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Waiting has never been my strong point. I’m anxious, but don’t really suffer from anxiety. Good things come to those who wait isn’t at the top of my list of proverbs to live by. Do What Thou Wilt always has been, though; kind of a Just Do It for early 20th century Satanists, and me.It was with this mantra in the back of my mind th...

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  1. I find it so odd that those in NZ persist with carbon road bikes for the weekly bunch ride. Finally, someone realizing that steel really should be the material of choice for the rough/ gravel road porn that NZ has to offer. It always surprises me that so… »

Climbing is something I enjoy more than I am good at it; any time I see a new road pointing up to the heavens, I find myself irresistibly drawn to explore where it leads. Every season I come to the conclusion that my training routes are all very hilly and I arrive at the brilliant idea that I should plot out a new course which seeks out the flatt...

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  1. @JohnB There wasn’t a chap called Arvy in your group was there? Also, despite being 80kgs myself I have decided that I am a natural climber. I have always found that 90% is in your head. The other 10% must be what the 50kg 18 year olds have when they si… »

Have you ever been told to take a good look at yourself? Usually it infers that you need to smarten up your ideas, get your shit together, shape up or ship out. If Viagra eyedrops had an advertising campaign, (or indeed existed), their tagline would be: “Take a long, hard look at yourself.”Most Cyclists need to take a long hard look at...

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  1. Haha, as soon as I started reading this I knew it was by Brett, how did I know? Brett is is New Zealand and Kiwis have absolutely no regard for how to look fantastic on a bike. Cycling attire seems to be acquired by price and not how good it is or how ama… »

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. Going for a bunch sprint for some reason. Did this last year and it didnt work at all. VSP PICKS: 1. Cav 2. Degenkolb 3. Segan 4. Bouhanni 5. Goss »

The illusion of transparency is perhaps the most important tool the Velominatus has in their toolbox, apart from having some measure of competence, being Casually Deliberate at all times, Looking Fantastic, and being able to dish out and endure heaping helpings of The V.Cycling is suffering, and one of the most crucial lessons we have to learn is t...

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  1. NEVER underestemate a fixed gear. Fixed gear riders who actualy ride (not that many here in Auckland) tend to be allot faster than they seem at first glance. I started off as a hipster on a fixie before joining the local bunch ride on said fixie. The fast… »

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. My VSP has been terrible this year. I hope this dosent mean that Wiggins will miss the double. VSP PICKS: 1. Wiggins 2. Nibali 3. Scarponi 4. Kiserlovski 5. Evans »

Imagine a world without the little things we take for granted; a house without a roof, a pub with no beer, a Keepers Tour without any clothes. The last one is a reality for me at the moment, five days in and still no trace of where the hell between Wellington and Paris my bag (filled with V-Kit, shoes, helmet, everything) is. The other thing that h...

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  1. The brake will stay away for a podium of eternal bridesmades. Sagan to outsprint Cancelara for 6th. They will cry afterwards. I cant wait! VSP PICKS: 1. Eisal 2. Chavanel 3. Turgot 4. Tjallingii 5. Blythe »

Gent (Deinze)-Wevelgem, it starts with 130 km of cruising around Belgium and Northern France followed by a flurry of bergs and then a final 38 km of  flatter riding to the inevitable sprint finish. How hard can the climbing be if Super Mario got over them? Ask the riders from KT 2012, (the ones not in the following car) and they will tell you...

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  1. Going for a bunch sprint for the second week in a row. Sagen will get in there but will be outgunned but the big two after leaving it a little too late trying not to lead them out. Renshaw and Eisal 6th and 7th showing that the leadout men should stay as … »

If I spent half a summer riding with one hand on the tops and one on the hoods, I spent the other half riding with each hand deliberately gripping the hoods differently. As any young Cyclist growing up in the United States in the late 80s, I had a major thing for Greg LeMond.I imagined Greg to be the perfect Cyclist, as youth often does of their...

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  1. I am keen on the phantom tt bars. Also, the tops while climbing may not be the most stylish, but with a loose grip and a big smile it is really un-nerving to those hunkered down on the hoods grimasing and nodding away. »

Finally, we have Milan-Sanremo. I hope pedale.forcetta is ready to shoot some pictures, especially black and white because it will be cold and possibly wet. Throw in a little wind and a race of this distance will weed out the less hardy. Recently, but not too recently, this race would be won out of a decent size field sprint. And yet, besides Fabs...

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  1. No one will let Sagen get away this year. Got bunch sprint all over it but I am sure he will still place. Boonen to spend 150k on the phantom tri bars pulling the bunch at 65kph just to scare the shit out of the other cobbled ridders. VSP PICKS: 1. Cav … »

We are proud to announce a change to the Velominati Super Prestige moving forward: sponsorship. We are delighted (if a little surprised) at the interest our partners showed in this endeavor, despite the short notice we gave them. Four sponsors will be gracing the sides of our team bus for this year’s race: fi’zi:k is our Super Domesti...

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  1. All of this is based on Wigglings not binning it in the first week, which is highly likely. VSP PICKS: 1. Wiggins 2. Evans 3. Gesink 4. Hesjedal 5. Sanchez »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Basso 2. Scaponi 3. Rujano 4. Kruziger 5. Rodriguez »

I thought I’d take this opportunity to move en danseuse on Rule #89 and to refer to Liege-Bastogne-Liege by its less-common Flemish name. It also draws into sharp relief that fact that while Dutch may be every bit as expressive and subtle as French, it certainly sounds less sexy.Some races seem to foster a romanticism that other races of e...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Rodriguez 3. Frank Schleck 4. Voeckler 5. Gerrans »

During the Ronde von Vlaanderen, we of the 2012 Keeper’s Spring Classic Tour were right on the Oude Kwaremont climb as the women big-ringed it up the cobbles. Kristin Armstrong (US Women’s Team) was burying herself to get on Judith Arndt’s (Greenedge) wheel. It looked like the winning break was going right in front of our eyes. Se...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Pooly 2. Vos 3. Cooke 4. Armstrong 5. Johansson »

I just had to use this pic of Tom Simpson in 1965 wearing the Peugeot kit as the title pic for this year’s VSP for La Fleche Wallonne. Rigid hooked himself up on the Keepers Tour with the same kit he purchased at the Flanders Cycling Museum and it’s Grade A nipple lube. Although victory eluded Simpson in this Classic he still looked dam...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Rodregez 2. Bossen Hagen 3. Gilbert 4. Frank Schlek 5. Vanendert »

When people think of the The Netherlands, they generally think of flat lands, windmills, and a topography where people claim to “live at elevation” when their home on the third floor of a building. Never the less, this is not entirely true as The Motherland does, in its most southern reaches, boast quite hilly terrain; the province of...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Rodriguez 2. Lars Boom 3. Simon Gerrans 4. valverde 5. Andy Schleck »

We rode the Pavé of Roubaix in the dry, and any comforting feelings we might have been carrying about with us that suggested we had somehow prepared for them were summarily vaporized as we hit the first secteur. Riding together in a group, unable to reach for the brakes or the shifters, we all were hit with the same realization: these aren’...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Tom Boonen 2. Adam Blythe 3. Pozzato 4. Boom 5. Ballan »

The Keepers and Rigid rolled into a region in France called Flandres which, without doing any further research into the matter, we assume is the coloquial French term for this region of the world. If its anything like the other regions in Europe, these places have roots that extend way past any modern country’s border and situate themselves i...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Boonen 2. Cancellara 3. Hincapie 4. Tjallingii 5. Van Amermaet »

Gent conjures up images of the quintessential Flemish city. Age-old medieval architecture rising from the river’s edge is classically Belgian. Gent is also firmly tied to Belgium’s greatest gift to the world, cycling tradition. Many a pro-expat cyclist has relocated to Gent with the hope of testing their mettle in the seat of cycling...

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  1. Bit gutted that Cav didnt take the win but pretty pleased that I backed a Boonen, Segan one two. »

  2. Some points would be nice this time. VSP PICKS: 1. Boonen 2. Segan 3. O’Grady 4. EBH 5. Freire »

The Poggio. It’s probably one of the most famous easy climbs in the world; going through old cycling photographs, I rarely come across one where the leaders haven’t moved Sur La Plaque. It has a reputation, however, for being a real leg breaker, mostly because any climb is a big climb once you cross its summit after a paltry 291 kilomet...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Cav 2. Goss 3. Boonen 4. Sagen 5. Fereire »

The 2012 Velominati Super Prestige kicks off in proper form this season with the debut of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad as part of the series. I’m tempted to stubbornly refer to this race as Het Volk, but I’ll toe the line and refer to the race by its bewildering new(ish) name.This is a tricky race to predict because the big races in April ar...

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  1. Yoann soloing to the win with fletcha taking the sprint for second. VSP PICKS: 1. Offredo 2. Flecha 3. Boom 4. Tjallingii 5. Leukemans »