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All hail, the Worlds are upon us. The time trials should be events where all VSP participants can rack up some decent points. Remove team tactics, national team versus trade team allegiances, using this event to train for another event, bonking and hanging onto team cars from the equation. All one is left with are possible flat tire, possible mecha...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Ellen van Dijk 2. Villumsen 3. Solovey 4. Carmen Small 5. Evelyn Stevens »

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. @wilburrox Yeah, the Ardennes really are fantastic. I’ve had them about a month and I couldn’t be happier with them. They turn my Rubino 23s into nearly 26s. I like that they can be run at lower pressures so it feels like they are just gliding over bumps… »

Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour...

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  1. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps): 1. Contador 2. Froome 3. Rodriguez 4. Uran 5. Valverde »

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. @ChrisO The Felt generally gets used in wet/rainy/winter conditions, and also on my wind trainer (so that probably ends up being about half of my total distance ridden–give or take). The 105 groupsan is really perfect for those kinds of conditions; sol… »

  2. Okay, I suppose I have been drooling over photos of others’ rides here long enough, that I might as well show off my own. This is the #1: Came as a complete bike with full 105 and crappy OEM components and wheels. Little by little I replaced parts unt… »

Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour...

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  1. Quintana crashed again today and has abandoned. Rough. »

  2. @wiscot And it looks like his saddle chased him down the road. Appears that he may have lost focus when he was fiddling with his right shoe and the turn snuck up on him before he could slow down and take the correct line. »

  3. Oh for Merckx’s sake, STFU Fabian! Via Cycling News: »

First run in 2002, the GP de Plouay-Bretagne is part of the women’s UCI World Cup series.  It’s 4.5 laps totaling 121km. As usual, there is little information or publicity for yet another women’s UCI race. Here is a start list. Here is the official French website. And yes, Ms. Vos won the last two editions. We regret the lack of...

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  1. Same as it ever was. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Armitstead 3. Longo Borghini 4. Johansson 5. Van der Breggen »

Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Nairo Quintana 2. Froome 3. Rodriguez 4. Uran 5. Valverde »

  2. Nah, Nairo it is. »

  3. @Steampunk Yeah, I’m really not sure about picking Froome. The logical part of me says the time trials will give him the edge, but I’d much prefer to root for Nairo. I figure I’ll let it sit for a few hours and see how it feels. I’m liable to flip flop th… »

  4. Ehhhhh, let me see how this setup looks. VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. Quintana 3. Rodriguez 4. Uran 5. Valverde »

  5. VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. Froome 3. Rodriguez 4. Uran 5. Valverde »

July 13 2014 marked the 35th anniversary of the seminal ‘cycling film’ Breaking Away. 35 years. Nothing stays popular for that long, right? Things get dated, lose their edge (if there was edge in the first place) and eventually become irrelevant (I’m looking at you, Rolling Stones). Yes, even legends get stale if left out too lon...

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  1. “What’s your major?” »

The race of the funny hat.Every team seems to have included one or two riders fresh off the Tour. One would either feel ruined or unbeatable a week after that slug fest, more than likely, ruined. I imagine there are a few riders dodging calls from their directors this week. Continue reading...

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  1. These friggin’ men’s one day races give me the most trouble. I think I’d do just as well posting photos of 20 or so contenders to a wall and throwing 5 darts and going with those names. At least on the women’s side my number 1 pick is pretty much automat… »

  2. Sagan abandons. »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Sagan 3. Valverde 4. Gallopin 5. Van Avermaet »

It has been many years (25!) since professional female cyclists have raced on the cobbles of the Champs Elysées. While running the Giro Donne concurrently with the Tour de France makes no sense to me, this Sunday’s women’s race does make sense. It should be the model for a Women’s Tour de France: the route, infrastructure, roadsi...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Wild 3. Bronzini 4. Armitstead 5. Johansson »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Wild 3. Armitstead 4. Johansson 5. Longo Borghini »

Attention all Velominati. The Tour VSP is going on line and it should be a good one. Sure, between Froomy and Bertie a person could hedge their bets but Moviestar is all in for Valverde, BMC for TeeJay, Astana for the Shark and Garmin is finally committing to a team leader in Talansky. Some other teams (ahem…Trek Factory Racing for one) have...

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  1. @Steampunk But let’s imagine Froome doesn’t crash and goes on to repeat as champion. Wouldn’t an asterisk also accompany such a victory? What with inhalergate and the recent Therapeutic Use Exemption fiasco? This is not to suggest Froome is a cheater, … »

  2. Might as well. Nibali goes from 3rd to 1st, Froome is out, Porte slides in to 3rd because I assume we can’t leave a spot blank. 2nd-5th are still wide open, so no real sense in taking the penalty to swap out Contador for a crap shot at this point. VSP PI… »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. Contador 3. Nibali 4. Valverde 5. Talansky »

Why are women’s races run concurrently with men’s races? I would get it if it was the women’s Tour de France, but I don’t get it when it is the women’s Giro in July. Since the Tour de Swiss there has been a lack of stage racing (in my TV watching schedule) and seemingly a perfect time to present a women’s stage r...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Abbott 3. Longo Borghini 4. Pooley 5. Stevens »

The Tour de Suisse can be everyone’s warm-up for the Tour de France, including all you VSP dreamers. The big show seems to be the Critérium de Dauphanié this year, as far as Tour de France contenders go but the Tour de Suisse still has some big guns showing up. Twiggo is here, not for a Tour warm up, unless people are worried about Richie P...

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  1. RUI Costa VSP PICKS: 1. Wiggins 2. Kreuziger 3. Mollema 4. Rohan Dennis 5. Rui Costa »