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Photo Contest: The Ever-Present V

Photo Contest: The Ever-Present V

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Five is an important number. Assuming nothing has gone amuck in our development or our usage of cutlery, we each boast five digits on both our hands and both our feet. Most of us have five senses. Most miraculously, any number multiplied by five and then divided by five gives you the same number you started with and yields no remainder.

The Babalonians considered the Pentagram to refer to the five directions (forward, backward, left, right, and up – they had no appetite for down, apparently) and these represented their five known planets. For the Greeks, or more specifically the Pythagoreans, it represented mathematical perfection and – when turned upside down with two legs pointing up, it represented the womb wherein the cosmos were born. Ancient Chinese teachings (Wu Xing) tell of the five basic elements: water, tree (wood), fire, earth, and metal. The Hebrew Torah refers to five books: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. Christianity uses the pentagram to identify the five senses; the Old Testament considers five to be the number of divine perfection.

Five is all over the place in Hinduism; the figure of Anjaneya has five faces, the great Yogi Sri Vinayaka transcended the five senses. The god Vishnu is identified by the five-pointed star and has five aspects of himself. There are five qualities of Supreme Being: truth (satyam), knowledge (jnanam), infinity (anantam), bliss (anandam) and purity (amalatvam). There are five means to know, do, and experience. There are five sacred fires, types of devotion, types of worship. The calendar is based on five parts. They have five times as many holidays as we do.

Then we have the occult, satanism, and just about every made-up, imagined, or real secret society. We don’t do much “Math” or “Research” around these parts, but five also plays an important part in the golden ratio, which – I’m given to understand – is what makes stuff stop sucking.

All these groups missed the fundamental importance of five; the Velominati is perhaps the first community to discover its true secret. It was the Romans who cobbled together the most diabolical numbering system know to humanity, but they stumbled upon a hidden secret when they chose to represent the sacred number 5 as a V. The V is what surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds us together. The V is the everywhere around us, waiting for the initiated to absorb it, and convert it into force for strength, change, personal development, and tearing the legs off our riding mates.

The V is everywhere. In road signs, in the clouds, in paintings, in the spreading of water from our wheels as we ride in Rule #9 conditions. It is in our quads and our calves. It is in the angles of our frames. We hereby open the second Velominati photo contest: post your photo of the V revealing itself in daily life. Photos will be judged for content as well as composition. The winner will be awarded an as-yet unreleased cotton Velominati cycling cap. Submit your photos by November 1 in order to be considered. The photos have to be your own, or belong to a person who has given you permission to use the photo for this purpose.

Update:

Please don’t name your photo “The V” as it will bugger up the code until I get a chance to fix that bug. Also, don’t believe your preview if you are copy-pasting photos on iPads or elsewhere; it will not work after you push “submit post”.

// Folklore // Nostalgia // Photo Contest // V-Announcements

  1. Our guidestar, the planet V-ness:

  2. @JohnB

    @Brill_Brum

    @JohnB Those shoes look insanely comfortable!

    They do.. I wish they were mine but ErikdR might have something to say about that

    Heheh… Well played.

    They are very comfortable, in fact: soft uppers, and the blue mesh-like material ventilates well. The soles are reasonably firm, if a bit ‘flexy’. Perfect for two hours of Casually Deliberate riding, but for day-long rides they cannot hold a candle to the Specialized Elite’s I use on #1, to be honest. With the Vittorias, you actually begin to ‘feel the steel’ of the pedal through the shoe sole after a few hours.

  3. @frank

    Is it not this?

    http://womenscycling.tumblr.com/

  4. @Chris it has its moments I guess.

  5. @frank well thanks for that input, Frank. Been called worse things by better people.

  6. @grumbledook – Checked out your pics on flickr – awesome, beautiful country – looks like a nice ride. Defintiely dishin’ the V on that one.

  7. @JohnB

    Look hard into The V. That’s campbellrae1 and he did clean that section.

    If you look carefully you can see me in the background – oh er no you can’t I must have been having a “rest”

  8. This is me this summer, after 265km ride named Diekirch-Valkenswaard. I think there is a nice V around my neck, and a painful but satisfied grin on my face :)

  9. @GeeTee

    @Carl

    Incredibly, I just checked on my calculator – the exact same thing happens with 113 … !!!

    That’s because 1 + 1 + 3 = 5

    I bet it’s true of 14 too.

    david

  10. @teepee

    @frank

    Is it not this?

    http://womenscycling.tumblr.com/

    No, its not. But now I’m following that one, too!

  11. @Andy Engel@xyxax

    You still can’t paste guys. Just log in and use the upload tools like everyone else. Unless you’re on an iPad, in which case you have to use a desktop.

    (I’m working on a new upload tool that will work on iPads, but its not ready.)

  12. @frank

    @Andy Engel, @xyxax

    You still can’t paste guys. Just log in and use the upload tools like everyone else. Unless you’re on an iPad, in which case you have to use a desktop.

    (I’m working on a new upload tool that will work on iPads, but its not ready.)

    Yep, I plead an Apple device paired to a Windows blue screen of death brain.

  13. Hurting so good. My buddy Dustin climbing out of the mud.

  14. @xyxax

    @frank

    @Andy Engel, @xyxax

    You still can’t paste guys. Just log in and use the upload tools like everyone else. Unless you’re on an iPad, in which case you have to use a desktop.

    (I’m working on a new upload tool that will work on iPads, but its not ready.)

    Yep, I plead an Apple device paired to a Windows blue screen of death brain.

  15. Two V’s for a hardman of the peliton – on the road to the summit of the Galibier

  16. @frank

    @xyxax

    @frank

    @Andy Engel, @xyxax

    You still can’t paste guys. Just log in and use the upload tools like everyone else. Unless you’re on an iPad, in which case you have to use a desktop.

    (I’m working on a new upload tool that will work on iPads, but its not ready.)

    Yep, I plead an Apple device paired to a Windows blue screen of death brain.

    That smile says, “I have an iPhone in my pocket”.

  17. V is for Valley

  18. The felt logo is a big flying V

  19. @The Grande Fondue that is a bastard of a climb…I don’t think I’ve ever got to the top of it without feeling like I was about to chuck.

  20. @The Grande Fondue

    V is for Valley

    V sadly however, is not for EPMS.

    Redeemable by that smokin’ bike though, what climb is that ??

  21. @Barracuda that’s looking down on the Beaumont side of the Mt Osmond climb, 2.3k’s of leg searing, stomach churning pain.

    http://www.strava.com/segments/628310

  22. @Mikael Liddy

    @Barracuda that’s looking down on the Beaumont side of the Mt Osmond climb, 2.3k’s of leg searing, stomach churning pain.

    http://www.strava.com/segments/628310

    Gotcha, I recognised the hills, just didnt recognise which suburb was what.  Looks “interesting” maybe akin to our Nettle Hill meets our 4.5km Crows nest haul.

  23. Marianne Vos staring down the V as she romped to a World Championship in Louisville.

    Marianne Vos

  24. @VeloVita

    Marianne Vos staring down The V as she romped to a World Championship in Louisville.

    Marianne Vos

    vve have a vvinner!!!

  25. If we can include V-alleys;

  26. I can’t claim this photo but it’s too good not to post. Aplologies, I couldn’t find an attribution.

    Please look at CyclingTips for the rest.

  27. 8 X V

    Practising my descending.

  28. Well Fck me !  Its been on my top tube all along.

    If I had of been doing a bit more “Frooming” I would of seen it earlier.

    The V is everywhere, even right under our noses!

  29. My Baldy CA showing some V love.  

  30. @Barracuda

    Well Fck me ! Its been on my top tube all along.

    If I had of been doing a bit more “Frooming” I would of seen it earlier.

    Woops, didnt read the top post about naming photos, so, here tis again, hope no code broken !

  31. Rule #93 to the base of the V

  32. @frank can’t log in! Can’t reset password.  HELP!!!!

  33. @Nik

    @frank can’t log in! Can’t reset password. HELP!!!!

    Hopefully it’s Frank making it harder for what appear to be junk postings to get in………

  34. @Teocalli

    @Nik

    @frank can’t log in! Can’t reset password. HELP!!!!

    Hopefully it’s Frank making it harder for what appear to be junk postings to get in………

    Judging by this it may be Frank’s work that’s letting the junk posting in…

  35. @Chris

    @Teocalli

    @Nik

    @frank can’t log in! Can’t reset password. HELP!!!!

    Hopefully it’s Frank making it harder for what appear to be junk postings to get in………

    Judging by this it may be Frank’s work that’s letting the junk posting in…

    aaaaarrrrrrgggghhhhh nooooooo

  36. Italian V

  37. Indoors at the dime and 5. At (rule) 10 past the hour the V appears:

  38. I don’t have the copyright and am not submitting this for consideration, but having noted the shape of Bill Fucking Murray’s bolt cutters, this may be the coolest expression of the V ever:

  39. Sometimes, just sometimes when I remove my gaze just long enough from the sweat soaked stem I notice the ever present V as a stark reminder to adhere to the most sacred of all the rules….

  40. What happened with this?

  41. @GogglesPizano

    V? I didn’t take it….

    Where’s the V?

  42. Do we have a vvinner yet?

    Anyone, anyone ?

  43. Hello, anyone there ?

    Knock knock

  44. The Gates of V

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