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Order: Level 4 Velominatus

Location: Bristol UK

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Behind every great rider, there’s a great soigneur. The right hand man, the go-to guy, who tends every whim of his rider, feeding, watering, mending and massaging. Behind the humble Velominatus Regularus, however, there’s a string of injuries, tight muscles, bad posture and aching guns. We are our own soigneurs, and if you’re like...

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  1. Blimey – that was a controversial article - I had to walk away in disgust and take a few breaths to compose myself….. ……middle-aged men doing yoga – disgusting! »

My favorite feeling is perhaps the empty hollowness of hunger. That statement, in itself, is a declaration of the privileged life I’ve led; it is borderline obscene to boast of such a thing in a world where 842 million people don’t have enough to eat. Nevertheless, being lucky enough to have been raised in America and just competent eno...

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  1. Amazing – I was only thinking to myself a few days ago, that I feel great with a slight feeling of hunger persisting within me. I have put some quality miles in the legs recently and I’m controlling my food intake in a bid to get closer to my climbing wei… »

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. I need practice – I’m good at enduring pain – but no good at hiding it. More Laurens Ten Dam than Richie Porte (I wish!) »

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. Yes, at last! I can forget about the decline of Manchester United and get me some real sport contested by real hard-men. My favourite races of the year! I fancy Boonen for P-R (although I think Stybar may go well another year on). My outsider for Flanders… »

One of the finest things about Velominati is it attracts the crazy bastards. Cyclists are slightly unhinged anyway but there are more than a few out there who have no fear. Crazy is not constrained by nationality. Crazy knows no borders. Sure the Randonneurs would do this just to make sure they were happy with their choice of headlamp strap but @ba...

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  1. Amazing ride – chapeau guys! I was shivering watching you guys in that door-way. »

It’s the ride you’ll do the most. The hardest ride you’ll ever do, too. You’ll do it so often that it should be easy, but it never is. Its frequency is such that it really should morph into all the other rides of its ilk, therefore negating the actual nexus of this necessary, evil ride. But it never does, it’s always s...

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  1. My last FRB was almost 3 weeks ago – the account at the V Bank was over-drawn that day! - vowed there won’t be another FRB for a while. I need careful Tapering-Management this year to avoid the dreaded FRB »

The view from Strahlubnaig.December 21st, 2013, at latitude 56 ½ degrees North, a little before 9am, and of course not fully light yet in this small corner of north west Europe, where the shortest day grudgingly gives us 6h 50m of what can be loosely described as ‘daylight’. Continue reading...

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  1. I loved reading that – you have a great writing-style. Chapeau to you all on a great Rule #9 effort. »

We’re not really supposed to have favorites, but everyone does. Just ask your parents. So while I’m not supposed to have a favorite, I do, and its Rule #9.Bad weather immediately separates the wheat from the chaff, and so the weekend warriors stay indoors and leave the roads to the devout. I talk most often about riding in the rain, wit...

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  1. @frank I love the banter on here, wait till I post a pick of my steed – I’m sure it’s a serial offender – but I like the idea posted earlier that rule#9 is an escape clause, so I’ll cling to that. I may need to make some changes for the summer though! »

  2. I’m new here (been reading for a while without posting any comments) so still learning the rules and not yet figured out my favourite. But I do enjoy riding in poor weather – I went out yesterday in the cold rain, and as I set off I muttered to myself, “t… »