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"We used to live in a rolled up newspaper in a septic tank." Found the bike relatively late in life after a mis-spent youth. Now cured, living northern Sydney, soaking up the serenity and agony of the local gorges... Married, 2 kids, school teacher (design & tech) renovating the house and running the school MTB program.

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I think it would be hard for anyone to make the case that Eddy Merckx was Roger de Vlaeminck’s Cycling Sensei, but I think we can all agree that De Vlaeminck was a student of Merckx, if only a student of his domination. But every student at some point becomes the master, and the driven student will always challenge the Order of Things.Eve...

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  1. @razmaspaz #brakes »

  2. But you just know Eddy is thinking “If you pinch flat I’m leaving without you.” »

  3. Thanks Frank. A lovely piece. »

Jump to: Scoring Guidelines • Prizes • Schedule • ResultsThe 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...

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  1. Barry is Barnes, I am Red. »

We want to look like Pros, sure, but what we’re really after is feeling Pro. All the aesthetics are just a tool we use to fuel the fickle internal combustion engine of Morale. In the end, there is little that will make you feel Pro more than clattering along a stretch of cobbles in a small group; instant “select breakaway”. One...

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  1. Look at the state of those cobbles! »

I’m trying my best to stay thin this winter, but I’m nowhere near where I was when it was warm and the days were long. I keep flashing back to the last time I felt genuinely skinny and declared to myself, “This time, I’ll keep it off!”This photo is a metaphor. Winter me is on the right, Summer me is on the left. Mi...

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  1. I think The Prophet looks a bit guilty because he accidentally rubbed against the Michelin Man and his nipples went hard. »

Jump to: Scoring Guidelines • Prizes • Schedule • ResultsThe 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...

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  1. @ped Too busy googling himself to play the quiz. At least 10 guesses from me this week. Happy with my VI. »

I don’t mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that’s how it comes out. - Bill Hicks That famous quote from the Greatest Comedian Of All Time™ has resonated with me for many years. It became my silent mantra, as I don’t suffer fools gladly and sometimes don’t make much effort to conceal the fact. Lately, I̵...

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  1. @CerveloVan I’m not sure who you’re responding to but if its @brett’s article then you should read it again. I just did and it all seems pretty reasonable to me. So some questions to the “grown ups”: How would Paula Radcliffe react if you showed up for … »

Waiting has never been my strong point. I’m anxious, but don’t really suffer from anxiety. Good things come to those who wait isn’t at the top of my list of proverbs to live by. Do What Thou Wilt always has been, though; kind of a Just Do It for early 20th century Satanists, and me.It was with this mantra in the back of my mind th...

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  1. @RobSandy This. Although it doesn’t hurt to stand next to Harry Highpants. (Don’t mention the ears!) »

  2. @gaswepass I have one of those. It was way to fluorescent when it was new but has toned down over time. Now the shade of orange is about right. But now it offends the Principle of Silence. Fucker. »

  3. Hot enough to pull a comment from Oli. (For the Lexicon?) »

The Ride. It is the cathedral of our sport, where we worship at the altar of the Man with the Hammer. It is the end to our means. Indeed, The Bike may be the central tool to our sport, but to turn the pedals is to experience the sensation of freedom, of flight. It is all for The Ride.The world is overflowing with small, twisty roads that capture ou...

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  1. @ChrisO Really? Those numbers correct? If so that’s one hellish crosswind. Shame about the outcome for you. Sounds like a huge effort and a noble sacrifice. So are you re-evaluating your race program or quitting the team all together? »

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. @Mikael Liddy They could have centered the bars. Are the bars centered? I don’t think they’re centered… »

We want to look like Pros, sure, but what we’re really after is feeling Pro. All the aesthetics are just a tool we use to fuel the fickle internal combustion engine of Morale. In the end, there is little that will make you feel Pro more than clattering along a stretch of cobbles in a small group; instant “select breakaway”. One...

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  1. @Ron Smoothing the Domestic Cobbles. Now there’s a lofty goal. »

  2. Keepers Tour or new record gruppo and HED stinger 5’s. Discuss. »

It doesn’t take a genius to see what’s going on here. Rule #5, Rule #9, Rule #10; every rider in this frame Looks Fantastic (most other Rules). The riders are in short sleeves and shorts while the public apparently has scavenged materials from rubbish bins and the local grain elevator in a very visually unpleasant effort to keep war...

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  1. Peiper far left, Thevenet 3rd from left… »

  2. @wiscot Definitey Millar in the middle. Looks like Sean Yates following behind him and possibly Anderson obscured behind Millar. For the trio to the left we need Oli…but they have their stroke all together magnificently. »

  3. The ride will start soon enough… »

Whenever you see one of those yellow cars or motorcycles laden with spare wheels and manned by efficiently deliberate young professionals with no allegiance or favour to any one rider, take a moment to reflect on the oft-overlooked pioneer of the neutral service as we know it today, M. Jacques Mavic.Usually only sighted once a year in July, Jacq...

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  1. @wilburrox No treasure trench there. Are you Irish by chance? I tried searching the site for the IPTT thread to no avail. But the keywords do link to interesting pages. I don’t think I could repeat it and do it justice. I need more time… »

  2. @wilburrox Yes. Perhaps you could start by checking your bike for an Irish Pirate Treasure Trench. »

  3. Incredible! I’ve just read his autobiography – “Jacky Mavvy – Under Pressure.” Amazing story. One of eight children adopted at birth by a turnip farming couple from Turnais who hated kids but needed “shoveleurs”. But he sliced off all the toes of his rig… »

Jump to: Scoring Guidelines • Prizes • Schedule • ResultsThe 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...

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  1. @Ron Hey! Enough of the clues Ronster! Don’t give any google ammo until the quiz is closed. Us mortals don’t need to be giving the brainiacs any mental blood bags. A pair of 11’s for me. »

I have a huge capacity for watching bike racing on TV. I’ll watch hours of it even when nothing is really happening. I’m certainly not bragging. So I’m quite certain I could sit in the cramped, possibly smokey, noisy, Gent velodrome and watch an evening of six-day racing. I bet the ratio of men to women (who actually want to be th...

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  1. @Chris Not sure if anyone in Ghent needs a bike. I spent a couple of days in Ghent one spring and I have never seen so many bikes in one place in my life. The scene at one train station was like this:- I think if Descartes was from Ghent he would have w… »

“My dear, Find what you love and let it kill you. Let it drain you of your all. Let it cling onto your back and weigh you down into eventual nothingness. Let it kill you and let it devour your remains. For all things will kill you, both slowly and fastly, but it’s much better to be killed by a lover. ~ Falsely yours” ― Charles BukowskiIt&#...

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  1. I love using a chainsaw but… »

April 2015 // Lille, France The Hardmen. They inspire us; we aspire to be one among them. They are the solitary voice among the thousands in our heads that tell us to keep pushing when all the others tell us to stop. Their long shadows look on in approval as we pull on our cold and wet weather gear and head out into the elements to ride. Continue...

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  1. April 2015 // Lille, France 

    The Hardmen. They inspire us; we aspire to be one among them. They are the solitary voice among the thousands in our heads that tell us to keep pushing when all the others tell us to stop. Their long shadows look on in approval as we pull on our cold and wet weather gear and head out into the elements to ride.

    Every serious Cyclist is a hard man or woman; it comes with the territory. But to be given the title of Hardman, one must be more than just tough. The Hardmen stand out among the rest as the ones who ride over the savage, jagged cobblestones of Northern Europe with a souplesse that is possessed only by those riders who thrive in the most torturous of road cycling’s domains: The Cobbled Classics of Northern Europe.

    Velominati has partnered up with Pavé Cycling Classics, based in Northern France, to offer the chance to walk where Giants tread and pedal through the trench of Arenberg and up the devastating cobbled steeps of the Koppenberg and Kapelmuur. To pedal with the Pros during their reconnaissance of the Paris-Roubaix route.

    As if that isn’t good enough, we offer the opportunity to do this with a local Cyling star; in past years this has been the last Lion of Flanders, Johan Museeuw. The rider for 2015 will be unveiled later in the year.

    Velominati’s Keepers Tour: Cobbled Classics will be back in 2015 and guided by the Velominati Keepers in partnership with Pavé Cycling Classics over nine days in April during the most sacred time of the season, the week when de Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris Roubaix are held. Details and booking information will be announced in the coming days.

    Our trip is an all-expenses included trip. By this we mean that once you’ve managed to get yourself to Lille, you could put your wallet in a locker and leave it until you return back in Lille nine days later. We cover all transport, food, energy drink and bars, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and all the beer and wine you can drink. The beer supplied is the full line of Malteni beers, which is owned and managed by the Pavé Cycling Classics owners, William and Alex.

    • Friday April 3rd: Pick up at Gare Lille Europe train station
    • Saturday April 4th: Paris Roubaix 100km discovery ride
    • Sunday April 5th: Ronde Van Vlaanderen Pro race at De Oude Kwaremont
    • Mon April 6th: 3h Flanders discover ride + visit Jaegher Bicycles Workshop (and Malteni brewery-time permitting).
    • Tue April 7th: Morning visit National bicycle museum at Roeselare + 3h Gent Wevelgem ride
    • April 8th: Morning at Gent Velodrome + Scheldeprij Pro Race
    • April 9th: Paris roubaix ride with the pros 150km from Troisvilles to Roubaix
    • April 10th: Recovery ride around the gîte + AG2R pro team meeting
    • April 11th: Tour of Flanders ride + RVV museum visit
    • April 12th: Paris Roubaix Pro race at Troisvilles, Arenberg and L’Arbre. Drop off at Lille Rail station or hotel in the evening

    Bookings

    All expenses including transport to and from the train station in Lille at the start and end of the Tour are covered, including all meals, transport to rides and events and unlimited supply of all selections of Malteni beer and fantastic French wines.

    €3,250.00

    If you have trouble with the booking system, please email us to book.


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    Date/Time
    Date - April 03, 2015 - April 13, 2015
    12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

    Location
    Gare de Lille Flandres

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