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

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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. »

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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…. »

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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… »

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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… »

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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. »

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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… »

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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. »

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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. »

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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. »

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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? »

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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… »

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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… »

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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. »

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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! »

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

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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… »

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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 … »

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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… »

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