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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.

@Geraint's activity:

You can only spend so much time with the Schlecks before you start talking like them, and the fabulous Fabs seems to have crossed the threshold. I’ve heard more complaining from him this season than I have talk about pushing harder on the pedals or going steady up with more speed or going full gas like everyone else, but just doing it for ...

@Geraint's posts:

  1. Chapeau to him. I think it’s a bit unkind to call him uninspiring, my abiding memory of him is comprehensively kicking Sagan’s arse on the climb to the finish in Siena, and I remember thinking ‘wow’. But then I might have used the same word to describe th… »

This is big. This is the race that decides the arc-en-ciel  jersey for the next year. It is the best looking jersey. It carries the most baggage. It also brings the most respect. The World Championship is a circuit race of attrition. In Ponferrada Spain it’s an 182 km loop done seven times, with a total of 2142 m of climbing. Is it a climber...

@Geraint's posts:

  1. @Harminator beat me to it, thanks Agreed, daft tactics by all four of them, I think the Armitstead/Vos face-off blew it. »

  2. Cromwell 5th not Neylan, sorry. »

  3. 2. Brennauer 3. Johansson 4. Bronzini 5. Neylan? Break of four riders f-ing about at the end let the chasing group get back for a bunch sprint. »

  4. The result: 1. Ferrand-Prevot »

  5. Nasty crash has taken out many riders. Vos, Bronzini delayed and trying to chase back. »

  6. @Mikael Liddy To be fair, it was a very narrow window if you live in Europe and like a beer or two on a Friday night. »

You can only spend so much time with the Schlecks before you start talking like them, and the fabulous Fabs seems to have crossed the threshold. I’ve heard more complaining from him this season than I have talk about pushing harder on the pedals or going steady up with more speed or going full gas like everyone else, but just doing it for ...

@Geraint's posts:

  1. I’m suddenly reminded how bloody hard it is to pick one-dayers. Even with a season’s worth of form to go on. I wasn’t even sure which Aussie to go for, the blingster could be the dark horse if Gerro gets marked out of it. Whatever, bring it on, it’s goin… »

This is big. This is the race that decides the arc-en-ciel  jersey for the next year. It is the best looking jersey. It carries the most baggage. It also brings the most respect. The World Championship is a circuit race of attrition. In Ponferrada Spain it’s an 182 km loop done seven times, with a total of 2142 m of climbing. Is it a climber...

@Geraint's posts:

  1. Warning: pic contains hot tip. Hopefully, picking our Lizzie to beat Mary V tomorrow will be a bit like picking our Brad to beat Der Panzerwagen in the ITT. Can the lightning strike twice? VSP PICKS: 1. ARMITSTEAD Elizabeth 2. VOS Marianne 3. JOHANSSON… »

Cycling is a sport steeped in the tradition of style. There’s no denying it. From the days of miners and farmers escaping the hardships of a life spent toiling in harsh and filthy conditions either under or above ground, through Coppi and his Cosa Nostra-esque garb and swagger, Merckx and De Vlaeminck’s 70s sideburns, to Cipo and his...

@Geraint's posts:

  1. @Mikael Liddy This. I think we were separated at birth, I also own lots of pink Rapha gear and a pair or two of burgundy Paul Smith shoes that I’ve had for years. »

If Tony gets a flat or two and loses this time trial, bookies will be jumping off bridges into the Thames. It’s a lock, man, it’s a lock. There, it is now jinxed. You are welcome. Picking second through fifth will take some acumen. Will these be Vuelta riders or does that just hold true for the road race? Tony could have a jour sans. Co...

@Geraint's posts:

  1. @Gianni Fixed this one for you, Sir. And thanks for the tip on the RR; can we have a pic of Sparty to headline the WCRR VSP please, just to make sure? »

  2. Faboo continues his downward slide in my estimation. I picked him without checking the start list. OK, my error, but wtf? On reflection he might not even have got a medal, as Dumoulin was only 15 sec behind Martin. The RR course seems a lot more hilly th… »

Cycling is a sport steeped in the tradition of style. There’s no denying it. From the days of miners and farmers escaping the hardships of a life spent toiling in harsh and filthy conditions either under or above ground, through Coppi and his Cosa Nostra-esque garb and swagger, Merckx and De Vlaeminck’s 70s sideburns, to Cipo and his...

@Geraint's posts:

  1. I like him. His book was a good, sobering read, and I’d agree with @antihero’s sentiments about the position he found himself in, and his subsequent resolve to help clean up the mess. He must have some style as he manages to make that minging POC kit loo… »

If Tony gets a flat or two and loses this time trial, bookies will be jumping off bridges into the Thames. It’s a lock, man, it’s a lock. There, it is now jinxed. You are welcome. Picking second through fifth will take some acumen. Will these be Vuelta riders or does that just hold true for the road race? Tony could have a jour sans. Co...

@Geraint's posts:

  1. Wiggo absolutely smashed that, no arguments. Chapeau! »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. WIGGINS Sir Bradley 2. MARTIN Tony 3. CANCELLARA Fabian 4. MALORI Adriano 5. DUMOULIN Tom »

Jens Voigt is set to retire as we speak, having one final crack at a long break in some race in the Cycling backwater of the USA. Is it fair or fitting that he should go out like this, slipping out the back door with little fanfare, while others have been doing a farewell tour of all the big races, replete with fancy commemorative shoes and a son...

@Geraint's posts:

  1. He’s 43, he’s a legend, he has six kids and is the epitome of V. The rule change provided a loophole, an opportunity to get into the history books, and he was the first to fill his boots and get on with it. Even for a showman like him, just watching the … »

  2. That was fucking brilliant. Chapeau Jens. Can’t wait for the Wiggo/Panzer/Faboo scrap. Bring it on! »

@Geraint's posts:

  1. Yes, definitely better for me. I read a bit at work but rarely post from there, and often the posts won’t load, which I put down to the shite IT. Home-wise, it was getting frustratingly slow but is now very good. I love the site and appreciate all the eff… »

I don’t mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that’s how it comes out. - Bill Hicks That famous quote from the Greatest Comedian Of All Time™ has resonated with me for many years. It became my silent mantra, as I don’t suffer fools gladly and sometimes don’t make much effort to conceal the fact. Lately, I̵...

@Geraint's posts:

  1. Look at it another way: picture a fella that turned up with shaved guns, fully rule-compliant kit and bike, was charming and good looking, displayed impeccable manners and etiquette, was un-droppable without being showy about it, and ended up just grindin… »

  2. I think the bottom line is: do you like him? I mean, on an emotional level, is there some sort of connection that gives you confidence that you could be friends? This is more important than the prima facie judgement based on compliance with the rules. If … »

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...

@Geraint's posts:

  1. @Mikael Liddy Nice look, but why are you messing about with black jersey and white arm warmers? You need a pink long sleeve pro team jersey. If you haven’t tried them, do it, they are absolutely superb. The arms are not as warm as the classic arm warmers … »

  2. 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...

@Geraint's posts:

  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… »