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A guy from Sydney who rides all kind of bikes.

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Heads up Velominati of Australia. We got a Cogal. Rick Harman is the organizer so send your questions to him directly <Richard_Harman@barker.nsw.edu.au> or through the comments section. cheers, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. Heads up Velominati of Australia. We got a Cogal. Rick Harman is the organizer so send your questions to him directly <Richard_Harman@barker.nsw.edu.au> or through the comments section. cheers, Gianni

    When Great Britain decided to colonize Australia it sent 11 ships with 277 free persons and 753 convict men and women on board. The convicts immediately became Australians.  Their brave masters endured cups of sugarless tea as they built a nation. It was a ghastly business; whipping the prisoners into submission, feeding them every second day, all the time enduring the hideous noise of leg irons clanging and the death rattle.

    Quite by accident, they created a master race of hardmen. Hardmen who learned how to toil through exhaustion, withstand pain and brutality and ignore hunger, thirst and hardship. Hardmen of questionable breeding and average intelligence, with giant chips on their shoulders, a general hatred of authority and a passionate desire to prove their worth to the rest of the world.  And the rest of the world didn’t really didn’t give a shit.

    The Sydney Cogal borrows from this idea – tough, exhausting and struggling for relevance. A long section of the route follows an old road north of Sydney, forged by convicts, called Old Northern Road – evidently named by the same guy who named the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Great Sandy Desert. Genius. To round up the offering, an imperial century, scenic river flats, a few solid climbs and a whole day to debate whether Cuddles would have survived one day on the chain gang…

    Date: Sunday, June 3, 2012
    Start:  Brewhaha, 286A Pacific Hwy, Hornsby NSW 2077
    Espresso: 8am onwards
    Depart: Hey! Be tranquillo – the ride will start soon enough!
    Route: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/53045738
    Classification: Casually deliberate
    Post Ride Recovery Beverages: The Bluegum, 55 Pacific Hwy, Waitara NSW 2077

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    Date - June 03, 2012
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  2. Heads up Velominati of Australia. We got a Cogal. Rick Harman is the organizer so send your questions to him directly <Richard_Harman@barker.nsw.edu.au> or through the comments section. cheers, Gianni

    When Great Britain decided to colonize Australia it sent 11 ships with 277 free persons and 753 convict men and women on board. The convicts immediately became Australians.  Their brave masters endured cups of sugarless tea as they built a nation. It was a ghastly business; whipping the prisoners into submission, feeding them every second day, all the time enduring the hideous noise of leg irons clanging and the death rattle.

    Quite by accident, they created a master race of hardmen. Hardmen who learned how to toil through exhaustion, withstand pain and brutality and ignore hunger, thirst and hardship. Hardmen of questionable breeding and average intelligence, with giant chips on their shoulders, a general hatred of authority and a passionate desire to prove their worth to the rest of the world.  And the rest of the world didn’t really didn’t give a shit.

    The Sydney Cogal borrows from this idea – tough, exhausting and struggling for relevance. A long section of the route follows an old road north of Sydney, forged by convicts, called Old Northern Road – evidently named by the same guy who named the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Great Sandy Desert. Genius. To round up the offering, an imperial century, scenic river flats, a few solid climbs and a whole day to debate whether Cuddles would have survived one day on the chain gang…

    Date: Sunday, June 3, 2012
    Start:  Brewhaha, 286A Pacific Hwy, Hornsby NSW 2077
    Espresso: 8am onwards
    Depart: Hey! Be tranquillo – the ride will start soon enough!
    Route: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/53045738
    Classification: Casually deliberate
    Post Ride Recovery Beverages: The Bluegum, 55 Pacific Hwy, Waitara NSW 2077

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    Date/Time
    Date - June 03, 2012
    8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

    Location
    Brewhaha

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    Ride Classification

  3. Heads up Velominati of Australia. We got a Cogal. Rick Harman is the organizer so send your questions to him directly <Richard_Harman@barker.nsw.edu.au> or through the comments section. cheers, Gianni

    When Great Britain decided to colonize Australia it sent 11 ships with 277 free persons and 753 convict men and women on board. The convicts immediately became Australians.  Their brave masters endured cups of sugarless tea as they built a nation. It was a ghastly business; whipping the prisoners into submission, feeding them every second day, all the time enduring the hideous noise of leg irons clanging and the death rattle.

    Quite by accident, they created a master race of hardmen. Hardmen who learned how to toil through exhaustion, withstand pain and brutality and ignore hunger, thirst and hardship. Hardmen of questionable breeding and average intelligence, with giant chips on their shoulders, a general hatred of authority and a passionate desire to prove their worth to the rest of the world.  And the rest of the world didn’t really didn’t give a shit.

    The Sydney Cogal borrows from this idea – tough, exhausting and struggling for relevance. A long section of the route follows an old road north of Sydney, forged by convicts, called Old Northern Road – evidently named by the same guy who named the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Great Sandy Desert. Genius. To round up the offering, an imperial century, scenic river flats, a few solid climbs and a whole day to debate whether Cuddles would have survived one day on the chain gang…

    Date: Sunday, June 3, 2012
    Start:  Brewhaha, 286A Pacific Hwy, Hornsby NSW 2077
    Espresso: 8am onwards
    Depart: Hey! Be tranquillo – the ride will start soon enough!
    Route: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/53045738
    Classification: Casually deliberate
    Post Ride Recovery Beverages: The Bluegum, 55 Pacific Hwy, Waitara NSW 2077

    Event Details

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    Date/Time
    Date - June 03, 2012
    8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

    Location
    Brewhaha

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  1. @harminator This is who I believe Garmin will be riding for. I can’t stand Vaughters, but he seems to know what he’s doing. »

Heads up Velominati of Australia. We got a Cogal. Rick Harman is the organizer so send your questions to him directly <Richard_Harman@barker.nsw.edu.au> or through the comments section. cheers, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. Heads up Velominati of Australia. We got a Cogal. Rick Harman is the organizer so send your questions to him directly <Richard_Harman@barker.nsw.edu.au> or through the comments section. cheers, Gianni

    When Great Britain decided to colonize Australia it sent 11 ships with 277 free persons and 753 convict men and women on board. The convicts immediately became Australians.  Their brave masters endured cups of sugarless tea as they built a nation. It was a ghastly business; whipping the prisoners into submission, feeding them every second day, all the time enduring the hideous noise of leg irons clanging and the death rattle.

    Quite by accident, they created a master race of hardmen. Hardmen who learned how to toil through exhaustion, withstand pain and brutality and ignore hunger, thirst and hardship. Hardmen of questionable breeding and average intelligence, with giant chips on their shoulders, a general hatred of authority and a passionate desire to prove their worth to the rest of the world.  And the rest of the world didn’t really didn’t give a shit.

    The Sydney Cogal borrows from this idea – tough, exhausting and struggling for relevance. A long section of the route follows an old road north of Sydney, forged by convicts, called Old Northern Road – evidently named by the same guy who named the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Great Sandy Desert. Genius. To round up the offering, an imperial century, scenic river flats, a few solid climbs and a whole day to debate whether Cuddles would have survived one day on the chain gang…

    Date: Sunday, June 3, 2012
    Start:  Brewhaha, 286A Pacific Hwy, Hornsby NSW 2077
    Espresso: 8am onwards
    Depart: Hey! Be tranquillo – the ride will start soon enough!
    Route: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/53045738
    Classification: Casually deliberate
    Post Ride Recovery Beverages: The Bluegum, 55 Pacific Hwy, Waitara NSW 2077

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - June 03, 2012
    8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

    Location
    Brewhaha

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

  2. Heads up Velominati of Australia. We got a Cogal. Rick Harman is the organizer so send your questions to him directly <Richard_Harman@barker.nsw.edu.au> or through the comments section. cheers, Gianni

    When Great Britain decided to colonize Australia it sent 11 ships with 277 free persons and 753 convict men and women on board. The convicts immediately became Australians.  Their brave masters endured cups of sugarless tea as they built a nation. It was a ghastly business; whipping the prisoners into submission, feeding them every second day, all the time enduring the hideous noise of leg irons clanging and the death rattle.

    Quite by accident, they created a master race of hardmen. Hardmen who learned how to toil through exhaustion, withstand pain and brutality and ignore hunger, thirst and hardship. Hardmen of questionable breeding and average intelligence, with giant chips on their shoulders, a general hatred of authority and a passionate desire to prove their worth to the rest of the world.  And the rest of the world didn’t really didn’t give a shit.

    The Sydney Cogal borrows from this idea – tough, exhausting and struggling for relevance. A long section of the route follows an old road north of Sydney, forged by convicts, called Old Northern Road – evidently named by the same guy who named the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Great Sandy Desert. Genius. To round up the offering, an imperial century, scenic river flats, a few solid climbs and a whole day to debate whether Cuddles would have survived one day on the chain gang…

    Date: Sunday, June 3, 2012
    Start:  Brewhaha, 286A Pacific Hwy, Hornsby NSW 2077
    Espresso: 8am onwards
    Depart: Hey! Be tranquillo – the ride will start soon enough!
    Route: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/53045738
    Classification: Casually deliberate
    Post Ride Recovery Beverages: The Bluegum, 55 Pacific Hwy, Waitara NSW 2077

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - June 03, 2012
    8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

    Location
    Brewhaha

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

I just had to use this pic of Tom Simpson in 1965 wearing the Peugeot kit as the title pic for this year’s VSP for La Fleche Wallonne. Rigid hooked himself up on the Keepers Tour with the same kit he purchased at the Flanders Cycling Museum and it’s Grade A nipple lube. Although victory eluded Simpson in this Classic he still looked dam...

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  1. I strongly dislike Valverde, but he races to win. VSP PICKS: 1. Valverde 2. Uran 3. Purito 4. Nibali 5. Van Garderen »

When people think of the The Netherlands, they generally think of flat lands, windmills, and a topography where people claim to “live at elevation” when their home on the third floor of a building. Never the less, this is not entirely true as The Motherland does, in its most southern reaches, boast quite hilly terrain; the province of...

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  1. Long shot, but here goes… VSP PICKS: 1. Purito 2. Nibali 3. Jelle Vanenert 4. Dirty Sanchez 5. Niki Terpstra »

We rode the Pavé of Roubaix in the dry, and any comforting feelings we might have been carrying about with us that suggested we had somehow prepared for them were summarily vaporized as we hit the first secteur. Riding together in a group, unable to reach for the brakes or the shifters, we all were hit with the same realization: these aren’...

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  1. Not really fussed who wins as long as it’s a great race, and they aren’t from Garmin-Barracuda after last year. Sorry Haussler. I would like to see one of the ‘big names’ get up over a breakaway stayaway. If it rains, Flecha in a solo entry to the velodro… »

The Keepers and Rigid rolled into a region in France called Flandres which, without doing any further research into the matter, we assume is the coloquial French term for this region of the world. If its anything like the other regions in Europe, these places have roots that extend way past any modern country’s border and situate themselves i...

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  1. I can’t wait for this shit. VSP PICKS: 1. Breschel 2. Boonen 3. Faboo 4. Van Avaermaet 5. Pozzato »

The Poggio. It’s probably one of the most famous easy climbs in the world; going through old cycling photographs, I rarely come across one where the leaders haven’t moved Sur La Plaque. It has a reputation, however, for being a real leg breaker, mostly because any climb is a big climb once you cross its summit after a paltry 291 kilomet...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Cav 2. Sagan 3. Goss 4. Edvy B-H 5. Van Avermaet »

  2. FUUUUUUUUUU this is getting impossible to pick. People refer to the late 90s as the golden era, how about right now! What a promising sign for our future that any of 30 folks would be a deserving winner. VSP PICKS: 1. Cav 2. Sagan 3. Haussler 4. Cancell… »

The 2012 Velominati Super Prestige kicks off in proper form this season with the debut of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad as part of the series. I’m tempted to stubbornly refer to this race as Het Volk, but I’ll toe the line and refer to the race by its bewildering new(ish) name.This is a tricky race to predict because the big races in April ar...

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  1. Tough one to pic. Here’s a link to the start list, my god BMC have a good team. All eight of their guys could captain a team comfortably. Too many cooks going to spoil the broth? cyclingnews Omloop Het Volk Nieuwsblad VSP PICKS: 1. Haussler 2. Leif Hos… »

If we liked breathing stale, recycled air, we’d all take up a sport like wrestling or indoor fly-fishing. But we love the feel of a gale on our faces. We cherish the smell of cow manure filling our nostrils with its almost tangible grittiness. We hold scared the privilege to breathe in diesel fuel while doing hill repeats up l’Alpe d...

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  1. @Buck Rogers I understand what he’s saying. Round these parts, you almost have to halve your speed in the rain. Wet oil on the roads will bring you unstuck eventually, if a rain-blinded motorist doesn’t first. Imagine if they’d all crashed and he was th… »

Riding bicycles brings people together. It forms bonds. Bonds that can last for years, lifetimes, transcending distance and even a total lack of contact and communication. Friendships are forged through a common passion shared only through the medium of the internet, as we experience here on this very site. It’s a unique entity that has the p...

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  1. It’s true, Ron. I used to get the impression everyone was a boring curmudgeon but all you have to do is show a bit of personality after taking a turn or two on front to show that you mean business. @Ron It makes me angry because I love this sport/lifes… »

  2. @Jellybean At first I was slightly upset there was a Cogal just north of me, but after reading, I would have felt out of place. Bikes are great because of stories like this. I’d like to ride with more humoured people. I am the only one who makes jokes … »

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. @Mikael Liddy Its purely because he’s closer to the camera. »

The V Moment of the Year isn’t an award so much as acknowledgment of the moment during the season when the sport demonstrated the most pure example of spirit of The V. This is more than pushing hard en route to glory; the V Moment is the one point in time at which, despite a rider’s body and mind screaming to sit up in acquiescence, th...

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  1. The whole Hoogerland thing made me physically sick when I saw it. @Spearfish This really got under my skin. How do you not come out all guns blazing and angry after something like this? I won’t ever forget it. I didn’t really grasp the magnitude of JV… »

I’m often told I romanticize Cycling’s past, that the days gone by weren’t quite as rosy as I make them out to be. There is some truth to this, certainly, but the assertion isn’t entirely accurate in the sense that I romanticize everything about Cycling.Because events are seasoned by our thoughts and individual experience...

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  1. I try and live in the now, while keeping the notion of being a romantic on the side. I realised the magnitude of Cancellara’s 50km solo break at the time. I knew we would talk about it for years to come, and tried to enjoy it as such. When you experience … »

It only takes the most cursory glance through the Lexicon to realize that we have a special love for nicknames here at Velominati.  I’m not sure what it is that compels us to call things by some made-up name instead of the actual ones; it almost seems like we’re bragging that we know something well enough to screw up it’s moniker...

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  1. The 12 minutes of interview Jens has in the movie Chasing Legends is worth the purchase price alone. He puts things in perspective perfectly. I don’t know of anyone else in cycling as popular. Everyone you speak to has an opinion on Jens and it’s always … »

From the bottom of our hearts, and on behalf of everyone at Velominati, we wish you a very Happy Holidays and as such issue a temporary suspension of Rule #11.I’d like to thank everyone for coming around to our little corner of the world to spend your valuable time as part of the community; without you, none of this works. Thanks for helpi...

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  1. Thanks to you guys for providing a worthwhile place to spend some time. The second best thing to cycling is talking about cycling, and being able to do that here out of the wind of the rest of the internet is a blessing indeed. The fact it’s Christmas an… »

It is my great pleasure to introduce this guest article, penned by my long time friend @Rob. I’ve know the lad since we were both in short pants. We both discovered cycling as something more serious than transportation at the same impressionable age. For Rob, his discipline gained from martial arts, his fearlessness on the bike and his innate...

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  1. We have goldsprints set up in a bar for the bicycle film festival every year. Usually the bar owners make you do terrible things like shot free tequila 5 seconds before a 300m race. Once that ~12 seconds is over you best have a champagne bucket handy. Ah… »

  2. A good read indeed! I am fortunate enough to have started riding road bikes after riding on the track for a year or so. My club is pretty full on and wouldn’t let me motorpace or race with the others until significant proving had been done. I’m by no mea… »

I appreciate my helmet. I treat it with respect. I never leave for a ride without it. I replace it after a crash or even after helplessly watching it bound down the stairwell like some kind of deformed styrofoam slinky-dink after allowing it to slip from my grasp. (This activity also typically involves some assertions questioning what it does in it...

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  1. @DerHoggz Yeah it is. The bars on the track bike (Tk2) are the road bars that originally came on the AR that is also in the picture. Sorry, should have been more clear in my previous statement. »

  2. @DerHoggz Just the road bars that came on the AR in the picture mate. Sphinx are quite dear and not for my style of riding, but they are quite good. »