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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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Doing things the hard way is a luxury. It says to the world that we’ve beat evolution; intelligence is no match for technology and economy is no match for indulgence. We need only step a bit outside our bubble to realize the scale of the illusion, but nevertheless it has become reality for many of us who live our lives happily and fortuna...

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  1. @markb Thanks for posting that link to the Rat Race Blog, it’s the best piece I’ve seen about the horror that was this years Etape. Rule #9 is of no consolation when you are colder than you have ever been on a bike but at least I got round with my bike int… »

All hail, the Worlds are upon us. The time trials should be events where all VSP participants can rack up some decent points. Remove team tactics, national team versus trade team allegiances, using this event to train for another event, bonking and hanging onto team cars from the equation. All one is left with are possible flat tire, possible mecha...

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  1. Or maybe not but I did find it somewhere on their site. VSP PICKS: 1. Ellen Van Dijk 2. Linda Villumsen 3. Katrin Garfoot 4. Sophie Ann Duyck 5. Lisa Brennauer »

  2. Start list here http://women.cyclingfever.com/editie.html?detp=view&_ap=startlijst&editie_idd=MjUyMTA= VSP PICKS: 1. Ellen Van Dijk 2. Linda Villumsen 3. Katrin Garfoot 4. Sophie Ann Duyck 5. Lisa Brennauer »

PerfectionThe fifth Cogal to be held in Scotland will tackle what is considered to be the UK’s toughest road climb, the famed Bealach Na Ba (Pass of the Cattle) Wester Ross. Rising from sea level to 626m in 10km, this jewel is the closest thing to a true Alpine pass that Britain has to offer. For anyone thinking that this is it, be advised that...

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  1. Perfection

    The fifth Cogal to be held in Scotland will tackle what is considered to be the UK’s toughest road climb, the famed Bealach Na Ba (Pass of the Cattle) Wester Ross. Rising from sea level to 626m in 10km, this jewel is the closest thing to a true Alpine pass that Britain has to offer. For anyone thinking that this is it, be advised that the total climbing for the 144km ride is 2770m and this is only on day 1. Day 2 will be shorter (70km)but being the Scottish Highlands will not be flat. Did I not mention that this is a weekend event? Hell yes!

    Lodgings are available in the Kinlochewe Hotel where pre ride espresso and post ride recovery beverages will be taken. The hardy will share the attached 12 bed bunkhouse whilst those who demand a greater degree of comfort can stay in the hotel itself. Tel 01445 730253 to book in.

    Join us UK based Velominati, for what will undoubtedly be a rugged classic.

    Route Day 1: http://www.strava.com/routes/98589 Day 2: To be decided over beer.

    VLVV

    JohnB

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    Date - August 23, 2014 - August 24, 2014
    8:05 AM - 8:30 PM

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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. Hopefully it will be like the Giro but with better weather and like Le Tour but with less crashes. Or maybe like the Caledonian Cogal but with less sheep. VSP PICKS: 1. Froome Dog 2. Quintana 3. Fabs Aru 4. Andy Talansky 5. Uran Uran »

PerfectionThe fifth Cogal to be held in Scotland will tackle what is considered to be the UK’s toughest road climb, the famed Bealach Na Ba (Pass of the Cattle) Wester Ross. Rising from sea level to 626m in 10km, this jewel is the closest thing to a true Alpine pass that Britain has to offer. For anyone thinking that this is it, be advised that...

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  1. Perfection

    The fifth Cogal to be held in Scotland will tackle what is considered to be the UK’s toughest road climb, the famed Bealach Na Ba (Pass of the Cattle) Wester Ross. Rising from sea level to 626m in 10km, this jewel is the closest thing to a true Alpine pass that Britain has to offer. For anyone thinking that this is it, be advised that the total climbing for the 144km ride is 2770m and this is only on day 1. Day 2 will be shorter (70km)but being the Scottish Highlands will not be flat. Did I not mention that this is a weekend event? Hell yes!

    Lodgings are available in the Kinlochewe Hotel where pre ride espresso and post ride recovery beverages will be taken. The hardy will share the attached 12 bed bunkhouse whilst those who demand a greater degree of comfort can stay in the hotel itself. Tel 01445 730253 to book in.

    Join us UK based Velominati, for what will undoubtedly be a rugged classic.

    Route Day 1: http://www.strava.com/routes/98589 Day 2: To be decided over beer.

    VLVV

    JohnB

    Event Details

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    Date/Time
    Date - August 23, 2014 - August 24, 2014
    8:05 AM - 8:30 PM

    Location
    Kinlochewe Hotel

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    Ride Classification

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. Froome 2. Contador 3. Valverde 4. Van den Broek 5. Talansky »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Pooley 2. Ferrand-Prevot 3. Guderzo 4. Vos 5. Abbott »

Chamois leather used in cycling shorts looked like this only once, before the first washing. After that one had to slather cream onto it to attempt to restore it to its former soft smoothness, which was impossible. I have written a reverence article on chamois cream and I vowed then to never google “saddle sore images” again, hence a b...

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  1. @VeloJello My VHM is also medically trained and for this I will be forever thankful. Just over a year ago I developed a hard painful saddle sore which refused to go away. After a couple of inspections (far above and beyond the call of duty) she pulled a 2… »

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. Wiggins  seems to be the popular choice and Froome Dog’s encounter with the tarmac today should have done his motivation no harm. »

  2. Wiggins  seems to be the popular choice and Froome Dog’s encounter with the tarmac today should have done his motivation no harm. VSP PICKS: 1. Sir Wiggins of Kilburn 2. Roman Emperor Kreuziger 3. Rui da king of Costa 4. Michael of Greenedge Albasini 5…. »

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 c...

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  1. @Owen I hope things go better than ’98 when Le Tour started in Ireland. Chris Boardman (probably the only clean rider in the peloton) crashed out while wearing yellow and when “le tour du dopage” got back to France the Gendarmes were waiting. »

  2. A wee Italian for the win in honour of Marco Pantani, a bit like him in stature but hairier and hopefully a lot smarter than the Poe and coke fuelled Elephantino, a wee Columbian to finish second again, Cadel for the podium again, and the eastern european… »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Jelly Vanendert 2. Malmerde 3. Fast Phil Gil 4. Froome Dog 5. Simon Gerro »

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. Rule #95! FFS, shirley you can give an exception for bike storage applications? »

Midweek in Belgium in Spring is a wonderful thing. Hordes of people come from seemingly nowhere to fill the bars and line the roadsides when presumably they’d usually be working, or at school, or some such. That the only ones who appear to be working are the bartenders and frites dispensers reinforces my belief that Belgium is the greatest co...

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  1. Going with the usual suspects for the podium but throwing a couple of young guns into the mix. VSP PICKS: 1. Daniel Moreno 2. Alejandro Valverde 3. Phillipe Gilbert 4. Simon Yates 5. Matej Mohoric »

Wednesday sees the return of the women to the VSP. More notably, we see the return of Marianne Vos to the road. She’s won this race five of the last seven years. It makes me wonder if the rest of the field have already resigned themselves to racing for second. On the other hand, Vos hasn’t been racing of late and may not be as sharp as...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Emma Pooley 2. Marianne Vos 3. Lizzie Armitstead 4. Lucinda Brand 5. Jolien D’Hoore »

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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. »

  • Wilkins is right about his role in his bike/car incidents. There’s 2 sides to the equation, always. As cyclists,...

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