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Many of us cyclist don’t go out on the bike for under an hour, at a minimum. What’s the point? It is barely a ride if it is not at least two hours on the bike. I need half an hour to convince myself maybe I do feel OK. After an hour, the first queries can go down to the engine room, is everything good down there? Some people feel better...

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  1. For me, the third hour is a reality check. It’s where I figure out how much this ride is going to hurt. The third hour is when I find out if that extra speed I had in the first two hours was all me. Most often, I find that the early speed was just a light… »

“My dear, Find what you love and let it kill you. Let it drain you of your all. Let it cling onto your back and weigh you down into eventual nothingness. Let it kill you and let it devour your remains. For all things will kill you, both slowly and fastly, but it’s much better to be killed by a lover. ~ Falsely yours” ― Charles BukowskiIt&#...

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  1. “Fuckedness” is a great twist on old and ever-flexible classic. Be well, have fun, ride bike. Rearrange order as necessary. »

I have an idea. If Mr Cookson and the UCI are eager to lift women’s cycling up, why not sponsor a women’s race for each of the Monuments of the sport? A Giro di Lombardia Féminin would be a much better end to the season than the Chrono Des Nations. Each Monument would have an earlier start time than the men’s, a slightly shorter...

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  1. Here’s my completely unscientific and willy-nilly perusal of other picks and then arranging them alphabetically shot in the dark. Nowhere near the podium and not expected to be so no pressure. Good luck to all. VSP PICKS: 1. Antoshina 2. Bussi 3. Drysda… »

This is big. This is the race that decides the arc-en-ciel  jersey for the next year. It is the best looking jersey. It carries the most baggage. It also brings the most respect. The World Championship is a circuit race of attrition. In Ponferrada Spain it’s an 182 km loop done seven times, with a total of 2142 m of climbing. Is it a climber...

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  1. Picks borrowed from Universio, then shuffled the Vs to the top, as they should be. Best of luck to all. VSP PICKS: 1. Van Vleuten 2. Vos 3. Riabchenko 4. Johansson 5. Bronzini »

All hail, the Worlds are upon us. The time trials should be events where all VSP participants can rack up some decent points. Remove team tactics, national team versus trade team allegiances, using this event to train for another event, bonking and hanging onto team cars from the equation. All one is left with are possible flat tire, possible mecha...

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  1. Plenty of V in my picks, got to be worth something. VSP PICKS: 1. Garfoot 2. Borghini 3. Van Vleuten 4. Villumsen 5. Van Dijk »

Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour...

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  1. I hope this gets some traction. »

  2. Round Two VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Froome 2. Quintana 3. Valverde 4. Contador 5. Uran »

  3. Here goes, good luck to all. VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. Quintana 3. Evans 4. Pinot 5. Horner »

The race of the funny hat.Every team seems to have included one or two riders fresh off the Tour. One would either feel ruined or unbeatable a week after that slug fest, more than likely, ruined. I imagine there are a few riders dodging calls from their directors this week. Continue reading...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Gallopin 3. Van Avermaet 4. Martin 5. Gerrans »

It’s no coincidence that Stage Five of the Tour was not only the best one to watch, or that it helped decide the race before nary a hill was crested, but that it was just, well, Stage Five. Only last minute copyright clearances prevented the organisers actually dubbing it Stage V, though they managed to get the rain delivered on time, an ess...

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  1. @Chris I assure you that I did not use my post as a subtle confessional but thanks for the chuckle. My point, that you surprisingly missed, is that even if you had a full on Santa beard going, you’d look decidedly more bad-ass with it covered in Flandrian… »

  2. Note to the older Velominatus among us:  Some grey in the beard may look distinguished. However, Dark-Nasty-Cold-Grey, as illustrated above, looks far more bad-ass. So, go dye that Gray with some nature. Crayola, you can thank me later for the new color… »

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. With the TT tomorrow, I fully expect some major shake-ups in the Top 5. It won’t be enough for my VSP picks to come through, but it will surely be as interesting as the last few weeks. I really did enjoy seeing Horner put in a move yesterday though and TJ… »

  2. I’m going to need some inspired rides from the rest of my picks to make this happen. »

  3. If Talansky makes it to the line or better yet, through tomorrow, we should re-badge him as V-Lansky. »

  4. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Nibali 2. Porte 3. Van Gaarderen 4. Rui Costa 5. Horner »

  5. With Contador out, I think Costa and Horner will work together for 4th and 5th respectively. I don’t see them overtaking the BMC sqauad though VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Nibali 2. Porte 3. Van Gaarderen 4. Rui Costa 5. Horner »

  6. How fitting is it that Stage “V” was exactly that? When I saw the rain this morning this morning and heard it was 50 F there, I was sure that everyone would get throttled. I can’t blame Froome for packing it in, most regular people want a day off after a … »

  7. @Deakus Thanks and best of luck. »

  8. Full disclosure: VSP newbie, Long-time reader, first-time poster, admittedly chronic rule breaker, part-time pot stirrer and general lover of cycling here. Best of luck to all. VSP PICKS: 1. Nibali 2. Porte 3. Van Gaarderen 4. Contador 5. Horner »