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The race of the funny hat.Every team seems to have included one or two riders fresh off the Tour. One would either feel ruined or unbeatable a week after that slug fest, more than likely, ruined. I imagine there are a few riders dodging calls from their directors this week. Continue reading...

@seemunkee's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Stybar 3. Mollema 4. Rogers 5. Van Avermaert »

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. Damn, Delgadoed »

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...

@seemunkee's posts:

  1. Traveling for work and Delgadoed rest day swaps.  I’m screwed. »

  2. @VeloJello drop a syringe in the elevator and send it to the 7th floor »

  3. Podium picks are set, but 4 and 5 I just don’t know.  Too many options.  Would like to put Tejay in there, but two Americans in the top 5 doesn’t seem possible. VSP PICKS: 1. Contador 2. Froome 3. Nibbles 4. Valverde 5. Talansky »

Why are women’s races run concurrently with men’s races? I would get it if it was the women’s Tour de France, but I don’t get it when it is the women’s Giro in July. Since the Tour de Swiss there has been a lack of stage racing (in my TV watching schedule) and seemingly a perfect time to present a women’s stage r...

@seemunkee's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Abbott 2. Vos 3. Stevens 4. Johansson 5. Borghini »

On our trip to Paris, my wife and I, in need of culture, rode the Vélib bikes to Cycles Laurent. This was our first French bike shop visit and excitement was high as we navigated our helmetless headed way through the city traffic. The shop is a classic; it’s crammed with bikes and clothes. There is no room to move. My wife immediately dove into...

@seemunkee's posts:

  1. Thanks for the history lesson and the recommendation for Cycles Laurent.  I’m heading to Paris in a couple of weeks and was going to ask if there was a shop I should check out. »

The Ride. It is the cathedral of our sport, where we worship at the altar of the Man with the Hammer. It is the end to our means. Indeed, The Bike may be the central tool to our sport, but to turn the pedals is to experience the sensation of freedom, of flight. It is all for The Ride.The world is overflowing with small, twisty roads that capture ou...

@seemunkee's posts:

  1. Next week, May 21 is the annual Ride of Silence.  I’ll be going out for my local ride.  You can find out if there is one near you on their website http://www.rideofsilence.org/main.php After having lost brother Velominati  itburns/Shuttle/Jon Lennard las… »

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...

@seemunkee's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana Roo 2. J-Rod 3. Cuddles 4. Uran Uran 5. Dan Martin »

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...

@seemunkee's posts:

  1. And you managed to not miss the insanity of the 5 Boroughs ride. »

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...

@seemunkee's posts:

  1. @Haldy Getting passed so hard your bike frame turns to wet noodles in fear. »

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...

@seemunkee's posts:

  1. Has the VSP standing been updated recently?   I’m still seeing my in the lead with 43 points and I know that isn’t right.  I’ve tried clearing my browser cache to make sure I’m not seeing an old page. »

  2. Resubmitting.  I see my post with the picks listed, but don’t see them in the VPS picks list. VSP PICKS: 1. Dan Martin 2. Valverde 3. Gilbert 4. Nibali 5. Kwiatkoski »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Dan Martin 2. Valverde 3. Gilbert 4. Nibali 5. Kwiatkowski »

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...

@seemunkee's posts:

  1. Can’t get any of the streams to work.  Anyone got a link? »

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...

@seemunkee's posts:

  1. Ain’t nothin’ new about #94.  Mr. Natural been saying that ages »

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...

@seemunkee's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Valverde 3. Gerans 4. Costa 5. Nibbles »

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...

@seemunkee's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Armistead 3. Borghini 4. Van Dijk 5. Pooley »

Have you ever been told to take a good look at yourself? Usually it infers that you need to smarten up your ideas, get your shit together, shape up or ship out. If Viagra eyedrops had an advertising campaign, (or indeed existed), their tagline would be: “Take a long, hard look at yourself.”Most Cyclists need to take a long hard look at...

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  1. @VirenqueForever Jesus Wept »

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...

@seemunkee's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Kwiatkowski 2. Gilbert 3. Kreuzinger 4. NIbbles 5. Mollema »

Jump to: Scoring Guidelines • Prizes • Schedule • ResultsThe Velominati Super Prestige is a season-long competition wherein readers will be submitting their predictions for the top five finishers of each qualifying race.  In order to qualify, your picks via the VSP Picks form above the posts section of the VSP Event article pertaining to the...

@seemunkee's posts:

  1. Managed to hold the lead after getting a miserable 4 points. »

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. Typo correction VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellera 2. Vanmarke 3. Boonen 4. Stybar 5. Phinney »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Candellera 2. Vanmarke 3. Boonen 4. Stybar 5. Phinney »

The grade is long and I am climbing away. I’m not going to Pantani this: I am not out of the saddle, not in the drops and not leaving everyone in my wake. The climbing gear was engaged a long time ago. There is progress, but I am not dancing up this climb. A little more cadence would really help here. If I could just get this mother-lover spinnin...

@seemunkee's posts:

  1. @Teocalli Happened to me once on a quick transition from downhill to up.  Realized too late I was still in 10th gear and fell sideways in slo-mo.  My buddy did not wait and I could hear him laughing as he went on up the hill. »

Jump to: Scoring Guidelines • Prizes • Schedule • ResultsThe Velominati Super Prestige is a season-long competition wherein readers will be submitting their predictions for the top five finishers of each qualifying race.  In order to qualify, your picks via the VSP Picks form above the posts section of the VSP Event article pertaining to the...

@seemunkee's posts:

  1. Need to take a screenshot of the standing so I can remember that at one point I was on top. »

  • Wilkins is right about his role in his bike/car incidents. There’s 2 sides to the equation, always. As cyclists,...

  • One word, old mate … abridge!

    Fuck me that’s a long article. I really should read one someday around here.

  • @DeKerr

    Indeed, great story. What year was it published? I could not find the date. Mentions Pharmstrong’s...

  • @Ron

    YES! Ron, we have a date with DESTINY!!! Or a ride, not sure which? Either way, some of us are going to do...

  • @kixsand best of luck. Have fun and ask lots of questions!

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