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Location: Napoli, Italy

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I'm a Kiwi marooned in Napoli. Living the dream... perhaps not the standard Italian dream but the riding's great, a local bike shop had a stash of NOS steel frames out the back, I bought two. All is good.

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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. VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. Uran 3. Rodriguez 4. Evans 5. Duarte »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Evans 2. Quintana 3. Rodriguez 4. Pozzovivo 5. Duarte »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Evans 2. Quintana 3. Rodriquez 4. Pozzovivo 5. Duarte »

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. Valverde 2. Martin 3. Kwiatkowski 4. Nibali 5. Froome »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Valverde 3. Kwiatkowski 4. Moreno 5. Gallopin »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Van Dijk 3. Johannson 4. Van Vleuten 5. Amialiusik »

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 2. Rodriquez 3. Nibali 4. Gerrans 5. Gilbert »

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. Van Avermaet 4. Phinney 5. Degenkolb »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Sagan 3. Boonen 4. Stybar 5. Degenkolb »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Emma Johansson 2. Van Dijk 3. Longo Borghini 4. Gunnewijk 5. Ratto »

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. Cancellara 2. Sagan 3. Degenkolb 4. van Avermaet 5. Stybar »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Boonen 2. Sagan 3. Cancellara 4. van Avermaet 5. Stybar »

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. Rossella Ratto 2. Elisa Longo Borghini 3. Vos 4. van Dijk 5. Armistead »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Degenkolb 3. Modolo 4. Cancellara 5. Stybar »

Assuming you ride somewhere outside the borders of Antarctica, you have likely already heard about the injustice being imposed on our friend and fellow Velominatus, Dan Richter who goes around these parts as @Dan_R.I’ve been riding Dan’s wheels for a bit over a year, and they are the best I’ve ever had. After hearing about the sui...

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  1. I caught this thing on the weekend and was excited by the way the community was able to use the interweb so effectively to do some good. I still reckon Richter is a better name for the wheels but love that Café Roubaix remains. »

Oh brothers and sisters, we find ourselves here again. It was but a few moments ago when the Milan-Sanremo VSP went up. Racers fought the sleet, producing an unforgettable start to the Velominati VSP season. Cancellara, Nibali, Froome and, and Horner were all big points winners for our astute and well informed audience. But now it has come to Paris...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Degenkolb 2. Chavenal 3. Van Avermaet 4. Boom 5. Terpstra »

Il Lombardia, this is the race of the fallen leaves. This fall classic is a beautiful race in a beautiful region of Italy. The arduous route may change year to year but what does not change is the Italian need to win this thing. There is some national pride at stake here after the Italian men finished off the podium in Firenze. Bergamo to Lecco, 24...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Rodriquez 2. Rui Costa 3. Nibali 4. Van Avermaet 5. Pozzovivo »

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

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  1. I’ve backed Ratto before and was seriously considering her this time. Damn! »

  2. I’ve backed Ratto before »

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. Cancellara 2. Rodriquez 3. Nibali 4. Froome 5. Gilbert »

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

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Longo Borghini 3. Worrack 4. Ellem Van Dijk 5. Villumsen »

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. Ellen van Dijk 3. Evelyn Stevens 4. Shara Gillow 5. Trixie Worrack »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Linda Villumsen 2. Ellen van Dijk 3. Evelyn Stevens 4. Emma Pooley 5. Shara Gillow »

An ancient Velominati legend states that when the The Prophet created the common fly, he gave it a maximum air speed of exactly 12 kilometers per hour. When he created the common Cyclist, on the other hand, he gave us a maximum climbing speed of 11.9 kilometers per hour.The worst flies on the planet live in the Pyrenees, where it is hot and humid...

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  1. Here we get a kind of horsefly that loves sucking cyclist sweat. They bite and you definitely don’t want to get one down inside you jersey! »

There has been some gravel fever going around; there is a lot of talk of new bikes and new routes. I don’t live in gravel country and have not caught the disease, yet. @Antoniv submitted this tale of gravel. It’s a bit long but the race was long too. For those of us who haven’t caught the bug, this might help, or hurt. Either way,...

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  1. What a great adventure! Really nicely written too. Thanks. »

  • Wilkins is right about his role in his bike/car incidents. There’s 2 sides to the equation, always. As cyclists,...

  • One word, old mate … abridge!

    Fuck me that’s a long article. I really should read one someday around here.

  • @DeKerr

    Indeed, great story. What year was it published? I could not find the date. Mentions Pharmstrong’s...

  • @Ron

    YES! Ron, we have a date with DESTINY!!! Or a ride, not sure which? Either way, some of us are going to do...

  • @kixsand best of luck. Have fun and ask lots of questions!

  • Holy fuck! Anyone have any hot deals on GoPros and helmet mounts?

    Or maybe small firearms and bibshort holsters?

  • @PeakInTwoYears hear, hear. I to am fortunate to ride in friendlier climes

  • One word, old mate…………camera.

  • Mindfulness–and let’s just pass right over the idea of compassion for the moment–isn’t easy when it’s hard. When...

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