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Velominatus: piwakawaka

Order: Gray Order Velominatus

Location: Wellington New Zealand

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Mamil ,married, two bikes one yacht, no kids... Still pushing pedals.

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This article started off as a Reverence for the Camelbak Podium, and might still be, who knows, it’s late and my mind is scrambled. As often happens when searching for a suitable image for an article, tangents often appear from nowhere and derail the original train of thought. Soon one finds oneself careening out of control towards the only...

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  1. stop putting stuff in your water, we all need to loose some weight. »

You can only spend so much time with the Schlecks before you start talking like them, and the fabulous Fabs seems to have crossed the threshold. I’ve heard more complaining from him this season than I have talk about pushing harder on the pedals or going steady up with more speed or going full gas like everyone else, but just doing it for ...

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  1. @Harminator I thought the woman commentator was good, she was trying to let us know what was going on, but even the cameras didn’t catch MK’s attack down to the dam. ‘ a bit senile ‘ fucker don’t even know what day it is let alone time… »

  2. @frank You sir, need spectacles. The bike does look stupid tho’… »

  3. @frank wow! 99.9999% wow! It’s not like he came out of no-where, tell us more, is it his past teams, Caja Rural, Radioshack, does he have connections with certain ‘Doctors’ , I had hoped he was part of the future of our sport rather than the past. »

  4. @Geraint They should move it to March, in my view, make it the first big race of the year, no tactical entries (and exits) of GTs to manage form. Train your hardest over winter, win the jersey there and wear it for the rest of the year. Great idea. Well… »

  5. VSP PICKS: 1. Dan Martin 2. Simon Gerrans 3. Greg van Avermaet 4. Michael Mathews 5. Jack Bauer »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Marianne Vos 2. Elizabeth Armitstead 3. Evelyn Stevens 4. Tiffany Cromwell 5. Linda Melanie Villumsen »

The Bike. It is the central tool in pursuit of our craft. A Velominatus meticulously maintains their bicycles and adorns them with the essential, yet minimal, accoutrement. The Rules specify the principles of good taste in configuration and setup of our machines, but within those principles lies almost infinite room for personal taste.It seems in s...

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  1. @ChrissyOne Make it fixed. »

If Tony gets a flat or two and loses this time trial, bookies will be jumping off bridges into the Thames. It’s a lock, man, it’s a lock. There, it is now jinxed. You are welcome. Picking second through fifth will take some acumen. Will these be Vuelta riders or does that just hold true for the road race? Tony could have a jour sans. Co...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Martin 2. Dowset 3. TJVG 4. Sargent 5. Wiggans »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Villumsen 2. Ellen van Dijk 3. Carmen Small 4. Evelyn Stevens 5. Solovey »

Stupidity is a powerful force never to be underestimated. Geese are a good example; a more stupid vertebrate one would be most challenged to come across yet should you wander into a flock of them pecking about peacefully in a field, one is likely to erupt from its grazing to grab a billful of your ass and commence beating you savagely with it...

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  1. @ChrisO I’m with Ron on this. Cyclists are too passive, and cycling organisations keep politely asking for things to be improved. Why should I obey all those road rules and regulations? Are they necessary because of me, a cyclist, or because of cars? So… »

We are cyclists, the rest of the world merely rides a bike. What defines us as cyclists? Can a recumbent rider be a cyclist, a unicyclist, a fat recumbent rider with hairy legs and a YJA on? I think yes but am I snob for even asking?Years ago, I was helping a woman at another research institution set up some scientific equipment. Evidently we kept...

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  1. @Jay “you’re probably not riding hard enough” »

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. @Minnesota Expat I’ve enjoyed it so far, Bertie seems to have worked out Froome, by sucking his wheel and only attacking at the end where Froome is unable to respond to his acceleration and runs out of road to reel him in. That’s great bike racing right t… »

  2. @unversio 10 fuckin’ Tours back to back! And then there is all he does off the bike. »

  3. Head to http://www.steephill.tv/vuelta-a-espana/ for the final climb of this years tour, this is how you suffer. »

We are cyclists, the rest of the world merely rides a bike. What defines us as cyclists? Can a recumbent rider be a cyclist, a unicyclist, a fat recumbent rider with hairy legs and a YJA on? I think yes but am I snob for even asking?Years ago, I was helping a woman at another research institution set up some scientific equipment. Evidently we kept...

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  1. There is only one true measure of a cyclist, the ability to make ourselves suffer, a great cyclist simply has a greater ability to suffer than you do. »

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. @Mike_P Hard to believe those two guy’s crashed out of TDF with fractures… »

  2. Amazing! The Spaniards repeatedly put 15-20secs into him but the train just keeps on coming. »

  3. @Teocalli top finish! The contrast in styles is wild, Froome’s technique is so effective, and so awful all at once, the other guy’s race the parcours and each other blow by blow and, wait, look out, the Froome train is back, Choo Choo!! »

I hesitate to file this in the Guest Article category. It would be better filed under fellow un-rewarded pirate cycling-site writer, if we had such a file. @winnipegcyclechick does all of her site’s writing, her graphics are usually hers and much too funny. Frankly, she makes me sick. And, AND, she can make the jokes we can’t make lest...

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  1. @Gianni Fuck. That . Was. Cool. »

The Ride. It is the cathedral of our sport, where we worship at the altar of the Man with the Hammer. It is the end to our means. Indeed, The Bike may be the central tool to our sport, but to turn the pedals is to experience the sensation of freedom, of flight. It is all for The Ride.The world is overflowing with small, twisty roads that capture ou...

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  1. @Mikael Liddy I’ll start the negotiations now… »

  2. @Mikael Liddy Yup, solid. I look forward to enjoying your hills one day. »

First run in 2002, the GP de Plouay-Bretagne is part of the women’s UCI World Cup series.  It’s 4.5 laps totaling 121km. As usual, there is little information or publicity for yet another women’s UCI race. Here is a start list. Here is the official French website. And yes, Ms. Vos won the last two editions. We regret the lack of...

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  1. @Julian Winn everyone should at least click the UCI link to the race even if you don’t watch it, just to support the women. »

  2. Great race if you want a lesson in how to smash it watch this , shelled from the group , Brand bridges back up , attacks again and TT’s it home, nice HD link here http://www.steephill.tv/players/youtube3/?title=On-Demand+Women’s+Road+World+Cup+-++Plouay,… »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Armisted 3. Borghini 4. Johansson 5. van der Breggen »