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Location: Exurban Chicago

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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 cl...

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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.The Rapha store is an excellent place to begin a ride. It’s a killer bike shop with no bikes for sale. Once in the door there are ample places to rack a bike. Behold beautiful espressos, fresh croissants, bike racing projected on a whole wall, seats, tables, a WC, and evidently some nice kit f...

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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 »

The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path, not the end. In pursuit of La Vie Velominatus, we know of no end to the Path; each of us journey through an endless evolution of understanding and reverence. As such, The Word continues to be handed down from high upon Mount Velominis and The Rules continue to be expanded upon. Today we present you with t...

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  1. @KW I think I’ve said this more than once to the uninitiated about cycling. @Book Signings – I’m flying into SFO on the 9th and out again on the 12th, but there is absolutely no way wiggle room to allow me to make this, and I’m crushed about that.  May… »

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. Moreno 2. Gilbert 3. Rui Costa 4. Gerrans 5. Valverde »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Moreno 2. Gilbert 3. Costa 4. Gerrans 5. Valverde »

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. Pooley 3. Stevens 4. Armitstead 5. Johansson »

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. Nibali 2. Gilbert 3. Gerrans 4. F Schleck 5. Valverde »

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. Does anyone know if this will be streaming in English to the US market?  The EuroSport link is not active on steephill and I never know about SBS.  I’m sure I can watch it in dutch or another equally archaic language, but without cable, the options appear… »

  2. Last year I agonized over putting Stybar in my top 5 and didn’t.  Not this year. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Boonen 3. Vanmarcke 4. Stybar 5. Sagan »

Gravity is the most unavoidable force on Earth, with the possible exception of Stupidity. And like with Stupidity, you can take measures to reduce its influence on you, but you won’t get rid of it completely, assuming you’re staying on this planet. From the very moment we’re born, Gravity takes its unrelenting hold on us –...

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  1. @ChrisO This fact was pushing on me today as I rode out of town at 14kph and back in at 66kph, on the flats. »