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@Bianchi_Bob sent his article in just this week. Its sense of urgency required it to be published NOW. We all need reminding to live in the moment; here is a good reminder. Thanks Bianchi Bob. Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. That’s a tremendous story. You and your daughter are worth 20 of the heroes we watch ride a bike to win races. Need some of your strength over the next few weeks as my wife is looking at a new breast cancer diagnosis. The bike will keep me sane. »

We are cyclists, the rest of the world merely rides a bike. What defines us as cyclists? Can a recumbent rider be a cyclist, a unicyclist, a fat recumbent rider with hairy legs and a YJA on? I think yes but am I snob for even asking?Years ago, I was helping a woman at another research institution set up some scientific equipment. Evidently we kept...

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  1. I would agree with most of the above. It is what defines me and stops me from going insane. There is nothing like riding the bike and once you realise that you are a “cyclist” »

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. Phil Gil 2. Malmerde 3. Kwiatkowski 4. Rui Costa 5. His Nibs »

I walk away from social gatherings with an acute sense of accomplishment whenever I haven’t offended anyone and when my friends all stayed awake. I view myself as a bottle of wine that keeps getting better with age, but I’m slowly coming to grips with the notion that I am actually a bottle that may be corked. The great irony of life is...

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  1. Frank you are an INTJ Myers-Briggs personality like me and Lance. I think Wiggo is and a lot of other driven individuals but we don’t do well with others. http://www.personalitypage.com/INTJ.html »

Young riders rise through the ranks with such promise. We all know the story; the rider who borrows a bicycle and enters a local race and wins. He decides he might be good at going batshit fast on a bike. Mom and Dad buy him a klunker for his birthday and he takes out a license. He starts winning most races he enters locally and rises to the region...

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  1. He runs a Bed and Breakfast now by the looks of it: http://www.agriturismolagreppia.it/ »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Fabs 2. Chavanel 3. Stannard 4. Thomas 5. Mighty Thor »

I’m quite upset about it, actually, all this racing that’s been going on in perfectly good weather. Vlaanderen, dry. Roubaix, dry. We were nearly guaranteed shit weather with the Olympics in London, but even then, only the women got to get all Rule #9 on our asses – and only for one race. Damnit, I want Epic, and if we keep insis...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Boss Hogg 2. Sagan 3. Valverde 4. Boonen 5. Mr Nibbles »

The Poggio. It’s probably one of the most famous easy climbs in the world; going through old cycling photographs, I rarely come across one where the leaders haven’t moved Sur La Plaque. It has a reputation, however, for being a real leg breaker, mostly because any climb is a big climb once you cross its summit after a paltry 291 kilomet...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Phil Gil 2. Haussler 3. Cav 4. Freire 5. Greipel »

It’s right around this time of year when the little voice in my head that spurs me on in cold, wet, Rule #9 conditions starts getting overpowered by all my other personalities who at this stage are gathering stones and crowbars and getting ready to enforce their will on him regarding their preference for riding in nice, warm, sunny conditi...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Tony Martin 2. A Valverde 3. LL Sanchez 4. Frank Schleck 5. Wiggs »

A clatter of the metal grate rolling up signals another opening of the Velominati Bookmaker’s Office. The gaggle of skinny (and not so skinny, you know who you are) jabbering cycling addicts rush the door, each with their dream of a bumper sticker dancing in their heads. Before the office opened the bookies have consulted the oracle; a garble...

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  1. Read the question……never was good at exams. Sanchez not riding. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Ed B-H 3. Boom 4. Cav 5. Sagan »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Ed B-H 3. Sanchez 4. Cav 5. Sagan »

The French call it la fringale. It’s one of the worst conditions that can befall a cyclist, this, when our reserves are tapped dry and yet we still have some distance to ride and some obstacle to cover. It’s happened to me twice in my life, and one of them was when I rode Haleakala in January. Of course, I haven’t looked up the e...

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  1. @Ron Caffeine is not a bad thing surely? »

  2. Same FRAME that should be. »

  3. Thanks from the UK for this Frank. Same as me lets me know I’m PRO. Also tremendous gratuitous use of the word twat. Its official – you are an honorary Brit. »

I know the feeling, Laurent. Sometimes I just want to give the cross winds a big, “Fuck You”, too...

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  1. Anyone got any footage of Fignon’s Campag bottom bracket snapping in Blois-Chaville? »

  2. Fignon is Pro personified and he was absolutely right when he said he was one of the last of a generation. My life has been far richer for that generation and the racing and personalities it produced. I wouldn’t still be nuts about the bike 25 years later… »

Is it the shades? The W.C. Jersey? The Z kit? The d.t. shifters?Talk amongst yourselves. I just had to get a pic up that’s worthy of this site. Thank me now. Continue reading...

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  1. @Jeff in PetroMetro I agree completely. This is why I love the bike. »

Whenever anybody asks me “what are your favourite films”, when my answer is proffered I’m usually met with a blank stare akin to a dog being shown a card trick. Along with the likes of Fargo, Being John Malkovich and Easy Rider, one of the first names out of my mouth is usually Breaking Away.“Breaking A-what-now?” Co...

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  1. Breaking Away ran as a TV series for a while and that was what got me into cycling and made me a cyclist. I think it is responsible for who I am..? »