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Velominatus: razmaspaz

Order: Level 2 Velominatus

Location: Exurban Chicago

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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. »

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. Boonen 2. Cancellara 3. Sagan 4. Degenkolb 5. Stybar »

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. Stevens 2. Johansson 3. Armitstead 4. Borghini 5. Bronzini »

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. E. Stevens 2. Vos 3. Johansson 4. Armitstead 5. Pooley »

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. Boonen 2. Sagan 3. Cancellara 4. Stybar 5. Hushovd »

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. @cyclebrarian I’ve found that the real value of carrying everything in a wallet/caddy is when you switch bikes.  My tool wallet sits in the same basket as my helmet/shades, and when I walk out the door it just goes in the pocket.  Whichever bike I hop … »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Phinney 2. Sagan 3. Cancellara 4. Cav 5. Stannard »

I wasn’t anywhere near old enough to hold a driver’s license but my dad had already bought me a motorcycle. It was a late seventies BMW R100 RS, dark blue. I loved that bike; I polished it fortnightly even though it never left the garage. I spent hours sitting on it, twisting the throttle and squeezing the clutch, diving in and out of t...

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  1. @frank That was a revelation for sure as I started doing them faster.  It was amazing how that back wheel slides in the turn but completely holds traction because I’m putting force to it. I still need to learn to front brake to finesse it.  It has comp… »

  2. @Ron My entire fall riding season was spent trying to get this down.  I spent hours weaving in and out of cone marked corners.  Racing was fun, but trying to get the feel for this was a source of joy all its own. »

I read recently that a number of Pros like to ride the turbo for an hour or so before having breakfast in the morning to jump start the old metabolic system. Which means that now I ride the trainer for an hour in the morning before breakfast. I think the Pros probably do it to lose weight, and I do it partly for that reason but also to burn off th...

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  1. I was sure I was going to get a pass until I scrolled down and read that. I have faced the harsh and sad fact of indoor riding is that if I want to get really fast I will at some point have to succumb to the reality that doing intervals in a controlled … »

Having asthma is kind of like winning the lottery, except it happens to more people and instead of money you win a chronic difficulty in breathing. I wouldn’t say I’m proud to be an asthmatic, but it’s not information I’m ashamed to share. In doing so, I often discover others who are similarly afflicted, and upon doing so w...

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  1. @VeloVita Or maybe he’s planning ahead for his always changing waistline. Yes, yes he does. »

  2. @Nate I’m going to start working vitriolic anti-Colnago language into every post I write in the hopes that one day a vintage steel frame will show up on my doorstep without explanation. »

  3. @Chris I’m curious why you see this as a violation.  Seems one could go Rule #9 style on this, and say, “if you are featured in a photo shoot with your closet full of sponsor gear, it means you are a badass. Period.”  Or “If you are Jan, it means you ar… »

The first tire patch kit I ever owned came in a big green box, had several patches of various sizes which were possibly made of old truck tires. It also came with a sheet of 60 grit sandpaper. The mild high offered from sniffing the glue while applying the patch almost made you stop caring you’d gotten a flat in the first place. Stoned on glu...

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  1. @PeakInTwoYears Why do you think I like it so much? »

  2. @frank For a long time I was just reading the articles, not actually reading the comments.   Which is all to say that the quality of the writing, while irrelevant, is superb. »

I’m compliant with Rule #74: no Garmin, no cyclometer, just an uncluttered cockpit. I’m not anti-data, if I could generate some awesome data I’d like to know about it. If I was racing I would train with data. I just got bored with looking at the numbers and not doing anything about them. When my Cateye cyclometer/heart rate monit...

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  1. @Puffy This is preposterous.  You of course can improve without measurement.  Not saying properly used power won’t get you there faster. a power meter will not teach you to scrape for every last ounce of energy while you are on the edge of passing … »

Yvon Chounard may not be Homer but he is a worthy modern day wise man, he admonished, don’t be a sports nazi. His meaning was, don’t do one sport to the exclusion of all others. It’s tempting not to pursue other sports when cycling demands so much time and leaves one with a body that is barely useful for anything else, but that w...

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  1. @Ken Ho The more I race the CX bike the more it feels like skiing.  The fine muscle work required to navigate an off camber turn successfully seems to recruit those same muscle memories as does making tight mogul turns.  At least it does when I do it ri… »

It wasn’t so long ago that the majority of bicycles were made by hand, from raw materials, in places that aren’t China or Taiwan. While some of these artisans are still around, their wares are increasingly harder to come by, and to procure an example of their work means an outlay of time and money which is more than most are willing to...

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  1. @norm That is a beautiful bike with some innovative thought put into it. I do wonder though, wouldn’t that be hard to clean after a race?  That spot tends to get muddy quick, and I don’t know how you would get it out without removing the cable and t… »