Author Archive | Gianni

No Mavic behind you?

In Praise of Sealant

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This was not going to be the Race of Truth. My wife and I were descending different routes to our vehicle. I was on the route with the tooth jarring pavement and tight corners, she was not. BAM! Oh scheiße, I’ve got flat rear! The tire exhaled air and water vapor in one great blast.…

Bardet and Pinot  PHOTO / LIONEL BONAVENTURE

Pinot or Bardet?

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That is my question. Both want to be considered great cyclists, not great French cyclists. It is a cruel and heavy burden to be an excellent French cyclist. When are you going to win the Tour de France? Bernard Hinaults don’t come around very often, maybe never again. Hinault was the French Merckx; winning was…

Spain in Summer

Velominati Super Prestige: La Clásica San Sebastián 2015

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For anyone who has just witnessed the Tour de France, the single most amazing point is, these guys are super-human freaks of nature. A few thousand kilometers, untold meters gained climbing, all at an average speed us mortals could not do for an hour, on the flat. Six days after Paris and there are only…

Sinners!

Rest Day Swaps

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“Like one who after a night of drunken revelry (and VSP picking) hies to his bed, still reeling, but with conscience yet pricking him (Voeckler, really, fourth place?), as the plungings of the Roman race-horse but so much the more strike his steel tags into him; (huh?) as one who in that miserable plight still…

Boss Vos isn't racing, so the pink jersey is up for grabs.

Velominati Super Prestige: Giro Rosa 2015

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Damn. Was I not just raving about this a year ago? Why start a major women’s race in Italy when the TDF is firing up right over there in France or the Netherlands? Actually it was more like 363 days ago as we are late as hell getting to the Giro Rosa VSP. You see, another…

Pre Rule #26 photo

Leave No Bike Behind

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Words of advice for the lads: If your girlfriend is a very good cyclist and you two are going to get engaged, a nice racing bike is not a substitute for a ring. I tried it. In my cyclo-centric male brain, she needed a proper racing bike a lot more than she needed a ring.…

St Gotthard Pass- A Cobbled Swiss Dream

Velominati Super Prestige: Tour de Suisse 2015

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Why would the VSP use the Tour de Suisse instead of the Critérium de Dauphiné? The Dauphiné is looking like the pre-Tour de France. Sky and Garmindale are already giving their GC men nightmares by screwing up on the team time trial front. Practice, practice, practice, lads; it’s better to cock it up now than…

Phil Gil.  photo@Fotoreporter Sirotti

Viva Il Giro

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The Giro ended on Sunday in Milano. Three weeks of Italian immersion have been completely worthwhile. I knew May was going to go this way but a DVR that dutifully records hours of racing every day…I’m only human. Italian TV does a fantastic job covering each stage. The Giro becomes a travel log of the…

The new and the old.

Rampant Inflation

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Lezyne offers a digital pump gauge retrofit that I couldn’t resist. For $35 US one can pry out the old and thread in the new. The primary benefit for me was reading a digital scale rather than a needle on a gauge, way down there. Yes, I’m old. The new gauge reads out in single…

Chain Breaker.  photo-Cor Vos

That New Chain Feeling

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I replace my chain every year, more or less. It tends toward less as I don’t have a set anniversary for new chains. Usually I notice the shifting is lagging a second and it dawns on me that the chain is in need of replacement. In my youth I would keep the same chain on…

On The Huy. photo © ASO/P.Perreve

Velominati Super Prestige: La Flèche Wallonne Féminine 2015

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For those too impatient to read my little introductory patter, here is the start list. The Muur de Huy requires some deadly timing, experience with this finish and some serious anaerobic tolerance. No one wins this race on their first go around, unless your name is Merckx or Vos and I’m not sure if they…

Mr 60% shows how it's done.

Velominati Super Prestige: Amstel Gold 2015

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The VSP must wearily pack its bags in Northern France and head over to the Netherlands. Hung over, you bet. After the Ronde and Paris-Roubaix, everyone is a little beat up. Those cobbles can wear a person down. For those riders who can kill the short steep Limburg climbs, this is the beginning of their…

The V rides with the Pros

Velominati Super Prestige: Paris-Roubaix 2015

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No one can be happy about Sunday’s weather forecast (except for 95% of the riders and support staff). I am not. Now every Norwegian non-cobble riding specialists has a chance of winning this. I was hoping for day that would separate the Rule #9 riders from everybody else. Bah! We can take some comfort in knowing…

Awesome! Photo:  Sportza.be

Awesome German Guys- André Greipel

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What a stud. I would not have guessed he was going to be the first man up the Koppenberg. When the field is going warp speed to get good position for the tight right turn at the base of the Koppenberg, it takes some special legs to get there first. André bolted well before that…

Wet Cobbles. photo: Emilie Moberg

Velominati Super Prestige: Women’s Ronde Van Vlaanderen 2015

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The Keepers Tour 2015 riders will be watching both the men’s and women’s Rondes on Sunday. When the women go storming by it is just as impressive as when the men do. Our boys will be knee deep in Malteni beer and frites as they spectate. The Malteni will be some much need recovery beverage…

Gent-Wevelgem  Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media

The Great Equalizer

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The wind-swept break in last weekend’s Gent-Wevelgem was a perfect example of the bike being the great equalizer. Stijn Vandenbergh, 2 meters tall and Luca Paolini, 1.74 meters tall were both there. And until the last few kilometers, no one would bet against either. I’m always cheering for the tall professionals. I’m no pro but…

Emma Johansson, last year's winner.  photo	© CJ Farquharson

Velominati Super Prestige: Trofeo Alfredo Binda 2015

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Welcome to the start of the Women’s VSP 2015 series. Well, the Ronde van Drenthe really should be the start but Milano-Sanremo is Velominati’s starter so here we are. To catch up on Ronde van Drenthe check Podium Café for some fresh video and pondering. Trefeo Alfredo Binda, 127 km, in Northern Italy, a race…

Pedro Delgado. The patron saint of the VSP

Velominati Super Prestige: Milano-Sanremo 2015

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Le Primavera has arrived. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 2015 Velominati Super Prestige. It’s been a long quiet winter of very little cycling news, little racing and barely a scandal. This Sunday marks the real beginning of the season for us cycling fanatics. The true beauty of MSR, that despite its length, only on…

Keep this on the massage table

There Ought to be a Rule…

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We all know where I stand in the cycling sock department, white and not too tall, any color sock as long as it’s white. If you have diminished calves and need to somehow hide that by wearing too tall socks, that is sad but not a crime. I always thought I was less flexible on…

I'VE GOT YER FECKIN' CROSS-TRAINING RIGHT HERE!

Cross-Training

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Cross-training: words that strikes fear and boredom into my heart. My cycling library is contaminated with training books I’ve collected over the years. Each one is purchased knowing, yes, this is the one. Each one has a chapter on off-the-bike training. I recently bought Tom Danielson’s cross-training book, read some of it, have not done…

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