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Velominatus: fignons barber

Order: Level 2 Velominatus

Location: palm harbor, florida

lucky enough to have a professional career (not as a cyclist) and still find the time to be a Masters 50+ racer (kind of a cyclist). Ex hockey player, turned to cycling in 1989, and went from there. Two favorite pros: Fignon and Lemond (is that possible to like both). current stable: Canyon Ultimate CF SLX (record/super record) Cyfac Proxidium Fignon Tribute bike (record/super record) Colnago CT1 (chorus)

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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. Valverde 2. Kwiatkowski 3. Gilbert 4. Kreuziger 5. Rui Costa »

Have you ever been told to take a good look at yourself? Usually it infers that you need to smarten up your ideas, get your shit together, shape up or ship out. If Viagra eyedrops had an advertising campaign, (or indeed existed), their tagline would be: “Take a long, hard look at yourself.”Most Cyclists need to take a long hard look at...

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  1. Good stuff!  When I lived in Michigan, we road great country roads ala de ronde. It was cut-throat, dod-eat-dog racing. But whenever we would roll through a little town with a supermarket, we would yell “form check!!”, everyone would check their bike posi… »

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. What are the odds that NetApp finishes a single rider? Their men have been strewn all over the belge franco roads all spring. I’ve never seen a team crash so much. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Vanmarke 3. Turgot 4. Stybar 5. Van Summeren »

Here stands a man. A quiet man. A hard working man. A Belgian man. A man from a life of grit, cold, and rain.Here stands a man who has chosen a life of hard work and sacrifice; a hard life even within the context of Cycling. A man who spends long hours in the wind and in the rain, in the service of his team. A man who despite those long hours in...

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  1. @Buck Rogers Yes, very sad.  Watching the interview, he seemed genuinely crushed that the woman was injured. As for how:  In a race, when you take into account your pushed to the limit, following the wheel an inch in front, and then …..bang, an obs… »

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. You want tough. Stijn devolder, three crashes,  still finishes. »

  2. This parcourse is too difficult now, there can be no cinderella stories.  Bring back the old route. Can you say…..Jacky Durand. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Sagan 3. VanMarke 4. Terpstra 5. Devolder »

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. @frank The thumb is a long way from the heart. No excuses.  This is Belgium. »

  2. @Buck Rogers I sure hope so.  I don’t just mean the G-W sprint. No real pop this spring. »

  3. One thing for sure: the now waifish physique of Tom Boonen has zero power compared to the old version. »

  4. VSP PICKS: 1. Boonen 2. Sagan 3. Cancellara 4. Paolini 5. Moreno Hofland »

Evolution doesn’t really seem to be part of the picture anymore, at least not where humans and our direct reports are concerned. We control an astounding number of genetic defects in ourselves, our pets, and agriculture while Science and Technology give Natural Selection swirlies in the locker room.Take exercise-induced asthma, which is a con...

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  1. @cyclebrarian Nice Wayne Stephenson mask, by the way. These days, you don’t see too much l’hommage to Fort Wayne. »

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. @ChrisO Sooo, Campagnolo makes the good stuff for shimano users and puts their name on the lesser products? How’s that? »

  2. @Gianni Gianni, yes, the neutrons use steel spokes that look very similar to sapim cx-rays. I have used eurus for training/racing for close to 10 years (only switched to deep carbons 2 years ago). Stiff and indestructible. The only problems with the eu… »

  3. @the-farmer I would get a pair of Campagnolo Neutron Ultras and be done with it. Strong enough for a 100kg Swede to win Paris Roubaix on, and sub 1500 grams to boot. I used a pair of chorus hubbed Excellights for 12 years, great wheels, but I prefer the… »

Normally The Keepers reserve our Reverence articles for products we’ve used for years, or with new stuff that has had at least six months of duty. Riding the cobbles of Belgium and Northern France can put most gear (and bodies) through six months of abuse in just a few weeks, so in this case the work these tyres have been put through there an...

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  1. @bugleboy21 A bit late, but just saw this. I’m about your size and ride 100/100 in the corsa SC. The SC is so good, you don’t need to have pave AND the corsa. The SC covers it all. I don’t like a mushy feeling in the front tire when climbing or sprintin… »

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. @unversio What’s Cadel Evans doing on the pave? As for Het Volk, was just looking at the belge bookies’ odds: Boonen favored, but I would put my hard earned cash on Sep VanMarke at 14-1.  Other interesting picks are: Stybar at 7 to1 , Langeveld at 26… »

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. Yes! Time for real racing to start with Het Volk . About the only thing I’ve seen that has reminded me of the spring classics has been Russia’s “Gewissing ” of the Men’s 50k cross country event in Sochi. »

The most important moment in a man’s life is the first time they have a beer. I place it on the list above sex and having a child because sex usually only happens as a direct result of drinking beer. As for having children, I’m given to understand they are poop factories at first, then promptly become loud, and then obnoxious before the...

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  1. @sthilzy That is why you don’t buy used cycling kit on ebay. »

  2. @wisco yes, I know what you mean. This is actually an old small time belgian team. It has a number of other sponsors on it (mitsubishi heavy trucks, some belge maintenance company, and a few others). »

  3. One of my favorite jerseys. I don’t drink beer. I drink good beer. If offered a Bud/Coors/Miller/etc, I politely respond that I don’t drink, and take water. This saves the caloric warehouse space for a nice belgian or domestic craft brew. Also, craft bee… »

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. @andrew With regard to the chainrings, if you are doing it for a bigger gear, don’t bother. There is virtually no difference between a 52 and 53 on the bike. If your lowest gear isn’t small enough, I think it makes more sense to invest in a spare “… »

I don’t know if its because I see something of myself in them or if it awakens some kind of nurturing instinct, but I always seem to find myself drawn to tragically flawed figures.Layne Staley and Marco Pantani strike me as two halves of the same whole; incredibly talented yet tortured with mortally addictive personalities, both set loose in...

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  1. @frank Several good points in this exchange.  May I add: This is the shirt for the Pantani fan, in Giro pink. This is me on the upper slopes of Alpe d’Huez  ,2013 Tour , wearing the above shirt ( the clip is from the World Cycling dvd, snapped i… »

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. @Mikael Liddy   Thanks Mikael.  You know, with the whole ebay thing, I find myself riding a bike for a couple years, and then selling it before it becomes “outdated” to the market and less sale-able.  Every time I think about getting rid of this one, some… »

La Vie Velominatus. It is the life we, as Velominati, lead. It is life as a disciple of cycling, of the greater meaning the bike holds and the lessons it teaches us. Along the path, one of our great duties is the wholesale consumption of the great Works related to our sport. From periodicals to books to films, herin lies the list of works conside...

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  1. @unversio Then why the hell are there 93 rules? »

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. My old Colnago Ct 1.  I keep it because I think there should be  a rule that every cyclist should own a bike built by one of the Italian masters. While heavier and not as stiff as today’s carbon rockets, the  titanium CT1 is comfy and rides straight as … »