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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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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. VSP PICKS: 1. Solovey, Hanna 2. Tetrick, Alison 3. Antoshina, Tatiana 4. Leth, Julie 5. Leseur, Melodie »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Degenkolb, John 2. Demare, Arnaud 3. Van Avermaet, Greg 4. Vanmarcke, Sep 5. Gallopin, Tony »

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. The VMH and I went out exploring on an old section of brick road near my house. It was originally laid down in 1911 and once went from Seattle to Boston. Now it’s just a remnant, but the closest thing to pave within easy riding distance, aside from the c… »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Alejandro Valverde 2. Joachim Rodriguez 3. Michal Kwiatkowski 4. Dan Martin 5. Alberto Contador »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Gerrans 2. Valverde 3. Spartacus 4. Sagan 5. Kristoff »

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. Johansson 2. Vos 3. Armitstead 4. Bronzini 5. Ferrand Prevot »

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. Tony Martin 2. Bradley Wiggins 3. Tom Dumoulin 4. Alex Dowsett 5. Adriano Malori »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Toni Martin 2. Bradley Wiggins 3. Tom Dumoulin 4. Alex Dowsett 5. Adriano Malori »

There was never any question in my mind that tubulars are more romantic than clinchers, and as a Velominatus I was always convinced that the additional time and care that goes into gluing on a set of tires would make you feel just that much more connected to your bike and the history of the sport itself. I was skeptical, however, that tubs would ri...

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  1. @frank You make a compelling argument. I’m still kicking myself over that $70 tubular wheelset that I passed up on craigslist. »

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 »

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. 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 »

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. Abbott, Mara 3. Johansson, Emma 4. Longo Borghini, Elisa 5. Stevens, Evelyn »

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

There are two ways in life to be good at something. The first way is the most obvious, which is to actually be good at something. This is harder than it sounds because you need things like skills, talent, fortitude, and light sabers. The other way doesn’t require those things but it has its own challenges; basically, you have to be holistical...

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  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 … »

For the simple reason that the Cobbled and Ardennes Classics are behind us, I have not alternative but to get back on my soap box about the Giro being the best of the three Grand Tours. Well, usually, at least. Last year’s race sucked the big one (even if it was supremely Rule #9), but for the most part it is the race that is the most c...

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

The 100th running of Liège-Bastogne-Liège takes place this Sunday. Danny-boy Martin will be marked heavily as the defending champion. Malmerde, and Phil Gil have shown they are peaking too. Froomy has thrown his hat into the ring, as he did last year but after last years 26th place, maybe it’s training. 263 kms, past winners include a long...

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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 »

Wednesday sees the return of the women to the VSP. More notably, we see the return of Marianne Vos to the road. She’s won this race five of the last seven years. It makes me wonder if the rest of the field have already resigned themselves to racing for second. On the other hand, Vos hasn’t been racing of late and may not be as sharp as...

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

Midweek in Belgium in Spring is a wonderful thing. Hordes of people come from seemingly nowhere to fill the bars and line the roadsides when presumably they’d usually be working, or at school, or some such. That the only ones who appear to be working are the bartenders and frites dispensers reinforces my belief that Belgium is the greatest co...

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

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. 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… »