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Velominatus: ramenvelo

Order: Level 2 Velominatus

teacher, cyclist, and cross country coach.

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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. Valverde 2. Gilbert 3. Kwiatkowski 4. Joaquim Rodriguez 5. Michael Matthews »

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. Thank Merckx Terpstra is wearing a cycling cap and not a baseball cap like Cancellara and Degenkolb. I think it shows who is most deserving of this win. »

  2. Let’s gooooooooo Tommeke! Also, Thor is looking more alive than he has in years. »

  3. Please, let it be Boonen. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Vanmarke 3. Boonen 4. Terpstra 5. Sagan »

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. Emma Johannson 2. Lizzie Armistead 3. Ellen Van Dijk 4. Annemiek Van Vleuten 5. Anna Van Der Breggen »

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. The oddsmakers are all tipping Cancellara for the win but I can’t bring myself to pick him over Boonen. VSP PICKS: 1. Boonen 2. Cancellara 3. Sagan 4. Sep Vanmarke 5. Terpstra »

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. @Mikael Liddy  Swap out Goss for Farrar and I feel exactly the same way »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Degenkolb 3. Vanmarke 4. Boonen 5. Farrar »

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. Borghini 2. Emma Johansson 3. Van Dijk 4. Annemiek Van Vleuten 5. Evelyn Stevens »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Borghini 2. Emma Johansson 3. Van Dijk 4. Annemiek Van Vleuten 5. Eveylyn Stevens »

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. It’s springtime! VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Cancellara 3. Cavendish 4. Degenkolb 5. Anaud Demare »

In the days of Anquetil, this was considered the most prestigious individual time trial on the calendar, and he made his name early by winning the event as an amateur at 19. It was also 100km in length, which brings up the point that maybe everyone in our generation should be banned from ever breathing the phrase, “Rule #5″.These days,...

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  1. Last to start, my money is on you. Where has Neben been this season? VSP PICKS: 1. Zabelinskaia, Olga 2. Neben, Amber 3. Longo, Jeannie 4. De Vocht, Liesbeth 5. Tetrick, Alison »

Oh brothers and sisters, we find ourselves here again. It was but a few moments ago when the Milan-Sanremo VSP went up. Racers fought the sleet, producing an unforgettable start to the Velominati VSP season. Cancellara, Nibali, Froome and, and Horner were all big points winners for our astute and well informed audience. But now it has come to Paris...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Van Avermaet 2. Sylvain Chavanel 3. Anaud Demare 4. Ciolek 5. Farrar »

Il Lombardia, this is the race of the fallen leaves. This fall classic is a beautiful race in a beautiful region of Italy. The arduous route may change year to year but what does not change is the Italian need to win this thing. There is some national pride at stake here after the Italian men finished off the podium in Firenze. Bergamo to Lecco, 24...

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  1. I really hope Purito wins and rides Piti into the fucking ground. VSP PICKS: 1. Purito 2. Uran 3. Nibali 4. Diego Ulissi 5. Gesink »

The world championship road race stands out among all other one-day races as the one where the winner is awarded both a curse and a jersey to carry for the next 12 months. It also inspires way too many riders to wear white bibs, which is an alarming trend in itself and one which I hope Brian Cookston, the new UCI President, prioritizes over the dop...

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  1. This is Sagan’s race to lose and Cancellara’s sprint to give away. VSP PICKS: 1. Peter Sagan 2. Cancellara 3. Alejandro Valverde 4. Nibali 5. Greg Van Avermaet »

Where: Montecatini Terme to Firenze, ItalyWhen: September 28 Continue reading...

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  1. C’mon Stevens! Hold that wheel! »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Johansson 3. Van Vleuten 4. Claudia Hausler 5. Borghini »

There is something about a time trial that lets you go spelunking in undiscovered caverns of The Cave. Contort your body into the sleekest position you can, make the bike as uncomfortable as possible, and then rev your cardiovascular system up to the anaerobic threshold for as long as possible. Its food for legend.Being a diesel helps, churning the...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Linda Villumsen 2. Ellen Van Dijk 3. Emma Johansson 4. Evelyn Stevens 5. Shara Gillow »

Seriously. Is it almost September? This was not the agreement, this was supposed to be an endless summer. And all you A-Holes down there in the Antipodes are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, enjoying longer days and shorter nights. I don’t need to tell you where you can take that, but it’s dark and it smells. I have no patien...

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  1. I believe what I’m seeing. »

  2. Holy fucking shit. Horner is going to do this, especially with Nibali’s bullshit boo-hoo attitude. The man needs some V. »

  3. Horner does it again! Some seriously exciting racing in today’s stage. »

Brittany is the kind of area that produces strong-minded and strong-bodied people; I’m looking at you, Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault. It produces this type of person because that’s what windy farming land does to people. Brittany is also lumped full of short, steep hills, and we all know what that means: its a perfect place for...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Johansson 3. Evelyn Stevens 4. Borghini 5. Van Dijk »

Seriously. Is it almost September? This was not the agreement, this was supposed to be an endless summer. And all you A-Holes down there in the Antipodes are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, enjoying longer days and shorter nights. I don’t need to tell you where you can take that, but it’s dark and it smells. I have no patien...

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  1. Nibali is feinting and is going into this thing swinging. I got Horner on deck in case a) a miracle happens and he hangs for three weeks or b) Valverde loses gobs of time for no fucking reason. VSP PICKS: 1. Nibali 2. Valverde 3. Purito 4. Henao 5. Beta… »

Each of us throw a leg over our top tubes and submit ourselves to the open road in recognition of the risks involved. These risks include those of a puncture, crash, damaged equipment, disability, and – ultimately – death. We try to be vigilant, we ride assertively yet defensively, and we hope for the best. We take every reasonable precaution t...

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  1. I’m really saddened by the news and my thoughts go out to his family and friends. I’ll definitely be thinking about Jon on my next ride. RIP, brother. »

Once again the metal grate is rolling up in front of the VSP lotto window. It’s bettin’ time. The Route de France is an eight day women’s stage race consisting of a prologue and seven road stages. The route stays away from any serious mountains so daily victories could go to sprinters or those willing to drive a breakaway. To make...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Emma Johansson 2. Evelyn Stevens 3. Marijn De Vries 4. Giorgia Bronzini 5. Ashleigh Moolman »