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The task spreads out before me like molasses poured onto a tabletop, indulging in its viscous immensity. Its growing breadth makes it a kind of enigma, the sort distinguished by an elusive end and therefor an intangible beginning. It occurs to me, at this moment, that the difference between those who achieve and those who stagnate is not measu...

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  1. Very serendipitous this as I was only yesterday wondering if there were a thread on this topic – great minds … Have been unable to make my usual 6am hit out with mates due to finally accepting I have three children and a wife … so have found myself r… »

I must admit to not having read most of the cycling memoirs in the Works. I may eventually but the local public library doesn’t carry any of them and never will so I’ll have to buy them or ask Frank to tote everything he has to Hawaii. I did get off my wallet and buy these two and it was money well spent. David Millar and Tyler Hamilton...

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  1. @Marcus Perjury is a really serious business  - look at Marion Jones : 6 months jail for lying under oath ( several times ) and in a  far less conspicuous or serious context. There is precedent for the case. And I cant see how the Dallas DA armed with a… »

  2. @Leroy You are on -  justice will be done ( yeee haaaa ) : only a matter of time before UCI officials past and present testify against him in return for amnesty of their own from impending fallout – their testimony combined with forensic analysis of the … »

  3. @Leroy Leroy – I really respect your contrarian position on all this – its good for the debate. You are clutching at straws here, either just for the sake of it – or the alternative, which is that you are insane. Which of course you are not. We are a… »

  4. was / am tempted to have a go at LA through strava – but í just don’t feel like stooping to that troll like level …. but am tempted….. he posted 3 hours ago about some triathlon business……. some other douche said “” ooooo i love you dont’t listen … »

  5. @Gianni I found Hamilton’s book a revelation.The opening quote from Emile Zola really sums it up : I know you should never believe as gospel everything you read … but in the context of thie book and all that has emerged, the following spring to mi… »

I’m quite upset about it, actually, all this racing that’s been going on in perfectly good weather. Vlaanderen, dry. Roubaix, dry. We were nearly guaranteed shit weather with the Olympics in London, but even then, only the women got to get all Rule #9 on our asses – and only for one race. Damnit, I want Epic, and if we keep insis...

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  1. …. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Gerrans 3. B – Hagen 4. Boonen 5. Rodriguez »

There isn’t a lot about a climb several kilometers long ending in a sustained 20% cobbled gradient that communicates ‘Attack’ and/or ‘Respond’. Certainly not when it comes after 240 kilometers with only 20 left to race. Nope, I’ve double-checked the calibration and used a control-case: the only reading I’m...

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  2. Belgian Techno 1990 – 1992 :  sound track to the fact that Belgium and Belgians is / are a twisted, hardcore, slightly weird and ultimately fabulous naton of ravers.. Some of you will enjoy  most will flee in abject revulsion.  Eddy would fucking love… »

One of the loveliest things about the Grand Tours is that you get a feel, by the nature of the route, of the country’s landscape and physical qualities. Italy is littered with mountains and coasts, France is bordered by mountains with large swaths of open landscape throughout, and Spain is like Tatooine; mostly desert with some rocky outcropp...

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  1. @Steampunk you saying I is fat ? »

  2. Dont actually give two hoots who wins – just happy there’s a GT on Telly so I don’t have to watch fucking housewives , or masterchef , or geordie shore or etc. VSP PICKS: 1. contador 2. Froome 3. Rodriguez 4. Gesink 5. Van de B »

The Bike. It is the central tool in pursuit of our craft. A Velominatus meticulously maintains their bicycles and adorns them with the essential, yet minimal, accoutrement. The Rules specify the principles of good taste in configuration and setup of our machines, but within those principles lies almost infinite room for personal taste.It seems in s...

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  1. @Marcus NOTED – fucking fulcrum – god damned splitters. Will sort. Not sure how but will. »

  2. @Mikael Liddy i did – and word great minds, Mikael – compliance overhaul is in motion already, I am swapping it all out for black hoods, white microtex, 3t team doric post and white fi'zi:k aliante saddle. My old set up, bascially. »

  3. @Gianni Ha. I love it really. At least it has grown on me very fast. It is distinctive and for those who know. The Trek:  you know, on reflection, .I just could not get around the fact it was ultimately a really expensive Trek. And it didn’t have supe… »

  4. haven’t committed the cash yet – but this is the sempre I’m 99% sure on – not 100% on celeste, to be honest – but a fucking glorious ride. Not as fast as the SSL nor the Cento 1 SL – but 3 grand more affordable, and with super record / fulcrum 1s. Its a n… »

  5. @sgt head or heart I rode 58 grands worth of bikes over a two week period. I had never ridden carbon before this and was intrigued with all the fuss. what was clear is all are not made equal – and like all commoditised consumer products, brand and ma… »

  6. A nasty conundrum : 2012 bianchi sempre / super record / fulcrum 1.         $4.5k 2011 trek 6.9 ssl / dura ace / xxx lites and a spare set of rxl racing lites for training    $7.8k 3k difference. US / group San vs euro / Gruppo The trek is flawless – … »

This has been in the works for a while. I don’t want to take up too much time as you all have a lot of reading to do here. Rodger has an opening ramble then introduces us to the whole crew. Rob added his two cents worth and Xyxax wrote a perfect final report so don’t stop until you read his. I had a report from Tim that gmail has hidden...

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  1. that is christ on a bike level AMAZE I dont know any of you  – but I know that I love you. truly.   »

The Bike. It is the central tool in pursuit of our craft. A Velominatus meticulously maintains their bicycles and adorns them with the essential, yet minimal, accoutrement. The Rules specify the principles of good taste in configuration and setup of our machines, but within those principles lies almost infinite room for personal taste.It seems in s...

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  1. I am on the verge of dropping wedge on my first ever carbon bike never thought I’d say this – but I think I may be about to buy a Trek ( WTF ) I tried out s-works and specialized; bianchi; focus; commondale; pinarello; and wilier. But a 2012 6.9 ssl… »

You can all wave “goodbye” to your Post GT Depression Syndrome, because the Men’s Olympic Road Race is only three days yonder. I don’t typically give two shits about this particular event; while contested by national teams, unlike the Worlds it appears as just another one-day race on a calendar filled with events that carry...

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  1. Massive effort from O’Grady – all the medalists owe him a proper beer Led the dismantling of team sky, right there. »

  2. Watching Faboo breaking down, THE saddest sight …sobbing into the shoulder of a colleague….tearing up over here »

  3. Crowds are silent wondering what thefuck where’s wiggo and cav aren’t they supposed to be…? »

  4. Fuck Cancellara crashed Fuckk »

  5. Faboo is gonna take this isn’t he All over for Sky »

  6. GO BELGIUM »