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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… »

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. 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 »

I had always imagined that de Ronde van Vlaanderen must be hardest race in the world. The way I worked it out – having never ridden the course of either event at the time – was that de Ronde had the same cobbles as Roubaix, but with 20% grades thrown in. It makes enough sense so long as you don’t know what you’re talking abo...

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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 »

This has to be one of the best photos of the 2013 Tour: Nairo Quintana at the finish on the Ventoux. Nairo gives very little away when he climbs but as he crossed the line his head dropped and the lights went out. He later admitted having gone too early again. Before that, on the slopes of the Giant of Provence, he knew he was going to win. Then h...

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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 … »

Since it appears that the descents are where the action is in this year’s Tour de France, we thought we’d forgo our usual Mountain-Top Finish for the Stage VSP and instead go for what I’m guessing might be a real cracker of a stage into Le Grand Bornand. In 2009, the Schleck Tandem hadn’t yet discovered their collective dra...

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

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    Alpine Inn

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I’m not too proud to admit to having multiple phobias against various things. That’s phobia multiplicity. Having a phobia against something is very simliar to having a normal phobia, except that in addition to being irrationally scared of something, you also harbor a stifling grudge against it. Also possibly irrationally.For example,...

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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 »

This is the women’s Giro and it just happens to take place in early July, bad timing or good timing, at least the Italians step up and do a mini-Grand Tour. Here is the start list. Unfortunately we cannot be giving away more bikes and wheels for this race, but bragging rights and points are useful. Do I have any insightful things to say about...

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

The mighty VSP generator has been switched on once again. The mil-spec hydraulic fluid has been changed since the Giro. A new power take-off belt has also been installed. And the punch card reader has been refurbished.Broome and Berti are already riding the Critérium du Dauphiné. The top contenders prefer the Dauphiné for the decent recovery all...

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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! »

We’re into day four of the Six Days of the Giro series, let’s talk trash. Yes the Tour de France started a few years before the Giro and has always been credited as The Tour to win. You win the Giro, you are a stud. Win the Tour and you are a stud for life. Why is that? Is the Tour longer, tougher, more murderous, more beautiful? In the 20...

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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 … »

Twiggo is dreaming of a Giro-Tour double. He has sent out mixed messages about his Tour ambitions. Will he use the Giro as the ultimate Tour preparation or will be burn all his matches in May and hope he can find another pack for July? He has abandoned his successful 2012 Tour run-up strategy of winning every stage race he entered the previous spri...

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

We’re into day four of the Six Days of the Giro series, let’s talk trash. Yes the Tour de France started a few years before the Giro and has always been credited as The Tour to win. You win the Giro, you are a stud. Win the Tour and you are a stud for life. Why is that? Is the Tour longer, tougher, more murderous, more beautiful? In the 20...

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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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We continue our Six Days of the Giro series with a look at the troubled bond between Marco Pantani and the Giro.Some were meant to be tormented, as though it were preordained that their brilliance should be balanced with fatal flaws. These are tortured souls, whose dramatic highs are equalled only by the devastating depths of their lows. Continu...

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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. »

We’re into day three of the Six Days of the Giro series, and it’s time to hit the dirt.If ever a Keepers Tour goes to Italy, then we’re doing this climb. No doubt. Climbing on gravel up a real mountain, what’s not to love? Continue reading...

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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. »