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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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Stupidity is a powerful force never to be underestimated. Geese are a good example; a more stupid vertebrate one would be most challenged to come across yet should you wander into a flock of them pecking about peacefully in a field, one is likely to erupt from its grazing to grab a billful of your ass and commence beating you savagely with it...

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  1. Great article as always Frank. Timely with Autumn setting in, and all the attendant hazards. Agree with @Durishin that visible clothing and lights are important. Some rules might get violated as a result, but being dead should also be considered a rule v… »

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. What a ride by Froomedog yesterday. He’s obviously been suffering for a fortnight but found something special to drop Purito & Malmerde. Bertie’s in a different league at the moment though, chapeau to him for coming back like that after breaking his l… »

  2. @Daccordi Rider Agreed, what a fighting performance he’s putting in. Three weeks deep in the pain cave just staring at that power meter. It’s definitely not pretty but it certainly is impressive. »

  3. @Deakus Nice work. Apparently Faboo has put his attempt on hold while he tries to find a smooth enough track. Jensie will surely beat Boardman’s (OK, Sosenka’s) athlete’s hour mark and hold the record until one or more of the Big Three get their shit to… »

First run in 2002, the GP de Plouay-Bretagne is part of the women’s UCI World Cup series.  It’s 4.5 laps totaling 121km. As usual, there is little information or publicity for yet another women’s UCI race. Here is a start list. Here is the official French website. And yes, Ms. Vos won the last two editions. We regret the lack of...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. ARMITSTEAD Elizabeth 2. VOS Marianne 3. LONGHO BORGHINI Elisa 4. JOHANSSON Emma 5. POOLEY Emma »

Most great ideas in life are accompanied by an unforeseen consequence of equal or greater magnitude. For instance, no one predicted that the Industrial Revolution would pollute our air and set off climate change on a global scale. Similarly, no one realized that when placing unfathomable computing power in the palm of our hands in the form of smart...

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  1. My ‘technique’ for this is to have a few bikes with different geometries and frame sizes, and have the utopian ideal of getting them all set up the same. I then use each ride as a sort of pairwise comparison, comparing the position of the current bike wit… »

I have met @chris on the original Keepers Tour. He seemed like a reasonable person at the time. Then again, @rob passes himself off  as a rational person yet he signed up for the Too Much on 100 ride and completed it. People sign up for these crazy rides because it forces them to get in the best shape possible. It makes these long rides more enjoy...

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  1. Chris, with the deepest respect, you’re a fucking loon. Chapeau to you for biting that one off. I couldn’t conceive of it myself, which makes it all the more impressive. You’ll do it, just take it easy on the early hills. »

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. Meh, that semi-naked Kittel pic felt a bit NSFW. Kennaugh winning in The Jersey while Looking Fantastic is so much better, thanks. Reminds me that I must sort out the pics I took of his suicide mission in Glasgow the other week… As for the VSP, I’m too… »

It has been many years (25!) since professional female cyclists have raced on the cobbles of the Champs Elysées. While running the Giro Donne concurrently with the Tour de France makes no sense to me, this Sunday’s women’s race does make sense. It should be the model for a Women’s Tour de France: the route, infrastructure, roadsi...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. ARMITSTEAD Elizabeth 2. VOS Marianne 3. JOHANSSON Emma 4. BARNES Hannah 5. WILD Kirsten »

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. 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...

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  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...

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  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...

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  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...

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  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...

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  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...

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  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...

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  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...

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  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...

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  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...

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  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. »