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To keep chickens is to walk a path towards introspection. From the songs they sing after laying an egg (which I assume is “chicken” for “I’m Every Woman“) to the sheer glee they show when they find a worm in the mud, chickens provide a perfect example of living life in and for the moment. The most interesting aspect o...

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  1. @John Liu,d.aW… »

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...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Degenkolb 2. Vanmarcke 3. Demare 4. Yauheni Hutarovich 5. Van Avermaet »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. John Degenkolb 2. Arnaud Demare 3. Yauheni Hutarovich 4. Giacomo Nizzolo 5. Sep Vanmarcke »

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...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. J Rod 2. Valverde 3. Contador 4. Kwiatkowski 5. Moreno, Dani »

You can only spend so much time with the Schlecks before you start talking like them, and the fabulous Fabs seems to have crossed the threshold. I’ve heard more complaining from him this season than I have talk about pushing harder on the pedals or going steady up with more speed or going full gas like everyone else, but just doing it for ...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Fabian Cancellara 2. Simon Gerrans 3. Peter Sagan 4. Philipe Gilbert 5. Vincenzo Nibali »

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...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Marianne Vos 2. Georgia Bronzini 3. Evie Stevens 4. Lizzie Armitstead 5. Emma Johansson »

If Tony gets a flat or two and loses this time trial, bookies will be jumping off bridges into the Thames. It’s a lock, man, it’s a lock. There, it is now jinxed. You are welcome. Picking second through fifth will take some acumen. Will these be Vuelta riders or does that just hold true for the road race? Tony could have a jour sans. Co...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Tony Panzerwagen Martin 2. Brad Wiggins 3. Tom Dumoulin Rouge 4. Yo Adriano Malori 5. You’re so Sylvain Chavanel »

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. Linda Villumsen 3. Evie Stevens 4. Emma Johannsen 5. Lisa Brennauer »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Ellen Van Dijk 2. Linda Villumsen 3. Evie Stevens 4. Annemiek van Vleuten 5. Lisa Brennauer »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. vos 2. armitstead 3. longo borghini 4. johansson, emma 5. cromwell, tiffany »

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. @Rob Yup.  Seems like Movistar’s doing the GC version of the old 1 – 2, sending Valverde up the road early on with the expectation that he’ll fade, but meanwhile forcing the other GC guys to chase while Q lurks and conserves energy. »

  2. Taking Froome out for crashing in training and Horner out for taking Cortisol. VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana, Nairo 2. Contador, Alberto 3. Uran, Rigoberto 4. Aru, Fabio 5. Hesjedel, Ryder »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana, Nairo 2. Froome, Christopher 3. Uran, Rigoberto 4. Aru, Fabio 5. Horner, Old Man Chris »

Never forget your roots, they say… OK, I’m a child of the 70’s, and back then bicycles were as big a part of my life as they are today. We’d always be out riding, building tracks and jumps, and tinkering with our Dragsters, stripping them down to emulate our motocross heroes, with varying results.All these memories came f...

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  1. At the time, I remember being pissed off at my Dad for making me get a “proper” bicycle with gears and drop bars when all my friends had BMX bikes or Stingrays, but it worked out for the best. »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. SAGAN Peter 2. SLAGTER Tom Jelte 3. GILBERT Philippe 4. ROCHE Nicholas 5. GALLOPIN Tony »

No technology can increase the energy of the willpower of the rider, nor can it lessen the doubts which sometimes overwhelm him. - Bernard HinaultAs I swung off the main road, I was momentarily consumed by the simple thrill of my tires leaving the hard tarmac and hitting the rough gravel of the unpaved forest road. It was a brief distraction of the...

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  1. @frank Wow!  Thank you for finding that!  I have been looking for that for years. »

  2. I’ve read somewhere or other, attributed to Merckx when he was asked how he was able to race so dominantly that, “There are no physical laws that govern the will.”  I’ve never been able to find the quote again, though.  Anybody on here know the actual quo… »

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, Mariane 2. Wild, Kristin 3. Bronzini, Giorgia 4. Hosking, Chloe 5. Armitstead, Lizzie »

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. Gutted for Contador, but new found respect for Scarponi after he cartwheeled over that haybale, dusted himself off, caught back on, then drove the pace for his team leader, Nibali, to set up the attack.  That’s a V ride! »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Chris Froome 2. Alberto Contador 3. Vincenzo Nibali 4. Jurgen Van Den Broek 5. Bauke Mollema »

Before Tomac and Ned, before LeMond and Big Mig, there was Bob Hannah. For a young lad obsessed with motorcycles as well as bicycles, the ‘Hurricane’ was the epitome of style on a bike. His bright yellow Yamaha YZs and matching head-to-toe kit set the bar and inspired me to emulate not only his style on the bike, but off it too. If onl...

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  1. Hadda couple of early-mid ’70’s Honda CB750’s, but wadded them up with the help of some inattentive motorists.  There are definitely some transferable skills in terms of apexing corners, etc, and it can be a lot of fun.  However the ability to be going do… »

For the simple reason that the Cobbled and Ardennes Classics are behind us, I have not alternative but to get back on my soap box about the Giro being the best of the three Grand Tours. Well, usually, at least. Last year’s race sucked the big one (even if it was supremely Rule #9), but for the most part it is the race that is the most c...

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  1. I’m going mostly with old age and treachery for this one. VSP PICKS: 1. Joaquin Rodriguez 2. Cadel Evans 3. Nairo Quintana 4. Domenico Pozzovivo 5. Steven Kruijswijk »

The 100th running of Liège-Bastogne-Liège takes place this Sunday. Danny-boy Martin will be marked heavily as the defending champion. Malmerde, and Phil Gil have shown they are peaking too. Froomy has thrown his hat into the ring, as he did last year but after last years 26th place, maybe it’s training. 263 kms, past winners include a long...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Phil Gil 2. Alejandro Valverde 3. Vinny Nibbles 4. Danny Boy Martin 5. Michal Kwiatkowski »

The Amstel Gold Race, 251 km from Maastricht to Valkenburg, the hard way. There appears to be no flat sections longer than ten meters. There are thirty-four mean little climbs to ruin the legs. We have moved on from the real Spring Classics. There is no rest in this VSP; The Ronde and Roubaix were amazing but we must continue. Legs that are smoked...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Valverde, Alejandro 2. Kwiatkowski, Mikel 3. Rodriguez, Joquin 4. Martin, Daniel 5. Gilbert, Philipe »

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 »