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Velominatus: freddy

Order: Level 1 Velominatus

Location: Canada and Nederland

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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. Del-friggin-gado  I might have picked up 3 points for Solovey. I’m out of the running for sure now. Crapola. Oh well, it’s still fun while its lasting. »

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. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Quintana 2. Contador 3. Rodriguez 4. Froome 5. Uran »

First run in 2002, the GP de Plouay-Bretagne is part of the women’s UCI World Cup series.  It’s 4.5 laps totaling 121km. As usual, there is little information or publicity for yet another women’s UCI race. Here is a start list. Here is the official French website. And yes, Ms. Vos won the last two editions. We regret the lack of...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Pieters 3. Johansson 4. Longo Borghini 5. van der Breggen »

Not one to subscribe to the slew of text speak or acronyms that permeate the modern vernacular (well, not too much, I guess YJA is one used fairly regularly), I am harbouring a severe case of FOMO right now. And the catalyst for this? The lack of a KT14. Shit, I did it again. WTF?As Gianni wound up the excitement and anticipation for the real start...

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  1. Let’s hope Eddy’s ok: http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/merckx-hospitalised-after-heart-problems »

Most great ideas in life are accompanied by an unforeseen consequence of equal or greater magnitude. For instance, no one predicted that the Industrial Revolution would pollute our air and set off climate change on a global scale. Similarly, no one realized that when placing unfathomable computing power in the palm of our hands in the form of smart...

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  1. @frank True to my dual Dutch/Canadian nature, I fashioned a gig using a hockey stick, level, measuring tape, and, of course–duct tape. Cheap and works great, eh? »

Jens Voigt is set to retire as we speak, having one final crack at a long break in some race in the Cycling backwater of the USA. Is it fair or fitting that he should go out like this, slipping out the back door with little fanfare, while others have been doing a farewell tour of all the big races, replete with fancy commemorative shoes and a son...

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  1. @brett Now that Jens is retired, maybe he’s got a book in the works and will tell us what he knows. »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. Kelderman 3. Rodriguez 4. D. Martin 5. Uran »

Jens Voigt is set to retire as we speak, having one final crack at a long break in some race in the Cycling backwater of the USA. Is it fair or fitting that he should go out like this, slipping out the back door with little fanfare, while others have been doing a farewell tour of all the big races, replete with fancy commemorative shoes and a son...

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  1. Did Jens dope? If so, would that would make him a jackass? A funny jackass? »

Choice, or the perception of it, is one of the most powerful forces on Earth. The great secret lies in the locus of control, which suggests that if given the perception of a choice we will be more willing to endure hardship or suffering. We’ll suffer even for the promise of a future intangible reward so long as we feel we have a choice...

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  1. Stage 5 of the Eneco Tour was like a mini-Flanders today–in its classic form. Choosing to suffer 3 times op de Muur led to “freedom” for Van Avermaet. (Strangely, in the background, is a poignant memorial to another man’s choice to suffer…). »

The Velominati have our own set of nicknames and terms which have developed over time through posts and correspondence. Some of these are names of landmarks or terms in cycling; others are nicknames for some of the riders in the pro peloton. While not intended to be offensive or derogatory, the nicknames in the list represent the riders’ p...

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  1. If a bicycle’s chain can be considered it’s V-Locus (The sacred point where rider and machine maximally channel The V), it failed Stannard on the Muur this morning. »

Choice, or the perception of it, is one of the most powerful forces on Earth. The great secret lies in the locus of control, which suggests that if given the perception of a choice we will be more willing to endure hardship or suffering. We’ll suffer even for the promise of a future intangible reward so long as we feel we have a choice...

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  1. Thanks for the post, Frank. In my late forties, I was still playing soccer (my main sport as a younger man) in a rec league. As I entered my fifties, I switch fully to cycling because, on the bike, I can chose my pain. Getting a boot in the ankle or a kno… »

If @steampunk can’t take much credit here I guess we can’t take any. We can take pleasure is seeing someone’s kid hauling ass on a bike, a Velominatus spawn, even better. We all came to cycling by different paths, seemingly few by our parents. It is impossible to outguess one’s children; they are clever little bastards. Hop...

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  1. Nice one Steampunk. “The father cannot be the sensei.” I think you’re right and this is where I almost blew it. I have two daughters. They both ride, but my “enthusiasm” almost killed it for them more than once. Thanks for the reminder.  »

Brett’s fine Nick Cave article got me thinking about music and cycling. We spend lots of time alone on our bikes. The bike is on autopilot, it stays upright from second to second, freeing up our brains to consider anything or nothing. Music might be the only riding companion we have but it has to be the right music. Being as Pro as possible is...

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  1. This is the genius of the Velominati. I’ve been the victim of a bombastic tune plaguing my brain for days, but have never thought of intentionally preloading for future benefit. “What’s Goin On” will be going on before my ride tonight! The bass line alone… »

The race of the funny hat.Every team seems to have included one or two riders fresh off the Tour. One would either feel ruined or unbeatable a week after that slug fest, more than likely, ruined. I imagine there are a few riders dodging calls from their directors this week. Continue reading...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Malmerde 3. Gilbert 4. Gallopin 5. Mollema »

No technology can increase the energy of the willpower of the rider, nor can it lessen the doubts which sometimes overwhelm him. - Bernard HinaultAs I swung off the main road, I was momentarily consumed by the simple thrill of my tires leaving the hard tarmac and hitting the rough gravel of the unpaved forest road. It was a brief distraction of the...

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  1. @unversio endless cirlces »

  2. @frank I love posts that cut to the essence of cycling. The will. Gold. @unversio You’ve captured it! @frank how about a haiku contest at the end of the VSP? Kinda like an ITT at the second last stage. »

It has been many years (25!) since professional female cyclists have raced on the cobbles of the Champs Elysées. While running the Giro Donne concurrently with the Tour de France makes no sense to me, this Sunday’s women’s race does make sense. It should be the model for a Women’s Tour de France: the route, infrastructure, roadsi...

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  1. @mouse Also great seeing Canadian Leah Kirchmann making progress with an impressive podium finish just behind Vos and Wild. »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Wild 3. Bronzini 4. Johnasson 5. Armistead »

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. @KW Avoiding crashes is a key part of GT success for the top contenders and their teams. Luck is a factor (good or bad), but as they say in the safety industry…there is no such thing as an unpreventable accident. »

  2. It was nice having the little yellow jersey badge while it lasted. Congrats to Two Ball Billy. I must admit I feel a little dirty cheering for Malmerde to keep my VSP hopes alive. »

  3. @Mikael Liddy Yeah, I noticed that later when watching the longer rai vid. With Visconti, Izaguirre, Herrada and Gadret all up there plus the others, Valverde has the benefit of a strong and intact team. What’s your prediction for tomorrow? »

  4. The French riders were amazing again today as were all the other top  finishers. Awesome stage! Peraud gained 49 secs on Valverde–who held is own–even gaining 5 secs on Pinot and Bardet at the line. »

  5. I’d like to dedicate this post to Alex Stieda and Steve Bauer. »

It began when they come took me from my home And put me in Dead Row, Of which I am nearly wholly innocent, you know. And I’ll say it again I.. am.. not.. afraid.. to.. die.Cold, still, heavy, damp air encourages one to remain ensconsed, the familiar nagging doubt weedling away in the back, make that the front, of my mind, and I concede; I...

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  1. The acoustic and Cash versions are also good. »

  2. “My internal five. Nailing me to my own cross.” There can be beauty in suffering. And redemption. Crucify Your Mind. »