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Velominatus: Fausto

Order: Level 2 Velominatus

Location: Bristol, UK

A latecomer to the world of the V, via things muddy, knobbly-tyres and *gasp* gravity powered. Has since seen the light and is seeking redemption via Rule #9 compliant commuting, a love of hills and an indulgence in the craft. Sprints like a Grimpeur, climbs like a Puncheur - working on improving both.

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Life is full of surprises. Some you don’t want, like a funnel web in a shoe, while others are completely unexpected but more than welcome, even if you are then left with figuring out the hows, whys and HOW?s of the serendipitous conundrum now presented to you.This is how I now feel, after fate knocked at my door via a source that doesn’...

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  1. @brett Damn you iPhone autocorrect, damn you back to the hell that begat you. *bribe, obviously »

  2. Dammit @brett, I thought I had ‘Project 40′ nicely dialled in for a Legend Fedaia and them you go and post this! Maybe I can trade off the longer trip to pick up my bike from Marco for a shorter trip to Belgium and a few more Euros for the frame… @fred… »

If Rouler does not do reviews, we don’t do reviews. Think of this as a commentary on Bont’s Vaypor+ road shoe. Any discussion of points-of-contact will generate a storm of comments ending in why Sidi shoes and fi'zi:k saddles are the best. They may be the best for you but not for me. Everyone’s feet and everyone’s butt has d...

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  1. Love my Vaypors; incredibly stiff and yet all-day comfy. Took a few goes to get the moulding spot on, but I do have freak feet with half a size difference. The bathtub shaped sole adds a huge amount of stiffness; it feels like you’re pushing on a foot-siz… »

Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour...

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  1. At this stage in the VSP it doesn’t matter what I pick, so I can go for an uninspiring TT based win for Froome over the rest. Interesting to note the tie in between Old Man Horner’s withdrawal and the Movement for Credible Cycling – I can see how they’d b… »

If @steampunk can’t take much credit here I guess we can’t take any. We can take pleasure is seeing someone’s kid hauling ass on a bike, a Velominatus spawn, even better. We all came to cycling by different paths, seemingly few by our parents. It is impossible to outguess one’s children; they are clever little bastards. Hop...

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  1. @wiscot This. I am T-2 months from Junior’s arrival and hope I can keep them on the straight and narrow to watch them turn into a well-rounded human being. Fingers crossed they’ll want to share some time with their old man doing crazy stuff, be it with… »

Attention all Velominati. The Tour VSP is going on line and it should be a good one. Sure, between Froomy and Bertie a person could hedge their bets but Moviestar is all in for Valverde, BMC for TeeJay, Astana for the Shark and Garmin is finally committing to a team leader in Talansky. Some other teams (ahem…Trek Factory Racing for one) have...

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  1. Holy. Fucking. Shit. What a first half to the tour, just unbelieveable. My VSP picks may be in tatters, but frankly I don’t care as it’s been great to watch, and I’m developing a serious man-crush on Tony Martin; fantastic solo win, so much burning and tu… »

Who learns of their cycling potential while in the military, serving in Africa? @wiscot is once again serving up some great cycling history in his post about  Joaquim “The Bull” Agostinho. As dangerous as cycling seems, surprisingly few professionals get killed racing or training. Agostinho was one of the unlucky few. He was a man for...

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  1. Every day is a school day, cheers Wiscot. »

Tempo means time in Italian. Riding tempo means riding steadily, like a metronome. It is an important skill to have and since it’s Italian, it sounds cool. What it does not mean is riding at a constant speed, half-wheeling or killing it at the front. Riding at a constant speed is like having cruise control on in a car; the car seems to accelerate...

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  1. @tessar Source? I’d like to read the article, if only to give me more ammo to mock people who show up to crits / club rides / sportives in shoe covers. FFS. »

Attention all Velominati. The Tour VSP is going on line and it should be a good one. Sure, between Froomy and Bertie a person could hedge their bets but Moviestar is all in for Valverde, BMC for TeeJay, Astana for the Shark and Garmin is finally committing to a team leader in Talansky. Some other teams (ahem…Trek Factory Racing for one) have...

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  1. Ah well, like so many others I’m well out of the running for the overall, but at least I remembered to put my picks in, unlike for the Giro Rosa. Rode Stages 1 and 2 back to back this week, Sunday is going to be RIDICULOUS. 25% up, 25% down, rinse and re… »

I’m not even talking about all the pseudo-asthmatics out there, vaping their way to better breathing. My breathing is just fine. It’s my little citron sized heart that is slowing me down. Is there a street-legal injection or vacuum pump for heart enlargement, or a trip to a doctor in the Congo that would transplant a badass Mandrill heart for m...

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  1. I like the look of enlightenment on people’s faces when they try decent coffee rather than the usual rubbish that’s so prevalent on the high street. I’m definitely still learning, but I can still make a reasonable cup of all the usual espresso-based drink… »

  2. It took me a while to develop a taste for coffee, and a holiday in Italy to realise that I didn’t like it because the vast majority of coffee is shit. Instant? Shit. Enormo-buckets of American ‘coffee*’? Shit. It tastes like boiled puddle and I can’t stan… »

The Tour de Suisse can be everyone’s warm-up for the Tour de France, including all you VSP dreamers. The big show seems to be the Critérium de Dauphanié this year, as far as Tour de France contenders go but the Tour de Suisse still has some big guns showing up. Twiggo is here, not for a Tour warm up, unless people are worried about Richie P...

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  1. Is there something wrong here? The counter is saying 1d 7h to go but the picks are apparently closed – with no posts submitted… On the off chance I need to get them in, mine are: Wiggo, Roman Kreuziger, Betancur (if he gets his shit together in time), R… »

For the simple reason that the Cobbled and Ardennes Classics are behind us, I have not alternative but to get back on my soap box about the Giro being the best of the three Grand Tours. Well, usually, at least. Last year’s race sucked the big one (even if it was supremely Rule #9), but for the most part it is the race that is the most c...

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  1. Reasonably happy with this lot, although I have a nagging doubt about NQ’s TTing ability… VSP PICKS: 1. Nairo Quintana 2. Almost good enough Cadel 3. J-Rod 4. Oh Danny Boy 5. Hungry Like The Wolf »

The 100th running of Liège-Bastogne-Liège takes place this Sunday. Danny-boy Martin will be marked heavily as the defending champion. Malmerde, and Phil Gil have shown they are peaking too. Froomy has thrown his hat into the ring, as he did last year but after last years 26th place, maybe it’s training. 263 kms, past winners include a long...

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  1. Back to Plan A, hopefully this is the race MK has been saving himself for… VSP PICKS: 1. Kwiatkowski 2. Mollema 3. Valverde 4. Moreno 5. Nibali »

Wednesday sees the return of the women to the VSP. More notably, we see the return of Marianne Vos to the road. She’s won this race five of the last seven years. It makes me wonder if the rest of the field have already resigned themselves to racing for second. On the other hand, Vos hasn’t been racing of late and may not be as sharp as...

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  1. Try as I might, I simply can’t bet against Vos; the rest will just be spectators. Bloody quick spectators mind. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Armitstead 3. Stevens 4. Pooley 5. Borghini »

Midweek in Belgium in Spring is a wonderful thing. Hordes of people come from seemingly nowhere to fill the bars and line the roadsides when presumably they’d usually be working, or at school, or some such. That the only ones who appear to be working are the bartenders and frites dispensers reinforces my belief that Belgium is the greatest co...

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  1. Nothing surer to sent Phil Gil’s form than me picking him for the win. VSP PICKS: 1. Phil Gil 2. Rui Costa 3. Kwiatkowski 4. Purito 5. Valverde »

Have you ever been told to take a good look at yourself? Usually it infers that you need to smarten up your ideas, get your shit together, shape up or ship out. If Viagra eyedrops had an advertising campaign, (or indeed existed), their tagline would be: “Take a long, hard look at yourself.”Most Cyclists need to take a long hard look at...

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  1. Might I suggest that the issue is less the wonky lid and more that he went out of the house in a Bongo Hat in the first place? It’s depressing how many Freds are turning up in these things these days, ditto that Specialneeds abomination – Terpstra is lite… »

The Amstel Gold Race, 251 km from Maastricht to Valkenburg, the hard way. There appears to be no flat sections longer than ten meters. There are thirty-four mean little climbs to ruin the legs. We have moved on from the real Spring Classics. There is no rest in this VSP; The Ronde and Roubaix were amazing but we must continue. Legs that are smoked...

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  1. All my V is being channelled into riding this week, so I have approximately 3 neurons spare that haven’t been burnt out to pick names. I predict my chances are about as good as me staying top of the Strava V-leaderboard until Sunday. Time for a recovery … »

It has been a brutal week for us Keepers, having decided not to hold a Keepers Tour this year. Watching the action from half a world away has been almost too much for us to bear, and I know most of the participants from last year must be feeling similarly. On Sunday, we would be escorted by our friends and guides, William and Alex of Pavé Cycling...

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  1. Placeholder selections only, just to avoid a Delgado. I need more time to think dammit! »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Faboo 2. Boonen 3. JVS 4. Wiggo 5. Vanmarcke »

This needs no introduction. The Spring Classics are truly upon us. The course has been modified yet again, it is tougher? The riders make the race and the 2014 Ronde van Vlaanderen is loaded with racers who could win or make the Velominati VSP placings. Just to pick the winner will not be nearly as easy as it has been recently. There are small clo...

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  1. Finally I manage to pick a winner! Great race; I just can’t help backing Faboo for these – the man’a a machine! »

Vlaanderen. Its no accident the Flemish word for Flanders starts with a V; there is nothing simple or easy about riding a bike here. If it isn’t wind, its steep bergs. If it isn’t tarmac, its cobbles. Most of the time, its all three. Oh, and the weather there sucks. In fact, Flanders doesn’t have weather – it has VVeather.De...

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  1. Ha ha, hadn’t even noticed Vos wasn’t racing; what a twat. Still, the top 3 were in my picks, so no bagel at least. »

  2. I don’t know how Lizzie’s going to do it, but she will, and it’ll be a race for the ages. Trust me. VSP PICKS: 1. Armitstead 2. Vos 3. Stevens 4. Johansson 5. Van Dijk »

This needs no introduction. The Spring Classics are truly upon us. The course has been modified yet again, it is tougher? The riders make the race and the 2014 Ronde van Vlaanderen is loaded with racers who could win or make the Velominati VSP placings. Just to pick the winner will not be nearly as easy as it has been recently. There are small clo...

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  1. The usual guesswork and voodoo to get this lot, not original but hey, at least I didn’t Delgado. And I got 3rd at the Grand National by picking it out of a hat, so this system has some mileage. VSP PICKS: 1. Faboo 2. Vanmarcke 3. T-Boo 4. Terpstra 5. Sa… »

This is the kick off of the VSP for women’s racing, though the women have already kicked it off with the Ronde van Drenthe in the Netherlands. Now it’s down to Northern Italy, Varese, by Lago Maggiore, but this is a climbers course, more in the mountains than by the lake. And yes, Sunday is also Gent-Wevelgem for women but Trofeo is par...

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  1. Remarkably few picks for Vos to win this one – does everybody know something that I don’t or is this a new move to pick anyone but Vos in the hope of scoring big? VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Gunnewijk 3. Armitstead 4. Borghini 5. Johannsen »