This is Rule #9. Photo: Kristof Ramon

Sur la Plaque: Rule #9

Sur la Plaque: Rule #9

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As many of you know, there’s been a lot of synergy between BIGRINGRIDING and Velominati for several years now. Though BRR and Velominati have very different flavors, we work on a similar principle: foster passion for the sport through a mix of knowledge, history, and humor tempered with a healthy dose of irreverence, all while obviously making things up as we go along.

It seems only natural, then, that we should work together and thus it is with great delight that I present our monthly feature with the Big Ring taking his capitalized view on a Rule of his choice. No better Rule to start with than my personal favorite, Rule #9. And remember, it’s more than just a chainring, it’s a state of mind.

Yours in Cycling,

Frank

LOOK AT YOURSELF IN THE MIRROR. IF YOU DON’T SEE ICE, YOU’RE NOT AS BADASS AS GREG. PERIOD.

 

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  1. @Buck Rogers

    @Spun Up

    No, not as badass as Greg, but I am unilaterally declaring myself the winner of the day:

    VMH and the Velominippers are out of town for spring break. Got up this morning, rode 100K in a 10C drizzle, finished at the bar where I treated myself to a cheeseburger and two malted recovery beverages. As soon as I post, I will grab the third beverage to be consumed while standing in a very, very hot shower, after which I will nap, unmolested, for as long as I damn well please…

    Sorry for the meme but if a comment has ever called for it, this is it.

    I’m assuming that’s what second place feels like, but I don’t really know… hee, hee

  2. Really love the shot of Cav with the thousand yard stare, too.

  3. Club reliability test tomorrow. 160km. It’s been snowing all day and I’ve really been looking forward to it (need to get a long ride in my legs before next Saturday’s assault on the pave) but what was going to be a late Sunday lunch has been moved forward so it’ll have to be the shorter 80km club ride with a ride to and from the start tacked on.

    Fingers crossed it’ll be on.

  4. @Spun Up Ha!  All in good fun!

  5. @Pedale.Forchetta

    if you can get one of Andy finishing a race, you’ll be the master!!!

  6. @starclimber

    Really love the shot of Cav with the thousand yard stare, too.

    I like that photo too. Great timing on that one!

    Funny thing with that face Cav is making…. You just don’t ever really know if thats his thousand yard stare or if he’s about to have one of his diva moments.

    -Dinan

  7. so I’m not on a bike, but does it still count for #9 ?

  8. @frank

    @Pedale.Forchetta

    if you can get one of Andy finishing a race, you’ll be the master!!!

    A+1

  9. @PeakInTwoYears

    Tomorrow = (9.5º and “partly sunny”) x 120kms. I’m feeling bullish on this “life” thing.

    Or an MTB race at Cookin’ in the Kettles on Whidbey Island at 10am! You have the gear!

  10. @G’rilla

    Or an MTB race at Cookin’ in the Kettles on Whidbey Island at 10am! You have the gear!

    LOL Yes, I do, but I also have a VMH who’s keen to join me for a double espresso and baked goods in Port Townsend followed by a gorgeous 120kms of rollers followed by ales back in PT. My hands are tied. So happily tied. (Not that I haven’t pondered the alternative.) Good hunting.

  11. @PeakInTwoYears  Thanks for the welcome, this sounds just like my family! A multitool and a pump are nothing I’d like to have between my back at the tarmac when falling, but I guess that such mundane considerations only show that my sense of cycling aesthetics has yet to evolve. Have fun on your trip today!

  12. With only one season here, the chances of me getting ice on my brim is zero to none. However with the mercury hitting 37 deg C today I came over the last climb somewhere between medium and well done.

  13. @starclimber What about the two bisons?

  14. @frank ah! That’s looks beyond my possibilities, at the moment!

  15. @Buck Rogers What about the two bidons

  16. @Mirko

    @PeakInTwoYears Thanks for the welcome, this sounds just like my family! A multitool and a pump are nothing I’d like to have between my back at the tarmac when falling, but I guess that such mundane considerations only show that my sense of cycling aesthetics has yet to evolve. Have fun on your trip today!

    That’s true about the pump/tool, but I’ve always copped it on the hips/shoulders and knees, to the extent that the phone I’ve had in my back pocket has always worked fine for the inevitable whimpering call to mummy to come collect me because I’ve had a boo boo.

    Wilkommen as well, btw.

  17. @minion Vielen Dank!

  18. Not sure this entirely marries up with the persona that carries across in the lead photo

  19. @JohnB

    @the Engine Tomorrow I have 3 hours inside on the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. Short sleeves and shorts. Cafe in the foyer. Lovin it.

    You bastard – that was near four hours in a gale – bit warmer than expected at 2 degrees C so not all bad.

  20. @strathlubnaig

    so I’m not on a bike, but does it still count for #9 ?

    Nope – at least one eye has to be frozen shut to count

  21. @Docbrian

    @starclimber What about the two bisons?

    Bisons are what @minion and @marcus wash their hands in.

  22. Can someone please link a stream to todays race? I would appreciate it.

    -Dinan

  23. @Dinan

    Can someone please link a stream to todays race? I would appreciate it.

    -Dinan

    I should have added that my usual places to watch are being uncooperative this morning. I swear I am not being lazy on trying to find a stream.

    -Dinan

  24. Wesh bisons.

  25. @the Engine

    @JohnB

    @the Engine Tomorrow I have 3 hours inside on the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. Short sleeves and shorts. Cafe in the foyer. Lovin it.

    You bastard – that was near four hours in a gale – bit warmer than expected at 2 degrees C so not all bad.

    I’d take that. Now sitting here right arm in a sling. X ray tomorrow am. Clearly crap at “Oh shiiiiit… tuck and roll”

  26. @Scilly Suffolk

    Out: 20km/h headwind, choc gateaux, double Espresso.

    In: 20km/h tailwind, Scotch egg, large Rum & ginger.

    LOVE the work!

    Chapeau,

    But quite frankly, FUCK THAT SHIT!

  27. There’s no Rule #9 needed down here in the Middle East, but it appears our very own ChrisO has been dishing out copious amounts of Rule #5. I believe that’s him, bib #101?

  28. In two-three months, I’ll envy you guys with the rainy, cold summers. Maybe even the snowy, harsh winters. I’ll start my rides before dawn to escape the 40c midday, and spend the rest of the day inanimate in front of a fan or AC.

    But meanwhile, let me enjoy the fact that yesterday’s ride required nothing but thin arm-sleeves and summer kit (though it did drizzle, at some point), and Friday’s TT session ended with salt-residue on our team kits. With no weather-induced setbacks, I’m well on the way to peaking for a few events next month.

  29. We’re doing our bit to fulfil Rule #9 in Yorkshire on a weeks training camp. Some snow, but not huge amounts, but howling Easterlies bringing low temperatures even lower and giving us headwinds everywhere. Obvious way forward – go and find any hill onto the N. Yorks Moors that runs at 25%+ and go and smash your way up it. Watched one of my mates end up in the opposite lane of a 25% A-road downhill earlier when the crosswind caught him… Eye opening riding!

  30. @JohnB

    @the Engine

    @JohnB

    @the Engine Tomorrow I have 3 hours inside on the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. Short sleeves and shorts. Cafe in the foyer. Lovin it.

    You bastard – that was near four hours in a gale – bit warmer than expected at 2 degrees C so not all bad.

    I’d take that. Now sitting here right arm in a sling. X ray tomorrow am. Clearly crap at “Oh shiiiiit… tuck and roll”

    Fuck – is it bust?

    I did mine on the open road a few years back and the first thing I remember on coming to was the coach saying that if I’d bothered doing judo I’d have known how to fall and wouldn’t have got hurt so badly. They then flagged down a passing farm pickup – put me and my bike in the back and got on with their ride whilst the farmer took me to A&E in Pitlochry (actually a nurse in a shed with some aspirin). Happy days.

  31. @JohnB damn, best of luck. Clipped a wing this time last year, recovery time did give me a nice excuse to watch the Spring Classics though.

  32. @the Engine

    @JohnB

    @the Engine

    @JohnB

    @the Engine Tomorrow I have 3 hours inside on the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. Short sleeves and shorts. Cafe in the foyer. Lovin it.

    You bastard – that was near four hours in a gale – bit warmer than expected at 2 degrees C so not all bad.

    I’d take that. Now sitting here right arm in a sling. X ray tomorrow am. Clearly crap at “Oh shiiiiit… tuck and roll”

    Fuck – is it bust?

    I did mine on the open road a few years back and the first thing I remember on coming to was the coach saying that if I’d bothered doing judo I’d have known how to fall and wouldn’t have got hurt so badly. They then flagged down a passing farm pickup – put me and my bike in the back and got on with their ride whilst the farmer took me to A&E in Pitlochry (actually a nurse in a shed with some aspirin). Happy days.

    Clavicle ok, at worst it’s a chip or AC joint separation. Tried a full roll keeping hands in but helmet and right shoulder took the brunt. Pissed off as that was my favourite lid. On the plus side I was rocking the V kit prior to that but changed before points race so no damage to #1 gear. A few more sessions on the turbo now beckon in prep for Caledonian Cogal 2. Heard a rumour it may be June 1st. @snoov the main man.

  33. @JohnB Commiserations.  That sucks.  Heal well.

  34. @JohnB

    @the Engine

    @JohnB

    @the Engine

    @JohnB

    @the Engine Tomorrow I have 3 hours inside on the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. Short sleeves and shorts. Cafe in the foyer. Lovin it.

    You bastard – that was near four hours in a gale – bit warmer than expected at 2 degrees C so not all bad.

    I’d take that. Now sitting here right arm in a sling. X ray tomorrow am. Clearly crap at “Oh shiiiiit… tuck and roll”

    Fuck – is it bust?

    I did mine on the open road a few years back and the first thing I remember on coming to was the coach saying that if I’d bothered doing judo I’d have known how to fall and wouldn’t have got hurt so badly. They then flagged down a passing farm pickup – put me and my bike in the back and got on with their ride whilst the farmer took me to A&E in Pitlochry (actually a nurse in a shed with some aspirin). Happy days.

    Clavicle ok, at worst it’s a chip or AC joint separation. Tried a full roll keeping hands in but helmet and right shoulder took the brunt. Pissed off as that was my favourite lid. On the plus side I was rocking The V kit prior to that but changed before points race so no damage to #1 gear. A few more sessions on the turbo now beckon in prep for Caledonian Cogal 2. Heard a rumour it may be June 1st. @snoov the main man.

    Good to hear you dodged the clavicle bullet – you can always buy a new helmet too.

  35. @frank Looks like Andy finished the Criterium International this week. He squeeked in just before the time limit on the third and last stage but managed to place better than a very bad cadel in the time trial.

    Much further up the road Froome and then Porte tore the lead group apart.

  36. @Chris

    Staying somewhere with Sky TV so got to watch this for a change. Impressive stuff from Sky; Froome and Porte in particular. Improvement from Schleck Jr. as well who at least managed an attack before being booted out the back door.

    Whenever I see a Sky-led peloton chasing down a breakaway I always hear the Imperial March whenever they come into shot…

  37. Ah, the man behind the curtain is brought into the fold! Great work, glad to have his CAPITAL COMMENTS ’round these parts.

    Beautiful photos, as always, Pedale!

    I live too far south these days for much Rule #9 riding, though I did do some cross riding in January where my bike, hands, and rim braking surfaces got covered in frozen ice. Definitely couldn’t tell how cold that day was going to be from my kitchen window. Well, I still feel like I put in my time playing college lacrosse in upstate NY with games & practice outdoors in January.

  38. Apparently Heinrich Haussler has ridden every race this season without gloves (including Milan-Sanremo & Gent-Wevelgem). Not sure if that is Rule #9 or just crazy.

  39. I don’t know what to make of the gloveless riding. My feet are okay down pretty low, my head is always fine with just a cycling cap, but I need gloves in anything from cool to cold.

  40. Road rash sucks.  Road rash on your hands sucks more than average.

  41. Agreed. Road rash on your arms and legs is mildly inconvenient, but on your hands it’s just shit.

  42. Personally, I have got more problems with hot than with cold weather. I can cycle at subzero temperatures as long as my toes stay warm, which I achieve by wearing several pairs of socks and two pairs of overshoes.

  43. Another classic from BRR:

    OK LADS, I READ THE NEWS AND THE MAIN STORY IS YOU’RE ALL FUCKING SLOW AND I’M THE BOSS

    To which some other wag added

    look at the dude on the right just giving up and riding into the woods to cry

  44. The dude on the right must be a Schleck.

  45. @Sauterelle You really can’t imagine how the Schlecks would have coped riding in the Badger’s peloton. Then again I’m not sure the badger would have been able to cope with the Schleck’s current levels of anti V.

  46. @Chris

    Another classic from BRR:

    OK LADS, I READ THE NEWS AND THE MAIN STORY IS YOU’RE ALL FUCKING SLOW AND I’M THE BOSS

    To which some other wag added

    look at the dude on the right just giving up and riding into the woods to cry

    That’s a fantastic pic! When the Badger makes a joke, damn straight you’d better laugh.Also, I doubt anyone needed to read such statements of fact in the paper!Don’t laugh? Get your legs ripped off.

    So many classic jerseys in there too: Renault, La Vie Claire, Skil, Panasonic.

    Can’t tell what team the rider on the grass is from, but he’s not going into the woods to cry. Likely something else bears do in woods.

  47. @Sauterelle

    The dude on the right must be a Schleck.

    Can’t be. Given the incredible speed the  bunch is moving at, Andy would have been dropped ages ago.

  48. Off the coolness spectrum entirely. Who’s the La Vie Claire rider to his right? (The one who obviously learned the lesson about laughing at Badger jokes.)

  49. Introduced the 10 year old to Rule #9 last night. On a twelve mile out and back, we turned around to head home and saw nothing but black with flashes of white. Midwestern pop-up thunderstorm. The wind picked up blowing in our faces, carrying with it dirt, rock, and sand to test our eyelid flutter reaction. Then came the drenching rain, with sleet/hail. She did well. I was terrified, not so much of electrocuting the first born, but of what punishment the woman would have for taking her daughter out in this.

  50. @jeyrod

    Introduced the 10 year old to Rule #9 last night. On a twelve mile out and back, we turned around to head home and saw nothing but black with flashes of white. Midwestern pop-up thunderstorm. The wind picked up blowing in our faces, carrying with it dirt, rock, and sand to test our eyelid flutter reaction. Then came the drenching rain, with sleet/hail. She did well. I was terrified, not so much of electrocuting the first born, but of what punishment the woman would have for taking her daughter out in this.

    Good for you. You know the memory of that ride will stick with her forever. And, I’m assuming the nasty conditions didn’t exist when you started, so you’re off the hook there.

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