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Velominatus: Geraint

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Welshman living just across the border, but doesn't like to be away so cycles through the Principality twice a day on his commute. Keen cyclist since early teens, competed in time trials as a junior. Lost the path during university and early work years, came back via mountain biking and now a keen road cyclist again.

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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...

@Geraint's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps): 1. NIBALI Vincenzo 2. BARDET Romain 3. PINOT Thibaut 4. MOLLEMA Bauke 5. VAN GARDEREN Tejay »

I like definition, to place things in a box and tightly seal the lid. It makes me feel comfortable, like another of life’s little mysteries has been stored away for safe keeping. I also love ambiguity; it is the space wherein all interesting questions are asked; the unknown is life’s greatest beauty. You might say that makes me a hypo...

@Geraint's posts:

  1. @wiscot that nearly caused a beer/screen moment. Ok, I have had a few. »

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...

@Geraint's posts:

  1. @frank I get your basic point, but I’d rather he wore yellow than those turquoise shorts. The Astana kit is an abomination. But fuck it, if he rides like that, he can wear what the hell he likes. »

  2. @Teocalli AG2R maybe? Good point though; the counterpoint is that I can’t think of any other team that has a previous winner in its ranks and left him on the bench. Who knows what Wiggo would have done in the race, I agree he’s probably happy he’s not … »

  3. …and Kristoff still hasn’t sorted out his tilted helmet problem. @Teocalli congrats fella. »

I like definition, to place things in a box and tightly seal the lid. It makes me feel comfortable, like another of life’s little mysteries has been stored away for safe keeping. I also love ambiguity; it is the space wherein all interesting questions are asked; the unknown is life’s greatest beauty. You might say that makes me a hypo...

@Geraint's posts:

  1. @frank Definitely Welsh, if you don’t mind. He is from Cardiff though, so marginal in terms of accent. »

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...

@Geraint's posts:

  1. @wiscot Amen to that. Won’t forget this image in a hurry: »

Why are women’s races run concurrently with men’s races? I would get it if it was the women’s Tour de France, but I don’t get it when it is the women’s Giro in July. Since the Tour de Swiss there has been a lack of stage racing (in my TV watching schedule) and seemingly a perfect time to present a women’s stage r...

@Geraint's posts:

  1. @mouse +1. I can’t believe Vos had a part in this. What the fuck was she thinking. Not that it excuses the other two, but she should be well above this sort of thing. She was on a pedestal for me, but she just fell off it. »

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...

@Geraint's posts:

  1. Talansky has abandoned: http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/talansky-abandons-the-tour-de-france Sorry to see this, but it doesn’t take anything away from his massive rule #5 ride yesterday. Chapeau and speedy recovery, fella. »

  2. What an amazing image of Talansky grinding it across the line 50m ahead of la voiture balai, and only a just inside the limit. I’m. Fucking. Not. Giving. Up.  Chapeau to you sir. Chapeau to Gallopin as well. OK so it’s a bit of a proven formula attacking… »

The Bike. It is the central tool in pursuit of our craft. A Velominatus meticulously maintains their bicycles and adorns them with the essential, yet minimal, accoutrement. The Rules specify the principles of good taste in configuration and setup of our machines, but within those principles lies almost infinite room for personal taste.It seems in s...

@Geraint's posts:

  1. @Mikael Liddy @andrew Meh, instead of calling him out for rule violations, why not give him the benefit of the doubt and instead ask him why he hasn’t fixed the clearly non-functioning front mech and/or shifter? »

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...

@Geraint's posts:

  1. @piwakawaka I agree, and I did get your point about it being everyone who finished. Stage 2 was a breath of fresh air in itself, as that got the GC guys paying attention, but followed up with Stage V has made for a great week of racing rather than a dull … »

When it comes to Rule Compliance, we have at our disposal three viable options. The first is to Obey the Rules. That one is pretty straight-forward because we wrote them down for you and also went to the great length of writing a book on the subject, partly as a public service to those suffering from insomnia. But The Rules are full of apparent...

@Geraint's posts:

  1. I can’t see anything either. Might have been my fault – I posted some pics of Geraint Thomas, and his excess of awesome might have crashed the thread. Sorry chaps. »

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...

@Geraint's posts:

  1. @piwakawaka Agreed. Nibbles quite clearly did that, but so did Contador. He survived it, stayed upright, swallowed the time loss and resolved to make it up in the mountains. Good damage limitation. If he ends up winning then chapeau to him. »

  2. @Teocalli True enough, indeed he said some time ago that his appetite for the sort of training required for Grand Tours was waning somewhat. This whole episode does sort of fit with his strategy, although maybe it came a year or so earlier than he inte… »

  3. Wigan Athletic. Sorry, I mean Sharp-Cannondale. »

  4. @Mike_P Totally agree chaps. I did think his sudden improvement in form when he went to Astana was a little suspicious, but I’m over that now and I’ve become a big fan. He smashed the Giro last year, attacking and winning in the maglia rosa in the snow… »

When it comes to Rule Compliance, we have at our disposal three viable options. The first is to Obey the Rules. That one is pretty straight-forward because we wrote them down for you and also went to the great length of writing a book on the subject, partly as a public service to those suffering from insomnia. But The Rules are full of apparent...

@Geraint's posts:

  1. OK so I’m just a little bit biased, but I think my esteemed countryman is a contender. He does tranquilo, track, classics, stage races, rules #5 and #9, gets results when he’s allowed to but otherwise gives it 100% in the team cause, and he thanks his fan… »

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...

@Geraint's posts:

  1. @Beers - He did, and so had Eisel, showing road rash in the discussion with Froome at the team car. And my mistake, it was Bak not VdB who cartwheeled over the bars into a ditch. @il ciclista medio No chaps it wasn’t the full P-R distance: 152.5km, 3:… »

  2. Epic stage, chapeau to Boom and especially Nibbles. Sorry to see Froome go out, but now (as I suggested in the main VSP thread) Sky’s team selection looks a bit daft, as Brailsford once again has a failed plan A and no realistic plan B. Is Porte really g… »

Why are women’s races run concurrently with men’s races? I would get it if it was the women’s Tour de France, but I don’t get it when it is the women’s Giro in July. Since the Tour de Swiss there has been a lack of stage racing (in my TV watching schedule) and seemingly a perfect time to present a women’s stage r...

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  1. Fuck. Delgadoed due to shit 3G reception. Gutted. »

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...

@Geraint's posts:

  1. . VSP PICKS: 1. CONTADOR VELASCO Alberto 2. FROOME Christopher 3. NIBALI Vincenzo 4. MOLLEMA Bauke 5. TALANSKY Andrew »

The Velominati Super Prestige is a season-long competition wherein readers will be submitting their predictions for the top five finishers of each qualifying race.  In order to qualify, your picks via the VSP Picks form above the posts section of the VSP Event article pertaining to the race in question by the time the countdown clock goes to zero...

@Geraint's posts:

  1. I think it’s natural for Brits to want Brits in the Tour when it starts in Britain, because the average fan is more likely to go and watch the race when it’s in their own country, and they want people to cheer on. And by ‘average fan’ I’m not talking abou… »

  2. I’m a big fan of Millar, but he packed in a 40k time trial on Thursday, and wasn’t far of being lapped out of the RR on Sunday. Given the state he’s in at the moment, I doubt he’d have made it to Le Touquet, never mind Paris. I think it’s a tough but fair… »

Cyclocross could be the most perplexing of all the cycling disciplines. To me it’s  at once the most beautiful and the most unappealing. The beauty comes from the great European races, and of course by ‘European’ I mean ‘Belgian’. The lack of appeal stems from the fact that I just don’t want to do it. It looks...

@Geraint's posts:

  1. Great article. I like cyclocross. Mainly because, if it didn’t exist, you wouldn’t be able to buy full weapons-grade race-spec carbone bikes with sufficient clearance for wide tyres and mudguards for riding to work on shit roads in shit weather. I w… »