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Velominatus: moondance

Order: Level 3 Velominatus

Location: USA - Indiana

middle aged riding noob American, but a mutt, ie: French (Canadian) - likes red wine Belgian - likes beer Irish - likes whiskey German - likes beer

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Happy living in our stressful lives is all about organization. For instance, I like to sort the tasks first by priority and then group tasks of equal priority into buckets of minor priorities. Software developers creatively call this approach to organization a “bucket sort”. This helps break down what appears to be an insurmountable me...

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  1. @unversio Here in the hinterlands of central Indiana, the lowest temperature I’ve begun a ride at was 7 F. Last winter gave us plenty of opportunity for Rule V & 9 rides. »

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, Marianne 2. Pawlowska, Katarzyna 3. Borgata, Giada 4. Van Dijk, Ellen 5. Amialiusik, Alena »

It began when they come took me from my home And put me in Dead Row, Of which I am nearly wholly innocent, you know. And I’ll say it again I.. am.. not.. afraid.. to.. die.Cold, still, heavy, damp air encourages one to remain ensconsed, the familiar nagging doubt weedling away in the back, make that the front, of my mind, and I concede; I...

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  1. Christ. I don’t even know that song. But what you’ve done there, Brett, is some piece of writing. Chapeau.  I’m slinking off to bed now, awed and humbled. »

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. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps): 1. Nibali, Vincenzo 2. Valverde, Alejandro 3. van Garderen,Tejay 4. Mollema, Bauke 5. Bardet, Romain »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Contador, Alberto 2. Talansky, Andrew 3. Van Der Broeck, Jurgen 4. Mollema, Bauke 5. Bardet, Romain »

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. Johansson, Emma 2. Abbott, Mara 3. Vos, Marianne 4. Stevens, Evelyn 5. Ferrand-Prevot, Pauline »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Wiggins, Bradley 2. Pinot, Thibaut 3. Mollema, Bauke 4. Kreuziger, Roman 5. Izaguirre, Jon »

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. Here I go thinking anyways… VSP PICKS: 1. Martin, Dan 2. Kwiatkowski, Michal 3. Valverde, Alejandro 4. Gilbert, Philippe 5. Slagter, Tom Jelte »

  2. Because I’m too tired to put any thought into it… VSP PICKS: 1. Martin, Dan 2. Rodriguez, Joaquim 3. Costa, Rui 4. Kwiatkowski, Michal 5. Gilbert, Philippe »

Midweek in Belgium in Spring is a wonderful thing. Hordes of people come from seemingly nowhere to fill the bars and line the roadsides when presumably they’d usually be working, or at school, or some such. That the only ones who appear to be working are the bartenders and frites dispensers reinforces my belief that Belgium is the greatest co...

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  1. A great write up on Abandy and his high aspirations for La Fleche Wallonne and beyond. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert, Phillippe 2. Moreno, Daniel 3. Costa, Rui 4. Kwiatkowski, Michal 5. Mollema, Bauke »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert, Phillippe 2. Moreno, Daniel 3. Costa, Rui 4. Kwiatkowski, Michal 5. Mollema, Bauke »

Wednesday sees the return of the women to the VSP. More notably, we see the return of Marianne Vos to the road. She’s won this race five of the last seven years. It makes me wonder if the rest of the field have already resigned themselves to racing for second. On the other hand, Vos hasn’t been racing of late and may not be as sharp as...

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  1. @Steampunk They were getting a little, um, “argy bargey” there in the sprint. »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos, Marianne 2. Longo Borghini, Elisa 3. Stevens, Evelyn 4. Van Der Breggen, Anna 5. Moolman, Ashleigh »

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. Kwiatkowski, Michal 2. Valverde, Alejandro 3. Costa, Rui 4. Leuekemans, Bjorn 5. Kreuziger, Roman »

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. Boonen, Tommeke 2. Phinney, Taylor 3. Vanmarcke, Sep 4. Van Avermaet, Greg 5. Stybar, Zdenek »

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. It only remains to be seen just how much I will regret not picking Spartacus to win. And leaving him out completely…. VSP PICKS: 1. Boonen, Tom 2. Van Avermaet, Greg 3. Sagan, Peter 4. Stybar, Zdenik 5. Roelandts, Jurgen »

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. Traveling this week, I logged in and was happy to see the VSP open for the Ronde. Made my picks, was thrilled to be first picks made, rather than Delgado-ing. Come to find out Vos isn’t starting. sigh. So, shuffle and redo. VSP PICKS: 1. Van Dijk, Elle… »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos, Marianne 2. Stevens, Evelyn 3. Johansson, Emma 4. Van Dijk, Ellen 5. De Vries, Marijn »

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. Kristoff, Alexander 2. Sagan, Peter 3. Farrar, Tyler 4. Boonen, Tom 5. Degenkolb, John »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Van Dijk, Ellen 2. Johansson, Emma 3. Longo Borghini, Elisa 4. Ratto, Rossella 5. Worrack, Trixi »

Evolution doesn’t really seem to be part of the picture anymore, at least not where humans and our direct reports are concerned. We control an astounding number of genetic defects in ourselves, our pets, and agriculture while Science and Technology give Natural Selection swirlies in the locker room.Take exercise-induced asthma, which is a con...

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  1. @frank Fixed it for you. I promise to take the single speed out more often and work on it…. »

  2. Myself, I’m just a little old retiree who has only returned to riding a couple of years ago.  My entry bike had a compact triple. Now I’ve got quite the mash up, a 20 year old titanium frame of unknown origin with a Osymetric  52 and Qring 36, with Campy … »

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. @Minnesota Expat Which of the stupid “Watch Now” buttons did you select that are not merely adverts for movie sites? »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Cavendish, Mark 2. Sagan, Peter 3. Degenkolb, John 4. Phinney, Taylor 5. Modolo, Sacha »

Merckx famously professed that after a night of sinning, the body must be cleansed. He obviously meant this figuratively, not literally, because those mud guards on his bike aren’t going to take a big bite out of whatever that lorry has to offer him by way of a Flandrian facial.Winter is a tough time for those of us pawing about in search of...

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  1. Last New Year’s Eve. A good ending to a good year. Rule #9 rides rule. »