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Le Bouclier Jaune

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Geraint Thomas is the rightful winner of the 2017 Tour de France. In a travesty of epic proportions not seen at a Tour since the early 2000s, the yellow jersey he won in the opening time trial proved to be grossly inadequate in its defence of his race lead, in complete contrast to the stellar job it has since done for his teammate Chris Froome.

Maybe Thomas just didn’t realise the power of the bouclier jaune, or yellow shield, that sat upon his shoulders for a few days at the start of the world’s most boring sporting event. The magical qualities of the shield may have even been kept a secret from him by his very own team, who were obviously playing favourites when they made Thomas and his bright jersey carry drinks and food to the much less-talented cyclist, all while sticking out like dog’s balls in that yellow top. It was almost as if they wanted to humiliate him in front of the world.

What should be playing out right now as we enter the death throes of another three-week insomnia cure is that Thomas should still be happily cruising along at the front of the race dressed up like a skinny daffodil. Maybe if Froome and his boss Dave Frailford were a bit more forthcoming with the fact that the jersey means no-one else can challenge you, Thomas would be the first Welshman to win the Tour since Ryan Giggs back in 1992. Little did he know that by simply sticking his arm in the air any time that his overall lead was in danger, he could neutralise the ‘race’ and his ‘rivals’ would do all they could to stop themselves and each other from ‘racing’. Is that someone attacking? Mechanical. Bad legs today? Mechanical. Ate a dodgy curry and need to do a poo? Mechanical. Ridden too close to spectators when there’s a whole fucking road to ride on and brought yourself down? Mechanical. Mechanic too shit to prepare your bike properly? Mechanical. Just get that arm in the air and neutralise your way to Paris. Simple. Shit, you can even elbow your main ‘competitor’ into the crowd without a peep from the ‘race’ ‘officials’.

If Thomas had only been in yellow when he crashed and broke his collarbone, he could’ve stuck his good arm in the air, gotten race radio to call ahead, and the rest of the peloton could’ve had a coffee in that quaint little cafe they just passed while they waited for him to be taped back on his bike. And then had a nice relaxing ride to the Eiffel Tower, something Thomas has always wanted to see. Sure, the race might have taken an extra week, but this is a Tour after all, not a fucking race.

// Rantings from the V-Bunker

  1. @Teocalli

    @Rick

    @Ron

    The one funny thing about the Tour is how it gets people who don’t ride and don’t follow pro cycling to watch. For three weeks, cycling is cool to more people. Then it goes back to…”Get the fuck off MY roads. A-hole in spandex.”

    Speaking of a-holes, what is up with the proliferation of boutique kit designers? Since when did road cycling become hip? When I’m three hours from home and have half a bottle of water left, the last thing I’m thinking about is how many stripes my socks have and how many ice cream cones are on my jersey.

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    I have noticed more designer kits on the road recently as well. I tend to give the wearers ample space and try to pass them as soon as safely possible.

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    They are a bit like Chelsea Tractors…….

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    I haven’t been riding much recently but I do like to wear Rapha whilst driving my Land Rover.




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  2. The Giro is always the best Grand Tour but as for this TdF, two words have kept me totally involved and intrigued (at least in the mountains): Dan “FUCKING” Martin—-okay … three words but I did not want anyone confused with Tony Martin.




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  3. @Ron

    The one funny thing about the Tour is how it gets people who don’t ride and don’t follow pro cycling to watch. For three weeks, cycling is cool to more people. Then it goes back to…”Get the fuck off MY roads. A-hole in spandex.”

    Speaking of a-holes, what is up with the proliferation of boutique kit designers? Since when did road cycling become hip? When I’m three hours from home and have half a bottle of water left, the last thing I’m thinking about is how many stripes my socks have and how many ice cream cones are on my jersey.

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    Ever since Rapha people have worked out that there are loads of cyclists who will part with loads of money on loads of kit.

    I don’t always mind it myself. Most of my kit is club stuff but if I’m going to wear non-club kit I like it to be nice and look like I actually thought about how it might go together.

    Surely it’s part of looking fantastic.

    On the other hand if someone is 20kg overweight and blowing like a blue whale up the local highway overpass… well crap in a Louis Vuitton is still a bag of shite.




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  4. @ChrisO

    Last weekend I passed someone in a mainly white one piece. Two main issues 1) I passed him 2) He was, shall we say, not at climbing weight.

    It was a relief to catch an pass him quickly as the effect from behind was not good at all. It rather emphasised “the wobble”

    Lessons 1) Don’t wear a once piece unless you are bat fast 2) Definitely don’t wear one if you are not at climbing weight 3) racing only.




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  5. @Teocalli

    @ChrisO

    Last weekend I passed someone in a mainly white one piece. Two main issues 1) I passed him 2) He was, shall we say, not at climbing weight.

    It was a relief to catch an pass him quickly as the effect from behind was not good at all. It rather emphasised “the wobble”

    Lessons 1) Don’t wear a once piece unless you are bat fast 2) Definitely don’t wear one if you are not at climbing weight 3) racing only.

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    lol.. i wear black for good reason!




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  6. @Teocalli

    @ChrisO

    Last weekend I passed someone in a mainly white one piece. Two main issues 1) I passed him 2) He was, shall we say, not at climbing weight.

    It was a relief to catch an pass him quickly as the effect from behind was not good at all. It rather emphasised “the wobble”

    Lessons 1) Don’t wear a once piece unless you are bat fast 2) Definitely don’t wear one if you are not at climbing weight 3) racing only.

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    Lessons or a new rule?

    Cycling onesies should only worn during officially sanctioned competition and by riders whose body fat is less than half that of @chris‘.

    My son Angus has just got himself a secondhand club skinsuit. When he tried it on he thought it was a bit small having had to contort himself into it. He was told that if he had got into it unaided it was far too big. That’s not a fitting guideline that should be followed by anyone with a bit of wobble.

    Having read through the misty eyes nostalgia in the Rides, I signed up for our club ten on Wednesday. They might be a huge part of British cycling history but we shouldn’t forget they’re also the quickest route to a very dark corner of the pain cave.

    I knew that my minute man, Angus (a long 25 – I’d deliberately signed him on in front of me so I wouldn’t have to endure being passed by a 14 year old) would be out of sight in no time but I thought I had a sporting chance of reeling in my two minute man. I got him with about half a mile to go but that he’d be spurred on by that. I had three seconds on him at the line but my heart rate was 10 beats higher than it should be and neither of us could speak for a few minutes.

    Neither of us was wearing a skinsuit.




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  7. @chris

    Maybe a Lexicon entry “Shrink Wrapped Potato” – someone if inappropriate stature wearing a skin suit?

    Any better definitions?




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  8. Ahh though that comes up as shrink wrapped Pozzato under the definition of Potato…….




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  9. Maybe Shrink Wrapped Pasta – has that suitable lumpy effect……..




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  10. @Teocalli

    Bratwurst in in a Chipolata skin?

    Or

    Shrink Wrapped Non-Specific Mechanically Recovered Meat Product

    as that’s probably the filling of the pies these guys have been eating?




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  11. @Randy C

    This boring tour never recovered from the crummy rain soaked first stage… Hah. Boring boring boring… And who is this cat they call Jagger and what’s he doing crashing the party after winning a stage racing single speed in his 53×11? Yahhnnn… And a team full of these nasty brown and blue kits… seriously, brown bibs… what the?? riding up front when there’s no racing going on? Nairo’s so bored he’s fallen off the back sleeping. Dan Martin? He couldn’t liven up a race even if he were shooting laser beams from his eyes at others as he attacked… I mean seriously, the only real action in this entire race was this time one dude had a mechanical of sorts. And that dude and his teammate ? Nothing interesting there. Hah… boring boring boring… And I’ve not missed a single stage. So I know ! Also, the scenery on big screen high def ? Yea, it sucks too.

    Cheers All

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    @Brett – now *that* is how you write a funny article dissing the tour!




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  12. @Teocalli

    @ChrisO

    Last weekend I passed someone in a mainly white one piece. Two main issues 1) I passed him 2) He was, shall we say, not at climbing weight.

    I raced on Tuesday and there was a guy in the bunch whose bibs had a wide strip of white across the cracktal region. In a masterstroke of unintentional irony they also had a sponsor across that area boasting ‘Since 1982’.

    After the race I asked him if he’d had the bibs since 1982 as they were extremely see through.




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  13. And while we’re on kit and behaviour-based Rules infractions, has any of the UK based Velominati (who might watch highlights of the Tour on ITV4) developed the same violent physical reaction when seeing the Watchfinders ‘cyclist’?

    For those lucky enough to have not seen these adverts they are clearly aimed at people who ride a bike and might be in the market for a flash watch, and feature a flabby, bearded, hairy legged dude riding very slowly along a country road on his own (couldn’t they get someone to ride quickly then slow it down?), before stopping to turn his bike upside down.

    I hate it.




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  14. @RobSandy

    And while we’re on kit and behaviour-based Rules infractions, has any of the UK based Velominati (who might watch highlights of the Tour on ITV4) developed the same violent physical reaction when seeing the Watchfinders ‘cyclist’?

    For those lucky enough to have not seen these adverts they are clearly aimed at people who ride a bike and might be in the market for a flash watch, and feature a flabby, bearded, hairy legged dude riding very slowly along a country road on his own (couldn’t they get someone to ride quickly then slow it down?), before stopping to turn his bike upside down.

    I hate it.

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    I hate it too. I refer to it as the “second hand watch pawn shop” rather than their preferred “The Pre-Owned Watch Specialist”, it’s all bollocks.




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  15. What a load of bollocks. I’m undecided about which is worse: this article, or the one you wrote a few months ago dismissing Gilbert’s domination of De Ronde this year. If you’re not enjoying it, maybe you just don’t really like the sport.




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  16. @Teocalli

    @ChrisO

    Last weekend I passed someone in a mainly white one piece. Two main issues 1) I passed him 2) He was, shall we say, not at climbing weight.

    It was a relief to catch an pass him quickly as the effect from behind was not good at all. It rather emphasised “the wobble”

    Lessons 1) Don’t wear a once piece unless you are bat fast 2) Definitely don’t wear one if you are not at climbing weight 3) racing only.

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    The whole point of wearing a one-piece skin suit is that it’s for racing only. It’s part of the psychology of racing (in my case TTs). You trained wearing jersey and shorts, but you knew that once the skinsuit had been wriggled into, it was racing time. Wearing one to cruise around in? Unacceptable. It’s like people who use reo bars and go at 14 mph or ride a TT bike with aero helmet and I pass them doing 18 pmh. Maybe they’ve just done a massive effort and are between reps – or maybe not!




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  17. @Teocalli

    @chris

    Maybe a Lexicon entry “Shrink Wrapped Potato” – someone if inappropriate stature wearing a skin suit?

    Any better definitions?




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    Shrink-wrapped spam?




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  18. @Steve Markham

    I also love (hate) the fact that they have removed all logos in the misguided belief that we won’t be able to tell that the groupset on the bike is at best 4600 Tiagra, and might actually be Sora, but then they leave the logo on the bottle so that we know it is Specialized. I only hope for the sake of my OCD it is actually a Spesh bike!




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  19. I might have actually learned something this year without having to become a pro cyclist myself to really understand the unwritten rules.

    Its not “don’t attack the yellow when he has a mechanical” — its “don’t attack the yellow BECAUSE YOU SEE he has a mechanical.”

    So, when AG2R is nailing it on the front, they already HAVE attacked, so they can continue their attack and as we saw, not only did they not slow down, but Froome and co had quite an effort to get back, and then no one said boo about it afterward.

    In comparison, Aru is sucking Froome’s wheel like its full of EPO, and then the very second Froome signals a mechanical Aru attacks. Coincidence? The jury of actual racers, who are all that matter, thought not.

    Its their rule, not mine, but I really see the difference now.




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  20. @Brett

    Where’s the old V community, the one with a sense of humour?

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    Humour? You first ;-)




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  21. @RobSandy

    This is the bike race I’ve been watching. Brett, you should check it out.

    @Buck Rogers

    The Giro is always the best Grand Tour but as for this TdF, two words have kept me totally involved and intrigued (at least in the mountains): Dan “FUCKING” Martin—-okay … three words but I did not want anyone confused with Tony Martin.

    These two posts sum it up for me. As I love to cheer for the underdog, I loved watching AG2R on the front, and Bardet making a last ditch effort to get some time before the TT. And despite him being outclassed on the major climbs, Dan’s never say die attitude to attack makes for great racing. That he hasn’t thrown in the towel despite losing time being swept into a rock face by a crashing Porte on stage 9 just further adds to his cachet in my books.




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  22. @Joe Bloggs

    @Steve Markham

    I also love (hate) the fact that they have removed all logos in the misguided belief that we won’t be able to tell that the groupset on the bike is at best 4600 Tiagra, and might actually be Sora, but then they leave the logo on the bottle so that we know it is Specialized. I only hope for the sake of my OCD it is actually a Spesh bike!

    After getting over the fact of turning the bike upside down and his Rule #33 violation I’m pretty sure he also puts the QR skewer on the wrong side.




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  23. @wiscot

    @Teocalli

    @chris

    Maybe a Lexicon entry “Shrink Wrapped Potato” – someone if inappropriate stature wearing a skin suit?

    Any better definitions?

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    Shrink-wrapped spam?

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    @Frank how about it Shrink Wrapped Spam (SWS) – wearing a onesie when a) not racing b) of inappropriate stature (too fat to climb).




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  24. @wiscot

    @Teocalli

    @ChrisO

    Last weekend I passed someone in a mainly white one piece. Two main issues 1) I passed him 2) He was, shall we say, not at climbing weight.

    It was a relief to catch an pass him quickly as the effect from behind was not good at all. It rather emphasised “the wobble”

    Lessons 1) Don’t wear a once piece unless you are bat fast 2) Definitely don’t wear one if you are not at climbing weight 3) racing only.

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    The whole point of wearing a one-piece skin suit is that it’s for racing only. It’s part of the psychology of racing (in my case TTs). You trained wearing jersey and shorts, but you knew that once the skinsuit had been wriggled into, it was racing time. Wearing one to cruise around in? Unacceptable. It’s like people who use reo bars and go at 14 mph or ride a TT bike with aero helmet and I pass them doing 18 pmh. Maybe they’ve just done a massive effort and are between reps – or maybe not!




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    On refection this guy may have been doing a maximum effort when I passed him! Though to be fair 1) he was out there 2) he was going faster than everyone on a couch.




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  25. @Hank

    Correct. If the race is on then it’s tough luck.




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  26. @Neil

    @Brett

    Where’s the old V community, the one with a sense of humour?

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    Humour? You first ;-)

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    Shots fired!

    At least acknowledge that Southern Hemisphere retro-grouches like @Brett are sacrificing sleep to keep track of the Lap of Fwance and unlike Landa, are beginnings to wane in the final week. Then young Georgie Bennett packed it in causing mass depression amongst the shaky islanders…it all takes its toll on the delicate psyche.

    i think it’s clear Froome has a marketing sideline with Mavic. Remember last year’s Ventoux product placement, now frequent high profile mechanicals, spoke testimonials (possibly tweeted via his ‘SRM’ ) live during the race, all that yellow kit…you get the picture.

    Personally, I’m enjoying this year’s edition. The GC is not so hot but every day has something to take interest in. Lots of unexpected stage winners and close calls. Kittel super impressive, Matthews totally outclassed but fighting like a dog, the rise of Bardet, Mini Phinney coming close in week 1, Bertie throwing it down on the Galibier stage. And my favorite is that the dotty jumper is going to someone callled Warren…unprecedented!




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  27. @Brett

    Where’s the old V community, the one with a sense of humour?

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    Dude, it seems like it is dead and gone.

    Might have something to do with the fact that The Keepers only have shown up once every few months for the last two years.




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  28. @Buck Rogers

    @Brett

    Where’s the old V community, the one with a sense of humour?

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    Dude, it seems like it is dead and gone.

    Might have something to do with the fact that The Keepers only have shown up once every few months for the last two years.

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    Sadly, you’re not wrong, Buck.




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  29. @Teocalli

    @wiscot

    @Teocalli

    @ChrisO

    Last weekend I passed someone in a mainly white one piece. Two main issues 1) I passed him 2) He was, shall we say, not at climbing weight.

    It was a relief to catch an pass him quickly as the effect from behind was not good at all. It rather emphasised “the wobble”

    Lessons 1) Don’t wear a once piece unless you are bat fast 2) Definitely don’t wear one if you are not at climbing weight 3) racing only.

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    The whole point of wearing a one-piece skin suit is that it’s for racing only. It’s part of the psychology of racing (in my case TTs). You trained wearing jersey and shorts, but you knew that once the skinsuit had been wriggled into, it was racing time. Wearing one to cruise around in? Unacceptable. It’s like people who use reo bars and go at 14 mph or ride a TT bike with aero helmet and I pass them doing 18 pmh. Maybe they’ve just done a massive effort and are between reps – or maybe not!

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    On refection this guy may have been doing a maximum effort when I passed him! Though to be fair 1) he was out there 2) he was going faster than everyone on a couch.

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    Oh, don’t get me wrong, I do a bunch of charity rides during the year and while rule breakers abound, I tip my casquette to each and every one of them for NOT being on the couch and putting in the effort.

    This does not excuse or exempt the guy who rode the Riveredge ride this year with a well-equipped group: his bike was filthy. And not in the “I’ve just ridden Paris-Roubaix” way, but you could tell he just didn’t clean it – and it was a nice carbon Trek. Shameful.




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  30. @Buck Rogers

    @Brett

    Where’s the old V community, the one with a sense of humour?

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    Dude, it seems like it is dead and gone.

    Might have something to do with the fact that The Keepers only have shown up once every few months for the last two years.

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    I’ve been pretty absent as well but had to agree with Brett’s frustration at the race, especially if you’re sitting up till 2 am to watch it, and stumbling through work the next day. I liked Froome’s win from last year, because he attacked and took the race to the field. This year, he’s hid behind his team, minimised losses when others have attacked, and been an inert presence at the race. The tour has always been a race teams win by strangulation, which doesn’t always make it an appealing race to watch, and I identified with the frustration/venting in Brett’s article.

    @RobSandy

    @minion

    At least Lance looked good on a bike and would occasionally spice up bike races out of spite.

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    Things were so much better when everyone was EPO’d up to their eyeballs.

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    Jiffy bags, corticosteroids, TUEs, pulling staff from the UK women’s cycling team to transport “medication”, lost laptops, anti-doping investigations, parliamentary hearings, dodgy Rabobank doctors. Yeah sure.

    The return of Columbians to the peloton (whose previous generation of riders were swept out of the sport by the first wave of epo) and the French, in whose home country as far as I understand it is a felony to dope, are to me signs that the peloton is cleaner than it has been for a very long time. My point was that Lance had the capacity to animate races that Froome, this year at least, has lacked.




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  31. @chris

    @Buck Rogers

    @Brett

    Where’s the old V community, the one with a sense of humour?

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    Dude, it seems like it is dead and gone.

    Might have something to do with the fact that The Keepers only have shown up once every few months for the last two years.

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    Sadly, you’re not wrong, Buck.

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    Yes, since the subject has come up… for all the talk about this being a community, the fact that the absence of a few people has all but killed it off suggests otherwise.

    I completely understand that it isn’t a paid job and appreciate many hours of time have been voluntarily given up. It’s perfectly reasonable that at some point it becomes a burden.

    The choice is then:

    a) Continue in the current state. Viable if there is a realistic hope that it is just a short-term blip and things will go back to the way they were. If not then the likely outcome is it’s just allowed to wither away.

    b) Find some other way to continue. That may be things like drafting in new people, farming out work and making it a more genuinely community-sourced effort, while there still is a core which is part of the identity.

    Chat about the Tour has livened things up but there’ve been periods where more than a month has gone by without new content and days go by without comments. That’s terminal.

    Even from a business point of view with the various spin-offs of columns and books etc it’s not good – the ‘aura’ of the Velominati underpins those and without a core it’s more vulnerable to the negativity from people who don’t get the whole thing from the Rules onwards.




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  32. the rise of social media these last few years have pretty much sucked the idea of sarcasm and satire from online communication. now that everyone has access to it, a certain degradation of perception across the board is inevitable.

    i just became a member of the community last year. i like it just fine as is, though i do wish there was more writing. the archive has some GREAT pieces, but things evolve, ya know? cetainly, the next evolution is already happening while we’re discussing this one.




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  33. @ChrisO

    Well I’m planning on having way more free time from the New Year so I’d be up for helping.




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  34. @Cary

    the rise of social media these last few years have pretty much sucked the idea of sarcasm and satire from online communication. now that everyone has access to it, a certain degradation of perception across the board is inevitable.

    i just became a member of the community last year. i like it just fine as is, though i do wish there was more writing. the archive has some GREAT pieces, but things evolve, ya know? cetainly, the next evolution is already happening while we’re discussing this one.

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    I’d love to do more articles, but I suffer from the same issue as The Keepers and everyone else: finding the time. Now that this situation has been brought up, I’ll try harder to find time. I know there are two or three with Gianni that haven’t seen the light of day. A couple were lightweight, but still worthy I think.




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  35. @ChrisO

    @Cary

    @Teocalli

    @wiscot

    I have just loved this site since I first came here in either the summer of 2009 or 2010 (I know I found it while stuck in Iraq and I was there for both of those summers). I think I have every iteration of the kit, even the mythical VLVV kit (I hear it is somewhere out there in the ether trying to find me).

    I remember my first post was under “The Hardmen” thread and, as usual, I was a bit of an arse and expressed my dismay at not seeing an article about Sean Kelly and wondering what the hell was up with that?!?!? Frahnk, actually quite kindly (he must have been in his cups), told me that they had an article on King Kelly already on the site and I could read it if I actually took the time to find it but he also said to hang around as I seemed to have good taste in Hardmen.

    @Cary: You’ve been a great addition to the site, as well as you @Teocalli, but it truly is not anything even close to resembling what it used to be like around here. It is a very poor shadow of 5 years ago or so.

    I have “given up” on the site a few times over the last few years but the problem is that there does not seem be any another site out there even close to this one. And it is not “The Rules” that I care so much about but the love for the bike, the love and feel of racing, esp from the early ’80’s on, and all the jesting and having fun between members. There used to be people with no sense of humour and taking things way too seriously around here, even 7 years ago, but they quickly left when the rest of the community called them out. I do not believe that it has anything to do with the evolution of the internet and social media (devolution more like it). And I would certainly say that it is not part of the evolution of this site.

    I know that there are actually a few guest articles that have been submitted but they are either lost or the Keeper in charge has given up entirely and just does not post them anymore (or maybe the articles just suck so much that they are not worthy???). I do not think that it is a lack of articles from guests that is the limiting factor here.

    So, bottom line, it feels like the site contracted cancer around 2 years ago and has been slowly dying ever since. I hope it is not a terminal cancer but unless the doctors (Keepers) find a cure soon, I fear it will soon be completely lost.

    In the meantime, if anyone knows of another site that is similar, please point me in that direction.




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  36. @wiscot

    @Cary

    the rise of social media these last few years have pretty much sucked the idea of sarcasm and satire from online communication. now that everyone has access to it, a certain degradation of perception across the board is inevitable.

    i just became a member of the community last year. i like it just fine as is, though i do wish there was more writing. the archive has some GREAT pieces, but things evolve, ya know? cetainly, the next evolution is already happening while we’re discussing this one.

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    I’d love to do more articles, but I suffer from the same issue as The Keepers and everyone else: finding the time. Now that this situation has been brought up, I’ll try harder to find time. I know there are two or three with Gianni that haven’t seen the light of day. A couple were lightweight, but still worthy I think.

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    that would be great. as i said, i like it just fine as is. i love bikes, i’ve spent my life on one, and even made my living on one. The Rules, though funny, also have a lot of common sense and wisdom. the book brought me here, the people keep me here.




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  37. @Buck Rogers

    @ChrisO

    @Cary

    @Teocalli

    @wiscot

    I have just loved this site since I first came here in either the summer of 2009 or 2010 (I know I found it while stuck in Iraq and I was there for both of those summers). I think I have every iteration of the kit, even the mythical VLVV kit (I hear it is somewhere out there in the ether trying to find me).

    I remember my first post was under “The Hardmen” thread and, as usual, I was a bit of an arse and expressed my dismay at not seeing an article about Sean Kelly and wondering what the hell was up with that?!?!? Frahnk, actually quite kindly (he must have been in his cups), told me that they had an article on King Kelly already on the site and I could read it if I actually took the time to find it but he also said to hang around as I seemed to have good taste in Hardmen.

    @Cary: You’ve been a great addition to the site, as well as you @Teocalli, but it truly is not anything even close to resembling what it used to be like around here. It is a very poor shadow of 5 years ago or so.

    I have “given up” on the site a few times over the last few years but the problem is that there does not seem be any another site out there even close to this one. And it is not “The Rules” that I care so much about but the love for the bike, the love and feel of racing, esp from the early ’80’s on, and all the jesting and having fun between members. There used to be people with no sense of humour and taking things way too seriously around here, even 7 years ago, but they quickly left when the rest of the community called them out. I do not believe that it has anything to do with the evolution of the internet and social media (devolution more like it). And I would certainly say that it is not part of the evolution of this site.

    I know that there are actually a few guest articles that have been submitted but they are either lost or the Keeper in charge has given up entirely and just does not post them anymore (or maybe the articles just suck so much that they are not worthy???). I do not think that it is a lack of articles from guests that is the limiting factor here.

    So, bottom line, it feels like the site contracted cancer around 2 years ago and has been slowly dying ever since. I hope it is not a terminal cancer but unless the doctors (Keepers) find a cure soon, I fear it will soon be completely lost.

    In the meantime, if anyone knows of another site that is similar, please point me in that direction.

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    one thing i try to remember is that artists (writers), such as they are, owe us nothing. if this site goes away, it will be just one more cool experience i’ve had in a LIFETIME of them. i’m very grateful to have found it, and been able to participate as i have. i’d like to think that the publication of The Hardmen has taken energies that otherwise would have been spent here, but if that’s not the case, Velominati has been, and still is, a lot of fun for me. thank you for the kind words.




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  38. @Cary

    Oh, I completely agree. The Keepers and the site do not owe me anything.

    They have never charged me a dime and have given freely over the years.

    It is just sad to me to see it dying.




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  39. @Buck Rogers

    @Cary

    Oh, I completely agree. The Keepers and the site do not owe me anything.

    They have never charged me a dime and have given freely over the years.

    It is just sad to me to see it dying.

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    Guys. It’s up to us the keep the site alive. I’ve been coming here for years and many have come and gone, but there’s a hardcore group of us who stick around. I can’t tell you how much I’d miss it as there is no other place like it and in the rest of my life there’s nothing like it where I/we can josh, opine, post things that have little to no relevance to the thread in question and reveal a little about our non-cycling lives. I miss Dr. C, Strathlubnaig, the Scots boys, Gianni, even Oli isn’t here much which is a shame.

    Clearly Frank is still active as the new book attests, but not so much on a day-to-day basis. He too, has a life.

    Let’s keep the wheels turning fellas.




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  40. @wiscot +1

    @all Nipple lube




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  41. @Harminator

    @wiscot +1

    @all Nipple lube

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    Ahhh, Nipple lube! Has anyone heard from JiPM over the last few years?

    I remember him getting married (we, as the site, got together and sent him and his bride some champagne) but I have not heard from him since.




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  42. @Buck Rogers

    @Harminator

    @wiscot +1

    @all Nipple lube

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    Ahhh, Nipple lube! Has anyone heard from JiPM over the last few years?

    I remember him getting married (we, as the site, got together and sent him and his bride some champagne) but I have not heard from him since.

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    I have not heard from JiPM but I’m happy to start a rumor that he’s breeding and blimping.




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  43. @Harminator

    @Buck Rogers

    @Harminator

    @wiscot +1

    @all Nipple lube

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    Ahhh, Nipple lube! Has anyone heard from JiPM over the last few years?

    I remember him getting married (we, as the site, got together and sent him and his bride some champagne) but I have not heard from him since.

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    I have not heard from JiPM but I’m happy to start a rumor that he’s breeding and blimping.

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    Ha! Touché!




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  44. @ShotokanCyclist

    I don’t understand this article. I’m normally very entertained by the writing here – and I love The Rules book! But this article just seems to attack Froome for no reason. I think he’s doing a great job out there.

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    I’m with you. This is boring writing not worthy of this website. Yawn yawn…bitter…sour grapes….etc.

    C’mon velominati, we deserve…cycling deserves much better writing than this.

    Disappointed…




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  45. Bring on @Calmante

    Missing @itburns – R.I.P but love it when pops up old articles!




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  46. @ShotokanCyclist

    I don’t understand this article. I’m normally very entertained by the writing here – and I love The Rules book! But this article just seems to attack Froome for no reason. I think he’s doing a great job out there.

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    We have to have a reason to make fun of Froomie?




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  47. @TheVid

    @RobSandy

    This is the bike race I’ve been watching. Brett, you should check it out.

    @Buck Rogers

    The Giro is always the best Grand Tour but as for this TdF, two words have kept me totally involved and intrigued (at least in the mountains): Dan “FUCKING” Martin—-okay … three words but I did not want anyone confused with Tony Martin.

    These two posts sum it up for me. As I love to cheer for the underdog, I loved watching AG2R on the front, and Bardet making a last ditch effort to get some time before the TT. And despite him being outclassed on the major climbs, Dan’s never say die attitude to attack makes for great racing. That he hasn’t thrown in the towel despite losing time being swept into a rock face by a crashing Porte on stage 9 just further adds to his cachet in my books.




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    If only it was truly mano-a-mano. Then the TdF would be a fun GC race to watch/follow. Bring on the Vuelta!




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  48. Whoa. People still remember me? That’s crazy pants.




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  49. What annoys me the most is the gadgetry dependency and the “technology/machinery” attitude of the best teams. Though I understand it is still legs, heart and lungs which win the races but I am missing that ability to ride based on instincts and feelings.

    If I would be the emperor of this sector of galaxy, I would order the following (at least for testing for 2-3 years):

    • no wattmeters
    • no team radio
    • simple computers only as per Rule #74
    • salary cap for teams and draft system based on results

    Watching the biggest stars of the peloton hasty fiddling with the computer as the very first thing after bike change is a very sad picture indeed. In 2017 we saw hardly any passion, just cold calculation based on 21st century technology. It may be that Sky with that strength would still be winning but we as fans are not interested into this type of pre-calculated victory. I believe that the last evolution is really killing the spirit of racing.




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  50. @Pali65

    What annoys me the most is the gadgetry dependency and the “technology/machinery” attitude of the best teams. Though I understand it is still legs, heart and lungs which win the races but I am missing that ability to ride based on instincts and feelings.

    If I would be the emperor of this sector of galaxy, I would order the following (at least for testing for 2-3 years):

    • no wattmeters
    • no team radio
    • simple computers only as per Rule #74
    • salary cap for teams and draft system based on results

    Watching the biggest stars of the peloton hasty fiddling with the computer as the very first thing after bike change is a very sad picture indeed. In 2017 we saw hardly any passion, just cold calculation based on 21st century technology. It may be that Sky with that strength would still be winning but we as fans are not interested into this type of pre-calculated victory. I believe that the last evolution is really killing the spirit of racing.

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    I am not sure if it is a result of riding to power but it seems that riders are “racing” to lose rather than to win. Wheel sucking to preserve a podium position is not racing it is being a “raton” as the French say.

    Kudos to Martin and Bardet for animating the race and giving it a go.




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