. V to 9 as it should be light enough by then and will give enough time to get back before it gets too dark, mmmmmmm! Hopefully anyway.

    Strave route is here.

     

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - December 21, 2013
    8:45 AM - 4:15 PM

    Location
    Meikleour Inn

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification