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Velominatus: wiscot

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Location: West Bend, Wisconsin

I got my first bike at age 2 and have always had one since. My first real bike was a massive steel blue Peugeot at the age of 14. Subsequently replaced by a red Holdsworth, a team-colors Raleigh and a ruby-red Colnago, the latter joined by a neon-pink Cougar TT bike, a metallic green Brian Rouke winter bike and a blue Specialized mountain bike. All steel and all gone to new homes now. I joined the Johnstone Wheelers Cycling Club at 18 and became a dedicated time triallist, riding 30-50 club and open races a year. In 1989/90 I was a founding member of the short-lived VC d"Or which included velominatus and short-lived COTHO teammate Brian Smith. I also raced regularly against another real Velominatus - Graeme Obree - in the 1980s and beat him twice - once in a 10 and once in a 50. Rumors that he stopped to have a drum up at the turn are probably true. Moved to the US in 1990. Buggered up my back (working for a bike shop ironically) in 1993. Took several years off. Back riding since 2006 in Wisconsin and logging 8000+ kilometers each of the last three years.

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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. Damn, was hoping Danny boy could pull it off! Fine effort by the lad and here’s hoping for a better result on Sunday. PhilGil was cooked. Schleck fell off. Sorry to see wee Damiano fall too – I’ve always had a soft spot for him. More shite and worthless … »

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...

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  1. @Haldy What? Irn Bru? Would those wheels be made from girders? »

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...

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  1. @Kyle Ok, This Sunday is the Cheesehead Roubaix. 9am in Fireman’s Park in Newburg. I got a message from organizer Dave Hanrahan who said that we need to be careful. It’s estimated 200 folks might show up for what is basically an organized unorganized ri… »

  2. Ok, This Sunday is the Cheesehead Roubaix. 9am in Fireman’s Park in Newburg. I got a message from organizer Dave Hanrahan who said that we need to be careful. It’s estimated 200 folks might show up for what is basically an organized unorganized ride. He’s… »

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. Gilbert 2. Nibali 3. Moreno 4. Valverde 5. Gerrans »

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. Tempted to put Vos in all five spots. Guaranteed some points that way! VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Johanson 3. Van Dijk 4. Armistead 5. Stevens »

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...

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  1. Looking forward to getting a copy. Glad to see LeMelvis is on board too. For one thing, it shows he has a sense of humor! I just can’t imagine another (well-known) American cyclist penning the intro. »

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. @Floridian It’s like he’s trying to hide something behind him . . . “what are you doing Erik?” “Who? Me? Nothing, nothing at all . . .” »

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. @Ron Yup, PhilGil does double duty: how to kick ass on the Cauberg and how to drain a beer. With a kid on the podium is there anything this man can’t do? »

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. @Buck Rogers That’s a pretty cool jersey and Erik seems to be staying in shape, but the hairy guns? For shame indeed! Clearly pre-ride given the immaculately coiffed hair . . . »

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. Gerrans seriously lets Australia down on the podium. Gilbert and Vanendert know the drill: chug it down! http://www.sporza.be/cm/sporza/videozone/v_opvallend/wielrennen_opvallend/MV_140420_Gilbert_Vanendert_pint?playlist=7.39499 “Interesting” podium gir… »

  2. Great job! Hopefully more to come in the future. »

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. @Buck Rogers Yeah, sounds like it was done to raise awareness of theMove to Improve charity, which is supported by Boonen. It’s also the beneficiary of  his Boonen and Friends cyclocross race in the winter. http://www.movetoimprove.be/ So I’ll let him… »

  2. @unversio »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Dan Martin 2. Rodriguez 3. Gilbert 4. Chavanel 5. Thomas »

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. @Rom Ron, stop trying to make sense of all of this! David Byrne and Rab C. Nesbitt – two fine Scots sartorialists gracing the electronic pages of Velominati at last. »

  2. @Ron Cargo pants? Don’t get me started on those!I had to wear a tie in 1st grade. I was 4 years old. I learned how to tie it back then. And the guys who wear cargo pants with a jacket and tie? The jacket is at least a couple of sizes too big as is the col… »

  3. @Ron Where’s Professor Steampunk’s opinion on this? I suspect it’s the same. A few years ago I was at the Art Institute of Chicago in February. It was insanely cold with the wind chill being dangerous. A woman at the AIC was wearing strappy summer-type … »

  4. @cyclebrarian Oh don’t get me started ranting at this early hour . . . had a person visit my place of work last December. She bent over. I really didn’t want to see what I saw. Really? Jeans that fit too much to ask? Folks who think their personal “dre… »

  5. @Mikael Liddy Exactly. Degenkolb’s socks were too long and had ugly stripes around the top and Fabs wore some lululemon tights his wife gave him. Both wore ball caps. Terpstra looked fantastic. »

  6. @RondeVan Are you talking about what the winner has on his head or the fact that Davide Rebellin is standing there too? »

  7. @RedRanger Ok, here’s the difference between Herr Cancellara and Signor Katusha: Fabian’s helmet is at a jaunty angle, the latter’s is simply askew. A subtle difference, but it is there for sure. Checking my reflection in windows? You bet I do. »

  8. Excellent stuff! Looking good should be as important as a well-maintained machine. It’s really not that difficult to do a bit of coordination – you simply buy clothing/gear based on a few colors/patters, etc. This extends beyond the bike. I regularly wear… »

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...

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  1. @Teocalli Yup, and just so I didn’t get too used to nice temps, it was 32 on my ride last night and all the winter gear was back on. We got hail on Saturday and snow on Monday FFS! »

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. @RedRanger Outstanding. Pretty much nailed it in 5 minutes. »