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Velominatus: starclimber

Order: Level 1 Velominatus

Location: Delta BC

Coming soon, but not soon enough. There's some humour buried in that.

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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. Geraint Thomas also gone. Glad I fourth guessed Rodriguez from 1st to 5th. Race is simmering nicely. Now to see if the 2nd and 3rd guess removals of Iglinsky and Fitschleck stab me in the back. »

  2. Riders selected using only the finest, time-tested, second, third, and fourth guessing. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Gerrans 3. Malmerde 4. Kwiatkowski 5. Rodriguez »

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. @frank Fastidious naked-ass bitch slapping required for ‘kim’ ^ »

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. Kristoff flatted at a bad time (aka the Arenberg), had to chase from over a minute back, badda bing, badda buh-bye. »

  2. There’s a result I can live with. Wildly unpredictable and completely enthralling. CHAPEAU NIKI! »

  3. Attackarama. Fucking stellar. »

  4. Holy FUCK, is this gonna be a huge velodrome sprint!? »

  5. Underestimated the wrong guy, again, have we? »

  6. 1 down, 4 to go. Without some luck, you can’t win this thing. »

  7. Spartacus and Tommeke into the velodrome after Tom just barely survives Fab’s blazing attack, which puts enough road between them and Kristoff’s group to allow a very narrow win for Boonen. VSP PICKS: 1. Boonen 2. Cancellara 3. Kristoff 4. Van Avermaet … »

@Harminator just submitted this little gem of a tale. It is too timely not to share with Paris-Roubaix looming. VLVV, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. Let’s not start a boar war…. Beautiful succinct article. »

Here stands a man. A quiet man. A hard working man. A Belgian man. A man from a life of grit, cold, and rain.Here stands a man who has chosen a life of hard work and sacrifice; a hard life even within the context of Cycling. A man who spends long hours in the wind and in the rain, in the service of his team. A man who despite those long hours in...

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  1. I wonder if she wasn’t simply a very slow old woman, and became trapped on that island by the pre-peloton entourage. Cars and motorcycles streaming by to either side….grim. »

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. Sagan kills himself chasing a curiously fading Faboo, with Tommeke glued to his wheel. The less thrashed Boonen punches out a tires width win while his faithful attack dog Niki brings up the rear, only to be just nipped at the line by the ever-close Chava… »

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. Guess this will be streaming live, right? Oh well. VSP PICKS: 1. JOHANSSON Emma 2. VAN DER BREGGEN Anna 3. ARMITSTEAD Elisabeth 4. AMIALIUSIK Alena 5. TUCKER HALL Lauren »

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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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. Speaking of animated, Devolder has been prominent last couple of races. »

  2. Well, glad I left out Tommeke. So far my kiss of death VSP selections are missing one Stannard. Who’s next? »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Stannard 3. Cancellara 4. Keisse 5. Stybar »

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. Johansson 2. Ratto 3. Van Dijk 4. Armitstead 5. Longo Borghini »

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. Nibs form ain’t fully there…now that slick descent…. »

  2. Big pileup, favourites scattered all over the road on the slippery descent of the Poggio, a bloodied Sagan almost pulls out a miraculous come from behind win. Likelier: I go 0 for 5. Heh. VSP PICKS: 1. Luca Paolini 2. Peter Sagan 3. Greg Van Avermaet 4… »

Wind is an asshole. I have no patience left for it. It has all of it been used up, gone, finished. It is the only force that I’m aware of (with the possible exception of gravity) that is more stubborn and less willing to listen to reason than I myself am. It blows me around on my bike, it embezzles speed from my Magnificent Stroke. No matter...

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  1. Possibly the most inspiring and well penned article you’ve ever written, Frank.  I felt a hint of rebirth myself just yesterday as I wiped the dead worms from my rear brake and downtube, wearing a grin on my face in the warm sun. ‘What wind? What wet road… »

@wiscot is at it again. He is the Velominati historian and I’m always pleased when more of his writing arrives at the bunker. Luckily for all of us, cycling has a long history, most of which we are unaware of. This was not taught at school. Any article that includes the words Spartacus and Hour Record in the first paragraph already has my att...

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  1. Great article, wiscot. One quibble: it’s actually 2686 metres further that The Prophet rode in 1972. The Wikipedia entry is incorrect as well, so I’d guess that’s where you found that info. »

The illusion of transparency is perhaps the most important tool the Velominatus has in their toolbox, apart from having some measure of competence, being Casually Deliberate at all times, Looking Fantastic, and being able to dish out and endure heaping helpings of The V.Cycling is suffering, and one of the most crucial lessons we have to learn is t...

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  1. @frank Breaking into a lusty rendition of ‘O Sole Mio’ at that point would seal the deal, I think. »

Omloop het Nieuwsblad is fast approaching on March 1st, Strade Bianche goes off the next weekend; finally, ladies and gentlemen, we have a season. For me the racing season really has to start in cold, wet Europe. I like the Tour Down Under just fine, I watch it, but it’s too early, too sunny and too hot to signify the start of the racing season...

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  1. Oh, I’m not suggesting that wasn’t a fantastic race, just that the Katusha team plan needed to change once it was clear Belkin and Omega were not going to be caught. Radios surely weren’t going to prevent what Belkin and Omega did to shred the race to bit… »