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Velominatus: zeitzmar

Order: Level 2 Velominatus

Location: Redmond, Washington, USA

I'm a longtime cross country runner and sometime swimmer who discovered my love for cycling when I bought my first road bike, a 1981 Raleigh Gran Sport that was waiting for me in the basement of the LBS in my tiny college town in Iowa. I quickly fell (not literally, not yet) for the sport and have been rapidly discovering the many joys of the way of the wheel. My sensei turned me on to la Vie Velominatus and the rest is history. I'm a recent Biology graduate from a small liberal arts school in Iowa, moved back into the Seattle area after living in France for a bit.

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First run in 2002, the GP de Plouay-Bretagne is part of the women’s UCI World Cup series.  It’s 4.5 laps totaling 121km. As usual, there is little information or publicity for yet another women’s UCI race. Here is a start list. Here is the official French website. And yes, Ms. Vos won the last two editions. We regret the lack of...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos, Marianne 2. Armistead, Lizzie 3. Johansson, Emma 4. Longo Borghini, Elisa 5. Cromwell, Tiffany »

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: 1. Quintana Rojas, Nairo 2. Froome, Chris 3. Rodriguez, Joaquim 4. Contador, Alberto 5. Valverde, Alejandro »

The race of the funny hat.Every team seems to have included one or two riders fresh off the Tour. One would either feel ruined or unbeatable a week after that slug fest, more than likely, ruined. I imagine there are a few riders dodging calls from their directors this week. Continue reading...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Gilbert 3. Gallopin 4. Mollema 5. Gerrans »

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. Vos 2. Bronzini 3. Olds 4. Armitstead 5. Johansson »

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  1. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Nibali 2. Porte 3. Talansky 4. Valverde 5. Kwiatkowski »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Contador 2. Froome 3. Talansky 4. Valverde 5. Nibali »

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos, Marianne 2. Abbott, Mara 3. Johansson, Emma 4. Longo Borghini, Elisa 5. Stevens, Evelyn »

@zeitzmar's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Wiggins, Bradley 2. Costa, Rui 3. Mollema, Bauke 4. Kreuziger, Roman 5. Frank, Matthias »

@zeitzmar's posts:

  1. @RedRanger @Cogfather @andrew Thanks for the input. I’ll look into some of the Giro helmets. I know she is not the kind who wants pink flowery shit (that’s more my thing), so black or white and well-ventilated should work. I gotta nip this thing in the… »

  2. A bit of a dilemma: my girlfriend is moving out to join me in the Seattle area this summer and she is into cycling so one of her first purchases will be a road bike which I will help her to find. She also plans on buying a helmet, but she asked me what I … »

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Nairo Quintana Rojas 2. Joachim Rodriguez 3. Cadel Evans 4. Rigoberto Uran 5. Domenico Pozzovivo »

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  1. @Gianni Yes! I love Cosmo’s HTRWW series! VSP PICKS: 1. Valverde 2. Gilbert 3. Kwiatkowski 4. Rodriguez 5. Martin »

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Armistead 3. van Dijk 4. Stevens 5. Johansson »

@zeitzmar's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Moreno 2. Gilbert 3. Kwiatkowski 4. Valverde 5. Gerrans »

@zeitzmar's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Valverde 2. Kwiatkowski 3. Gilbert 4. Gerrans 5. Rodriguez »

The Ride. It is the cathedral of our sport, where we worship at the altar of the Man with the Hammer. It is the end to our means. Indeed, The Bike may be the central tool to our sport, but to turn the pedals is to experience the sensation of freedom, of flight. It is all for The Ride.The world is overflowing with small, twisty roads that capture ou...

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  1. In honor of Paris-Roubaix, I searched out the closest thing I have to pavé in my neck of the woods: a 2km section of what was once a transcontinental brick highway, paved in 1913: And a better one from the internet. An enjoyable ride. Next time I wan… »

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Vanmarcke 3. Boonen 4. Van Avermaet 5. Sagan »

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  1. In honor of de Ronde van Vlaanderen, we will be hosting a Cogal in the urban Seattle area. Route to be determined, but plan on a moderately hilly opening 80km around Lake Washington and Mercer Island before hitting the historic cobbles on Captial Hill and Queen Anne near downtown Seattle. Total length of the ride is about 115km; but the last 30 are what really count.

    We’ll be leaving from Brouwer’s Café in Fremont at 10:05. No support vehicle is expected, but we’ll have lots of opportunity to refuel along the way. I will pre-ride the route a few days in advance and post GPX files and a queue sheet. The ride is intended to be no-drop, but due to the amount of climbing, we may break into separate groups before meeting back at Brouwer’s for post-ride recovery ales.

    Join us one and all to get a very minor taste what its like to ride de Ronde!

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    Date/Time
    Date - April 06, 2014
    10:05 AM - 6:00 PM

    Location
    Brouwers

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Boonen 3. Sagan 4. Terpstra 5. Degenkolb »

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  1. Here goes nothing! »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Armitstead 2. Johansson 3. van Dijk 4. Borghini 5. Stevens »

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Borghini 2. Johansson 3. van Dijk 4. Armitstead 5. Pieters »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Boonen 2. Sagan 3. Cancellara 4. Hushovd 5. Boss Hogg »

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. Sagan 2. Spartacus 3. Cav 4. Boonen 5. Phinney »

@zeitzmar's posts:

  1. @Optimiste This! When I saw it was on Netflix it quickly became a go-to inspiration for indoor training sessions. The first time I saw the film was in college, en route to a cross country meet. I credit it with leading me on the path to LVV. »