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It has been a brutal week for us Keepers, having decided not to hold a Keepers Tour this year. Watching the action from half a world away has been almost too much for us to bear, and I know most of the participants from last year must be feeling similarly. On Sunday, we would be escorted by our friends and guides, William and Alex of Pavé Cycling...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Boonen 3. Vanmarcke 4. Van Avermaet 5. Stybar »

The 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 race in question by the time the countdown clock goes to zero...

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  1. Hi Keepers, I’m listed in the GC VSP twice:  at #109 with 16 points and #243 with 2 points.  If possible, could those be combined to get me into the top 100?  I believe they are both me. Thanks, imakecircles »

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. Armitstead 2. Johansson 3. Van Dijk 4. Van Vleuten 5. Wild »

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. Can’t see anyone hanging with Cancellara over the top of the last couple climbs.  If he gets a meter it’s as good as a km. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Boonen 3. Sagan 4. VanMarcke 5. Paolini »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Cance 2. Boonen 3. Sagan 4. VanMarcke 5. Paolini »

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. There’s a startlist here that says Vos is starting, so who knows?  http://www.trofeobinda.com/images/2014/entry%20list%20trofeo%20binda.pdf VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Longo-Borghini 3. Johansson 4. Stevens 5. Guderzo »

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. Boonen 2. Sagan 3. Cance 4. Degenkolb 5. Farrar »

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. I sometimes wonder if the riders of old were heavier because their bikes were also heavier.  For instance Alberto Contador weighs in at 62 kg and the UCI bike weight limit is 6.8 kg for a total climbing weight of 68.8 kg, of which the bike’s ratio to the … »

I walk away from social gatherings with an acute sense of accomplishment whenever I haven’t offended anyone and when my friends all stayed awake. I view myself as a bottle of wine that keeps getting better with age, but I’m slowly coming to grips with the notion that I am actually a bottle that may be corked. The great irony of life is...

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  1. @grumbledook “So true! But sometimes it’s like this: There is no choice. You have to suffer to get home.” Ah, but do we not first choose to have to suffer to get home? »

Finding The V-Locus is something of an extension of the Goldilocks Principle; bars set somewhere between Sit Up and Beg and a face-plant, saddle height somewhere between speed skater and Baryshnikov, and reach somewhere between a unicycle and the Batpod. This is art more than it is science, a process of iteration and refinement. And everyone knows...

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  1. @DexterSellers I know trackies sometimes use clipless pedals with toe straps to keep from pulling out.  I guess there will be some riders who feel the need until manufacturers present pedal cleat systems that are fully locked in, ie infinite spring tensi… »

  2. Had the LeMond book of Bicycling back in the ’80′s and based my position on that.  When I got back into cycling in the mid aughts, I was able to dig up LeMond’s bike fit formulas on the interwebs and match it up to newer bikes and equipment.  Once things … »

I’m compliant with Rule #74: no Garmin, no cyclometer, just an uncluttered cockpit. I’m not anti-data, if I could generate some awesome data I’d like to know about it. If I was racing I would train with data. I just got bored with looking at the numbers and not doing anything about them. When my Cateye cyclometer/heart rate monit...

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  1. Data and numbers are tools, as such, they are useful if one wants to measure, track, and improve one’s progress.  I rode with a HRM/speed/cadence for several years when getting back into cycling, and it was very helpful and motivating for me to see my imp… »

In the days of Anquetil, this was considered the most prestigious individual time trial on the calendar, and he made his name early by winning the event as an amateur at 19. It was also 100km in length, which brings up the point that maybe everyone in our generation should be banned from ever breathing the phrase, “Rule #5″.These days,...

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  1. Whew, I’m glad that my Delgado in the last race of the VSP season didn’t cost me my top 10 place.  Many thanks to the Keepers for hosting the VSP, and I’m also of the opinion that the VSP having ladies’ races in it helped me to form a broader perspective … »

Oh brothers and sisters, we find ourselves here again. It was but a few moments ago when the Milan-Sanremo VSP went up. Racers fought the sleet, producing an unforgettable start to the Velominati VSP season. Cancellara, Nibali, Froome and, and Horner were all big points winners for our astute and well informed audience. But now it has come to Paris...

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  1. Going with Farrar on a hunch and against every rational molecule in my being. VSP PICKS: 1. Farrar 2. Degenkolb 3. Demare 4. Dumoulin 5. Vanmarcke »

Five is an important number. Assuming nothing has gone amuck in our development or our usage of cutlery, we each boast five digits on both our hands and both our feet. Most of us have five senses. Most miraculously, any number multiplied by five and then divided by five gives you the same number you started with and yields no remainder.The Babaloni...

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  1. Nothing literal.  Just a muddy gravel road going up. »

Il Lombardia, this is the race of the fallen leaves. This fall classic is a beautiful race in a beautiful region of Italy. The arduous route may change year to year but what does not change is the Italian need to win this thing. There is some national pride at stake here after the Italian men finished off the podium in Firenze. Bergamo to Lecco, 24...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Purito 2. Uran Uran Uran Uran 3. Nibbles 4. Dan Martin 5. Voeckler »

The world championship road race stands out among all other one-day races as the one where the winner is awarded both a curse and a jersey to carry for the next 12 months. It also inspires way too many riders to wear white bibs, which is an alarming trend in itself and one which I hope Brian Cookston, the new UCI President, prioritizes over the dop...

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  1. @Donnie Bugno I think the Spanish figured that if it came together for a 4 up sprint, Valverde would be the fastest, so that’s why Purito went on the attack again.  They were so focused on isolating Nibbles that they all let Costa sit on the wheels.  Whe… »

Where: Montecatini Terme to Firenze, ItalyWhen: September 28 Continue reading...

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  1. Interesting that 3rd place Rossella Ratto is the sister of Daniele, who won stage 14 of la Vuelta this year. »

The world championship road race stands out among all other one-day races as the one where the winner is awarded both a curse and a jersey to carry for the next 12 months. It also inspires way too many riders to wear white bibs, which is an alarming trend in itself and one which I hope Brian Cookston, the new UCI President, prioritizes over the dop...

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  1. Nibbles will use his two tridents from T-A victories to summon all kinds of bad weather from Neptune.  Unfortunately for Nibbles, this strategy only works for races on Italian soil. VSP PICKS: 1. Nibbles the Shark 2. Sagan 3. Cancellara 4. Valverde 5. D… »

Where: Montecatini Terme to Firenze, ItalyWhen: September 28 Continue reading...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. So Long Marianne Vos 2. Emma Johansson 3. Lizzie Armitstead 4. Tatiana Guderzo 5. Evelyn Stevens »

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. Ellen Van Dijk 2. Evelyn Stevens 3. Lisa Brennauer 4. Judith Arndt 5. Shara Gillow »

Flies and dogs, two things that we don’t need on a climb.I had descended down this street many times, but I had never before ridden up it. I even said hello to the two excited pitbulls on the other side of the driveway gate. I like dogs. I like them until one of them squeezes under the gate and I’m going uphill slowly. Pitbulls arenR...

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  1. When I lived in Florida, long ago, the dogs and owners could be atrocious.  One time, riding along a regular training route, a large beat up 4×4 pickup truck (red flag) approaches me from the opposite lane with a large rottweiler looking dog barking at me… »

  2. @Barracuda You piqued my interest on the LeMond bike thing, searching the googlesphere I can find articles that Greg’s relaunching the LeMond brand at Interbike, with Time making the frames, but I can’t find any photos.  Interbike was a while ago now, bu… »

Seriously. Is it almost September? This was not the agreement, this was supposed to be an endless summer. And all you A-Holes down there in the Antipodes are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, enjoying longer days and shorter nights. I don’t need to tell you where you can take that, but it’s dark and it smells. I have no patien...

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  1. Horner seems like one of those guys who’s said before that he could win a grand tour and until now subsequently crashed out or suffered injury in them.  Maybe this time, luck was just on his side.  Of course, I don’t have all the data, yada, yada, and Hor… »

  2. Today’s stage reminded me how lonely it can be in the leader’s jersey.  Nibali and lieutenants fending off attacks from multiple riders, first to isolate him.  Then J-Rod attacks and Nibali fails to respond, the others sensing blood in the water, attack h… »