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Location: Wellington New Zealand

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

@piwakawaka's activity:

Attention all Velominati. The Tour VSP is going on line and it should be a good one. Sure, between Froomy and Bertie a person could hedge their bets but Moviestar is all in for Valverde, BMC for TeeJay, Astana for the Shark and Garmin is finally committing to a team leader in Talansky. Some other teams (ahem…Trek Factory Racing for one) have...

@piwakawaka's posts:

  1. Fuckin’ awesome! What a stage, 47kph average, 47!!, brilliant riding by the Astana squad, very impressed by Nibili so far, take that Vino! »

  2. @Teocalli “Froome injured his wrist but is able to continue after an X-ray revealed he had no problems.” Oh he has problems alright, same side as the Dauphine, dropped it twice in a month, only one team mate with him at the time, not exactly taking a bull… »

Maybe it’s the narcissist in me or maybe I never really learned how to share properly, but I prefer my birthday over Christmas. My birthday is the one day of the year where everything is about me. No feigning interest in other people’s gifts, no getting distracted by any greater meaning. Just me and my loot, as it was meant to be. Spea...

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  1. I get asked all month, ‘are you watching the Tour?’ WTF do you think Sherlock? Of course I’m watching the Tour, but did you see this years Dauphine? »

Attention all Velominati. The Tour VSP is going on line and it should be a good one. Sure, between Froomy and Bertie a person could hedge their bets but Moviestar is all in for Valverde, BMC for TeeJay, Astana for the Shark and Garmin is finally committing to a team leader in Talansky. Some other teams (ahem…Trek Factory Racing for one) have...

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  1. @Harminator Great post, I love this bloody stuff! @Al__S same again, this is the real deal no media releases here, thanks guy’s. »

  2. @Teocalli Well said ‘Douche, got to feel for Gerrans tho’… looked a lot like self sabotage to me, be surprised if he carries on. »

Tempo means time in Italian. Riding tempo means riding steadily, like a metronome. It is an important skill to have and since it’s Italian, it sounds cool. What it does not mean is riding at a constant speed, half-wheeling or killing it at the front. Riding at a constant speed is like having cruise control on in a car; the car seems to accelerate...

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  1. @Ccos cooler than an ice-age to be sure. »

  2. @Ccos Fixed your post. »

Why are women’s races run concurrently with men’s races? I would get it if it was the women’s Tour de France, but I don’t get it when it is the women’s Giro in July. Since the Tour de Swiss there has been a lack of stage racing (in my TV watching schedule) and seemingly a perfect time to present a women’s stage r...

@piwakawaka's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Abbott 2. Johanson 3. Vos 4. Brand 5. Samara Sheppard »

Attention all Velominati. The Tour VSP is going on line and it should be a good one. Sure, between Froomy and Bertie a person could hedge their bets but Moviestar is all in for Valverde, BMC for TeeJay, Astana for the Shark and Garmin is finally committing to a team leader in Talansky. Some other teams (ahem…Trek Factory Racing for one) have...

@piwakawaka's posts:

  1. Bring it. VSP PICKS: 1. Contador 2. Froome 3. Talansky 4. Valverde 5. Nibali »

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...

@piwakawaka's posts:

  1. @Dan_R whats up with the tape holding the top tube together? The bars, such a steep angle on the drops, or is it the photo? As for the plastic under your saddle? Guess we just won’t go there… »

The Velominati Super Prestige is a season-long competition wherein readers will be submitting their predictions for the top five finishers of each qualifying race.  In order to qualify, your picks via the VSP Picks form above the posts section of the VSP Event article pertaining to the race in question by the time the countdown clock goes to zero...

@piwakawaka's posts:

  1. @dyalander Happy to say I raced alongside one of them in PNP Easter Tour in NZ, in fact she made the tour winning break with 6 of us, the woman’s A grade raced with men’s B grade, and Chicked me on the finishing climb of the Queen stage! Best of luck Sama… »

  2. @Chris  @Mikael Liddy that’s a great call by his team, I don’t think he is any better than anyone on their roster. »

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. @Harminator Awesome. »

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. @Haldy much. »

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. @Tony Not only are you worthless, you have also been fined $1500 US for you transgressions, now post your bank account details so that I can save you the trouble of making the transfer yourself. »

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...

@piwakawaka's posts:

  1. @Haldy red tape, will go with the frame, I do like those Scott’s, be interested in your thoughts after a thorough thrashing. »

I’m not even talking about all the pseudo-asthmatics out there, vaping their way to better breathing. My breathing is just fine. It’s my little citron sized heart that is slowing me down. Is there a street-legal injection or vacuum pump for heart enlargement, or a trip to a doctor in the Congo that would transplant a badass Mandrill heart for m...

@piwakawaka's posts:

  1. @PeakInTwoYears don’t make me google that shit! I try to never infer anything about anything I read… »

  2. @Gianni ‘I will pass over the absolute requirement for a decent burr grinder. Everyone knows about that’ I’m not sure they do, this is by far the most vital part of home coffee, Hario- do a hand grinder for $60, the best investment you can make, once g… »

The Tour de Suisse can be everyone’s warm-up for the Tour de France, including all you VSP dreamers. The big show seems to be the Critérium de Dauphanié this year, as far as Tour de France contenders go but the Tour de Suisse still has some big guns showing up. Twiggo is here, not for a Tour warm up, unless people are worried about Richie P...

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  1. @Tobin Check the side by side version, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8Co83gGDlM »

  2. @unversio Damn, and I was thinking you could catch some V by having sex. »

  3. Chapeau, Rui Costa, as we say around these parts ‘well played sir, well played!’ Talk about a poker face, and leaving everything until the last minute, or 2.5km as it was. A fine ride, a stage and overall. »

Jeff in PetroMetro submitted this piece to us quite some time back, and we decided to hold off on publishing it until we got a little closer to the Giro, due to the story’s relation to the Giro. We knew it wouldn’t be the first time someone has written about it, but that’s never stopped us before so why should it now? As it turns...

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  1. Very Judge Dredd, “I am the Law”. »

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. Mud guards, MTB shoes? WTF? »

Before Tomac and Ned, before LeMond and Big Mig, there was Bob Hannah. For a young lad obsessed with motorcycles as well as bicycles, the ‘Hurricane’ was the epitome of style on a bike. His bright yellow Yamaha YZs and matching head-to-toe kit set the bar and inspired me to emulate not only his style on the bike, but off it too. If onl...

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  1. @ChrissyOne so blow my feeble brain some more, do you happen to know how fast Bradl is going round that bend? Your eyeball through your visor is ace. »

  2. @therealpeel Self drive cars are coming, they will change everything, for the better too. »