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Jens Voigt is set to retire as we speak, having one final crack at a long break in some race in the Cycling backwater of the USA. Is it fair or fitting that he should go out like this, slipping out the back door with little fanfare, while others have been doing a farewell tour of all the big races, replete with fancy commemorative shoes and a son...

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  1. Perfect. I’ve always felt that to mention him in a doping conversation would bring cold stares… »

The ride starts and finishes at the Red Hook Brewery in Woodinville WA. This is an easy location for visitors to Seattle. Plan is a V past VV departure, giving ample time for a tour of the beautiful Snoqualmie river valley after the obligatory pre ride espressi. There are a few semi-urban areas to traverse, but the return to the brewery should pro...

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  1. The ride starts and finishes at the Red Hook Brewery in Woodinville WA. This is an easy location for visitors to Seattle. Plan is a V past VV departure, giving ample time for a tour of the beautiful Snoqualmie river valley after the obligatory pre ride espressi. There are a few semi-urban areas to traverse, but the return to the brewery should provide a pleasant post-ride food and fresh malted beverage experience. The ride is mostly gentle country roads, but includes both the Tolt River Climb and the Ames Lake Climb after some flat touring to soften the guns. Be advised that experienced riders will mark the heads of state on 12% Tolt, then after the technical descent are sure to launch the selection attack at the base of the longer, yet less steep Ames Lake climb. A regroup is likely on the long descent back to a short section of bike path to the brewery –  a sprint finish is likely, but experienced riders of the route will know that presence of YJAs and Hairy Hippie Douchbags may require vigilance in the lead out (especially on a Saturday.)

    Plan is for a Casually Deliberate pace – regroups as needed or desired, but as you can see from the profile, the peloton is likely to enjoy a quiet day of touring. Except of course we all expect the blistering initial attack from @cyclops at the drop of the gun after the neutral pull out from the brewery. There are nice locally owned places for refuel in both Duvall and Carnation.

    As is the tradition, a Friday night pre ride revelry event will be planned and discussed in the comments.

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    Date - June 16, 2012
    10:05 AM - 6:00 PM

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    Red Hook Brewery

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It is my great pleasure to bring @Dan_R’s article to the Velominati. Frank has recently written about cycling as an addiction. It’s a “good” addiction but it is more than that. We worry about our Strava numbers, debate sock height, but forget that the simple act of cycling with others can offer more than just an endorphin bu...

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  1. Pretty sure @Steampunk said it best. Wow. What a great article. There are many times recently that I am finding stress (although not as serious as PTSD) becoming my excuse NOT to ride. That is truly the time that I should. Need more Keepers in my area…. »

Sweet Jesus, here is a DS you can’t bluff. Having Raas, Tchmil or Sean Yates as a director must make you a better rider; you will be getting little sympathy from the team car with one of these guys behind the wheel. Some ex-racers really let go when they retire but only Sean Yates looks meaner and leaner after he quits the pro peloton. This p...

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  1. Got the HTFU wrist bands in the mail!! Only thing is, how, as a school teacher, do I get away with it, or at least remember to remove it before going to work?? “Teacher, what does your wrist band say?” oooohhhh shit. »

After a winter of long training rides that offered more in the way of numb extremities than it did in acute enjoyment, I have to say that the warming of the air and brightening of the skies have served to remind me that while I love riding in bad weather, I certainly don’t have anything against riding when its nice out.But dont think for...

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  1. @Sauterelle OK, so the Kelly comment was the first thought I could pull out of my ass… I didn’t want to disrupt the theme. Next, Cunego has some good days left in his medicine cabinet… I mean legs! »

  2. I don’t know if I’m in enough arguments to justify posting my pics, as I see that might be the new requirement… How’s this: Sean Kelly doesn’t get enough credit for his palmares. Suck on that. VSP PICKS: 1. Scarponi 2. Ryder Hesjedal 3. Basso 4. Cun… »

The Rules are about cultivating a passion for riding our bikes to gain the maximum enjoyment possible. This requires humility, for one thing, and devotion, for another. It requires a balance between focusing on progress and enjoying the journey. It demands a reverence for our history paired with a hunger for evolution. The Rules teach us balance, t...

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  1. @frank Those girls are way underpaid. Fast forward three seconds…. “Phleh!! (Spitting sound)” »

  2. Yates veins = nasty. Looks like some form of worm infestation. »

  3. You had me at Hinault. Nice work Frank »

Museeuw rockin’ the bands riding with Cipo decked out in yellow as he twists one up. There are only two things cooler than this and both of them are impossible to get. One is Led Zeppelin playing at your shitty graduation party in the late 70’s and the other is one of those awesome Coca Cola bidons. Fuck yeah!...

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  1. Am I too late in noticing the short lived bar extensions on Musseuw’s bars. I still have a set of those. Pretty sure they were mass start legal for somewhere around 43 seconds. »

Our products represent the spirit of Velominati; every product we offer is made with the utmost attention to detail – no compromises were made in their selection or design. Whenever possible, our products are made my small, locally-owned businesses who share our passion for quality and we make every effort to ensure they are made in an enviro...

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  1. @mcsqueak Pretty sure that is a front for ‘other businesses’… »

The saddle has got to be the most important piece of equipment for the cyclist when it comes to comfort and performance. If your ass is rubbing the wrong way, causing chafing and sores, or all circulation is cut off rendering you unable to locate vital organs for nature breaks, then it’s fair to say you don’t have the right saddle. And...

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  1. @frank Sorry! I am not the one to post on someone else’s site all my junk… To give @Frank some credit, he does a better interview ‘lubricated’ than most do ‘dry’!!! »

Finally we can speak to this Paris-Roubaix mythology. The Keepers Tour group rode twenty-one sectors at something much slower than race speed. After the first sector we regrouped and we were all stunned by how bad it was. Twenty more sectors of that? That was horrendously tough.The first sectors are the easy ones. The hard ones start with the famou...

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  1. Ahh, John Tesh. I can hear the cheesy synth music now like it was yesterday. When I’m truly suffering on the bike, it somes to me like Mother Mary in a Beatles song. »