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Location: Somevvhere between rides (Australia)


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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. Another unsuccessful roll of the dice right there….. VSP PICKS: 1. valverde 2. Gilbert 3. Chavanel 4. Rodriguez 5. Gerrans »

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. @Xponti I guess it played out differently.  Anyone that picked that deserves the Cobbled Icon…. »

  2. I guess it will play out like Flanders, Group of three or four into the Majestic Circle of Roubaix, GVA forced to do a lead out and Faboo too strong in the sprint. Boonan is still too emotionally fatigued from his recent loss to be performing at his best,… »

  3. I guess it will play out like Flanders, Group of three or four into the Majestic Circle of Roubaix, GVA forced to do a lead out and Faboo too strong in the sprint. Boonan is still too emotionally fatigued from his recent loss to be performing at his best,… »

Come celebrate the Prophets Birthday and ride the Grave’ TrainOut to Northam on the Kep Track, along the river to Toodyay and back via the Avon Valley train line. Continue reading...

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  1. Come celebrate the Prophets Birthday and ride the Grave’ Train

    Out to Northam on the Kep Track, along the river to Toodyay and back via the Avon Valley train line.

    210km one day gravel epic. Approx 80% on gravel.

    Start & Finish Address: Rose & Crown Hotel, 105 Swan Street, Guildford WA (Western Australia that is!)

    Route: Kep Track to Northam then Toodyay, and return via Avon River Train line, 210km one day epic

    Ride Route.

    Ride Classification – Casually Deliberate, but will need The V towards the end, CX/gravel bikes only

    Please – CX bikes only – MTB’s will generally be too slow and may be dropped (unless you are a gun!).

    Essential items;

    • · CX bike
    • · Lights (suitable for night gravel riding- will be dark at start)
    • · Food & adequate water supplies
    • · Cash – coffee at Bakers Hill, lunch at Northam, stop at Toodyay to restock for home leg
    • · Suitable clothing – Rule #9 adherence may be required
    • · Critical spares (no support vehicle)
    • · Mobile phone
    • · Well stocked V-bank
    • · Extra cash/ credit card for hop-based recovery fluids at Rose & Crown on completion





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    Date - June 22, 2014
    6:05 AM - 9:00 PM

    Rose & Crown Hotel

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Vlaanderen. Its no accident the Flemish word for Flanders starts with a V; there is nothing simple or easy about riding a bike here. If it isn’t wind, its steep bergs. If it isn’t tarmac, its cobbles. Most of the time, its all three. Oh, and the weather there sucks. In fact, Flanders doesn’t have weather – it has VVeather.De...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Armitstead 2. Johansson 3. Van Dijk 4. Cromwell 5. Pieters »

This needs no introduction. The Spring Classics are truly upon us. The course has been modified yet again, it is tougher? The riders make the race and the 2014 Ronde van Vlaanderen is loaded with racers who could win or make the Velominati VSP placings. Just to pick the winner will not be nearly as easy as it has been recently. There are small clo...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Boonen 3. Sparticus 4. Sep Vanmarcke 5. Stybar »

This is the kick off of the VSP for women’s racing, though the women have already kicked it off with the Ronde van Drenthe in the Netherlands. Now it’s down to Northern Italy, Varese, by Lago Maggiore, but this is a climbers course, more in the mountains than by the lake. And yes, Sunday is also Gent-Wevelgem for women but Trofeo is par...

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  1. Server didn’t map Borgini the Lamborgini VSP PICKS: 1. Armitstead 2. Pieters 3. Elisa Longo Borghini 4. Emma Johnasson 5. Cromwell »

  2. I wish there was a full start list for this race.  Makes it (more) difficult to work out who will win….. VSP PICKS: 1. Armitstead 2. Pieters 3. Borghini the Lamborgini 4. Johnasson 5. Cromwell »

The Kemmelberg is a brute. In my opinion, its the hardest of the cobbled climbs in the Spring Classics; it has a high speed tarmac approach that saps the guns of their snap. The transition from tarmac to cobbles is awful, the stones are very badly laid throughout and if you don’t hit it just right, you’ll come to a standstill. The cobbl...

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  1. Threw the dice, read the tea leaves, and bled a chicken over the start list and came up with this. VSP PICKS: 1. Boonan 2. Sparticus 3. Sagan 4. Rojas, Jose 5. Boom, Lars »

Het Volk (it will always be Het Volk to me) and now the Strade Bianche may well mark the sentimental beginning to the season, but those are specialized, pre-season races that appeal mostly to riders who are preparing for bigger objectives later in the year, such as the Cobbled or Ardennes Classics. Same goes for Tirreno Adriatico and Paris-Nice; t...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Greipel 2. Cav 3. Degenkolb 4. Ciolek 5. Sagan »

  2. Had to change out Boonan.  Thoughts with the Family through a difficult time »

  3. Had to change out Boonan.  Thoughts with the Family through a difficult time VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Sparticus 3. Gerrans 4. Nibbles 5. Cav »

Assuming you ride somewhere outside the borders of Antarctica, you have likely already heard about the injustice being imposed on our friend and fellow Velominatus, Dan Richter who goes around these parts as @Dan_R.I’ve been riding Dan’s wheels for a bit over a year, and they are the best I’ve ever had. After hearing about the sui...

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  1. Damn it….Specialized was supposed to be crossed out…..Needless to say, they will not be getting any of my money now, or into the future. »

  2. Hmm…List of bikes to own; Baum, Ridley, Scott, BMC,Specialized. »

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  1. Have just sent an email to the Keepers (ie Frank) to see if there is any interest in a V-Pendant in 9ct gold and maybe one in Silver.  Small one to hang from a chain around your neck. About 10mm high. Thoughts anyone? »

Freddy effortlessly demonstrates Rules #80 and #82, the Three-Point System, and the Goldilocks Principle while his mechanic calmly swaps a mortal’s wheel for one that can withstand his ferocious sprint. All the while, a young Colonel Sanders looks on with bemused disapproval.For anyone still wondering whether the 70′s was the coolest...

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  1. I love the look on Freddy’s face as the Peleton disappears. It’s as if he is saying “You F%#ker’s better watch out when I get back to the Peleton. I’m going to be dishing out some awesomeness.” »

The cycling cap was part of any kit: nearly black shorts, team jersey and cap. It would be matching, it would be cotton. In the day before the required helmet, the cycling cap was it. Unrestrained by helmet or hairnet, the cap was the crown upon the head. It would sit high on the head, not pulled down like a baseball cap. It sat no higher upon the...

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  1. @Weldertron V-Balling????? »

My trouble isn’t with being a good descender; it is with cornering and stopping – and sometimes both. Or, as G’rilla puts it, “Descending is like sex; how good I am at it has nothing to do with how much I enjoy it.”Descending is demanding and requires great skill. It is not a time for resting or taking it easy; getting...

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  1. @Optimiste That’s Simon Clarke from Greenedge doing that decent, and it was because someone said there were pies on offer a the end and he didn’t want to miss out….. »

See that huge mountain over there? The one with the steep, twisty road going up it? The one that is often covered in snow this time of year? Right, race ya to the top.I don’t know what more there is to say about this year’s Giro; four days from the end, with two of the biggest mountain stages yet to come and the G.C., Mountains, and P...

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  1. But hey, whast the hell do I know…..I picked Elder for 5th, and Kruz Missile (well he has lived up to the exploding part of that title) for 4th. Couldn’t be bothered changing my picks on the rest day. Oh and I also said that Weight of the Nation was g… »

After a winter of long training rides that offered more in the way of numb extremities than it did in acute enjoyment, I have to say that the warming of the air and brightening of the skies have served to remind me that while I love riding in bad weather, I certainly don’t have anything against riding when its nice out.But dont think for...

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  1. For me Scarponi wants to win this on the road but will again come second to J. Rod. Basso is still going to hang on but won’t be good enough for 1st spot. Kreuziger will shine despite the team, and Elder will be too busy looking back over his shoulder to … »

I thought I’d take this opportunity to move en danseuse on Rule #89 and to refer to Liege-Bastogne-Liege by its less-common Flemish name. It also draws into sharp relief that fact that while Dutch may be every bit as expressive and subtle as French, it certainly sounds less sexy.Some races seem to foster a romanticism that other races of e...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. J Rod 3. Gerrans 4. Sanchez 5. Valverde »

During the Ronde von Vlaanderen, we of the 2012 Keeper’s Spring Classic Tour were right on the Oude Kwaremont climb as the women big-ringed it up the cobbles. Kristin Armstrong (US Women’s Team) was burying herself to get on Judith Arndt’s (Greenedge) wheel. It looked like the winning break was going right in front of our eyes. Se...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Pooley 3. Arndt 4. nicole Cooke 5. Armstrong »

I just had to use this pic of Tom Simpson in 1965 wearing the Peugeot kit as the title pic for this year’s VSP for La Fleche Wallonne. Rigid hooked himself up on the Keepers Tour with the same kit he purchased at the Flanders Cycling Museum and it’s Grade A nipple lube. Although victory eluded Simpson in this Classic he still looked dam...

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  1. Wide open field, this ones could be anyone’s race with Philly Gilly not in form, and the Schleckettes definately 2 months from peaking. VSP PICKS: 1. Vanendert 2. Valverde 3. Nibbles 4. Philly Gilly 5. Freire »

When people think of the The Netherlands, they generally think of flat lands, windmills, and a topography where people claim to “live at elevation” when their home on the third floor of a building. Never the less, this is not entirely true as The Motherland does, in its most southern reaches, boast quite hilly terrain; the province of...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Valverde 2. gerro 3. J Rod 4. Sagen 5. Gilbert »