Cobbles, Bergs, Beer, and Legends. Putting the V Back in Vlaanderen.

Cobbles, Bergs, Beer, and Legends. Putting the V Back in Vlaanderen.

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It has been a busy couple of weeks in the Velominati Boardroom as we’ve been scrambling to finalize a few partnerships and get all the products for the Keepers Tour customers designed and produced. Suffice to say, fists and beers were slammed in tandem as we feverishly worked out the final designs.

Producing V-Pints, V-Shirts, and V-Musettes seems a simple enough task; and we also needed a flag and banner to fly at the roadside of the various races we are due to watch from the roadside, including de Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix. There was also a the small matter of getting our hands on musette bags, which aren’t commonly found on the market, as far as we could tell. Fair heart, never worry; Gianni and his VMH took matters into their own hands and made them up from scratch. If their other business ventures fail, musette-sewing may be a good fallback, they Look Fantastic.

The most significant effort due was for the Keepers Tour Cobbled Classics 2012 design; enter our graphic-design mastermind, KRX-10. We tossed a few emails across the net and settled quickly on the notion of using a variation of the Lion of Flanders. “Now we need a public-domain vector graphic. Race you to it”, was the last word from KRX10 on the matter before the design was finalized. Then it was on to deciding on a tag line, with the result being perhaps the best example of what happens when the Keepers argue long enough on such matters.

With that, we proudly present the official artwork for Keepers Tour: Cobbled Classics 2012:

The last two weeks I’ve felt like a kid waiting for Christmas as orders were placed and we entered into the torturous period of time while we waited to lay our hands on the final products and see the fruits of our labor. And I have to say, this round may have produced our finest products yet; the V-Lion and tagline turned out magnificently, as did all the other items. The flag and banner are actually breathtaking – waving in the wind. We hope you like it as much as we do.

A few items of note: Attendees of Keepers Tour will receive a musette packed with their V-Shirt and V-Pint along with a few lovies from our sponsors, and will also have the honor of commenting for the next year with the V-Lion badge. Also of note is the matter that these products are not available for sale and will never be; the only way to get Keepers Tour products is to attend a Keepers Tour, so bear that in mind next time around. Finally, if you’re looking for a real photo of the V-Pint, you’ll have to wait until we arrive in Belgium, as they were shipped ahead while I was away on business and as such they have not yet been seen by anyone, even me.

Please also get yourself acquainted with our Twitter and Tumblr sites if you’ve not done so already – we’ll be reserving the site for major updates, and will be posting minor updates in those to locations throughout our trip, with Twitter being used for small updates, and Tumblr for the ones that are too much for a tweet and too little for the V.

VLVV.

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  1. @brett
    That’s pretty awesome! You have set the bar exceedingly high for the next KT.

  2. @brett
    That’s awesome, when do we get a full translation? World media domination beckons.

  3. @Chris

    @brett
    That’s awesome, when do we get a full translation? World media domination beckons.

    I think the headline reads “fuck off you stupid Americans”, said in an Irish accent with a French twist…

  4. @Chris
    My only hope is that when the TV contract with Eurosport is signed for the next KT, there’s a clause in there that says, “no reality tv”. Let’s focus on the rides and not the off the bike drama. It might be humorous at first, but all that behind-the-scenes crap jumps the shark pretty quickly.

  5. It says that The Americans have escpaed form what i can make out….?

  6. @brett

    or “when we offered free beer we didn’t realise there would be aussies and brits with the septics”

    @Flying Crowbar

    indeed, there’s only so much bar taping that people will watch.

  7. @brett

    @Chris

    @brett
    That’s awesome, when do we get a full translation? World media domination beckons.

    I think the headline reads “fuck off you stupid Americans”, said in an Irish accent with a French twist…

    Highlight of the trip:

    William in his sing-song voice: Alex, Alex, Alex…Aaaaaalex?

    Alex: Oui?

    William: FOOOK OFF!!!

  8. @paolo
    The Americans on a Nordique escape. The other says “At home with the cobble-eaters.”

  9. That is fucking awesome, an article to yourselves.

  10. Wow, local full-color, double spread coverage. That’s gold right there, pure gold. You guys are celebrities! Next year, wives and girlfriends of pros will be begging Keepers for their picture and autographs!

  11. @wiscot
    What, you don’t think I approached her now, do you?

  12. Well bugger that. The French Postal Service proved its incompetence by (first) holding the KTCC2012 V-Pints in customs for a week before sending @PaveCyclingClassics a letter that they needed proof of payment to approve the package and then (second) receiving proof of payment and then (third) rejecting it nevertheless and sending it back to me at Velominati HQ. Along with a letter in French which explains to me why it was returned (its because I’m an idiot, no doubt).

    On the plus side, the pints are magnificent.

  13. @frank what I love the most is that even your outdoor table is covered in (wooden) cobbles!

  14. @frank
    A shame no Malteni was sampled from those goblets.

  15. Hi Keepers,
    Quick note from all at Pave Cycling (especially Genevieve) to thank you for the kind gift that you guys send for our favourite chef. The french postal service did better that with the V pints.
    Genevieve says ” I can’t wait for the next cobbles Keepers Tour
    Thanks again
    Genevieve, William & Alex

  16. @All KT atendees;

    Who’s got my V Musette?

  17. A little excerpt from what I personally filmed two weeks ago at the Paris-Roubaix Espoirs (the one for the elite category).
    https://vimeo.com/43400707
    Paolo

  18. @thelastkilometer

    A little excerpt from what I personally filmed two weeks ago at the Paris-Roubaix Espoirs (the one for the elite category).
    https://vimeo.com/43400707
    Paolo

    Awesome job! Loved it and looking forward to more.

  19. 9/15 on todays quiz which seems to have a classics theme to it!  My best yet!

    http://www.cyclingrevealed.com/trivia/triviaindex.htm

  20. @Deakus

    9/15 on todays quiz which seems to have a classics theme to it! My best yet!

    http://www.cyclingrevealed.com/trivia/triviaindex.htm

    Yeah, I bounced back last week with a 14 and today with a 13 compared to two weeks ago when I had my ONE pointer showing.  Have you reviewed your answers form November yet?  Fun stuff to read the answers at the end of each month and learn from them!

  21. @Buck Rogers No hadn’t done that yet ill have a look tomorrow and see how I went so badly wrong!

  22. 10/15 here.  My best yet but given the topic I should have done better.

  23. Some familiar faces here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsVilek0OKQ

  24. I have been doing some research.  There are times when you have been eyeballs out on the rivet and laid down so much V that the physical ability to get to your post ride recovery beverage are limited.

    Let’s just say the barrel of the guns has overheated and they won’t work for a short while until they are rested and cooled down.

    This is the solution – Keepers Tour next year?

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