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I have an idea. If Mr Cookson and the UCI are eager to lift women’s cycling up, why not sponsor a women’s race for each of the Monuments of the sport? A Giro di Lombardia Féminin would be a much better end to the season than the Chrono Des Nations. Each Monument would have an earlier start time than the men’s, a slightly shorter...

@il muro di manayunk's posts:

  1. @Buck Rogers Thanks. Although I have to admit that the real reason I tended to submit my picks on the early side was because I was afraid of falling asleep and/or being away from internet access and delgadoing. I did my share of tweaking picks after the f… »

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@il muro di manayunk's posts:

  1. @dyalander You can have the hat, sure, but the magic is proprietary.   »

I have an idea. If Mr Cookson and the UCI are eager to lift women’s cycling up, why not sponsor a women’s race for each of the Monuments of the sport? A Giro di Lombardia Féminin would be a much better end to the season than the Chrono Des Nations. Each Monument would have an earlier start time than the men’s, a slightly shorter...

@il muro di manayunk's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Solovey 2. Alison Tetrick 3. Antoshina 4. Larissa Drysdale 5. Melodie Lesueur »

  2. @xyxax I’ll remember that if there’s ever a “Latvian Time Trialists” category on Jeopardy. »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Solovey 2. Alison Tetrick 3. Edwige Pitel 4. Larissa Drysdale 5. Melodie Lesueur »

  4. Going with the old “reverse the order that they come out of the start house” strategy. VSP PICKS: 1. Solovey 2. Alison Tetrick 3. Edwige Pitel 4. Larisa Drysdale 5. Melodie Lesueur »

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...

@il muro di manayunk's posts:

  1. Women’s Chrono des Nations startlist: http://www.chronodesnations.com/19-liste-des-engages Only 17 entrants, only one of whom I know anything about. Solovey and then literally picking names from a hat looks like a viable strategy for Sunday. »

Attention, this is the final event on the Men’s VSP calendar for 2014. There is one more Women’s event to come. We may already have a winner of this years over-all but the rest of the podium could be up for grabs. @il muro di manayunk has broken away and I’m not sure @steampunk is going to chase him down. Has everyone noticed how...

@il muro di manayunk's posts:

  1. @VeloVita Ha, I figured. I wish I could say the same regarding my comments about the municipal corruption and broken school district… You seem pretty familiar with the city. Are you from the area? »

  2. @Steampunk Oh yes, any Philaskeptics should stop by Monk’s or its offspring The Belgian Cafe if they find themselves in town for some reason. Also, Eulogy Tavern is pretty damn great too. »

I love wine. I mean, I like beer and scotch and can’t resist ordering a Vesper whenever I pretend to be a gentleman spy, but I love wine. As a semi-professional drinker, the biggest worry I have is that should my as-yet undiagnosed problem with alcohol become a diagnosed problem with alcohol, I’d have to stop drinking wine. A full...

@il muro di manayunk's posts:

  1. @il muro di manayunk Of course, I wouldn’t recommend this as a method for improving bike handling skills to anyone over the age of 15. Frank’s principles make much more sense if you like having bones that look, feel, and function the way they were inten… »

  2. Although it has been probably 15 years since I’ve been on a BMX bike, I’ve found that I’ve retained many of the instincts, reflexes, and other skills gained from a whole childhood spent on one launching off of stairs, ramps, curbs, and dirt jumps with no … »

Attention, this is the final event on the Men’s VSP calendar for 2014. There is one more Women’s event to come. We may already have a winner of this years over-all but the rest of the podium could be up for grabs. @il muro di manayunk has broken away and I’m not sure @steampunk is going to chase him down. Has everyone noticed how...

@il muro di manayunk's posts:

  1. @VeloVita Shit! And I thought the municipal corruption, crumbling infrastructure, and broken public education system were punishments enough for being a Philadelphian. »

  2. @VeloVita Unless I am missing something, which is also entirely possible. »

  3. @VeloVita I have a 23 point lead and the maximum points for a one day race if you get all 5 correct is 21, so with one race left I win even with a delgado and if steampunk aces his picks. »

  4. I’ll second @Steampunk’s thanks to @frank and the Keepers for making this season a ton of fun and for running the best cycling site around. I had been a regular, but anonymous, reader for a while, and the VSP prompted me to sign up and get involved with t… »

  5. That was a pretty silly finish. A bunch of the favorites go clear with under 10k to go and then decide none of them are going to be the one to chase down Voeckler and Wallays (who had been away all day) so they all sit up and call it a day. »

  6. If my math is correct, it is still technically possible for me to lose this with two races left. »

  7. VSP PICKS: 1. Degenkolb 2. Demare 3. Van Avermaet 4. Navardauskas 5. Nizzolo »

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...

@il muro di manayunk's posts:

  1. @xyxax These would have been my picks based on the preliminary start list. 1. Degenkolb 2. Demare 3. Van Avermaet 4. Nizzolo 5. Navardauskas »

I’m getting too old and cranky for all this race schedule changing. I know they already did this last year and presumably I had the same gripings then, but Lombardia is supposed to close out the season and I’m downright angry that Paris-Tours is closing out the books now; it only seems right that one of the most beautiful races should...

@il muro di manayunk's posts:

  1. @Steampunk Was wondering the same thing. Given the generally piss-poor coverage of women’s racing, I could see finding a start list before the day of the event being an issue. »

  2. @Minnesota Expat Seems like we have a lot of 1 and 2 point showings — particularly among the top 10 in the VSP overall standings. »

  3. Forgot that Contador is racing. VSP PICKS: 1. Valverde 2. Rodriguez 3. Contador 4. Gilbert 5. Dani Moreno »

  4. VSP PICKS: 1. Valverde 2. Rodriguez 3. Dan Martin 4. Dani Moreno 5. Gilbert »

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...

@il muro di manayunk's posts:

  1. It looks like the WC road race results have been added to the standings above, but not time trial results yet, in case anyone was wondering. »

This is big. This is the race that decides the arc-en-ciel  jersey for the next year. It is the best looking jersey. It carries the most baggage. It also brings the most respect. The World Championship is a circuit race of attrition. In Ponferrada Spain it’s an 182 km loop done seven times, with a total of 2142 m of climbing. Is it a climber...

@il muro di manayunk's posts:

  1. @dancollins Best as I can tell, you won, as you were the only person to guess Ferrand-Prevot in first. Plus, you got Johansson in third correct. So that means you took the Elite Road Race double. Nicely done! »