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@Bianchi_Bob sent his article in just this week. Its sense of urgency required it to be published NOW. We all need reminding to live in the moment; here is a good reminder. Thanks Bianchi Bob. Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. A brutally honest piece of writing. I love that it has come from a dad, your perspective is inspiring. Mindfulness is something I encourage in the the children I teach. Kids are so much more present in the moment than their parents generally. Wishing you… »

I hesitate to file this in the Guest Article category. It would be better filed under fellow un-rewarded pirate cycling-site writer, if we had such a file. @winnipegcyclechick does all of her site’s writing, her graphics are usually hers and much too funny. Frankly, she makes me sick. And, AND, she can make the jokes we can’t make lest...

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  1. Great article. Nothing better than finding a group of like minded people to go pedalling with. Today’a ride really made me appreciate my usual group. And I am definitely going to channel  Superman more often. »

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. May the force be with you girls! VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Johansson 3. Pooley 4. Armistead 5. Cromwell »

I have met @chris on the original Keepers Tour. He seemed like a reasonable person at the time. Then again, @rob passes himself off  as a rational person yet he signed up for the Too Much on 100 ride and completed it. People sign up for these crazy rides because it forces them to get in the best shape possible. It makes these long rides more enjoy...

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  1. Great cause. As for the distance, I have nothing to offer except may the force be with you. »

I bought a Road ID the day I learned of Jon Lennard’s death on August 12, 2013. Someone in the posts of the original announcement of his passing (below) mentioned he was identified by his Road ID. Of course he had a Road ID. What I knew of him made that perfect. So responsible and sensible.The nature of this community is a strange thing; we d...

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  1. Such a respectful tribute and appreciate that it graced your front pages for a day or two. Nice work Keepers. I think of @itburns every time I wrap my road Id to my wrist, the one and the same that was ordered the same day I read of Jon’s accident. »

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. A very thoughtful piece of writing. @steampunk, make sure you keep a copy for this for your son to read when he is older. Sending gentle human beings out into the big wide world is a gift to humanity. Well done.  »

  2. A thoughtful piece of writing. Make sure you keep a copy @steampunk, so your son can read it once he is old enough to appreciate your words.  »

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. gilbert 3. gerrans 4. rogers 5. valverde »

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. Roll the dice. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Olds 3. Johansson 4. Wild 5. Pooley »

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. Dice rolled. VSP PICKS: 1. Contador 2. Gerrans 3. Froome 4. Porte 5. Nibali »

Why are women’s races run concurrently with men’s races? I would get it if it was the women’s Tour de France, but I don’t get it when it is the women’s Giro in July. Since the Tour de Swiss there has been a lack of stage racing (in my TV watching schedule) and seemingly a perfect time to present a women’s stage r...

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  1. Go the girls! VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Stevens 3. Pooley 4. Cromwell 5. Johansson »

Climbing is something I enjoy more than I am good at it; any time I see a new road pointing up to the heavens, I find myself irresistibly drawn to explore where it leads. Every season I come to the conclusion that my training routes are all very hilly and I arrive at the brilliant idea that I should plot out a new course which seeks out the flatt...

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  1. Timely article @frank. We are just moving into a strength and endurance block. Hill repeats here I come. I don’t wish to be a climber, I just wish I sucked at it less. »

I can can feel his cold breath on my back, like a shadow drifting through an alleyway. He’s not yet upon me, but the Man with the Hammer is lurking nearby. I’m not even sure he has the intention to strike; he’s just staying close, cruelly reminding me that my fate is in his hands.I feel the heaviness in my legs from the first turn...

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  1. @frank The words of wisdom/encouragement I can handle. It’s when he pulls up beside me to have a quick chat while I am gasping for breath that make me want to punch him. Or more easily just push him off his bike. Then he just seemlessly rolls back agai… »

  2. I’m riding with the boys for the next few weeks. The entire time the mantra that goes through my head is ‘hold that wheel, hold that wheel, hold that wheel.’ You have perfectly captured the process the brain goes through as you begin to doubt that you ca… »

Behind every great rider, there’s a great soigneur. The right hand man, the go-to guy, who tends every whim of his rider, feeding, watering, mending and massaging. Behind the humble Velominatus Regularus, however, there’s a string of injuries, tight muscles, bad posture and aching guns. We are our own soigneurs, and if you’re like...

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  1. Ice baths aid recovery amazingly. Sore muscles today. Ice bath. No sore muscles tomorrow. Alternating between hot and cold water in the shower works to a lesser extent. But for the days when you have gone all out- ice bath. »

The 100th running of Liège-Bastogne-Liège takes place this Sunday. Danny-boy Martin will be marked heavily as the defending champion. Malmerde, and Phil Gil have shown they are peaking too. Froomy has thrown his hat into the ring, as he did last year but after last years 26th place, maybe it’s training. 263 kms, past winners include a long...

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  1. Here goes »

  2. Here goes VSP PICKS: 1. Dan Martin 2. Valverde 3. Gilbert 4. Froome 5. Gerrans »

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. Here goes nothing. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Boonen 3. Phinney 4. Sagan 5. Stybar »

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. Didn’t miss the count timer this time. I have no idea but here goes. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Cancellera 3. Boonen 4. Stybar 5. Gilbert »

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. Go the girls VSP PICKS: 1. Johnasson 2. Stevens 3. Armistead 4. Van dijik 5. Wild »

The dark makes everything worse; something primal awakens in us when the sun has gone and we are wrapped in the black cloak of night. Laying in bed, my worst thoughts and fears come knocking like some used-car salesperson who won’t leave me alone. There is no shutting down of this process, our imaginations are given free reign to do their wor...

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  1. Very well written but an article I find it hard to identify with considering the hot weather we are having here. Reading about cold, dark weather makes me feel guilty about the cycling I will be doing in the Snowy Mountains and in Bright over the next two… »

Although he was already an active community member, I began my friendship with Dan Richter in early 2012 after he reached out to me regarding some wheels he wanted us to take along on Keepers Tour: Cobbled Classics 2012. At the time, he was an amateur wheel builder making some money on the side selling his wheels on eBay. Like many of us in this co...

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  1. Frank, that’s a very cool story. I love it when a good plan comes together, aided by good people with good intentions. »

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...

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  1. Looks like I’ll be sporting a new t-shirt in support of Dan and his shop. »

  2. @minion Top call!! »

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. @minion That’s funny. But try being a girl and having to explain/describe to your male coach or male lbs owner how you are uncomfortable on your saddle. A whole lot of awesomeness that is not. Yes, it’s level. »