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I have an idea. If Mr Cookson and the UCI are eager to lift women’s cycling up, why not sponsor a women’s race for each of the Monuments of the sport? A Giro di Lombardia Féminin would be a much better end to the season than the Chrono Des Nations. Each Monument would have an earlier start time than the men’s, a slightly shorter...

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  1. @the Engine if you ever start getting them in the proper order, you’ll be (more) dangerous. @il muro di manayunk In the end, useful for Jeopardy, useless for VSP. »

  2. Provisional: Solovey Tetrick Leseuer Pitel Antoshina »

  3. Laizane was third in the Latvian national  TT championship.  Can’t ignore palmares like that. VSP PICKS: 1. Solovey, Anna 2. Tetrick, Allison 3. Antoshina, Tatiana 4. Leth, Julie 5. Laizane, Lija »

Attention, this is the final event on the Men’s VSP calendar for 2014. There is one more Women’s event to come. We may already have a winner of this years over-all but the rest of the podium could be up for grabs. @il muro di manayunk has broken away and I’m not sure @steampunk is going to chase him down. Has everyone noticed how...

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  1. @frank Personally, I haven’t been outside in weeks.  Good to have a little bit in Eurmerica to tighten the cremasterics and spur some action over there. @Rob Users of Look pedal systems are naturally immune. Decades of hanging around fruit bats, I su… »

  2. @Steampunk Which is why it’s so easy to shop for your birthday. »

  3. @Rob My hazmat suit is Speedplay-compatible only.  Sucks. »

  4. @frank yes, thanks, I could use the bonus points about now.  My recruitment campaign slogan – “Ebola Fever-Catch It!” hasn’t been very popular with the millenials and so now updating my resumé. »

  5. @Steampunk Positively 4th Street? »

  6. @bianchi denti and @girl picking Hairstyle for fifth.  What prescience (which means “before science”)! »

  7. For reals? VSP PICKS: 1. Degenkolb 2. Demare 3. Nizollo 4. Hutarovitch 5. Debusschere »

Jump to: Scoring Guidelines • Prizes • Schedule • ResultsThe Velominati Super Prestige is a season-long competition wherein readers will be submitting their predictions for the top five finishers of each qualifying race.  In order to qualify, your picks via the VSP Picks form above the posts section of the VSP Event article pertaining to the...

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  1. Anyone want to play unofficial Paris-Tours VSP? Septic Vmarke Snidely Degenkolb Arnold Demare Giacomo Va Nizzoli Jens “shut up Dave” Debusschere »

I’m getting too old and cranky for all this race schedule changing. I know they already did this last year and presumably I had the same gripings then, but Lombardia is supposed to close out the season and I’m downright angry that Paris-Tours is closing out the books now; it only seems right that one of the most beautiful races should...

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  1. @Gianni @Minnesota Expat Hmmm.  10 hours on the bike didnt improve my vsp picking skills. Two Harbors is a bustling metropolis, containing my first ever combined car/pet wash.  And the snow kept the mosquitos down. »

  2. @Minnesota Expat Just finished Heck of the North a few hours ago.  As the official latern rouge of this year’s race, my picks are late, but race-tested. »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Rodriguez, J 2. Contador, A 3. Valverde, A 4. Aru, F 5. Moreno, D »

I find it interesting to observe the chasm between parties engaged in a conversation, particularly in response to questions being asked. I’m thinking, at present, of the question, “How many bikes do you have?” My feelings in response are nothing short of complex and maybe a bit confused; reservation that I feel I should have a mo...

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  1. @the Engine Outstanding bike Ivor!  Looking forward to seeing it in person. I don’t know what the others are on about.  How else are you supposed to warm up the nose of your saddle? »

You can only spend so much time with the Schlecks before you start talking like them, and the fabulous Fabs seems to have crossed the threshold. I’ve heard more complaining from him this season than I have talk about pushing harder on the pedals or going steady up with more speed or going full gas like everyone else, but just doing it for ...

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  1. @Steampunk Yeah, I was having crocodile flashbacks; I always hope he does well even when I don’t pick him.  I didn’t think I’d live to see the day when PG was in service of GVA. @Rob I’m not sure how it happens, though scouring Twitter to see if there’… »

  2. @Steampunk Remember when picks were as simple as a childs plush toy? VSP PICKS: 1. Gerrans 2. Cancellara 3. Van Avermaet 4. Valverde 5. Matthews, Bling »

This is big. This is the race that decides the arc-en-ciel  jersey for the next year. It is the best looking jersey. It carries the most baggage. It also brings the most respect. The World Championship is a circuit race of attrition. In Ponferrada Spain it’s an 182 km loop done seven times, with a total of 2142 m of climbing. Is it a climber...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Armistead 3. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot 4. Johansson, Emma 5. Longo-Borghini »

If Tony gets a flat or two and loses this time trial, bookies will be jumping off bridges into the Thames. It’s a lock, man, it’s a lock. There, it is now jinxed. You are welcome. Picking second through fifth will take some acumen. Will these be Vuelta riders or does that just hold true for the road race? Tony could have a jour sans. Co...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Martin, Tony 2. Wiggens, Bradley 3. Dumoulin, Tommy 4. Adriano Malori 5. Dennis, Rohan »

All hail, the Worlds are upon us. The time trials should be events where all VSP participants can rack up some decent points. Remove team tactics, national team versus trade team allegiances, using this event to train for another event, bonking and hanging onto team cars from the equation. All one is left with are possible flat tire, possible mecha...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Van Dijk 2. Villumsen 3. Hannabolic Solovey 4. Brennauer 5. Garfoot »

Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour...

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  1. @ChrisO Well said. »

@Nate’s take This year it was time for the Bay Area Cogal to visit my home turf in the East Bay. To make it more than just a long ride on roads I have ridden many times, and instigated by @EricW, the plan was to feature several sectors of dirt fire roads. A few scouting rides later, the route was planned. We rolled out on July 5 with @DaveR,...

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  1. @Nate Great ride, All quality kit, bikes, and riders. I predict Dave_R will be smashing us to bits on the MN tundra. »

Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour...

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  1. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps): 1. Contador, Alberto 2. FROOME 3. Rodriguez 4. Uran 5. Aru »

The Heck of the North is a Gravel Classic held in Northern Minnesota. The course is about 185 kilometers long, approximately 75% gravel/dirt road, with 15 kilometers of trail and as little pavement as needed to make it all come together.The front few groups of this race go for the win, while the rest of the field simply enjoy a fun day out on the...

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  1. The Heck of the North is a Gravel Classic held in Northern Minnesota. The course is about 185 kilometers long, approximately 75% gravel/dirt road, with 15 kilometers of trail and as little pavement as needed to make it all come together.

    The front few groups of this race go for the win, while the rest of the field simply enjoy a fun day out on the bike, riding one of the most challenging and exciting routes in the quickly-emerging gravel scene.

    Mixing gravel roads and ATV trails, this race is home to some of the most innovative bicycle concoctions you’ll ever come across, from drop-bar fat bikes to race-tuned Graveur machines. Leave your road machine at home; you’ll need fast 32mm tires at least in order to survive the trail sections.

    More information on the Heck of the North site. Registration is $54 before July 15; $65 before August 15; and $76 until September 15. Registration ends September 15 or once the 400 rider limit is met.

    The Heck of the North is not a Cogal, but Velominati is a sponsor of the event and will be providing exclusive prizes. See you there.

    Official site: http://www.heckofthenorth.com/

    Event Details

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    Date/Time
    Date - October 04, 2014
    12:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Location
    Castle Danger Brewery (Two Harbors MN)

    Cogal Details
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  2. The Heck of the North is a Gravel Classic held in Northern Minnesota. The course is about 185 kilometers long, approximately 75% gravel/dirt road, with 15 kilometers of trail and as little pavement as needed to make it all come together.

    The front few groups of this race go for the win, while the rest of the field simply enjoy a fun day out on the bike, riding one of the most challenging and exciting routes in the quickly-emerging gravel scene.

    Mixing gravel roads and ATV trails, this race is home to some of the most innovative bicycle concoctions you’ll ever come across, from drop-bar fat bikes to race-tuned Graveur machines. Leave your road machine at home; you’ll need fast 32mm tires at least in order to survive the trail sections.

    More information on the Heck of the North site. Registration is $54 before July 15; $65 before August 15; and $76 until September 15. Registration ends September 15 or once the 400 rider limit is met.

    The Heck of the North is not a Cogal, but Velominati is a sponsor of the event and will be providing exclusive prizes. See you there.

    Official site: http://www.heckofthenorth.com/

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - October 04, 2014
    12:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Location
    Castle Danger Brewery (Two Harbors MN)

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

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