The VVallpapers

For those of us whose lot it is to carry out our days lit by the pale light of a computer screen, the desktop wallpaper represents an important choice. More so that the framed photos upon our desks of our loved ones, or the inspirational posters hung upon our walls, our desktop wallpaper says something about us that nothing else does; it describes in no uncertain terms the place to where our minds drift during each stolen moment throughout our days.

Regrettably, most of us are destined to spend large amounts of time not upon our bikes. The next ride, however, is never far from our consciousness, and a cycling-related wallpaper can do wonders to carry us from one ride to the next. We have carefully selected wallpapers that speak to La Vie Velominatus; indeed, these are not just wallpapers. No, these are VVallpapers.

All VVallpers were taken either by the Keepers or have graciously been contributed by members of the community; if you have a photo you’d like to submit, please email it to us for review.

[wallpaper title=”Vlaams Ambrosio” url=”” contributor=”” location=”Vlaanderen, Belgïe”]

Ambrosios with FMB’s glued on can only be made more beautiful by becoming covered in Flemish mud after riding the route of De Ronde.


[wallpaper title=”Campa Record Hub” url=” Galleries/[email protected]/VVallpapers/RecordHub.png”]

The gleam of light from the polished aluminum on Campagnolo’s older freehubs is like none other. The hub sweeps from the drive side towards the quick-release lever in a characteristically sensual curve and is polished to the Campa-only luster to provide a hypnotic glow as the hub spins.


[wallpaper title=”Campa Skewer” url=” Galleries/[email protected]/VVallpapers/CampaSkewer.png”]

There is no component that speaks more clearly to the history of our sport than a Campagnlogo Quick-Release, invented out of frustration by Tullio Campagnolo in 1927.


[wallpaper title=”Royce Front Hub (with Golden Ticket)” url=””]
Gleaming metal bits speak to the days when cycling components were made with care and gleamed in the sunlight. The tradition is kept alive at Royce UK.


[wallpaper title=”Royce Rear Hub” url=””]

Gleaming metal bits speak to the days when cycling components were made with care and gleamed in the sunlight. The tradition is kept alive at Royce UK.


[wallpaper title=”Royce Front Hub” url=””]

Wheels must always be built such that the hub’s emblem may be read when sighted through the valve hole.


[wallpaper title=”Col du Tourmalet” url=” Galleries/[email protected]/VVallpapers/ColduTourmalet.png” contributor=”” location=”Luz-Saint-Sauveur, France”]

The west slopes of the fearsome Col du Tourmalet in the heart of the Pyrenees, approaching from Luz Saint-Sauveur, France.


[wallpaper title=”Luz Ardiden” url=” Galleries/[email protected]/VVallpapers/LuzArdiden.png” contributor=”” location=”Luz-Saint-Sauveur, France”]

This narrow ribon of asphalt that makes up the road to Luz Ardiden looks as theough it was carelessly cast onto the mountainside by an disinterested deity.


[wallpaper title=”Mont Ventoux” url=” Galleries/[email protected]/VVallpapers/MontVentoux.png” contributor=”@roadslave” location=”Mont Ventoux, France”]

Clouds hang heavy on the barren slops of the Mont Ventoux, making the already intimidating peak even more mysterious.


[wallpaper title=”Sa Clobra” url=” Galleries/[email protected]/VVallpapers/SaCalobra.png” contributor=”@roadslave” location=”Sa Calobra, Mallorca”]

In the words of @roadslave:

Anyone who has ridden this climb will tell you just how emotionally tumescent this climb/descent makes you feel…. like some road engineer has taken a silver ribbon and tossed it carelessly and flamboyantly on the hillside to create a path down to the bay.  If you weigh 65kg and you can generate 370w at threshold it should take you 28 minutes.  I, of course, don’t, can’t and it didn’t.


[wallpaper title=”Beartooth Pass Snowbanks” url=” Galleries/[email protected]/VVallpapers/BeartoothPass_Snowbanks.png” location=”Red Lodge, Montana”]

The Beartooth Pass is a must-climb pass that lies on the border between Montana and Wyoming near Yellowstone Park. Even in the middle of summer, snowbanks stand high on the upper slopes.


[wallpaper title=”Beartooth Pass” url=” Galleries/[email protected]/VVallpapers/BeartoothPass.png” location=”Cooke City, Montana”]

Climbing the Beartooth Pass from Cooke City, the switchbacks towards the top remind one of how high the road has climbed.


[wallpaper title=”Passo Giau” url=” Galleries/[email protected]/VVallpapers/Giau.png” location=”Belluno, Italy” contributor=”Anno Pieterse” contributorurl=””]

Climbing up the Giau from Cortina on a rainy day, the clouds opened a little on the summit. Heroes come and heroes go, but the mountain remains.


[wallpaper title=”Passo Giau Descent” url=” Galleries/[email protected]/VVallpapers/Giau%20Descent.png” location=”Belluno, Italy” contributor=”Anno Pieterse” contributorurl=””]

The sensation of flight while descending the Passo Giau inspires chills; the cold weather together with the great curves and satisfaction of the accomplished ride.


[wallpaper title=”Velominati Logo” url=” Galleries/[email protected]/VVallpapers/Velominati_Logo.png”]

Meditate on The V. Contemplate its simple symmetry and its occurrence everywhere in the sport, from the parting of the water spray on a Rule #9 ride, to the shape of well-toned muscles. The V is everywhere.


[wallpaper title=”Logo/Hardman (iPhone)” url_lock=”” url_home=”” type=”phone”]

The Velominati Logo lock screen paired to pavé.


[wallpaper title=”1986 Tour de France/Hardman (iPhone)” url_lock=”” url_home=”” type=”phone”]

A photograph taken of a spread from Rouleur’s 1989 Tour de France comic illustrated by the great Richard Mitchelson, paired to pavé.


68 Replies to “The VVallpapers”

  1. Frank, do you mind if I post the image of your rear Royce hub and C-10 drive train ?? I love it and will research Royce further — thanx for showing us the way.

  2. @Vin McCall

    Frank, do you mind if I post the image of your rear Royce hub and C-10 drive train ?? I love it and will research Royce further “” thanx for showing us the way.

    By all means, do whatever you’d like with the pics. Thanks!

  3. I can’t believe I didn’t see these photos until now…beautiful! Love the Tourmalet shot. That’s where I married Maarten, a Belgian cyclist. We rode to the top and got married there. Well, in a dream I had anyway. ;-)

  4. @Belgian Cobblestones
    Riding a track was a nice contrast to the pavé.

    There’s an outdoor concrete track about 45 minutes from my house. I’m going to take the beginner’s course this summer and try out some races.

    Knowing that there are only 16 tracks in the USA makes me feel like I should give it a try since it’s so close!

  5. Ghent’s second Track ” t’kuipke” during the 6 days, a bit speed blurred

    defenately give it a go , 45 minutes is nothing and i bet its a blast to bank at high speed in those corners

  6. @Mark1
    I’d like to know how you obtained that photo? I’d love to find a full-size version of that image…

  7. @Mark1 As a couple of Velominati have said above, that is the Passo del Stelvio. An italian pilgrimmage similar to the Alpe De Huez, or Galibier in status.

  8. @Dr C

    actually, best whizz to 1min on that vid for tarmac shots – theme tune makes it, if not for whackiness!

    Anyone ridden his set of ribbons below??

    Old thread, I know, but isn’t that the Transfăgărășan in Romania?

  9. How about Mount Evans in Colorado?

    I can’t post the photo.  Here’s the link:


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