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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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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. @KW Yes indeed, and a few more GT’s to come I’ll wager. Unless, of course, Froome and Contador ride next year when, as we all, know, Nibbles will be lucky to get on the podium because had THEY been riding this year it would have been a two-horse race … »

The Whale Shark is the biggest nonmammalian vertebrate* on the planet, rivaling the dinosaurs for size. How do you feed yourself when you’re that huge without loading up on carbs all the time? Easy, you swim around with your mouth wide open for 22 hours a day and hope enough food swims in there to take the edge off the hunger pangs. Cycl...

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  1. @Ccos And don’t even get me started on the fucking ugly grey terry toweling knee warmers Riis wore. I tell ya, if Jaques Goddet or Felix Levitan had still been around in the 90s, they’d have thrown Riis off the race for wearing that shit. Hell, they ki… »

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. @Harminator Indeed. Jealous as all-get-out. Enjoy! »

The Whale Shark is the biggest nonmammalian vertebrate* on the planet, rivaling the dinosaurs for size. How do you feed yourself when you’re that huge without loading up on carbs all the time? Easy, you swim around with your mouth wide open for 22 hours a day and hope enough food swims in there to take the edge off the hunger pangs. Cycl...

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  1. @Ccos All I see is the worst fitting yellow jersey in history. Seriously, did they not have the right size? Another reason to like Nibbles – looks fantastic. »

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. Ok, ok, I’ll keep the debate going: 1973 Luis Ocana won, Merckx did not start 1976 Lucien van Impe won, Merckx did not start 1980 Joop Zoetemelk won, Hinault retired injured 1983 Laurent Fignon won, Hinault did not start We could argue from here to e… »

The Whale Shark is the biggest nonmammalian vertebrate* on the planet, rivaling the dinosaurs for size. How do you feed yourself when you’re that huge without loading up on carbs all the time? Easy, you swim around with your mouth wide open for 22 hours a day and hope enough food swims in there to take the edge off the hunger pangs. Cycl...

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  1. That picture of Coppi is amazing. Look. At. Those. Socks. Perfection. »

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. I like to think that had I been racing in the Tour this year, Nibbles would have been eating my dust. However, work commitments keep me in Wisconsin so we’ll never know. (Well, we do actually, but we can all dream a little, can’t we?) »

  2. @razmaspaz Contador lost what? 2 minutes on the cobbles. Does anyone think he could have pulled that back given Nibali’s form? I don’t. Lots to look forward to with the TT.  Tony Martin for the win. Nibbles and TJVG top 5. »

  3. So does anyone really still think that it would have been a Contador-Froome duel with Nibbles playing bridesmaid? I really don’t think Nibali has truly been tested this year and he could have handled any true rival with aplomb. If anything, I think it wou… »

The Whale Shark is the biggest nonmammalian vertebrate* on the planet, rivaling the dinosaurs for size. How do you feed yourself when you’re that huge without loading up on carbs all the time? Easy, you swim around with your mouth wide open for 22 hours a day and hope enough food swims in there to take the edge off the hunger pangs. Cycl...

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  1. @Rom Why the bowling pin between the bars? »

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. I’ll take a wheelie-pulling, funky-haired, winkin’, ass-grabbin’, riding-on-top-of-the team car Sagan over Malmerde any day. One is entertaining and the kind of athlete all sports need (talented and a little bit odd) over a cheating, whining twat. »

The Whale Shark is the biggest nonmammalian vertebrate* on the planet, rivaling the dinosaurs for size. How do you feed yourself when you’re that huge without loading up on carbs all the time? Easy, you swim around with your mouth wide open for 22 hours a day and hope enough food swims in there to take the edge off the hunger pangs. Cycl...

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  1. @VeloJello I don’t know but that helmet has to go. Has he not looked at Nibbles and seen how superbly classy he looks in just the maillot jaune and team kit? Take a lesson, young man, take a lesson. »

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. @KW Thanks for clarifying! At least he didn’t put a pacifier in his mouth like some clown did a few years back . . . »

It began when they come took me from my home And put me in Dead Row, Of which I am nearly wholly innocent, you know. And I’ll say it again I.. am.. not.. afraid.. to.. die.Cold, still, heavy, damp air encourages one to remain ensconsed, the familiar nagging doubt weedling away in the back, make that the front, of my mind, and I concede; I...

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  1. @Apex Nadir HooWee! Damn, they didn’t play that in Milwaukee – more’s the – pity. LOVE the back-up singers – they looked like they were having fun. That would have taken my gig to a whole new level of awesome. Sclavunos and Ellis have big-ass beards now… »

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. @Gianni As they say in Glasgow “that’s you telt.” Good for Tommy. »

  2. @KW It’s still better than Contador’s “pistolero” gesture. Oh, and while I’m at it, what was the deal with Nibbles when he won stage 10 and did the thumb sucking thing? It was in the Cuddles realm of weird/minimalist salutes. »

  3. @Ron Mtns. classification, young rider, and ordering of the Frenchmen in the top 5 seems like it going to get real fuckin’ exciting before Sunday. You got that right. Forget Froome and Contador, we’re going to see some ace racing before Sunday. Three F… »

I like definition, to place things in a box and tightly seal the lid. It makes me feel comfortable, like another of life’s little mysteries has been stored away for safe keeping. I also love ambiguity; it is the space wherein all interesting questions are asked; the unknown is life’s greatest beauty. You might say that makes me a hypo...

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  1. @frank With the right training and focus, I could really see GT take on a Kelly-esque career. Maybe not the GT’s (yes, I know SK won the Vuelta) but one/two week stage races. He’s smart, aggressive and physically adaptable. No reason that he shouldn’t … »

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. Three Frenchies in the top 5 with less than a week to go. How many Velominati were born when that last happened? »

It began when they come took me from my home And put me in Dead Row, Of which I am nearly wholly innocent, you know. And I’ll say it again I.. am.. not.. afraid.. to.. die.Cold, still, heavy, damp air encourages one to remain ensconsed, the familiar nagging doubt weedling away in the back, make that the front, of my mind, and I concede; I...

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  1. Damn fine piece! Just saw Mr Cave play in Milwaukee on the first night of his tour – awesome show. The man is a born front man – stalking, preening, gliding, stomping across the stage with an incredible band behind him. He even played Mercy Seat along wit… »

I like definition, to place things in a box and tightly seal the lid. It makes me feel comfortable, like another of life’s little mysteries has been stored away for safe keeping. I also love ambiguity; it is the space wherein all interesting questions are asked; the unknown is life’s greatest beauty. You might say that makes me a hypo...

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  1. I know it’s just the angle of the shot, but doesn’t Stannard look like he’s riding a bike that more than a tad too small? »

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. @unversio Are Conan and Vino related? You know Conan’s hair is juiced . . . »

Before Tomac and Ned, before LeMond and Big Mig, there was Bob Hannah. For a young lad obsessed with motorcycles as well as bicycles, the ‘Hurricane’ was the epitome of style on a bike. His bright yellow Yamaha YZs and matching head-to-toe kit set the bar and inspired me to emulate not only his style on the bike, but off it too. If onl...

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  1. @PeakInTwoYears Tell me about it! I live in SE Wisconsin -  home of HD. You know it’s getting nice out (I’ve been on the bike for months already) when the Harleys are brought out of hibernation. Some keep the pipes legal and quiet. Others ascribe to th… »

I like definition, to place things in a box and tightly seal the lid. It makes me feel comfortable, like another of life’s little mysteries has been stored away for safe keeping. I also love ambiguity; it is the space wherein all interesting questions are asked; the unknown is life’s greatest beauty. You might say that makes me a hypo...

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  1. @frank The nerd with no ice cream looks like he’s wearing a pair of “X-Ray Vision” glasses he got off a Bazooka Joe bubblegum wrapper and is saying “Hey! These things don’t work! The Chicks are still wearing clothes. What gives, bro?” Ice cream boy sp… »

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. Oh, one more thing. I can’t tell you how happy I am that Nibali has not become the yellow turd. Just the maillot jaune, the rest is standard team kit. That’s class right there. Compare it to Quintana in the Giro who became the pink turd to the nth degree…. »