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Velominatus: freddy

Order: Level 1 Velominatus

Location: Canada and Nederland

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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...

@freddy's posts:

  1. Merckx 525 and a Belgian signalman »

It’s no secret that I’m prone to riding in the big ring as much as possible, mostly on account of my not being a giant sissy. In accordance with the ISO Non-Sissy Standard, I also never read instruction manuals or ask for directions when lost. I make sure to only rarely ask my VMH to turn up the radio when Adele comes on, usually follo...

@freddy's posts:

  1. @pistard Do the ISO “angle B” and “extension”  dimensions also apply to veteran riders? »

  2. Let me rephrase that: Low cadence interval training at moderate intensity may not improve overall cycling performance in highly trained veteran cyclists, but I’m pretty sure it improves low cadence performance in general, which, in the big ring and the d… »

  3. @ChrisO Low cadence interval training at moderate intensity may not improve overall cycling performance in highly trained veteran cyclists, but I’m pretty sure it improves low cadence performance in general, which, in the big ring,  looks fantastic. »

  4. Have you guys seen the trailer? http://youtu.be/xfN3uxk-vRs?t=31s »

  5. @Endurimil Maybe it’s because we use the hoods kinda like bar ends? »

  6. Here are some spring classics examples (with negative rise–love that term–stems) from JVS’s P-R winning and Paolini’s current bike. As you say @frank, “…big sweeping drops look the business … in complete compliance with the ISO Non-Sissy Standard.” … »

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. @DeKerr I’ve notice JVS showing up in several picks. And why not: 8th in 2008, 5th in 2009, Victory in 2011, 9th in 2012 and in 2013, as you say, “…a little emotion into it.” »

  2. I want to have Phinney in the top five, but experience and proven good form points to Greg. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Vanmarcke 3. Boonen 4. Kristoff 5. Van Avermaet »

  3. @Mikael Liddy How did avoiding the favourites pan out for you last week? »

The grade is long and I am climbing away. I’m not going to Pantani this: I am not out of the saddle, not in the drops and not leaving everyone in my wake. The climbing gear was engaged a long time ago. There is progress, but I am not dancing up this climb. A little more cadence would really help here. If I could just get this mother-lover spinnin...

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  1. A Belgian Odyssey 2015- Excerpt of dialogue at next Keepers Tour: Gianni: Give me the climbing gear, Di2. Di2: I’m sorry, Gianni. I’m afraid I can’t do that. Gianni: What’s the problem? Di2: I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do. … »

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. @seemunkee Me too! Tied for third is looking pretty good right now. Can I sustain it on the cobbles this weekend? Maybe I can hold on to your wheel and surge past in the velodrome! »

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. @Gianni Yeah…(until the 23rd when she’s back in La Flèche Wallonne Féminine.) »

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. I feel for Johan–one of my favourite riders: http://www.sporza.be/cm/sporza/videozone/sporten/v-wielrennen/RondeVanVlaanderen/MV_140406_RVV_Vansummeren_reax »

One of greatest cycling pleasures is riding with a mate. Riding ten centimeters off each other’s rear wheel for hours; trust is a beautiful thing. You swing over, ease your effort slightly so your mate rides through, you then tuck behind, in the draft, close and fast. It is the best. @Kah touches on this and other transcendent benefits from...

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  1. @ChrisO Nice job. I love watching the TTT’s–everyone in the same kit, perfect formation, maximum efficiency. »

  2. Thanks for the article. I have the added privilege of riding with my brother. It’s funny: we have so much in common, so much to talk about, but we ride for hours without saying a word. We used to flick the elbow to signal the end of a pull, but don’t even… »

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...

@freddy's posts:

  1. Some pre-race fun: Van Petegem en Museeuw strijden op de Koppenberg »

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. Johansson 2. van Dijk 3. van Vleuten 4. Longo Borghini 5. Wild »

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. Cancellara 2. Sagan 3. Vanmarcke 4. Boonen 5. 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. @Steampunk Yeah Demare will be considered more seriously for upcoming picks. Good choice. »

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. @Teocalli Thanks for the vid. Looks like the scientists are still trying to figure out how a bicycle works. So we curse gravity when going uphill, but without we won’t be able to steer. Who da thunk? »

This is the kick off of the VSP for women’s racing, though the women have already kicked it off with the Ronde van Drenthe in the Netherlands. Now it’s down to Northern Italy, Varese, by Lago Maggiore, but this is a climbers course, more in the mountains than by the lake. And yes, Sunday is also Gent-Wevelgem for women but Trofeo is par...

@freddy's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Johansson 2. Longo Borghini 3. Van Vlueten 4. van Dijk 5. Pieters »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Degenkolb 2. Sagan 3. Kristoff 4. Cancellara 5. Boonen »

We are the Keepers of the Cog. In so being, we also maintain the sacred text wherein lie the simple truths of cycling etiquette known as The Rules. It is in our trust to maintain and endorse this list.The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path to La Vie Velominatus, not at the end; learning to balance them against one another and to welcome them...

@freddy's posts:

  1. Since the The Rules do not specify cover “spatborden”, perhaps I should have posted the above under The Bikes ie: within the context of good taste there is infinite room for personal taste? »

  2. Screwed the embed up…For Maarten Tjallingii rijdt met een ass saver: watch 22:45 to 23:13 »