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Love the bike, live the rules with a few exceptions. Find myself smiling on rainy rides but dont know why!!

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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. @Mikael Liddy Point taken Mikael. This piece just feels like a bit of a cheap hatchet job  to me. I wouldn’t class myself as JV’s number one fan but I did enjoy watching him race. »

  2. Bugger me, I’m struggling a bit with this one Brett. You’re right to talk about double standards and the doping saints and sinners, with the saints being those who have doped but that we somehow manage to forgive. It’s the one aspect of Velominati that I’… »

Who learns of their cycling potential while in the military, serving in Africa? @wiscot is once again serving up some great cycling history in his post about  Joaquim “The Bull” Agostinho. As dangerous as cycling seems, surprisingly few professionals get killed racing or training. Agostinho was one of the unlucky few. He was a man for...

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  1. Top drawer @wiscot. Just another reason that I love this site »

Tempo means time in Italian. Riding tempo means riding steadily, like a metronome. It is an important skill to have and since it’s Italian, it sounds cool. What it does not mean is riding at a constant speed, half-wheeling or killing it at the front. Riding at a constant speed is like having cruise control on in a car; the car seems to accelerate...

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  1. Hey Gianni, you’re right to lament the loss of some of the old traditions in our sport. Watching Channel 4 coverage of the TDF back in the 80’s I was fascinated by the local riders approaching Hinault et al to ask for permission to push on and see their f… »

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. @unversio I’m really sorry, I try to be level when I post, but seriously What The Fuck! »

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. Couldn’t agree more Gianni, I’m just not feeling the love for the TDU or the desert. Omloop is the season opener for me. »

I’m a non-climber who enjoys climbing. I’d enjoy it more if I was good at it. And “enjoy” might be too strong a word, “tolerate” might be better. But dragging 89 kilos up a volcano gives one time to contemplate the cycling life .Let us define non-climber. It’s someone either too fat, too big (gravitationally challenged) or a fast- twi...

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  1. Fascinating thread fellas. It is in the mind, although I couldn’t agree more that losing weight has a massive impact. I’ve only ever climbed the Sierra Mountains in Majorca and settling in for ninety minutes plus at 7-10% does require a shake up in the he… »

ChrisO is back with another installment of Suffering in the Desert. Enjoy. VLVV, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. Been looking forward to this article since last year Chris. Utterly brilliant insight. »

We’re an odd bunch, us Cyclists. Shaved legs, scars, tan lines, muscular legs paired to scrawny upper bodies. These things that make us stand out are some of the things I take great pride in. I marvel at my freshly shaved guns and how smooth they feel under my dress clothes when I’m stuck at the office. I’ll stand in front of the...

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  1. @henrik Jesus H, what I’d give for a set of those silly guns. »

  2. @Gianni Spot on Gianni, just reading his autobiography “Hunger” and he did have a deal with Brancale. Even a no nonsense guy like Kelly knew that he looked a right plum in that helmet! »

Finding The V-Locus is something of an extension of the Goldilocks Principle; bars set somewhere between Sit Up and Beg and a face-plant, saddle height somewhere between speed skater and Baryshnikov, and reach somewhere between a unicycle and the Batpod. This is art more than it is science, a process of iteration and refinement. And everyone knows...

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  1. @GreenGiant You know you’re a true hardman and total legend when your victory causes the unblocking of Sean Kelly’s previously impenetrable tear ducts. The gear that LeMan pushed that day in Chamberey was phenomenal »

Legends are central to any culture, ours perhaps more than most. The Ventoux is a French legend, rising 1912m above the rolling hills of Provence. The road is thick with the paint of Tours past and the names of giants. The grade is 7%, on average, though 10, 11, and 12% are routine throughout the middle section. The classical route begins in a smal...

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  1. Nice one Jim, I really enjoyed your post. Climbed my first col this year on holiday in Mallorca with the family. Only slightly better prepared than you, I took shoes and bibs and hoped that ‘er indoors and the saucepan lids would be understanding of my ne… »

It wasn’t so long ago that the majority of bicycles were made by hand, from raw materials, in places that aren’t China or Taiwan. While some of these artisans are still around, their wares are increasingly harder to come by, and to procure an example of their work means an outlay of time and money which is more than most are willing to...

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  1. My bike is carbon and probably mass produced in the Far East. It’s a Kuota and even though they sponsor a Pro tour team, I rarely see another one like it. The point I want to make is that I adore it. I don’t find myself shaking my hands 25. 50 or 75 k int… »

Flies and dogs, two things that we don’t need on a climb.I had descended down this street many times, but I had never before ridden up it. I even said hello to the two excited pitbulls on the other side of the driveway gate. I like dogs. I like them until one of them squeezes under the gate and I’m going uphill slowly. Pitbulls arenR...

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  1. Gianni, you have missed your vocation (unless of course you earn your crust writing comedy). That article was fucking hilarious and nostalgic. Got chased by a bull terrier years ago when I was a postman on a Raleigh 501 with toe clips. I was walking back … »

An ancient Velominati legend states that when the The Prophet created the common fly, he gave it a maximum air speed of exactly 12 kilometers per hour. When he created the common Cyclist, on the other hand, he gave us a maximum climbing speed of 11.9 kilometers per hour.The worst flies on the planet live in the Pyrenees, where it is hot and humid...

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  1. Had the same this August climbing Sa Calobra in Mallorca. Same fly terrorised me for a couple of k’s but I managed to squash fuck out of it on the bars. The euphoria was worth another couple of kph for the rest of the climb »

Who is Charlie Wegelius? His name would float to the surface in races usually when the road went up. The Phil and Paul show never seemed to go further than, ‘and there goes Charlie Wegelius’. In the pre-Sky days, there were not that many English racers in the Giro yet he seemed shunned by the press. He was just there. He was English yet...

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  1. Just picked this up today from my local book shop, it fair jumped off the shelf. I always admired this man, particularly at a time when the role of the domestique was largely thankless and went without the now ubiquitous  “couldn’t have done it without my… »

How can we not talk about the Tour? After Sunday’s stage it’s hard not to be a little excited. Until yesterday the most thrilling thing I had seen was Mark Cavendish’s mad man chase back to the peloton after a late-in-the-race crash. He needed to get back quickly as the race was hurtling toward a sprint finish he was supposed to w...

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  1. @Deakus  Could not agree more about the Giant. Absolutely stunning bike My LBS owner has one as his current number 1 and he chooses it over his Cervelo. He told me that it’s incredibly fast but that he only cut the seat tube after about twenty re-checks o… »

What does Selle SMP have in common with the lead up to the 2013 Tour de France? Absolutely nothing, seeing as possibly no riders are on them in the Tour. It’s a long three weeks of Tour ahead, let’s think about our own asses for a brief moment. As a disclaimer: this is not a Reverence article, yet, maybe after a few centuries and pavé...

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  1. Specialized Toupe 143 (fat arse ) model for me. I know they don’t LOOK comfortable and my Dad says it’s  like running the gauntlet with my bollocks, but it suits me just fine. »

The early eighties saw the tide change in the European Peloton. Components were taking on a new, curvy shape as they left their boxy forms behind. The glint of toe clips in the sun would become a rarer sight as the move towards clipless pedals would take hold in 1985. English speakers were winning the big races classically won by continental Pros.T...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Chris Froome 2. Alberto Contador 3. Rigoberto Uran 4. Vincenzo Nibali 5. Cadel Evans »

Update: You can watch the live stream (assuming it works from the velodrome) on the Velominati channel at USTREAM. When you log in, you’ll first see my little test video of my puppy eating grass. Please disregard me yelling at it. That never happened.I have always considered myself to have a good imagination, something I attribute half to my...

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  1. By the sound of you’re complete lack of self belief @Frank, your VMH had better be more adept at reversing than an Italian Worlld War 2 General! »

Every once in a while, you stumble across a quote that changes your outlook on how you approach life. Of course, this requires that one does a good deal of “reading”, which is a problem for me, as reading anything that isn’t Cycling-related feels the same as doing “work”. I do the odd bit of it nevertheless, and in a r...

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  1. Keepers, this site has educated me and taken me from bike rider to Cyclist. Thank you. Cant wait for the release »

We’re into day four of the Six Days of the Giro series, let’s talk trash. Yes the Tour de France started a few years before the Giro and has always been credited as The Tour to win. You win the Giro, you are a stud. Win the Tour and you are a stud for life. Why is that? Is the Tour longer, tougher, more murderous, more beautiful? In the 20...

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  1. One of my all time favourite photos. Year of Hampsten’s epic on the Gavia, to see him in pink looking so utterly cool, let alone fabulous, as he waited to start the time trial is a vivid memory for me. »

Clad in skin-tight clothes and cleated shoes, we walk with all the grace of a chicken with a repetitive stress injury. Yet once astride our machines, hovering above the tarmac and enraptured by the sensation of flight, we are transformed into a picture of fluidly harmonic articulation which belies the power and skill that drives us forward. Years...

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  1. This article is just another reason why I fucking love this site!! »

Unfortunately the weather for 2013 L-B-L looks a lot nicer than the 1980 episode.  Then again, if the weather looked that bad, they might have cancelled the race or put them on buses before Bastogne and driven them back towards Liege. Who would be the Badger of the peloton of this year’s race in those conditions? Discuss. As always, we have...

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  1. Informative, hugely enjoyable and brilliantly written AGAIN Wiscot! Nice one »

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. Well done Fab, never in doubt,(once you’d crossed the line!) Superb race with Vanmarke and Steebs making it so. »