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Velominatus: moondance

Order: Level 2 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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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 use 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. »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Longo, Jeannie 2. Zabelinskaia, Olga 3. Neben, Amber 4. O’Donnell, Bridie 5. Strappazzon, Marine »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Martin, Daniel 2. Sagan, Peter 3. Van Avermaet 4. Cancellara 5. Pozzato »

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

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Longo Borghini 3. Bronzini 4. Armitstead 5. Brzezna, Paulina »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Longo Borghini 3. Bronzini 4. Armitstead 5. Brzezna »

  3. According to cyclingfever, Pooley is not starting. »

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. Linda Villumsen 2. Evelyn Stevens 3. Ellen Van Dijk 4. Trixi Worrack 5. Tatiana Antoshina »

Cycling is a mighty sport with a rich and complex history. Every company, racer, piece of kit, and component has a legend, a story behind it; in many cases it also has a personal and nostalgic connection to our lives.  While this particular sport is steeped in tradition, it is also fiercely modern, a fact that serves only to deepen its complexity...

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  1. @wiscot and put it on the big ring, FFS. »

@prowrench is throwing down the greasy gauntlet. There is truth in his words. We already understand the gap between the professional cyclist and us civilians extends somewhere over the horizon. We can ride the bikes, wear nice kit and ride the race routes but that’s about as close as we can get. No one is paying us to ride. We are not Pros. B...

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  1. If the rest of the group doesn’t mind our off-topic meanderings… I’m raised in Downers Grove, sledding on Mt. Trashmore when they opened it. I spent 4 years in Waukesha, Wi. New job with FAA took me to Terre Haute. Raised my boys there. Wife, self and … »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. J. Rodriguez 2. S. Sanchez 3. Henao 4. Nibali 5. Horner »