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It has been many years (25!) since professional female cyclists have raced on the cobbles of the Champs Elysées. While running the Giro Donne concurrently with the Tour de France makes no sense to me, this Sunday’s women’s race does make sense. It should be the model for a Women’s Tour de France: the route, infrastructure, roadsi...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Wild thing 2. Bronzini 3. Vos 4. Olds 5. Hosking »

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 Exactly. »

Why are women’s races run concurrently with men’s races? I would get it if it was the women’s Tour de France, but I don’t get it when it is the women’s Giro in July. Since the Tour de Swiss there has been a lack of stage racing (in my TV watching schedule) and seemingly a perfect time to present a women’s stage r...

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  1. Final GC 1 VOS MarianneRabobank-Liv Woman Cycling Team 2 FERRAND-PREVOT PaulineRabobank-Liv Woman Cycling Team 3 VAN DER BREGGEN AnnaRabobank-Liv Woman Cycling Team 4 ABBOTT MaraUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Women’s Team 5 LONGO BORGHINI ElisaHitec Produc… »

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. Picking as unimaginative as network TV. VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. Contador 3. Nibs 4. Valverde 5. Talansky »

Why are women’s races run concurrently with men’s races? I would get it if it was the women’s Tour de France, but I don’t get it when it is the women’s Giro in July. Since the Tour de Swiss there has been a lack of stage racing (in my TV watching schedule) and seemingly a perfect time to present a women’s stage r...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos, Marianne 2. Elisa Longo Borghini 3. Mara Abbott 4. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot 5. Evie Stevie »

Winter’s frost is finally relinquishing its tight grasp of the Great White North, which means it’s time for the third annual Ontario Cogal. Starting with the finest espresso and finishing with fine local brews at the galaxy’s finest cycling café, Domestique Café Cyclo-Sportif in Dundas, Ontario, the ride will take on the local h...

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  1. Winter’s frost is finally relinquishing its tight grasp of the Great White North, which means it’s time for the third annual Ontario Cogal. Starting with the finest espresso and finishing with fine local brews at the galaxy’s finest cycling café, Domestique Café Cyclo-Sportif in Dundas, Ontario, the ride will take on the local hills, including Sydenham, Snake Road, and Rattlesnake Point.

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    Date - June 22, 2014
    9:30 AM - 6:00 PM

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  2. Winter’s frost is finally relinquishing its tight grasp of the Great White North, which means it’s time for the third annual Ontario Cogal. Starting with the finest espresso and finishing with fine local brews at the galaxy’s finest cycling café, Domestique Café Cyclo-Sportif in Dundas, Ontario, the ride will take on the local hills, including Sydenham, Snake Road, and Rattlesnake Point.

    Here is the route.

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    Date/Time
    Date - June 22, 2014
    9:30 AM - 6:00 PM

    Location
    Café Domestique

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The Tour de Suisse can be everyone’s warm-up for the Tour de France, including all you VSP dreamers. The big show seems to be the Critérium de Dauphanié this year, as far as Tour de France contenders go but the Tour de Suisse still has some big guns showing up. Twiggo is here, not for a Tour warm up, unless people are worried about Richie P...

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  1. Good stage. Well fought. »

Winter’s frost is finally relinquishing its tight grasp of the Great White North, which means it’s time for the third annual Ontario Cogal. Starting with the finest espresso and finishing with fine local brews at the galaxy’s finest cycling café, Domestique Café Cyclo-Sportif in Dundas, Ontario, the ride will take on the local h...

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  1. Winter’s frost is finally relinquishing its tight grasp of the Great White North, which means it’s time for the third annual Ontario Cogal. Starting with the finest espresso and finishing with fine local brews at the galaxy’s finest cycling café, Domestique Café Cyclo-Sportif in Dundas, Ontario, the ride will take on the local hills, including Sydenham, Snake Road, and Rattlesnake Point.

    Here is the route.

    Event Details

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    Date/Time
    Date - June 22, 2014
    9:30 AM - 6:00 PM

    Location
    Café Domestique

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

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There was a time when the world was painted in hues of black and white. Right and Wrong were separated by lines painted in such a thick, heavy paint that even to wander close was to already alter your very nature. The Elders taught us on which side we were to dwell and what evils would descend upon us if we were to transcend into the void. Litt...

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  1. @Gianni It’s Dustin Hoffman pounding on the hood of a taxi, “HEY, I’m WALKING here!!” You gotta love it even when you don’t. Funny thing about Citi Bikes is it’s losing money because it is TOO popular with the locals (who can pay a relatively cheap year… »

  2. Ah, the humble bike lane: food carts, delivery trucks unloading, taxi hailers (they love to get a high 5 on their hail-hand as you pass), police car napping, crazyman pushing grocery cart with the accumulated detritus of life, dumbasses stepping off the c… »

The Tour de Suisse can be everyone’s warm-up for the Tour de France, including all you VSP dreamers. The big show seems to be the Critérium de Dauphanié this year, as far as Tour de France contenders go but the Tour de Suisse still has some big guns showing up. Twiggo is here, not for a Tour warm up, unless people are worried about Richie P...

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  2. @xyxax “Fucking up the comments section since 2010.”  I’m so proud. »

  3. why oh why am I such a techno-dope? »

  4. @Steampunk Fine, fine, fine.  There, I’ve said it thricely.  But I’ll defend my head tube length to the death (or old age whichever comes first) »

  5. @Steampunk Oh sure, it starts with hobbit doors and the next thing you know, only small cogs and short-reach brakes allowed.  If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it thrice, that way lies MADNESS!   »

  6. I am being refused entry to your fine establishment.  Is there a dress code? VSP PICKS: 1. Wiggins 2. Rui Costa 3. Kreuziger 4. Baulke Mollema 5. Rohan Dennis »

  7. VSP PICKS: 1. Wiggins 2. Rui Costa 3. Kreuziger 4. Mollema 5. Rohan Dennis »

  8. VSP PICKS: 1. Wiggins 2. Rui Costa 3. Krueziger 4. Baulke Mollema 5. Denis Rohan »

The 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 race in question by the time the countdown clock goes to zero...

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  1. @Steampunk, et al And of that front group, with Kelderman, Talansky, VDB putting in attacks and Froome covering while Contador just stays on his wheel.  Seems like Froome put in a much bigger effort overall and still held him off.  Bertie seemed in much … »

We are the Keepers of the Cog. In so being, we also maintain the sacred text wherein lie the simple truths of cycling etiquette known as The Rules. It is in our trust to maintain and endorse this list.The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path to La Vie Velominatus, not at the end; learning to balance them against one another and to welcome them...

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  1. @ChrisO There’s no discounting the contemporaneous loss of mid-pack Cat 3 inner rage either. He does have 3 books, but Seth Rogen for the film. (agree with Buck, an inspired screenplay and casting!)   »

  2. @Teocalli Yes, that is all reasonably accurate, though it is the local angle that most holds my interest. I’d repay you some lost life, but I’m just about out. »

  3. BSNYC  speaks of the Velominati. http://bikesnobnyc.blogspot.com/2014/05/the-wednesday-awoke-before-dawn-he-put.html »

On our trip to Paris, my wife and I, in need of culture, rode the Vélib bikes to Cycles Laurent. This was our first French bike shop visit and excitement was high as we navigated our helmetless headed way through the city traffic. The shop is a classic; it’s crammed with bikes and clothes. There is no room to move. My wife immediately dove into...

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  1. @Barracuda Cool article, thanks for posting it. »

  2. @Gianni I’ve looked around as I have to be there a lot for work and surprisingly not much in the first place, and Laurent’s seems the best, at least by the road cycling cool factor.  There’s a Giant showroom shop on Blvd Henri V toward the river from B… »