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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. @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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  2. @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.

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    Dan FUCKING Martin is a hardman. Did anybody see the video of his swan removing the bike from him after he killed it up the final climb? He limped to the buss bent over because his back was still hurting that bad two weeks after Porte took him out.




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  3. @ChrisO

    @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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    I love me some Rapha kit- looks fantastic, and it is crazy well made and durable. But I hear what you’re saying is that there are like 1000 kit companies.

    Oh, and white socks no matter what, and I go with DeFeet for those.




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  4. @Brett

    You know what has happened to Velominati? No more COTHO. The villain was vanquished and no one stepped up to replace him.

    You were never funny. Just grumpy. Except that you came up with COTHO. That was a pretty good name.

    But in the interests of Velominati, surely Bling Matthews can cop some shit? Even though he is good and getting a lot better.

    @minion

    Minion made me laugh sometimes, but only because he followed his missus from NZ to live in Canberra. Who does that? What a loser.

    @ChrisO

    OK, you asked for it. Been a few years since I called you a cunt. Sorry cunt.

    @Buck Rogers

    Now you can complain about the rudeness of the above. And slide some reference in about being a war hero. Then cry.

    Does that help?




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  5. And by the way, the Stages podcast that Lance did. Contained a lot of inane shit where they were trying to educate the uninformed, but if you got past that it had some good bits. His rant today about Thomas de Gent not being awarded the combativity prize was very good.

    The fall from grace has almost turned him into a half decent commentator.




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  6. @Marcus

    And by the way, the Stages podcast that Lance did. Contained a lot of inane shit where they were trying to educate the uninformed, but if you got past that it had some good bits. His rant today about Thomas de Gent not being awarded the combativity prize was very good.

    The fall from grace has almost turned him into a half decent commentator.

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    i’ve enjoyed the podcast. i’ve never really been able to dislike Lance, though. the sniveling cunts that took him down, though, Lemond excepted, i’ve found very easy to dislike.




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  7. @chuckp

    @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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    No reason at at all is required – absolutely make fun of the lightbulb humping spider (that was the phrase, wasn’t it?). But for me the article came over as being bitter, not an amusing dig. Sorry Brett.




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  8. @Marcus

    @Brett

    You know what has happened to Velominati?

    It’s hard to say whether your absence has been a beneficial or detrimental to Velominati. On the one hand you’re living validation of the need for most of the rules; on the other, does anyone need a whingeing aussie triathlete cluttering the place up?

    You would’ve probably got away with it if you were funny.




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  9. @Marcus

    @Brett

    You know what has happened to Velominati? No more COTHO. The villain was vanquished and no one stepped up to replace him.

    You were never funny. Just grumpy. Except that you came up with COTHO. That was a pretty good name.

    But in the interests of Velominati, surely Bling Matthews can cop some shit? Even though he is good and getting a lot better.

    @minion

    Minion made me laugh sometimes, but only because he followed his missus from NZ to live in Canberra. Who does that? What a loser.

    @ChrisO

    OK, you asked for it. Been a few years since I called you a cunt. Sorry cunt.

    @Buck Rogers

    Now you can complain about the rudeness of the above. And slide some reference in about being a war hero. Then cry.

    Does that help?

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    Every creative outlet has its ebbs and flows (not sure which this would be, ebb or flow wise). One of my favorite sites, Flandriacafe written by a teammate, is now dead (the site not the teammate) and googling the name takes you to a website about a cafe named Fandria ffs. I blame the RAS since that was his last post. Maybe all the rain got into his brain or it was all the boiled food, one or the other.

    Anywho, hopefully the collective writer’s block hasn’t proved fatal here. I always like Brett’s musings. Every good peloton has to have a grumpy old man.




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  10. @wiscot

    I’m still here

    Just short of time….




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  11. I just don’t understand all of the negative reactions about @Brett‘s article. I thoroughly enjoyed his rant, it made me laugh. I also had to nod in agreement, so I guess that makes me a grumpy bastard, too.




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  12. @Marcus

    @Brett

    You know what has happened to Velominati? No more COTHO. The villain was vanquished and no one stepped up to replace him.

    You were never funny. Just grumpy. Except that you came up with COTHO. That was a pretty good name.

    But in the interests of Velominati, surely Bling Matthews can cop some shit? Even though he is good and getting a lot better.

    @minion

    Minion made me laugh sometimes, but only because he followed his missus from NZ to live in Canberra. Who does that? What a loser.

    @ChrisO

    OK, you asked for it. Been a few years since I called you a cunt. Sorry cunt.

    @Buck Rogers

    Now you can complain about the rudeness of the above. And slide some reference in about being a war hero. Then cry.

    Does that help?

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    So… story here: Myself and some chaps are at a charity golf event a few weeks ago for Boy Scouts. A couple of scouts get in to a fist fight with the bigger young man on top of the little guy slugging away. We’re besides ourselves after seeing this happen. Scouts? Fighting? At their own event ? Big guy beating on the little guy ? And then… we learn that they were brothers and wha la… well that changes everything doesn’t it ? It’s just brothers being brothers. I don’t know why I read this post and think of that story. Cheers all




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  13. lol. “it’s the Tour, not a race.”

    Too accurate.

    Wish I had your sense of humor. Rare bike blogging skills. Good rant. Always look forward to your posts.




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  14. @the Engine

    @wiscot

    I’m still here

    Just short of time….

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    Good to know! Lovely Scottish summer weather there! How’s the missus?




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  15. You know, for all the discussion on boring boring boring Froome and the Sky Train win again… just a quick spin thru the Super Prestige picks and I’m willing to speculate that Froome was not in the majority of picks as the dude to be standing on top of podium in yellow after 21 stages. Is it maybe that folks just didn’t want to pick the Sky Fortress on principal or was it that many of us in fact figured this was year for them to be beat ? Anywho, by this highly scientific measure, the tour and outcome were a surprise ! fwiw…




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  16. @Randy C

    You know, for all the discussion on boring boring boring Froome and the Sky Train win again… just a quick spin thru the Super Prestige picks and I’m willing to speculate that Froome was not in the majority of picks as the dude to be standing on top of podium in yellow after 21 stages. Is it maybe that folks just didn’t want to pick the Sky Fortress on principal or was it that many of us in fact figured this was year for them to be beat ? Anywho, by this highly scientific measure, the tour and outcome were a surprise ! fwiw…

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    has there been a stronger team in grand tour history than Sky 2017? they lost Thomas early, and we barely noticed.




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  17. @chris

    Being characterised as a triathlete makes me remember the story of Phillippe the French fighter pilot. Shot down 8 German fighters in WWI. But is he remembered as “Henri the French Fighter Pilot”? Non. All because he sucked one cock.

    I am guessing you are a pasty-faced man-boobed Englishman?




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  18. @Cary

    @Randy C

    You know, for all the discussion on boring boring boring Froome and the Sky Train win again… just a quick spin thru the Super Prestige picks and I’m willing to speculate that Froome was not in the majority of picks as the dude to be standing on top of podium in yellow after 21 stages. Is it maybe that folks just didn’t want to pick the Sky Fortress on principal or was it that many of us in fact figured this was year for them to be beat ? Anywho, by this highly scientific measure, the tour and outcome were a surprise ! fwiw…

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    has there been a stronger team in grand tour history than Sky 2017? they lost Thomas early, and we barely noticed.

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    Kwiatkowski was an absolute beast at the pointy end for kilometer after kilometer. Then to burn the rest of the guys before turning it over to Landa, the best climber in the race was almost unfair. I was hoping that Landa would go rogue and challenge for the overall. It would have spiced things up.

    Was it a bit of an oddity that Sky had the first and last placed riders.? Luke Rowe was the Lantern Rouge.




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  19. @Cary

    @Randy C

    You know, for all the discussion on boring boring boring Froome and the Sky Train win again… just a quick spin thru the Super Prestige picks and I’m willing to speculate that Froome was not in the majority of picks as the dude to be standing on top of podium in yellow after 21 stages. Is it maybe that folks just didn’t want to pick the Sky Fortress on principal or was it that many of us in fact figured this was year for them to be beat ? Anywho, by this highly scientific measure, the tour and outcome were a surprise ! fwiw…

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    has there been a stronger team in grand tour history than Sky 2017? they lost Thomas early, and we barely noticed.

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    Oh hell yes! Tour 1980. Raleigh won 10 stages with Raas stage1a, Lubberding 3, Raas 7b, Oosterbosch 8, Raas, 9, Priem 10, Zoetemelk, 11 & 20, Knetemann 12 and Peeters 14. Zoetemelk won overall and TI Raleigh got the Team Prize.

    In the 1984 Tour Renault Elf also won 10 stages: Madiot stage 2, the TTT, Fignon 7, 16, 18, 20, 22, Jules 8, Poisson 12, Mentheour 13. They held the yellow jersey for 19 of 23 stages (Barteau and Fignon) and won the overall with Fignon.

    These were true teams where there was depth and a swashbuckling attitude that is sorely absent today. In comparison, Sky don’t come close in any of the five Tours they’ve won.




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  20. @MangoDave

    I just don’t understand all of the negative reactions about @Brett‘s article. I thoroughly enjoyed his rant, it made me laugh. I also had to nod in agreement, so I guess that makes me a grumpy bastard, too.

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    Same here. It made me remember another of @Brett‘s articles – about clearing your nostrils. One of his best.




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  21. @Marcus

    @Brett

    You know what has happened to Velominati? No more COTHO. The villain was vanquished and no one stepped up to replace him.

    You were never funny. Just grumpy. Except that you came up with COTHO. That was a pretty good name.

    But in the interests of Velominati, surely Bling Matthews can cop some shit? Even though he is good and getting a lot better.

    @minion

    Minion made me laugh sometimes, but only because he followed his missus from NZ to live in Canberra. Who does that? What a loser.

    @ChrisO

    OK, you asked for it. Been a few years since I called you a cunt. Sorry cunt.

    @Buck Rogers

    Now you can complain about the rudeness of the above. And slide some reference in about being a war hero. Then cry.

    Does that help?

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    Funken hell, what rocks have we kicked that you’ve crawled out from under.

    I do take it as a personal point of pride that Marcus once claimed I was “too stupid to insult”. For a 7 fingered Australian triathlete to describe a New Zealander that way is akin to Ali letting Forman (I think) punch himself out on Ali’s torso before pummelling him in the later rounds.

    This is starting to feel like something of a reunion of sorts, though probably more carry on columbus than the blues brothers.




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  22. @minion

    @Marcus

    @Brett

    You know what has happened to Velominati? No more COTHO. The villain was vanquished and no one stepped up to replace him.

    You were never funny. Just grumpy. Except that you came up with COTHO. That was a pretty good name.

    But in the interests of Velominati, surely Bling Matthews can cop some shit? Even though he is good and getting a lot better.

    @minion

    Minion made me laugh sometimes, but only because he followed his missus from NZ to live in Canberra. Who does that? What a loser.

    @ChrisO

    OK, you asked for it. Been a few years since I called you a cunt. Sorry cunt.

    @Buck Rogers

    Now you can complain about the rudeness of the above. And slide some reference in about being a war hero. Then cry.

    Does that help?

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    Funken hell, what rocks have we kicked that you’ve crawled out from under.

    I do take it as a personal point of pride that Marcus once claimed I was “too stupid to insult”. For a 7 fingered Australian triathlete to describe a New Zealander that way is akin to Ali letting Forman (I think) punch himself out on Ali’s torso before pummelling him in the later rounds.

    This is starting to feel like something of a reunion of sorts, though probably more carry on columbus than the blues brothers.

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    More like Carry on up the Antipodes (for British readers of a certain age . . .)




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  23. @Marcus

    @chris

    Being characterised as a triathlete makes me remember the story of Phillippe the French fighter pilot. Shot down 8 German fighters in WWI. But is he remembered as “Henri the French Fighter Pilot”? Non. All because he sucked one cock.

    I am guessing you are a pasty-faced man-boobed Englishman?




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    Sounds like a worthy topic for an article if you ask me. If he was an aviator, I’m sure you could work in a Sky connection somewhere . . .




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  24. @Marcus

    I’m not sure what you’re getting at here. Are you arguing in mitigation that there was only one triathlon or saying that you want to be remembered for your love of cock?

    You’re story does remind me of one of the lads on our school rugby tour that passed through Singapore; returning to the hotel one night he began to regal us with tales of a fine time with a stunning local lady. Mid way through he stopped as he had expected admiration and awe rather than tears of stifled laughter. The look of horror on his face was priceless when he was told that we’d just been informed by three of the other lads who got back somewhat earlier that there were no ladies in that particular establishment.




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  25. @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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    once again bringing my knack to state the obvious, but I think cycling goes up and down — this website surely will recover from whatever might be effecting it. It may simply be a belief that things are down here. I for one have been busy with working on my house and yard ever since April race — allowing myself to suffer 8 to 12 hrs a day on projects and lawn care. The plan is to start back to cycling — and start thinking about cycling again — and racing. Anyway, I appreciate your post and feel all will work itself out




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  26. It did seem strange to sit out the entire VSP this season.




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  27. Holy Shiet, it is old home week on the V. My Marcus alarm went off and I knew I better check in.

    To make a long story very short, I turned in my Keepers bunker keys six months ago. I didn’t turn them in as much as threw them in a boggy hole and walked away. So it is just Brett and Frank at the helm so send all guest articles and cogals directly to Frank.

    I’m not going to air my dirty V laundry here in public. If ever on Maui look me up for pints and we can discuss. I now roam amongst the hallowed ranks of the greater V, haunting the bikes pages because I will always love the bike. Cheers to all, Gianni




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  28. @Gianni

    Does this mean you’ve gone full EPMS? or you’ve traded in the the Fiziks for some SPD sandals?

    Sorry to hear you’ve felt the need walk away, your posts are missed.




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  29. @wiscot

    Guys. It’s up to us the keep the site alive…

    …Let’s keep the wheels turning fellas.

    @Teocalli

    @ChrisO

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

    I’m also likely to have more time on my hands from September as I’m doing a reverse @ChrisO and moving to the desert sans famile. I’d like to think that most of that time will be spent Training Properly but there has to be recovery time too.




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  30. @sthilzy

    For all you long-termers, I’ve got one word:

    That is all….




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  31. @Gianni

    Holy Shiet, it is old home week on the V. My Marcus alarm went off and I knew I better check in.

    To make a long story very short, I turned in my Keepers bunker keys six months ago. I didn’t turn them in as much as threw them in a boggy hole and walked away. So it is just Brett and Frank at the helm so send all guest articles and cogals directly to Frank.

    I’m not going to air my dirty V laundry here in public. If ever on Maui look me up for pints and we can discuss. I now roam amongst the hallowed ranks of the greater V, haunting the bikes pages because I will always love the bike. Cheers to all, Gianni

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    @Gianni ,

    You need to rethink things. You exiting the V is like the breaking up of The Clash, and we all know how that ended up: Strummer kaput and Mick Jones looking like something out of a horror movie.

    It’s been awhile since I’ve been on here, and seems like quite a number of past regulars are missing. Maybe a case of needing a break, or need to get back to the stuff that started this place up in the first place. Hell, I’m still waiting for word on the damn tee shirt I ordered 3 years ago.




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  32. @xyxax

    @sthilzy

    For all you long-termers, I’ve got one word:

    That is all….

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    That it turning the clock back a bit. Didn’t she leave under a cloud or in a huff?




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  33. @chris

    @xyxax

    @sthilzy

    For all you long-termers, I’ve got one word:

    That is all….

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    That it turning the clock back a bit. Didn’t she leave under a cloud or in a huff?

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    Pretty sure she was trying to sleep with every guy on the site.

    Frahnk finally either banned her for good or she realised that as sex starved as we all are around here, it just wasn’t panning out for her here!




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  34. @xyxax

    @sthilzy

    For all you long-termers, I’ve got one word:

    That is all….




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    It does disturb me slightly that you have her icon saved, though @xyxax. What would Cecile say if she knew???




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  35. @Buck Rogers

    @chris

    @xyxax

    @sthilzy

    For all you long-termers, I’ve got one word:

    That is all….

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    That it turning the clock back a bit. Didn’t she leave under a cloud or in a huff?

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    Pretty sure she was trying to sleep with every guy on the site.

    Frahnk finally either banned her for good or she realised that as sex starved as we all are around here, it just wasn’t panning out for her here!

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    That rings a bell, she was somewhat unhinged.




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  36. I’m sure @bret was just being a grumpy old git but he has managed to stir things up a bit.




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  37. @Buck Rogers

    @chris

    an untethered self-hating selfie-taking exhibitionist with an over-sharing issue. I think Frank banned her.

    Google the name and cycling, you’ll see.

    Good times.




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  38. @xyxax

    I might give that a miss. I’m not sure my work computer would like it.




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  39. @Buck Rogers

    @chris

    @xyxax

    @sthilzy

    For all you long-termers, I’ve got one word:

    That is all….

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    That it turning the clock back a bit. Didn’t she leave under a cloud or in a huff?

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    Pretty sure she was trying to sleep with every guy on the site.

    Frahnk finally either banned her for good or she realised that as sex starved as we all are around here, it just wasn’t panning out for her here!

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    She was trying to sleep with guys on this site? Did I miss out? Did her tour of the USA not include America’s Dairyland? WTF?




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  40. If it helps I’m going to France tomorrow…




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  41. …and I’m taking the Hardmen with me

    That and the history of Viz…




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  42. @the Engine

    If it helps I’m going to France tomorrow…

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    France, then Belgium and points east?




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  43. Without being sentimental about it I’ve made a bunch of actual real friends on here to the point we’ve visited each other’s houses and countries.

    I get to go to Flanders and ride cobbles pretty much when time allows now. I’m shit at it but at least I have extensive practical experience of being shit at it.

    I’ve also learned some advanced swearing @Frank‘s effort in a crowded London lift a couple of years back will remain in my memory when pretty much everything else has turned to mush. I drank so much with @Frank one night in France that my eyes began pointing in different directions.

    @Minion and @Marcus on form are the best Antipodean double act since some other funny people.

    I know who Chopper Johns is (or was) and wear the wristband with pride.

    Because of @Itburns I wear an ID bracelet and have a picture of a fat Texan dressed as a centaur.

    I’ve also met genuine pros – some of whom, quite remarkably, write to me because they want to.

    I also learned a lot about life and marketing – enough to buy at least one decent bike off the proceeds. I’ve also learned how to get people to say stuff on Eurosport when not much is happening.

    I have a copy of the Rules signed and annotated by some of the greats including a long note from King Kelly that whilst Rule #11 is correct in spirit the illustrative anecdote is, alas, untrue.

    @Brett is a connoisseur of Ripping Yarns in general and Barnstonworth in particular – what’s not to like about a man like that?

    The site probably isn’t the Clash, although I loved them very much, I think its more Abba. A decent period of brilliance followed by a long and happy afterglow of solo careers.

    So, I’ve lost weight, can race without being dead last (sometimes) and play water polo…back soon…




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  44. @chris

    Sadly no – I have disobeyed Rule #11 but on the other hand I remain married and #2 Son looks like he might genuinely make the national swimming squad (how did that happen?)




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  45. @the Engine

    So you’re saying you don’t know what you get from the place or why we bother?




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  46. @the Engine

    Despite Rule #11, family does have its benefits.

    From what I’ve seen from your facebook page, your lad is doing well. Chapeau.




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  47. @the Engine

    …and I’m taking the Hardmen with me

    That and the history of Viz…

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    Well, hopefully you won’t meet any Fat Slags, or that Biffa Bacon and his family aren’t on the plane. Sitting next to Roger Mellie might be fun,but not Sydney Smutt. Remember to take your magic underpants too.




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  48. @xyxax

    @Buck Rogers

    @chris

    an untethered self-hating selfie-taking exhibitionist with an over-sharing issue. I think Frank banned her.

    Google the name and cycling, you’ll see.

    Good times.

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    If one were lazy or perhaps their initial google search unfruitful, which posts exactly? (or at least the neighborhood).




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  49. @Ccos

    @xyxax

    @Buck Rogers

    @chris

    an untethered self-hating selfie-taking exhibitionist with an over-sharing issue. I think Frank banned her.

    Google the name and cycling, you’ll see.

    Good times.

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    If one were lazy or perhaps their initial google search unfruitful, which posts exactly? (or at least the neighborhood).

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    Of all the options that were actually valid sensible sites the only relevant one brought me back to an old thread here.




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  50. I just noticed that Romain Bardet is watching the race from the road side (he’s just over Froomey’s right hand). He must have finished then ridden down the hill to watch the goings on.

    Looks like he’s hanging out with Brian Cookson…




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