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Het Volk (it will always be Het Volk to me) and now the Strade Bianche may well mark the sentimental beginning to the season, but those are specialized, pre-season races that appeal mostly to riders who are preparing for bigger objectives later in the year, such as the Cobbled or Ardennes Classics. Same goes for Tirreno Adriatico and Paris-Nice; t...

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  1. Scarponi / Moser not competing.. adding Nibali & Jurgen Roelandts VSP PICKS: 1. Kreuziger 2. Cancellara 3. Nibali 4. Roelandts 5. Sagan »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Kreuziger 2. Cancellara 3. Moser 4. Scarponi 5. Sagan »

Last year we read that Philippe Gilbert is riding a 50cm (top tube of 535mm) BMC frame and he is 1.79m (5’10”) tall. Now it’s reported in Cyclingnews that Ritchie Porte’s Pinarello is a 46.5cm frame (top tube of 515mm) and Porte is 1.72m (5’8”) tall. He is no Nairo Quintana but somehow he is on Quintana’s old bike. Porte is just one i...

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  1. Rare jongens, those Sky riders… »

La Vie Velominatus. It is the life we, as Velominati, lead. It is life as a disciple of cycling, of the greater meaning the bike holds and the lessons it teaches us. Along the path, one of our great duties is the wholesale consumption of the great Works related to our sport. From periodicals to books to films, herin lies the list of works conside...

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  1. I just went through most of the thread but didn’t see this one mentioned yet: benjo maso’s sweat of the gods, a more sociological approach to the concept of SUFFERING .. It’s not… »

Erik Breukink, pictured here on the far right in the 1987 Giro, was on the upswing of what seemed to be very bright future. From a young age, he appeared to be a natural Grand Tour rider, so the Dutch teams he perpetually rode for did what Dutch teams do best, which is heap loads of pressure on an ill-prepared mind, micro-manage the snot out of him...

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  1. Breukink was also an expert analyst and commentator on Dutch TV for the main cycling races. Better in my opinion than another ex pro, Maarten Ducrot, who raced for Kwantum and TVM. »

@Marco’s takeSomewhere midway, I realized: looking fantastic while riding batshit fast through unknown territory in Rule #9 conditions in mid-December is hard. Continue reading...

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  1. ahhh I miss Nederland sometimes! The wind and the rain, and especially the people who don’t seem to notice either! If I would’ve known I could have alerted some of my hard men buddies to join you.. June I’m going to try and be there!! »

Hear ye, hear ye, get thee, and a mirror, to your indoor trainer. This is going to be a multi-part series on getting the rider and the ride to a more perfect union. Most of us have never been professionally fit for our bikes. An inseam measured, a glance at a reflection when riding by a store window is our bike fit. I’m not advocating  that,...

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  1. When I purchased my first bike, the LBS gave me a free “pro” fit. I initially thought I was positiond fine on the bike but after longer rides I started to feel numbness and pain in knees. Then I met one of those dark art Sith Lords during a bike ride and … »

Today is a special day for two reasons. First, it is Sinterklaas Avond, an important holiday in the Netherlands and Belgium. Second, it marks the launching of a new feature for Velominati which we are calling the Kermis. A Kermis is a carnival usually marked by a criterium bicycle race held around the perimeter of the festival grounds. Because o...

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  1. Oh yeah frank, apparently “kapoentje” being a castrated hen had some relation to celibate clergymen like st Nicholas so the word was used as a sort of cuss word :) »

  2. Been reading the blog for a while but finally decided to chime in! I’m another dutchie living in the US for about 6 years now. I miss the candy and traditional foods like Gevulde Speculaas, I usually try to stock up on it at Schiphol after a visit, but th… »