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Location: Sydney, Australia

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lack of cycling omniscience compared to Oli Married, 3 kids approx 14 months, 5 & 17. Clearly a long time between drinks for the first & the last. Riding as much as one can but work & family impact on available time. Translation - weekdays are spent on the trainer & weekends spent on the road

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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. VSP PICKS: 1. Saggin” 2. Tommeke 3. Faboo 4. Thomas 5. Burghardt »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Johansson 2. Armitstead 3. Van Djik 4. Longo 5. Cromwell »

The Kemmelberg is a brute. In my opinion, its the hardest of the cobbled climbs in the Spring Classics; it has a high speed tarmac approach that saps the guns of their snap. The transition from tarmac to cobbles is awful, the stones are very badly laid throughout and if you don’t hit it just right, you’ll come to a standstill. The cobbl...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Degenkolb 2. Saggin” 3. Boom 4. Cav 5. Boss Hogg »

This is the kick off of the VSP for women’s racing, though the women have already kicked it off with the Ronde van Drenthe in the Netherlands. Now it’s down to Northern Italy, Varese, by Lago Maggiore, but this is a climbers course, more in the mountains than by the lake. And yes, Sunday is also Gent-Wevelgem for women but Trofeo is par...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. GUNNEWIJK Loes 2. DE VRIES Marijn 3. Vos 4. JOHANSSON Emma 5. Elisa Longo Borghini »

Het Volk (it will always be Het Volk to me) and now the Strade Bianche may well mark the sentimental beginning to the season, but those are specialized, pre-season races that appeal mostly to riders who are preparing for bigger objectives later in the year, such as the Cobbled or Ardennes Classics. Same goes for Tirreno Adriatico and Paris-Nice; t...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Saggin” 2. Gerro 3. Cav 4. Faboo 5. Rom Kreuz »

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

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  1. Another great rendition ChrisO, just like last year. Your food intake always amazes me but I know just how much one would need to eat just to try to have enough fuel to last! Chapeau champ »

I have no dog in this fight but @Henrik does. I can’t swim in the serious ‘stache growing gene pool. And yes, it’s already Vajanuary, we left Mo’vember with nary a nod, why, because it’s stupid. Rule #50 could have included having the last name Freuler and wearing the prison stripped Atala kit as the second exception...

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  1. well that didn’t work did it? »

  2. Just in case anyone is confused re: what your ‘tash really looks like »

Forget quick-release skewer, the mechanical derailleur, carbon frames, or disc wheels. Never mind clipless pedals or brake-mounted shifters. Scratch those deep-section road wheels, lightweight helmets, or miracle fabrics.The most important innovation in Cycling had nothing to do with those incremental advances, but rather with the invention of Cycl...

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  1. @Gianni Alessio Di Basco with some serious manscaping going on. »

  2. Never a truer word written frank. »

Pity our cyclist, it’s Saturday and he won’t shave his face, it might sap his strength but he has to shave his legs or he won’t look serious. He certainly can’t have sex, more strength stealing there, and kissing his wife, whoa, slow down, that could spread some germs. He doesn’t want to get sick so going to that birth...

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  1. Also, I never realised that Sean Connery was a cyclist? »

  2. Here’s the difference between then and now! »

The cycling cap was part of any kit: nearly black shorts, team jersey and cap. It would be matching, it would be cotton. In the day before the required helmet, the cycling cap was it. Unrestrained by helmet or hairnet, the cap was the crown upon the head. It would sit high on the head, not pulled down like a baseball cap. It sat no higher upon the...

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  1. Nice one Gianni. I agree, we should own the cap. Like a lot of clothing or kit, certain people can wear pretty much anything and look fabulous. Others try very hard but will always look like they are trying too hard/crap/cheap or just plain ugly. Me, apa… »

While the shortest distance between two points is a straight line,  for us road cyclists it is usually not the fastest. @RobsMuir ponders this while riding and retains such complex thinking when done with his ride. That is an enviable skill in itself. VLVV, Gianni    Continue reading...

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  1. Oh, forgot to commend you on the photo as well, excellent! Did you compose that shot whilst still on the bike as well? »

  2. Nice one @RobsMuir. Finding that sweet part of the camber is a skill unto itself. Depending on how much one likes or often is climbing (or if one is even able to do this, depending on the road one is on at the time what with traffic getting in the way) wi… »

The first tire patch kit I ever owned came in a big green box, had several patches of various sizes which were possibly made of old truck tires. It also came with a sheet of 60 grit sandpaper. The mild high offered from sniffing the glue while applying the patch almost made you stop caring you’d gotten a flat in the first place. Stoned on glu...

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  1. Great idea as a frame protector frank. @Teocalli +1 on the discarded tubes on the side of the road. Unfortunately they are cyclists Jim, but not as we know it. »

My trouble isn’t with being a good descender; it is with cornering and stopping – and sometimes both. Or, as G’rilla puts it, “Descending is like sex; how good I am at it has nothing to do with how much I enjoy it.”Descending is demanding and requires great skill. It is not a time for resting or taking it easy; getting...

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  1. As someone commented to me after our recent descent down Macquarie Pass (12k’s of some sweeping bends and a lot of hair pins) “one has to reach a point whilst descending where the thrill overtakes the fear and just go with it”. »

There is something about a time trial that lets you go spelunking in undiscovered caverns of The Cave. Contort your body into the sleekest position you can, make the bike as uncomfortable as possible, and then rev your cardiovascular system up to the anaerobic threshold for as long as possible. Its food for legend.Being a diesel helps, churning the...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. GUNNEWIJK 2. GIllow 3. Stevens E. 4. Van Dijk 5. Johannson »

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. Exactly right Brett. Let’s hope it stays this way in the future. »

No words survive here, only echoes. Echoes of our hopes, of our plans, of our failures. What we thought we might do when we came here is little more than a shadow; it flickers on the walls for a moment and when we turn to look, it is gone. Doubts swell up and bounce off the walls until they become so loud they can no longer be heard.Once we’ve en...

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  1. @scaler911 but he still looks fabulously smooth as always. The man is, was and always will be an Adonis on the bike. »

  2. @Buck Rogers and they would have to be one of the most impressive set of eyebrows I have ever seen »

  3. Nice one frank. Found myself deep in the cave (again) last Sunday. State Masters Road Race. Not sure why/how I found my way in but I was lost? Not quite hydrated enough methinks on a very hot day. Anyway, pushed until I couldn’t push no more. Dropped and … »

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. @mouse or is that stevia? »

  2. @mouse Isn’t that the sugar substitute? oh wait, that’s strava »

Brittany is the kind of area that produces strong-minded and strong-bodied people; I’m looking at you, Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault. It produces this type of person because that’s what windy farming land does to people. Brittany is also lumped full of short, steep hills, and we all know what that means: its a perfect place for...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Johansson 3. Borghini 4. Van Dijik 5. De Vries »