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A lifelong Velominatus, the history and culture within cycling fascinates Frank and, if given even the vaguest of excuses, will discuss it to exhuastion. A devoted cycling aesthete, the only thing more important to him than riding a bike well is looking good doing it. Frank is co-author along with the other Keepers of the popular book, The Rules, The Way of the Cycling Disciple and also writes a monthly column for the magazine, Cyclist. Email him directly at rouleur at velominati dot com.

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This is big. This is the race that decides the arc-en-ciel  jersey for the next year. It is the best looking jersey. It carries the most baggage. It also brings the most respect. The World Championship is a circuit race of attrition. In Ponferrada Spain it’s an 182 km loop done seven times, with a total of 2142 m of climbing. Is it a climber...

@frank's posts:

  1. Woops – appears there was a miscommunication between us Keepers on who was updating results for what event…Here are the Lady’s results – and yes, @dancollins it appears you won both Worlds RR – nice work! Final Race Results 1. FERRAND PREVOT Pauline 2… »

You can only spend so much time with the Schlecks before you start talking like them, and the fabulous Fabs seems to have crossed the threshold. I’ve heard more complaining from him this season than I have talk about pushing harder on the pedals or going steady up with more speed or going full gas like everyone else, but just doing it for ...

@frank's posts:

  1. @Mikael Liddy From the way they rode, it should have been yellow. »

  2. @RedRanger No, one doesn’t get dropped in a TT. I mean the TTT. »

  3. @Mikael Liddy Isn’t it great? We used to all do this all the time. Feels good! »

  4. @Mikael Liddy We dare ask and we should, absolutely. I was relieved to see her get dropped in the TTT and barely get a top 10 in the RR. For the record, she falls into the Ulli/Pantani category for me though, so I wouldn’t stop loving her either way. »

  5. @Mikael Liddy I didn’t say his ride was uninspiring, I said he’s un uninspiring rider. He was indeed the only interesting part of the race apart from wondering how the Spanish team came up with their kit. I have to assume it was bad acid. And Gerrans do… »

  6. @Minnesota Expat For the record, my bromo is Polish, first gen. Fucking class act and I love everything about him and Poland – especially his dad who is the awesomest and most Eastern Euro dude you will ever talk to. Our kits are made there as well. I’m… »

  7. @Minnesota Expat Where you around when Gerrans won MSR? I started WW3 because I hate that twat so much. Actually, I hate him a lot less now because he actually went and apologized to Andy T after the crash at the Tour even though it really was 50-50 a… »

  8. @piwakawaka Honestly, its the jaded past, right? I feel the same about the Columbians despite my hope all of them are clean. I guess thirty years of seeing riders jump to the top from (almost) nowhere is hard to shake. I agree he hasn’t come out of now… »

If Tony gets a flat or two and loses this time trial, bookies will be jumping off bridges into the Thames. It’s a lock, man, it’s a lock. There, it is now jinxed. You are welcome. Picking second through fifth will take some acumen. Will these be Vuelta riders or does that just hold true for the road race? Tony could have a jour sans. Co...

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  1. @freddy No sweat, you were not rude. Neither was one of the others who has already apologized as well. Stress of the week behind and it being Sunday and sunny out, I’m not as annoyed by it, either. I have decided not to award the points though; it’s your… »

You can only spend so much time with the Schlecks before you start talking like them, and the fabulous Fabs seems to have crossed the threshold. I’ve heard more complaining from him this season than I have talk about pushing harder on the pedals or going steady up with more speed or going full gas like everyone else, but just doing it for ...

@frank's posts:

  1. @Steampunk You know enought to know not to go measuring everyone by the same stick, my friend. We’re fans, not doctors for fucks sake. If we can’t be irrational about bike racing, all hope for humanity is lost. Actually I think I figured out why I don’t… »

  2. @Steampunk Its mostly the 99.9999% chance that there will (or should be) a positive test. Amazing year for Polish riders, quite suddenly. »

  3. @dancollins takes the win! Excellent ride by a mostly uninspiring rider; at least a rider won who is going to wear black shorts next year. The Worlds should be moved back to the end of August like it used to be; seems like uninspiring riders win this even… »

It never gets easier, you just go faster. - Greg LeMond Rule #5 looms above the other Rules in terms of sheer relevance to Cycling; it is the fundamental building block upon which this sport is built. The Five is what drives us, it is the force that springs from a well that flows deep within each of us. It must be discovered, and then we learn...

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  1. @unversio, @Teocalli Take it up with my photog, the VMH. I dare you. I’ll buy the popcorn. @Tobin FUCKING. LOVE. IT. »

  2. @ChrisO This is the Merckx-honest truth right here: »

  3. @Teocalli Steep climbs usually don’t have headwinds, because they’re steep. More proof that shallow gradients can be real bastards. @Ccos For me, my chin starts itching. Its almost like everything else in my body already hurts (the chin-itch comes … »

  4. @Teocalli Just because you’re knackered doesn’t give you the right to be a savage, my friend »

  5. @Brianold55 Here’s the bottom. @Mikael Liddy HA!! »

  6. @Puffy Vos said something recently about how she has to prepare herself for an effort like the Mur de Huy, to be ready to remember that it will hurt like crazy but will be over as soon as the event is finished. »

  7. @TheVid I find that the better my shape is the slower I tend to go, at least relatively. Having good form means you can fake it a lot better. You have to seriously ponder the depths of your suffering to go as fast as your form deserves. »

  8. @Ron Up in Winthrop Washington there is the most horrendous sandy gravel I have ever ridden. Its all just barely cohesive enough to give traction when you’re seated on the climbs; if you have to move en danseuse, you are pretty much fucked. I love it. »

  9. @Fozzy Osbourne Goosebumps. Love it. »

  10. @Steve G @Mikael Liddy Yes, this precisely. »

You can only spend so much time with the Schlecks before you start talking like them, and the fabulous Fabs seems to have crossed the threshold. I’ve heard more complaining from him this season than I have talk about pushing harder on the pedals or going steady up with more speed or going full gas like everyone else, but just doing it for ...

@frank's posts:

  1. @girl I’m thinking this is about as close as anyone will get to getting it right. Gerro will ride wheels like his life depends on it and get his first taste of the wind about 20m from the line. Of course, even as I say this, I know Faboo has gotten him… »

  2. @Pedale.Forchetta Thank you for pointing out my oversight of not crediting him – corrected! And yes, Peloton is book that every Cyclist should have! »