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The Bike. It is the central tool in pursuit of our craft. A Velominatus meticulously maintains their bicycles and adorns them with the essential, yet minimal, accoutrement. The Rules specify the principles of good taste in configuration and setup of our machines, but within those principles lies almost infinite room for personal taste.It seems in s...

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  1. @roger loving this… »

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. I really do like Amstel Gold. One of my favourite one dayers. Obvious picks means i have no idea who will win. As long as its not Valverde, i can’t stand him and don’t trust his form this year. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Costa 3. Kreutziger 4. Thomas g 5… »

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. Can’t see past spartacus for this. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Stybar 3. Terpstra 4. Phinney 5. Wiggins »

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. Armistead 2. Johanson 3. borghini 4. K Wild 5. Stevens »

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. Started thinking about my picks last night then went to bed and had this weird dream that I was in Belgium. I was in a second hand furniture shop but somehow ended up buying a pair of rims, hubs, a handful of spokes and a spoke key. I then started to try … »

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. Stybar 2. Sagan 3. Ciolek 4. Kristoff 5. Cancellara »

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. Hmmm. Is Stannard not riding? »

The Bike. It is the central tool in pursuit of our craft. A Velominatus meticulously maintains their bicycles and adorns them with the essential, yet minimal, accoutrement. The Rules specify the principles of good taste in configuration and setup of our machines, but within those principles lies almost infinite room for personal taste.It seems in s...

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  1. Its been a while since I posted a photo. I’ve made a few changes to the fit and gone to speedplay pedals that I’m really enjoying. »

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. Yes Yes Yes. Good to be back in the ring for the VSP. I won a Malteni Jersey in 2012 & Bonts in 2013 – proof that twatwaffle does pay. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Ulissi 3. Stannard 4. Slagter 5. Kwiatkowski »

The proclamation is heard in the office, on social media, at the bar with friends; “It’s leg day.” When someone utters “it’s leg day” the accompanying tone of resentment and even dread is usually followed by an audible “ugh”. This exasperation belies one fact, the person making the utterance is not a...

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  1. ^^^^^^^ that link ‘the girls eh, they want to come and touch my legs. and my arse’ –  Forstermann »

  2. http://youtu.be/WbYh8i7ZquE »

  3. @Chris Yeah, really long, even if you’re tall. I actually thought they’d sent leg warmers by accident. »

  4. @KW just say you’re doing it then do it. Weeks of discussion beforehand will just make into a bigger deal than it is. My wife was generally bemused but luckily she has a long list of other things to be pissed off with me about so what I do with my legs s… »

  5. @VeloSix They don’t just volunteer, they pay for the privilege.  the soldiers wear the camo. I realise this makes no sense but its massive. »

  6. @Richard Johnson The de feet knee warmers are long enough to almost cover your whole leg I’d go for those. if you are wearing shorts. I’ll say it quietly but I wore one piece bib longs / tights through the worst of winter this year. I don’t see the point… »

  7. @Ron The military fitness craze is big where I live. Big groups of people being shouted at and humiliated in the park by ex-soldiers wearing camo. I just don’t get it. »

  8. While it’s always a leg day, I love the feeling 3 days after doing a harder or longer ride than normal.  After 1 day my legs feel tired and hot. After day 2 they feel dull and heavy. On the 3rd day they feel strong and fast again.  Then the process starts… »

My favorite feeling is perhaps the empty hollowness of hunger. That statement, in itself, is a declaration of the privileged life I’ve led; it is borderline obscene to boast of such a thing in a world where 842 million people don’t have enough to eat. Nevertheless, being lucky enough to have been raised in America and just competent eno...

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  1. I’ve trained properly since the first of January climaxing in a tough early season sportif yesterday. I was so hungry today that I could’ve eaten the snake that ate the crocodile:  http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/mar/03/snake-eats-crocodile-i… »

Omloop het Nieuwsblad is fast approaching on March 1st, Strade Bianche goes off the next weekend; finally, ladies and gentlemen, we have a season. For me the racing season really has to start in cold, wet Europe. I like the Tour Down Under just fine, I watch it, but it’s too early, too sunny and too hot to signify the start of the racing season...

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  1. Rain is forecast all day long on Saturday for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. »

I’m a non-climber who enjoys climbing. I’d enjoy it more if I was good at it. And “enjoy” might be too strong a word, “tolerate” might be better. But dragging 89 kilos up a volcano gives one time to contemplate the cycling life .Let us define non-climber. It’s someone either too fat, too big (gravitationally challenged) or a fast- twi...

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  1. @Gianni cheers. if you can find it, or a USA equivalent, Napisan cleans whites so well with no bleaching. The DeFeet wool stuff comes much cleaner than you’d imagine with a bit of soaking. »

  2. I found a pre crash photo of non climber climbing from sunday. The spring collection / Flandrian Best is looking a bit box fresh, a few scuffs will soon take care of that. »

  3. @Chris  Took a decent chunk of the carbon trim off my Chorus rear mech but it’s still working perfectly and scraped my saddle. It could have been worse, the knuckle of my right hand stopped any impact on the shifter and that would have been expensive.    … »

  4. @Chris I rode Hell of the Ashdown yesterday and it was pretty eventful. A lot of ice for the first hour and I came down hard after the descent of Toys Hill. Cut my knee pretty bad, sprained my wrist and bruised shoulder. Ripped the new rapha l/s jersey … »

  5. Composure is my tip for fellow non-climbers. When I climb ok, or less badly than normal, its because I’ve managed to stay focused and mantain a certain amount of composure and form. This doesn’t mean going easy but you have to stay in control. The worst … »

  6. @Chris Ah cool, I won’t look out for you then. I’m looking forward to it but Its likely to be a slow crawl for me. »