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Velominatus: margc

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An Aussie in Boston. Riding when I can, missing the weather of Melbourne, but enjoying the scenery of New England. Struggling, aging road biker, but loving the ride!

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Once again the metal grate is rolling up in front of the VSP lotto window. It’s bettin’ time. The Route de France is an eight day women’s stage race consisting of a prologue and seven road stages. The route stays away from any serious mountains so daily victories could go to sprinters or those willing to drive a breakaway. To make...

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  1. Oooh, tough. Liked the look of Armistead in the Olympics, but that’s a looong time ago and she was on home turf with super support. Oh well, in for a penny … Gotta pick an Aussie too, and why not Tiff Cromwell? VSP PICKS: 1. armistead 2. stevens 3…. »

The early eighties saw the tide change in the European Peloton. Components were taking on a new, curvy shape as they left their boxy forms behind. The glint of toe clips in the sun would become a rarer sight as the move towards clipless pedals would take hold in 1985. English speakers were winning the big races classically won by continental Pros.T...

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  1. @Chris He was recounting one of his fave moments of past Tours, according to this piece from the Radio Shack web page: “As fan-favorite Jens Voigt says goodbye to the Tour but hopefully not cycling, his can-do spirit and upbeat attitude  inspire those… »

Since it appears that the descents are where the action is in this year’s Tour de France, we thought we’d forgo our usual Mountain-Top Finish for the Stage VSP and instead go for what I’m guessing might be a real cracker of a stage into Le Grand Bornand. In 2009, the Schleck Tandem hadn’t yet discovered their collective dra...

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  1. I’ve come to the conclusion that I know fuck all at this stage. Whatever – go Berite on the descents, and come on you little dynamo Colombian. Need J-Rod to do something good to salvage my overall picks, since Mollema packed it in. VSP PICKS: 1. conta… »

The early eighties saw the tide change in the European Peloton. Components were taking on a new, curvy shape as they left their boxy forms behind. The glint of toe clips in the sun would become a rarer sight as the move towards clipless pedals would take hold in 1985. English speakers were winning the big races classically won by continental Pros.T...

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  1. I agree – what a great stage! Love what Bertie and team are pulling off. And the Chavanel/Cavendish duo are just magic. Too bad my picks are now stuffed. Why did I sub in Malmerde? Waste of points. Should’ve left Porte there. All the rest of today’s top … »

  2. @Buck Rogers I seem to remember feeling the same last year: too many boring flat stages before the mountains. One or two exciting stages so far this year, but 9-10 ho-hum ones. I just don’t get the “ride 200km and then have a bunch sprint” model. But thi… »

  3. Rest day swaps. OK, trying to make the cheapest change I can (Porte out, Valverde in) but suspecting that the whole shebang from 3-5 needs to move up a spot to allow someone like … Valverde? Quintana? Cuddles? in If Richie does a miracle ride to get ba… »

This is the women’s Giro and it just happens to take place in early July, bad timing or good timing, at least the Italians step up and do a mini-Grand Tour. Here is the start list. Unfortunately we cannot be giving away more bikes and wheels for this race, but bragging rights and points are useful. Do I have any insightful things to say about...

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  1. Too hard not to pick Vos, though it’d be nice to see a challenger get up. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Stevens 3. Bronzini 4. Gunnewijk 5. Johansson »

The early eighties saw the tide change in the European Peloton. Components were taking on a new, curvy shape as they left their boxy forms behind. The glint of toe clips in the sun would become a rarer sight as the move towards clipless pedals would take hold in 1985. English speakers were winning the big races classically won by continental Pros.T...

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  1. Well, here goes nothing… Got no idea really. VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. Porte 3. Contador 4. Mollema 5. J-Rod »

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. Women’s cycling clothing: WTF?! As these things often go, the zipper on my old gilet busted AND a catalog from Terry, “The Original Women’s Cycling Company,” landed in my letterbox. Too late  to score a Velominati gilet in time for my upcoming trip to th… »

  2. @the Engine I have the black-on-black version as well! But many cycling friends merely snicker about some sexual innuendo when they read it – dunno what they can be on about. I have to confess to owning a YJA that was brought into use when I rode the hil… »

  3. On another topic: are HTFU wristbands still cockrings for your arms? I see Jens is sporting one (and a “Shut up legs” wristband) at the ToC right now. »

Day 5 of the Six Days of the Giro continues with an impromptu VSP event.Lets have a look at where we are in the 2013 Giro. Wiggins must have spent time training in Luxembourg because he’s been descending like a Schleck when things get dodgy before disappearing into the team van to have a cry about it. Hesjedal has put in some good moves and...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Nibbles 2. Cuddles 3. Inexhaustible 4. Dirty Sanchez 5. Henao »

Twiggo is dreaming of a Giro-Tour double. He has sent out mixed messages about his Tour ambitions. Will he use the Giro as the ultimate Tour preparation or will be burn all his matches in May and hope he can find another pack for July? He has abandoned his successful 2012 Tour run-up strategy of winning every stage race he entered the previous spri...

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  1. Here goes, my first ever entry in the VSP. Would love Nibbles to finally make the break from Sir Twig, but think the Sky Train might be too strong. Gesink mainly because Team Blanco seem to be having a great season. BTW, I feel the need for an imaginativ… »