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The Tour de Suisse can be everyone’s warm-up for the Tour de France, including all you VSP dreamers. The big show seems to be the Critérium de Dauphanié this year, as far as Tour de France contenders go but the Tour de Suisse still has some big guns showing up. Twiggo is here, not for a Tour warm up, unless people are worried about Richie P...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa 2. roman kreuziger 3. baulke mollema 4. domiencio pozzovivo 5. javier acevedo »

I don’t know how a guy who shows off the better part of a half meter of seat post comes to the conclusion that his saddle is too low, but that precise thought occupies an enormous amount of time. Ever closer looms the minimum insertion point on my seat pin, yet I am irrevocably bound to explore its limits.I actually wish my legs were shorter...

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  1. Time for a bigger frame Frank? Or a frame with a normal ( straight) top tube? »

One eye open and dreaming; were the building on fire, I suspect this shell of a man could hardly be bothered to move from his bench.As a Cyclist, the enormous weight of the total exhaustion felt by LeMond at this moment fills my spirit with equal measures of dread and envy. Continue reading...

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  1. @ChrisO This photo is the whole package of ‘good stuff’ Chris! Scott bars I don’t/ didn’t get either, maybe aero tuck pre Cinelli Spinachi’s? Only other reason apart from that is being a good place to put the SCOTT sticker so it was photographed. Steel… »

  2. Rockin on RockShox! »

Duck and cover! Our guest article series rolls on with @scaler911’s Anatomy of a Photo. Photo, words, enough said.Yours in Cycling, Continue reading...

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  1. @Gianni I wonder who the third rider is (#21), with the black uvex helmet and tights? Tights, am I misreading the photo? That is very uncool. Gianni, that looks like Olaf Ludwig on an Eddy Merckx – Telekom team bike. The black Uvex helmet gave it away…. »

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. A Merckx, Rob. Great post & something that I have noticed over the past 14 months since I made my comeback from retirement. Guys on Pro Tour level bikes that can’t hold a wheel, drift out into trafic when they try to have a drink, cut infront of you w… »

On October 15, 2011, a select team of Velominati gathered in Langley on Whidbey Island to go for a ride together. These gatherings, referred to as Cogals, are a key component of the vision of Velominati, to bring the community from the Interwebs into the reality of The Ride. After all, we are Cyclists and we are meant to ride our bikes – not...

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  1. Jealous, sounds like a ‘V’ nice weekend, the ride sounded to be fun for a while & then hilly. The different versions of your experiences and your thoughts before meeting the other riders are really funny. McSqueak’s VMH’s fear of unexpected organ dona… »

It is said that this race is one of the easiest to finish but hardest to win. Really, it is the easiest to finish? I’ve driven from San Remo to Milan and it takes hours and hours, even at Italian highway speeds.  I’m amazed this race usually ends up in a field sprint, somehow big sprinters survive the capos at the end of this long cour...

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  1. @Chris Forgot that Brian Holm had cancer in the past Chris, you have a good memory. Hence Flamme Rouge, doh. Yates is looking scary now though. Even as a rider he was not this slim, this is a guy that came to Australia in the off season 87 or 88 with a … »

  2. @Mr Haven He used to like cutting hedges, with his bare hands I’m guessing? On the topic of slim, what is it with some of these ex pros that are looking slimmer than when they rode? Yates, Allan Peiper, Brian Holm, Rolf Aldag, all look slimmer now today… »

No event of the year is more likely to provide piles of Rule #9 in the Five and Dime than il Giro di Lombardia. A hilly circuit around Lake Como ensures lots of climbing and that the bunch is blown to bits before the finish. Add to that its position as the last classic of the season, nestled in amongst the falling leaves of mid-October, and you...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. phil gilbert 2. j j cobo 3. dan martin 4. greg van avermaet 5. tommy voeckler »

This photo of Phil Anderson’s genuine surprise at the gap between himself and the guy who won at losing reminds me of a story my dad tells of a crewmate from his boat at Laga. My dad was the stroke in a boatful of guys who went on to the compete in several World Championships and the Olympics, some of whom actually won medals there.Two of the...

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  1. @frank The chicken was put on his bike by girlfriend at the time & TVM soigneur, Shelley Verses because the race was on Easter Sunday 1988. So probably the Ronde Van Vllanderen from memory where he was on the attack, again. Check out the interview wi… »

As Le Tour approaches rapidly, memories of Tours past come to the fore, and riders who may have gone unnoticed for the remainder of the racing season are once again lauded for their performances on the biggest stage there is. We know them as the Evanescent Riders.In 1993, one such rider was the Colombian climber Álvaro Mejía. ’93 was also...

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  1. @mouse That helmet really was the nicest one you could get at the time and the Giro helmets that Greg LeMond wore. Apart from that you had the Bell lids which were not as pretty! Great video post, I was actually at the race that year and have never seen… »

A clatter of the metal grate rolling up signals another opening of the Velominati Bookmaker’s Office. The gaggle of skinny (and not so skinny, you know who you are) jabbering cycling addicts rush the door, each with their dream of a bumper sticker dancing in their heads. Before the office opened the bookies have consulted the oracle; a garble...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Phil Gilbert 2. Thor Hushovd 3. lars Boom 4. CJ Sutton 5. Dan Bennati »

  2. How or why does Morocco have a team of 6 riders, when Canada have 3 in this race? Eritrea have 3 riders! I’m sure there is a reason like Olympic qualification etc, but the UCI need to cut this PC BS out! Doesn’t make for a good race when the pack is full … »

One of the most magnificent things about Cycling is that not only does it represent different things to different people, it represents different things on different days. Some days, it’s training – a means to an end. Other days, it’s the culmination of a body of work; rather than a means to an end, it represents that end itself,...

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  1. Nicely put Frank. The bike & cycling are a good metaphor for life. I learned pretty fast as a teenager after getting into cycling to smile when it rains, work hard and take my turn on the front & most importantly to really savour the few wins or … »

La Fléche would perhaps be my least favorite classic, were it not for Gent-Wevelgem’s ill-timed bike-throw in their race for last place. It isn’t anything to do with the quality of these races themselves, but more to do with the company they travel in. Gent used to be sandwiched between de Ronde and Roubaix, just as La Fléche is betwe...

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  1. Couldn’t force myself to write the ‘V’ word needed to put Vino’s name down. Voting with my heart, not for points. Go Gerro! VSP PICKS: 1. andy schleck 2. alberto contador 3. phil gilbert 4. simon gerrans 5. m albasini »

The power of hair is not to be underestimated. Especially when it comes to having it carefully disheveled, with little bits poking out of the vents of your helmet. Indeed, hair sticking out of your helmet vents can be thought of as a conduit to The V; the strands reaching into the Ether, channeling its power like a lightening rod into your very b...

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Holland. Not known as a hilly country, this. I have relatives who live “at elevation” near the Kinderdijk, where I took this photo. They live at 3m above sea level. Right. Known more for wind than we are for hills, then. In fact, one of the many (many) interesting things about the Netherlands is that while most countries use windmills...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. R Hesjedal 2. P Gilbert 3. D Cunego 4. Leukemans 5. Gasparotto »

Let us pray for rain.The Sunday after Ronde Van Vlaanderen brings us to Paris-Roubaix. The Holiest of Holies. There are no bergs to ride over, instead, accelerate to maximum speed to be in the top 20 to start each cobbled section, bring power up to flank to float over broken treacherous farm path crown, gutter or ditch or all three at the same time...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Chavanel 3. Boonen 4. Cooke 5. O’Grady »

It wasn’t created from nothing by the concentrated will of an obsessive Velominatus, nor by the grace of Merckx out of pure ether. No, as with all of our stables, mine started simply, and grew over the years.My first honest bike was a Cannondale SR600 with hot pink decals that I bought in 8th grade of my own money. Bit by bit, it became my ow...

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  1. Good point Frank & yeah you are pretty tall @ 6’4! With steel being out these days and the moulded standard carbon frames the teams are riding now in the ProTour, how do you work with a tall(er)riders, and how much energy is being lost due to the f… »

  2. @frank Great looking Bianchi, can even forgive the paint colour & actually like the black forks, the chrome fork would make it look too retro for the gruppo & wheels. But how the heck tall are you to have the saddle so high on such a big frame? L… »

For my generation, he is the Lion of Flanders. Unequivocally. Unchallenged. Evermore, evermore. Boonen is a monster; but he is only the apprentice. In Flemish, his name rhymes with “Lion”: he is Museeuw de Leeuw van Vlaanderen. He is the quintessential Hardman.Here, in the first edition of the Velominati Study of a Hardman, is Johna Mus...

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  1. What about Johan’s hair? Followers of cycling from the late 80’s might remember his receeding hair line during the 1990 season. Then the following year he had a full head of hair again. Never mind doping in cycling, what about hair transplants? Seriously … »

Ok, ok, settle down now people. Take your seats please. You’re all a little bit on edge, like some cycling Gamblers Anonymous group that’s been let out for the weekend with a pocket full of bills and the name of the nearest bookie. But in your excitement, you managed to crash our server, delaying the fix you so desperately crave.But wai...

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  1. Needed to pick a Top 10 for this race really, too many good riders that have not even had a mention. Hopefully the cream comes to the top & we get a great race. Garmin-Cervelo alone could provide 5 of the top ten on paper! Radioshack will be pumped af… »

Rain. Cobbles. Bergs. Professional cyclists reduced to mortals who clammer up steep, slick cobbled grades on shoes not made for walking. Gent-Wevelgem is the teaser for the month of April, when the hardmen come to play on the stones of Belgium and Northern France. Personally, I liked it better when it was sandwiched between the two greatest one-day...

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  1. Great photo, looks like the 89 Gent Wevelgem going on the team jerseys. From my pitiful memory the race was won by Gerrit Soleveld of Superconvex who sat on Sean Yates( 7-11) back wheel and overtook him in the sprint on a horrible day. On a really bike g… »

In honor of the first Australian to win KBK it seems appropriate to give a Chapeau to our mates down under.  Congrats to perhaps the greatest up and coming cycling nation on earth and to Chris Sutton for a show of strength in what was a free-for-all to the finish in Kuurne today.Lest our mates get too cocky though, have a look at the egregious att...

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  1. @frank Thanks for the welcome Frank, Buck Rogers & Ron. I have been dipping in to velominati for a while now after following a link to Rule #5 from another site. Love the rules & especially #5! When I had to decide if I went out in the rain to rid… »