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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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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. »

  2. @Chris What is that? 140mm? 150mm? One bolt at the back end too . . . »

  3. @chrismurphy92 Indeed. Look at the clothing on the podium: Fabs wearing a ball cap and hideous leggings/tights. Degenkolb wearing awful socks and a ball cap (at least it looks like the “tache” is gone.) Terpstra looked like a million $$. The proper cap,… »

  4. @frank Yeah, and wait until the FCC give Comcast the green light to really dominate the market. I’m sure everyone’s choices will get so much better . . . »

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 Very nice cuff links. Subtle and classy! Just gotta say that last night’s ride was a special one. As you’re all tired of hearing me and the other midwestern Velominati say, this has been a shitty, long winter. Got out of work a bit early and … »

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. @fenlander Well, I like it! Looks great. For a second there I thought you nhad two bikes then I realized two pix were B&W . . . Duh. I have 105 on two of my bikes and it’s good, solid stuff. »

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. @Floridian True, but with Roubaix it’s a combo of luck and skill in knowing how to read/ride the stones and few do it better than Boonen. How knows, maybe he’ll take a long shot flyer again and make everyone chase. No nasty hills on Sunday . . . Win #5 … »

  2. Christ, I don’t know! Heart versus head? Do I want Tommeke to win and get #5? More than ever. Do I want Vansummeren to win in honor of the coma lady? Yes? Do I want Mini-Phinney to step up? Yes. Would I love to see Geraint do it for the Welsh? You bet. V»

I had always imagined that de Ronde van Vlaanderen must be hardest race in the world. The way I worked it out – having never ridden the course of either event at the time – was that de Ronde had the same cobbles as Roubaix, but with 20% grades thrown in. It makes enough sense so long as you don’t know what you’re talking abo...

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  1. @Ron I really think it has to do with attitude, and, dare I say it, intelligence. Cancellara has talent and brains. Pozzato has talent. That will only get you so far. It’s what truly separates the champs from the runners-up. I read a story about Cancell… »

  2. @The Oracle Yeah, first ride sans shoe covers, cap and long-fingered gloves. Felt so good and light. It was a damn long winter . . . »

  3. @dissolved That really is too sad. It doesn’t sound good either. That’ll make for a seriously motivated Vansummeren on Sunday though. Imagine the emotions if he wins . . . . »

  4. @The Oracle I certainly did – my standard 50kms look around New Fane and Kewaskum. Roads seem to have held up ok over the winter. Headwind home was a bastard though. Got home and figured out what the issue was with the new cable on my rear Sram Force de… »

  5. @The Oracle Never mind the pillow and blankie, what about the wee cuddly toy next to his head FFS? A real man would have a block of concrete for a pillow and a fine roll of turf as a blanket. »