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Order: Keepers Tour: Cobbled Classics 2012 Attendee

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Mamil returning to the saddle after 20 years of doing other stuff like long distance running - what was I thinking

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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...

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  1. Just can’t see beyond these guys at the moment – maybe Purito might stick his nose in. Won’t it be hilarious if Frandy wins it? VSP PICKS: 1. Froomey 2. C*ntador 3. Nibbles 4. Malmerde 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...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos Boss 2. Abbott 3. Longo Borghini 4. Pooley 5. Stevens »

“You ruined a heap of photos!” Not the words you want to hear when the photos in question are ones you didn’t shoot, but were in. “How?” “You’re too low, too compressed.” At least he didn’t say I was ugly. “And you’re ugly.”When you work with professional photographers, you pic...

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  1. …and why the f**k did I put an apostrophe in “went”? »

  2. @brett Checked to see what he’s up to on Wikipedia because last time I heard the name I went out and bought a MTB in 1986 because I loved the idea. Wen’t more remote places with that thing than ever I do now. Apparently Charlie “…currently is consid… »

The Velominati have our own set of nicknames and terms which have developed over time through posts and correspondence. Some of these are names of landmarks or terms in cycling; others are nicknames for some of the riders in the pro peloton. While not intended to be offensive or derogatory, the nicknames in the list represent the riders’ pe...

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  1. In light of the the announcement that Frandy will ride the TdF may I nominate Schleck Family Racing as the appropriate team name to use. Do they perhaps have compromising pictures of Kim Andersen or is there a clause in the Luxembourg tax code that allow… »

What better way to mark the world’s greatest race visiting ‘God’s Own County’ than to hold that most sacred of events, a Cogal. I’m still working on the precise route, but one thing’s for sure, they’ll be hills a plenty, and along the way we’ll take in some of the actual Stage 1 route, including the ‘Cote de Buttertubs’. I’m a...

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  1. Tan Hill Inn Tan Hill Inn

    What better way to mark the world’s greatest race visiting ‘God’s Own County’ than to hold that most sacred of events, a Cogal. I’m still working on the precise route, but one thing’s for sure, they’ll be hills a plenty, and along the way we’ll take in some of the actual Stage 1 route, including the ‘Cote de Buttertubs’. I’m also hoping to include an opportunity to take on vital fluids in the highest pub in England, The Tan Hill Inn.

    Pre-Cogal espressi will be taken at Caffe Curva in the village of Hawes from 0930 onwards and wheels will be turning at 100V precisely.

     

     

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  2. Tan Hill Inn Tan Hill Inn

    What better way to mark the world’s greatest race visiting ‘God’s Own County’ than to hold that most sacred of events, a Cogal. I’m still working on the precise route, but one thing’s for sure, they’ll be hills a plenty, and along the way we’ll take in some of the actual Stage 1 route, including the ‘Cote de Buttertubs’. I’m also hoping to include an opportunity to take on vital fluids in the highest pub in England, The Tan Hill Inn.

    Pre-Cogal espressi will be taken at Caffe Curva in the village of Hawes from 0930 onwards and wheels will be turning at 100V precisely.

     

     

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - July 04, 2014
    10:05 AM - 5:00 PM

    Location
    Café Curva

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

  3. Tan Hill Inn Tan Hill Inn

    What better way to mark the world’s greatest race visiting ‘God’s Own County’ than to hold that most sacred of events, a Cogal. I’m still working on the precise route, but one thing’s for sure, they’ll be hills a plenty, and along the way we’ll take in some of the actual Stage 1 route, including the ‘Cote de Buttertubs’. I’m also hoping to include an opportunity to take on vital fluids in the highest pub in England, The Tan Hill Inn.

    Pre-Cogal espressi will be taken at Caffe Curva in the village of Hawes from 0930 onwards and wheels will be turning at 100V precisely.

     

     

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - July 04, 2014
    10:05 AM - 5:00 PM

    Location
    Café Curva

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

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. @The Engine Like I said last week…. »

  2. @DCR It’s a giant conspiracy… »

  3. Pinot was 4th last year and is on form – I’d love Brudley to win but he won’t and like the Giro last he’ll lose interest and go home to sign for Oleg. Or possibly not. Who knows? By the way should I worry that the Giro scores haven’t been added to the ov… »

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. I have an ISP on my #1 bike – I prefer not to think about this sort of thing… »

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...

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  1. Most obvious choice in the history of obvious choices J-Rod out (hope you recover quickly) and Uran in VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps): 1. Quintana 2. Rigoberto Uran 3. Cuddles 4. Rafal Majka 5. Dr Pozzovivo »

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. …properly »

  2. Can’t log in… »

Despite the proclivity towards being all-knowing that comes as a consequence of my being Dutch, the most beautiful things in life are discoveries that come as a result of not knowing. We are quick to answer but slow to think; the easy solution lies at our fingertips while the true mystery lurks just beyond, ready to reveal her secrets if only we a...

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  1. @Harminator Or my rides are longer than your rides »

  2. Love those long rides where you look at them on the app and you can see the whole island… »

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...

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  1. Based on last year’s TdF and his form thus far I can see why Quintana’s well fancied – got to be a podium pick for a parcours like this year’s. Other than that Purito will be up there and Cuddles will be top five as a career last hurrah. Pozzovivo is It… »

Riding a bicycle involves much more than just pushing the pedals around in a perfect sweep of muscular elegance while Looking Fantastic at all times. There are all sorts of soft skills involved like learning to shift properly, learning to corner properly, learning to crash properly, learning to criticize a fellow rider’s puncture-repair te...

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  1. @frank Picture has been reviewed elsewhere on the interweb – best I can deduce he thought 1991 era cantis had better stopping power. But then elsewhere on the web it goes on about faked moon landings and black helicopters so I don’t really know. »

I would have to start training to even do a recovery ride. And I would have to own a cyclometer, HRM, and the unavoidable watt meter. And all that would tell me what I already don’t want to know. Ignorance is bliss until some teenager on a mountain bike gets by you and at that point you better not have a watt meter on your bike. Still, we hav...

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  1. @frank I’m Scottish therefore genetically programmed to save money. Alas I’m also genetically programmed to eat deep fried food rather than Train Properly. »

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. @minion Would this be the wrong moment to say I like a little head myself? »

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...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Malmerde 2. Giblets 3. Danny Bhoy Martin 4. Nibbles 5. J-Rod »

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...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos Boss 2. Lizzie Armistead 3. Borghini 4. Dick van Dijk 5. Dr Pooley »

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...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Giblets 2. Gerans 3. Malmerde 4. Costa 5. Nibbles »

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. I used to be indecisive but now – well I just don’t know »