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Order: Level 4 Velominatus

Location: Lake Tahoe, CA

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We are the Keepers of the Cog. In so being, we also maintain the sacred text wherein lie the simple truths of cycling etiquette known as The Rules. It is in our trust to maintain and endorse this list.The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path to La Vie Velominatus, not at the end; learning to balance them against one another and to welcome them...

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  1. Apparently we have it all wrong.  Maybe a copyright muck up of sorts as well. The Rules In Cyclocross, kolo, Lifestyle, Michigan, Mountain Biking, Road Racing on April 18, 2014 at 10:16 am It’s even more simple than you’ve been told.  The Rules 1… »

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Faboo 2. Vanmarcke 3. Tornado Tom 4. Van Avermaet 5. Stybar »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Taboo 2. Vanmarcke 3. Tornado Tom 4. Van Avermaet 5. Stybar »

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  1. @andrew Agreed.  As someone who is as passionate about photography as I am about cycling (blasphemy I know), I have grown to loathe those types of kitschy photos.  They have a place only on valentines cards and the art section of Ikea. A nice enough p… »

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. Cobwebs VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Kwiatkowski 3. Faboo 4. Cav 5. Degenkolb »

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  1. @TBONE If only the next two frames were available. »

The early eighties saw the tide change in the European Peloton. Components were taking on a new, curvy shape as they left their boxy forms behind. The glint of toe clips in the sun would become a rarer sight as the move towards clipless pedals would take hold in 1985. English speakers were winning the big races classically won by continental Pros.T...

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  1. @Daccordi Rider Just read Froome is calling for the stage to be neutralized in the event of weather, claiming safety is the concern. As Riis said, nobody is forcing anyone to ride fast and beyond their comfort zones.  Just like nobody forces the riders … »

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Contador 2. Froome 3. Kreuziger 4. Purito 5. Quintana »

The early eighties saw the tide change in the European Peloton. Components were taking on a new, curvy shape as they left their boxy forms behind. The glint of toe clips in the sun would become a rarer sight as the move towards clipless pedals would take hold in 1985. English speakers were winning the big races classically won by continental Pros.T...

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  1. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps): 1. Froome 2. Contador 3. Porte 4. Valverde 5. Quintana »

  2. Froome has come along way since getting towed uphill in the Giro.  Sky done good. »

  3. Brilliant stage… even on DVR delay.  Appears AC has learned some lessons from the past.  That was no peddle in the park and to the best of my recollection the most on the edge of your seat sprint stage in years.  The stage to Alpe d’Huez just got a bit … »

Palo Alto, CA.  8:0V am.  Here is the Route.The second annual Bay Area Cogal will take in the finest roads the Peninsula has to offer. We’ll ride over the hills from Portola Valley, out to the coast, down to Santa Cruz or thereabouts, and then back for recovery beverages. We hope you can join us. Continue reading...

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  1. Palo Alto, CA.  8:0V am.  Here is the Route.

    The second annual Bay Area Cogal will take in the finest roads the Peninsula has to offer. We’ll ride over the hills from Portola Valley, out to the coast, down to Santa Cruz or thereabouts, and then back for recovery beverages. We hope you can join us.

     

     

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    Date/Time
    Date - July 20, 2013
    8:05 AM - 5:00 PM

    Location
    Alpine Inn

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  1. A few weeks back the wife noticed my calves twitching.  I never noticed it before and I can’t feel it but when I cross one of my legs my calf looks like some parasitic worm is wrestling a badger in there.  Freaks me out!  Am I alone here? »

The early eighties saw the tide change in the European Peloton. Components were taking on a new, curvy shape as they left their boxy forms behind. The glint of toe clips in the sun would become a rarer sight as the move towards clipless pedals would take hold in 1985. English speakers were winning the big races classically won by continental Pros.T...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Contador 2. Van Garderen 3. Porte 4. Valverde 5. Froome »

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Stevens 3. De Vries 4. Van Dijk 5. Bronzini »

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. TJ Van Gaderen 2. Kreuziger 3. Brajkovic 4. Hesjedal 5. Martin »

Every once in a while, you stumble across a quote that changes your outlook on how you approach life. Of course, this requires that one does a good deal of “reading”, which is a problem for me, as reading anything that isn’t Cycling-related feels the same as doing “work”. I do the odd bit of it nevertheless, and in a r...

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  1. Saweeeeeet! »

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  1. One thing is for certain, the Giro certainly makes the TDF more interesting.  Especially this year with what looks like a resurgent Cadel and a Wiggins with what most certainly looks like something to prove. Btw, a little off topic but Grimplette didn’t … »

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  1. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Nibali 2. Evans 3. Scarponi 4. Gesink 5. Sanchez »

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  1. Time bonuses!  That is all for now. »

We are the Keepers of the Cog. In so being, we also maintain the sacred text wherein lie the simple truths of cycling etiquette known as The Rules. It is in our trust to maintain and endorse this list.The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path to La Vie Velominatus, not at the end; learning to balance them against one another and to welcome them...

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  1. @Sauterelle I hear you.  Personally, I’m not opposed to blowing through the odd backroad stop sign or the lesser trafficked areas of the burbs.   But I make a point of stopping when in high traffic areas.  I see no sense in creating another pissed off mo… »

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  1. @PeakInTwoYears Absolutely.  The photo made me giggle in response to the Belly Breathing comments earlier, but I have so much respect for anyone who gets themselves out there and puts in the effort.  After I put that up I felt a tad ashamed.  Kudos to hi… »

  2. Better example of Belly Breathing. »

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  1. Just reread SABOTAGING THE SABOTEUR for first time in a long time.  While the story was funny enough on its own, well the introduction of @Adrian put it over the top. »