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Velominatus: gregorio

Order: Level 2 Velominatus

Location: Northern Minnesota - US

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We call the hills of the Iron Range in N Minnesota home. Within a half-day drive there's world class riding on the N shore of Lake Superior, and the hills of Wisconsin that play host to the Horribly Hilly. Returning to cycling after age 50 is the best damn thing that ever happened.

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I came strongly into the Fall, stronger than in other years thanks to a late-season objective to do well at my first Heck of the North gravel classic in Minnesota. I was light and I had built good power and endurance by riding the steep gravel roads that pepper the North Cascades and suffering through brutal interval sessions on the windswept stre...

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  1. @Doug ISLAGIATI is worthy of the name ‘sufferfest’. Holy crap, what a ride. BTW you can use the video with and get power metrics added. »

My favorite feeling is perhaps the empty hollowness of hunger. That statement, in itself, is a declaration of the privileged life I’ve led; it is borderline obscene to boast of such a thing in a world where 842 million people don’t have enough to eat. Nevertheless, being lucky enough to have been raised in America and just competent eno...

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  1. [Bananas are freaking magical…just sayin] I like to think about the big hunger – whatever our ‘A-race’ might be. Having a big project on the horizon keeps us hungry, and keeps us honest in our work to get there. »

The illusion of transparency is perhaps the most important tool the Velominatus has in their toolbox, apart from having some measure of competence, being Casually Deliberate at all times, Looking Fantastic, and being able to dish out and endure heaping helpings of The V.Cycling is suffering, and one of the most crucial lessons we have to learn is t...

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  1. A couple of seasons ago I thought I’d ramp up my casually deliberate coolness quotient. While passing another rider on a 14% grade I quipped, pain is only temporary. [I know…not even clever, never mind original] I blew up 200 meters further up the road…. »

Lucky is the cyclist who has a parent cyclist. Early mentoring about the pain cave, guidance gluing on tires, these are worthwhile lessons a parent could lecture a child on. If one has to listen to a parental lecture, better it be about Eddy Merckx and how you are no Eddy Merckx than balancing your checking account. For the rest of us, our parents...

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  1. @The Pressure YES! Green it was…the sexiest thing my 12 yr old eyes had ever seen. »

  2. I remember my first ‘serious’ bike: a Raleigh Record that cost $200 at Bill & Andy’s in Concord, MA. It had Simplex derailleurs and Weinman center-pull brakes – which were the rage, and was made of Reynolds 531 tubing. [that sticker on the seat tube w… »

Rules! Hear me fools: The Rules mark the beginning of the path to enlightenment, not the end. There are higher planes, expanding dimensions. Beyond the color of your bar tape exists a man, a mountain, and a bike. This is where the world begins.Keeper Jim wrote this, reporting on his utilitarian climb of Mount Ventoux. He posts less than the rest of...

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  1. @gianni…one of your best. Do we sometimes miss the forest by staring at the trees? [I’m only on my second espresso of the morning, so bear with me] If the rules were end to themselves, then I would ride for the sake of the rules – and not for the sake o… »

2013 was The Year of the Anti-V. In every other year, the Velominati Cogclave to decide the V and The Anit-V awards is full of curses and thrown pint glasses, usually in defense of each of our chosen V-Moments. 2013 saw the same scene, except this time it was for us having too many competing Anti-V Moments and when it came time to discuss the V-Mom...

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  1. Yes, yes…YES. And the smile playing at the corners of his mouth as the Fab One lay in the grass. »

Always be casually deliberate, even when riding.You have just attacked off the front to take a town line sprint. It was a just-the-perfect-amount-of-dumb yet successful move. You went deeply anaerobic for a sprint no one else was even mildly interested in, but you did crush them unrestrainedly. Continue reading...

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  1. @frank Also quite fun to chase down a rider…slowly coast into view next to them as you announce your presence…and then sit up [no hands on the bars] and leisurely stretch out the back. Toasting them as you take a sip from your bidon would be pretty fr… »

Up here in the Northern Hemisphere, this off-season is the time for rest and repair. The body and bikes need some extra refurbishment. It’s fun fixing up the bike; buying new bits in the bike shop is easy. It’s not as much fun fixing up the body.VLVV, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. Fine work, to be sure! Two more weeks and my pre-season weight training makes room for two sessions of indoor spinning per week. It’s a bugger being off the bike for an injury or surgery. »

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. @Dr C Well said. Dan’s response to all of this revealed an immense amount of class. If there are V points up for grabs, he’s got em. »

Assuming you ride somewhere outside the borders of Antarctica, you have likely already heard about the injustice being imposed on our friend and fellow Velominatus, Dan Richter who goes around these parts as @Dan_R.I’ve been riding Dan’s wheels for a bit over a year, and they are the best I’ve ever had. After hearing about the sui...

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  1. @napolinige This was pretty damn brilliant! When the cycling community unites to care for its own, all of us benefit. Frank’s podcast comments were fair, passionate and articulate. There’s plenty of room in the sandbox for all of us to play. »

Hear ye, hear ye, get thee, and a mirror, to your indoor trainer. This is going to be a multi-part series on getting the rider and the ride to a more perfect union. Most of us have never been professionally fit for our bikes. An inseam measured, a glance at a reflection when riding by a store window is our bike fit. I’m not advocating  that,...

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  1. For those in the N Midwest check out Bikefit Guru. Chris Balser does his fitting with a 3D motion scan that generates a stick figure image of the rider showing the relationship of body parts. From there he makes mechanical adjustments to the bike to bri… »

When you’re a kid, riding with your hands off the bars is something done for thrills, for style, and to impress chicks. As an older, wiser Velominatus, it can be a handy maneuvre to aid removing or donning extra clothing, taking a feed from your pockets, and to impress women (because that’s how adults refer to chicks). Get it right and...

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  1. @Mike_P @xyxax Thanks guys. looking at the cycleops rollers since I’ve had such good luck with their mag trainer. Cheers! »

  2. Here’s one for the group. Your thoughts about rollers? I’ve heard much said positive and negative re the benefits of training on these. I’ve never tried em…and a little reluctant to spend $$ on something I may not like. [This would make the VMH cranky, … »

  3. @Rob Another vote for practicing in a parking lot? »

Patience has never come naturally to me – I’m more Calvin than I am Hobbes in that regard. Yet I am meticulous and demanding of myself and those with whom I journey through life. It is a conflict that has caused its fair share of grief; my childhood is piled high with memories of incidents where I made choices and mistakes that robbed...

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  1. I’m also in negotiations with my VMH. I have a tradition of presenting her with my annual cycling Dream Sheet. Last year I did pretty well – new DA Group-San, wheels and a cycling camp. It is of key importance to accompany said Dream Sheet with the statem… »

I walk away from social gatherings with an acute sense of accomplishment whenever I haven’t offended anyone and when my friends all stayed awake. I view myself as a bottle of wine that keeps getting better with age, but I’m slowly coming to grips with the notion that I am actually a bottle that may be corked. The great irony of life is...

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  1. @wiscot Living in N Minnesota means taking a break from the road during the worst of winter. I usually take a month off to rest the body, and then 10 weeks of core and strength training in the gym before easing into base building by mid-January…lots of … »

  2. I train almost always alone, and I like it that way. If I’m a bottle of wine, I must be turning into vinegar. I’ve been known to mutter for…fuck’s…sake in time with the top of my pedal stroke when in the pain cave on some nasty grade. Mostly no one wa… »

He didn’t really want to be awake at this hour, but it was the only way. Or one of them, at least. Because he wanted to spend more time with her, he would rise before the sun, making use of the small window between their entwined slumber and the dirge of another day at the office. But still she saw those stolen hours as time he could be spend...

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  1. We had an understanding when vacationing in CO with insane riding all around. The bike: 6 am until 2 pm. The VMH: 3 pm until whenever. It works. »

I’m compliant with Rule #74: no Garmin, no cyclometer, just an uncluttered cockpit. I’m not anti-data, if I could generate some awesome data I’d like to know about it. If I was racing I would train with data. I just got bored with looking at the numbers and not doing anything about them. When my Cateye cyclometer/heart rate monit...

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  1. @G’rilla Fully analog makes room for Rule #6. Analog effort: Warm up…riding in a group and talking trash Tempo…talking in single sentences Threshold…grunts Anaerobic…sheeeeee-itttttt! »

Merckx famously professed that after a night of sinning, the body must be cleansed. He obviously meant this figuratively, not literally, because those mud guards on his bike aren’t going to take a big bite out of whatever that lorry has to offer him by way of a Flandrian facial.Winter is a tough time for those of us pawing about in search of...

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  1. @Deakus Bread pudding with heavy cream sauce! »

Yvon Chounard may not be Homer but he is a worthy modern day wise man, he admonished, don’t be a sports nazi. His meaning was, don’t do one sport to the exclusion of all others. It’s tempting not to pursue other sports when cycling demands so much time and leaves one with a body that is barely useful for anything else, but that w...

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  1. As a climber as well as cyclist, I must say that the pursuit of the V is not limited to cycling. When you’re 25′ above your last anchor and committed to putting everything into the next 6″ of upward mobility – there’s something akin to the V. Whatever you… »

A Velominatus maintains their machine with meticulous care, doting over it daily. A bicycle is a tool, but it is also a work of art, and serves us loyally in pursuit of our craft. We love them as though they were alive; as we grow together, the cracks and lines formed upon both our skins signifies the journey that has passed beneath our wheels.A cl...

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  1. After my final 200K of the season my steed has sat in the living room several days. The water bottles are probably festering, and grits falls gently to the carpet when I brush by…but I can’t bring myself to clean her up and acknowledge that the ass end … »

Growing up, I imagine my dad did his fair share of worrying about me getting into trouble with chemicals and girls. Like with most problems in life, the solution lay in Cycling; training encouraged healthy behavior and once my dad convinced me to shave my legs, no one needed to worry about the girls anymore.Cycling caused its fair share of problems...

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  1. @frank I’m a Clydesdale. I’m lean and mean at 6-4 and 210 lbs…I don’t get lean-er. Not even a middle age beer-bump. My cycling mates love to draft behind me, and then drop me on the hills. I catch them on the other side because I descend like a load… »

The home ground of Manchester United Football Club, Old Trafford, is colloquially known around the world as the Theatre of Dreams. It holds a revered place in the hearts of the club’s supporters, and even those of other teams; it’s an icon of football, and sport in general. Millions have gone there to watch their heroes play, but how ma...

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  1. @Harminator THAT is a million buck picture…chapeau! »