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Velominatus: plynie

Order: Winner of the Velominati Super Prestige Giro di Lombardia

Location: Walney Island, S.Cumbria


Roadie/off-roadie Scott CR1 SL/Klein rider, On the look out for a Dolan & Brevatto crosser.

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I’m getting too old and cranky for all this race schedule changing. I know they already did this last year and presumably I had the same gripings then, but Lombardia is supposed to close out the season and I’m downright angry that Paris-Tours is closing out the books now; it only seems right that one of the most beautiful races should...

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  1. No Gautier, swap him with Barguille VSP PICKS: 1. D. Martin 2. A. Valverde 3. F. Aru 4. W. Barguille 5. M. Albasini »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. D. Martin 2. A. Valverde 3. F. Aru 4. C.Gautier 5. M. Albasini »

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. Panzerwagen 2. Wiggo 3. Kiryienka 4. Sergeant 5. Barta »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Nairo Quntana 2. Carlos Betancur 3. Rigoberto Uran 4. Thibaut Pinot 5. Fabio Aru »

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. @Velojello They’re not the lightest wheels about but I’ve done about 5,000 km on them and not had to touch them yet . »

  2. @RedRanger, @Optimiste ,@Rom thanks guys. @Rom it’s 140mm »

  3. Here’s my little CR1 SL »

The race of the funny hat.Every team seems to have included one or two riders fresh off the Tour. One would either feel ruined or unbeatable a week after that slug fest, more than likely, ruined. I imagine there are a few riders dodging calls from their directors this week. Continue reading...

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  1. Really no idea on this one, just using for inspiration. VSP PICKS: 1. Tony Gallopin 2. Michael Albasini 3. Zdenek Stybar 4. Arnold Jeannesson 5. Adam Yates »

It has been many years (25!) since professional female cyclists have raced on the cobbles of the Champs Elysées. While running the Giro Donne concurrently with the Tour de France makes no sense to me, this Sunday’s women’s race does make sense. It should be the model for a Women’s Tour de France: the route, infrastructure, roadsi...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos the boss 2. Lizzy Armistead 3. Emma Johansson 4. Katarzyna Pawlowska 5. Emma Pooley »

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. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. nibali 2. porte 3. Jurgen Van Den Broeck 4. Tejay van Garderen 5. Romain Bardet »

  2. Going for new(ish) and young(ish) blood to sweep all before them. VSP PICKS: 1. Andrew Talansky 2. Bauke Mollema 3. Jurgen Van Den Broeck 4. Tejay van Garderen 5. Romain Bardet »

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...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos the boss 2. Emma pooley 3. Emma Johansson 4. Mara Abbott 5. Valentina Bastianelli »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. wiggo 2. Pozzovivo 3. Kreuziger 4. Mollema 5. Izaguirre »

For the simple reason that the Cobbled and Ardennes Classics are behind us, I have not alternative but to get back on my soap box about the Giro being the best of the three Grand Tours. Well, usually, at least. Last year’s race sucked the big one (even if it was supremely Rule #9), but for the most part it is the race that is the most c...

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  1. Hungover, so using Oddschecker for guidance. VSP PICKS: 1. J Rodriguez Oliver 2. N A Quintana Rojas 3. C L Evans 4. R Uran Uran 5. D F Martin »

The 100th running of Liège-Bastogne-Liège takes place this Sunday. Danny-boy Martin will be marked heavily as the defending champion. Malmerde, and Phil Gil have shown they are peaking too. Froomy has thrown his hat into the ring, as he did last year but after last years 26th place, maybe it’s training. 263 kms, past winners include a long...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Betancur 3. Martin D. 4. Nordhaug 5. Sprengers »

Given the fact that everyone over-tightens their pedals to the crank arms, one needs a long lever to get too much torque. Rule #94 decrees using the correct tool and using it correctly. While the proper tool has always been available, it is up to us to evolve, to understand the difference between right and wrong, between vice-grip and open-ended w...

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  1. @Gianni as recent Speedplay convert, I have to agree, though I have opened beers  competently with the  park tool  knuckle-wrecker too. »

Midweek in Belgium in Spring is a wonderful thing. Hordes of people come from seemingly nowhere to fill the bars and line the roadsides when presumably they’d usually be working, or at school, or some such. That the only ones who appear to be working are the bartenders and frites dispensers reinforces my belief that Belgium is the greatest co...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Valverde 2. Betancur 3. Costa 4. Kwiatkowski 5. Gilbert »

Wednesday sees the return of the women to the VSP. More notably, we see the return of Marianne Vos to the road. She’s won this race five of the last seven years. It makes me wonder if the rest of the field have already resigned themselves to racing for second. On the other hand, Vos hasn’t been racing of late and may not be as sharp as...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Armistead 3. Van Dijk 4. Pieters 5. Pooley »

The Amstel Gold Race, 251 km from Maastricht to Valkenburg, the hard way. There appears to be no flat sections longer than ten meters. There are thirty-four mean little climbs to ruin the legs. We have moved on from the real Spring Classics. There is no rest in this VSP; The Ronde and Roubaix were amazing but we must continue. Legs that are smoked...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Diego Ulissi 2. Michal Kwiatkowski 3. Tom Jelte Slagter 4. Romain Bardet 5. Philippe Gilbert »

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  1. Just read this for the first time in random articles: @john +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. Letting my heart rule my head, I’d love to see JVS up there. VSP PICKS: 1. JVS 2. Boss Hog 3. Faboo 4. Tommeke 5. Seb Langeveld »

Vlaanderen. Its no accident the Flemish word for Flanders starts with a V; there is nothing simple or easy about riding a bike here. If it isn’t wind, its steep bergs. If it isn’t tarmac, its cobbles. Most of the time, its all three. Oh, and the weather there sucks. In fact, Flanders doesn’t have weather – it has VVeather.De...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. E Armistead 2. E Johansson 3. I Slappendel 4. T Antoshina 5. G Bronzini »

This needs no introduction. The Spring Classics are truly upon us. The course has been modified yet again, it is tougher? The riders make the race and the 2014 Ronde van Vlaanderen is loaded with racers who could win or make the Velominati VSP placings. Just to pick the winner will not be nearly as easy as it has been recently. There are small clo...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Tommeke 2. Gee 3. Van Avermaet 4. faboo 5. Sagan »

This is the kick off of the VSP for women’s racing, though the women have already kicked it off with the Ronde van Drenthe in the Netherlands. Now it’s down to Northern Italy, Varese, by Lago Maggiore, but this is a climbers course, more in the mountains than by the lake. And yes, Sunday is also Gent-Wevelgem for women but Trofeo is par...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Amy Pieters 2. Lizzy Armistead 3. Emma Johansson 4. Ellen Van Dijk 5. Giorgia Bronzini »

The Kemmelberg is a brute. In my opinion, its the hardest of the cobbled climbs in the Spring Classics; it has a high speed tarmac approach that saps the guns of their snap. The transition from tarmac to cobbles is awful, the stones are very badly laid throughout and if you don’t hit it just right, you’ll come to a standstill. The cobbl...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. faboo 2. Sep Vanmaerke 3. Tommeke 4. Moreno Hofland 5. Sebastian Langeveld »