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Location: Exurban Chicago

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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. Wow, I go dark for a week, and I come back to find out I’ve just lost the top spot.  Holding out hope for Navarro to bring me back in the mix. »

  2. Seems they are finding ways to keep cool.  I wonder if Froome calculated the precise reduction in core temp before allowing the water to be poured on his head. »

After a night of sinning, the body must be cleansed. -The Prophet, Eddy Merckx After a week away in Atlanta for business, I feel thick and heavy. These trips away are killers; the shift in time zones means the already-too long work day is extended by a further three hours. I try my best to watch my diet, but in a town like Atlanta where even sush...

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  1. @frank Unfortunately I’m going to miss this by one week.  If they would just put interbike the week of my anniversary I would be in a much better place to start the season. If MARTA is your measure of good transportation you need to visit a prop… »

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. Contador 2. Quintana 3. Froome 4. Navarro 5. Uran »

After a night of sinning, the body must be cleansed. -The Prophet, Eddy Merckx After a week away in Atlanta for business, I feel thick and heavy. These trips away are killers; the shift in time zones means the already-too long work day is extended by a further three hours. I try my best to watch my diet, but in a town like Atlanta where even sush...

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  1. You’ve just brought into sharp relief what a terrible idea a week in Vegas is going to turn out to be when I get back and realize I have 7 days before the start of ‘cross season.  Much suffering will be required. »

Brett’s fine Nick Cave article got me thinking about music and cycling. We spend lots of time alone on our bikes. The bike is on autopilot, it stays upright from second to second, freeing up our brains to consider anything or nothing. Music might be the only riding companion we have but it has to be the right music. Being as Pro as possible is...

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  1. @pistard I’m fortunate enough to spend my working days without the inconvenience of co-workers, so I have all day to bask in the glory of a better than middling sound system.  I will say though that I can hear a difference between those pieces of junk … »

  2. I’ve been reading a lot of “grown up” books lately.  Hemmingway, London, Cormac McCarthy to name a few that have been at my bedside this year.  I must say that for all of those, it was last night, reading the explanation of Rule #62, that I woke my wife f… »

  3. @Deakus That’s nothing.  I took the family to a kids concert on a Saturday afternoon.  Sunday morning was 3 hours of this…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lauLmAYqXdo  At least it has a driving beat. The worst part of the unwelcome song is that despi… »

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. @wiscot I got tired of paying for just 2 of them.  Still can’t believe that Universal Sports parent company, Comcast, doesn’t carry US. »

  2. @Gianni I was out riding during the live coverage so I didn’t see it, but they were building up to it for 3 days.  Did they really only show the very end of it?  They had a 6:30 time slot set out for it.  I have to say that the state of US coverage is … »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Wild 2. Vos 3. Bronzini 4. E. Stevens 5. Gracie Elvin »

  4. VSP PICKS: 1. Bronzini 2. Vos 3. Borghini 4. E. Stevens 5. Gracie Elvin »

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. @frank I know there is a lot of coulda’, shoulda’, woulda’ surrounding the might have been leaders of this year’s tour, but I can’t help drawing comparisons between Nibali attacking for the sheer honor of it, and Contador’s dominant stamp on the Giro i… »

  2. For a moment I was possessed by Phil Ligget as I  couldn’t keep Bardet and Peraud straight on the road today.  As the man I thought was Bardet followed Nibali on the attack I thought I was going to steal the VSP.  Ugh. »

  3. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps): 1. Nibali 2. Bardet 3. Valverde 4. Talansky 5. Porte »

  4. This Gallopin kid is for real.  Though with a 58th place finish last year, it would be crazy ridiculous to think he finishes in the top 5. If Talansky finishes within the time today, I will be forever impressed. Totally burned on the VSP, with my top 2 … »

  5. Shocked at how quickly he climbed in the car.  When the camera cut to him he looked like he was concussed.  After Millarcopter’s comments on how much you have to mentally prepare yourself for the tour, I would have thought it would take 5 minutes of lying… »

  6. VSP PICKS: 1. Contador 2. Froome 3. Valverde 4. Talansky 5. Porte »

Last week we completed the second stop in the tour for our book, The Rules; The Way of the Cycling Disciple. For the first two, we partnered with Rapha to do a five-to-six hour ride and then sign the books at the shop afterwards. In both cases, I was amazed by the quality of the riding and by the ride leaders themselves, Robert in NYC and Eric in...

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  1. I cam in Monday morning hoping to pick up a copy, but alas as you noted, they were gone. »

Anecdotal research suggests that people are being let off-leash without adequate training to perform basic activities such as walking on sidewalks or through airports and busy city centers. I’m assuming this expands to shopping malls, but I never go there so I can’t be sure. It’s easy to blame the mobile phones which apparentl...

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  1. Got a thankfully uneventful but slightly jarring reminder of the importance of holding not just line but pace on Wednesday.  Near the conclusion of a townline sprint, after doing my usual ride off the front in vain, I got caught and tried to grab a wheel…. »

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. That’s a lot of Quintana in the early picks.  I’m not taking the bait.  I’d rather fail spectacularly.  I actually can’t believe Movistar are putting Quintana out there when he could be the 2 in their 1-2 punch in the TDF. VSP PICKS: 1. Cunego 2. Scarpo… »

Here are a few lessons learned while in New York City. I’m sure leaving a bar at one o’clock in the morning is not how the serious riders prepare for a ride with a 9 o’clock morning roll-out. I am sure. Conversational pace for a group ride means different things to different people. Eddy could talk your ear off at 40kph. Lezyne mini-pump owne...

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  1. @frank I have to think that Rapha does pretty decent in the profit/sq ft.  department.  In a place like that the empty floor space is just as important as the stuff in the store. »

  2. Who is responsible for spacing those books in a Rule #27 compliant fashion? »

Physics tells us that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The conservation law extend beyond the physical world and into mystical where the V and Anti-V are also in a constant fight for balance. The Ancients on Mount Velomis understood this well, and taught that the Anti-V expresses itself within the universe as two princi...

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  1. @frank Not only did he crash, he won that stage.  Just went and re-watched the incident, and the commentating by Paul is SO disgusting given what we all now know.  Hard to ignore the determination though. »

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. Nibali 2. Valverde 3. Dan Martin 4. Gilbert 5. Moreno »