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Order: Level 4 Velominatus

Location: staffordshire

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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. sorry, messed my first attempt up VSP PICKS: 1. Damiano Cunego 2. Basso 3. Kreuziger 4. Scarponi 5. Schleck »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Damiano Cunego 2. Basso 3. Kreuziger 4. Scarponi 5. Scarponi »

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. Joaquin Rodriguez 3. Jelle Vanendert 4. Ryder Hesjedal 5. Frank Schleck »

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. changed due to armstrong not starting VSP PICKS: 1. vos 2. pooley 3. arndt 4. Johansson 5. cooke »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. vos 2. pooley 3. arndt 4. armstrong 5. cooke »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. gilbert 2. valverde 3. Igor Anton 4. nibali 5. frank Schleck »

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. Chavanel 2. Peter Sagan 3. Valverde 4. Nibali 5. gilbert »

We rode the Pavé of Roubaix in the dry, and any comforting feelings we might have been carrying about with us that suggested we had somehow prepared for them were summarily vaporized as we hit the first secteur. Riding together in a group, unable to reach for the brakes or the shifters, we all were hit with the same realization: these aren’...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. boonen 2. thor 3. boassan hagen 4. flecha 5. Vanmarke »

The Velominati Super-Prestige continues with our second Women’s event of 2012, the Women’s Ronde van Vlaanderen. This one is made even more exciting for me by the fact that I now have some small connection to the Women’s Tibco Racing Team, as I watched with envy as they each pulled their bikes off the oversized baggage carrousel...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. vos 2. armistead 3. johansson 4. cooke 5. pooley »

The Keepers and Rigid rolled into a region in France called Flandres which, without doing any further research into the matter, we assume is the coloquial French term for this region of the world. If its anything like the other regions in Europe, these places have roots that extend way past any modern country’s border and situate themselves i...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. cancellara 2. boonen 3. gilbert 4. sagan 5. thor »

Gent conjures up images of the quintessential Flemish city. Age-old medieval architecture rising from the river’s edge is classically Belgian. Gent is also firmly tied to Belgium’s greatest gift to the world, cycling tradition. Many a pro-expat cyclist has relocated to Gent with the hope of testing their mettle in the seat of cycling...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. boassen hagen 2. cancellara 3. sagan 4. boom 5. gilbert »

  2. are cancellara, gilbert and sagan riding? »

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. I don’t think its that because i got 20 points last week and was joint first but second. tried to get my votes in early this time incase that was the reason, but it would seem to be because my name starts with a z. anyway, I guess it just means i need t… »

  2. joint top again! how come my names never first is it alphabetical? I would quite like to be top so i get the cool little vsp shirt icon by my name »

The Poggio. It’s probably one of the most famous easy climbs in the world; going through old cycling photographs, I rarely come across one where the leaders haven’t moved Sur La Plaque. It has a reputation, however, for being a real leg breaker, mostly because any climb is a big climb once you cross its summit after a paltry 291 kilomet...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. cavendish 2. cancellara 3. sagan 4. boasson hagen 5. matt goss »

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. sooo close! »

It’s right around this time of year when the little voice in my head that spurs me on in cold, wet, Rule #9 conditions starts getting overpowered by all my other personalities who at this stage are gathering stones and crowbars and getting ready to enforce their will on him regarding their preference for riding in nice, warm, sunny conditi...

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  1. @Fausto snap. must have posted this right before me »

  2. what are the chances of the top 5 being the same after the Col d’Èze? I have wiggins, valverde and van gardener in the right positions at the moment and would like some points! »

Focus groups are forced marches out of the safety of our locked and darkened offices to delve into group work that would certainly be accomplished by one person, namely you, with much more efficiency and elegance. As it happens, the suspicions you’ve had about the dude you’ve successfully avoided conversation with for three years in the...

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  1. did i miss something, why was there no vsp for the Tirreno-Adriatico which started today? »

It’s right around this time of year when the little voice in my head that spurs me on in cold, wet, Rule #9 conditions starts getting overpowered by all my other personalities who at this stage are gathering stones and crowbars and getting ready to enforce their will on him regarding their preference for riding in nice, warm, sunny conditi...

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  1. duvel* silly auto correct »

  2. @Dr C where can i get some of that nut brown ale? looks delicious. my favourite atm is Chimay, only just realised they sell it in asda so now i have a constant stock. luckily theres also a fine wine shop near here that sells belgian and abbey beer and a… »

  3. really wasn’t expecting that time from wiggins, watching him go into the first corner he looked slow compared to everyone else, and all the way through he looked cautious. »

  4. VSP PICKS: 1. wiggins 2. porte 3. Valverde 4. t martin 5. tejay van garderen »

The Monte Paschi Strade Bianchi is happening this Saturday and it is such an interesting race we are putting it into the VSP.  The route is a mix of pavement and white marble sectors that roam through the hilly Tuscan country and finishes in the middle of beautiful Sienna. It seems early to me but that is because the Giro had an epic stage on the...

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  1. pretty similar to everyone else picks VSP PICKS: 1. gilbert 2. cancellara 3. cadel 4. Nibali 5. sagan »

April 2012 promises top be a special month for any Velominatus. While the current icons of our great sport do battle in spring classics, many of the Velominati will be enjoying The Keepers Tour.Meanwhile, in the quiet county of Shropshire, another event promises great things. Epic scenery, some pretty serious climbing, an imperial century, and fine...

@zac's posts:

  1. would have to be the same day as one of my races wouldn’t it I suggest a cheshire cogal, there are some great climbs over that way like the cat and fiddle, mow cop and my favourite the awesome COBBLED swiss hill! another great thing about swiss hill is t… »