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Velominatus: Tom Mc

Order: Level 2 Velominatus

Location: Melbourne, Australia

A Pedalwan and recent convert to all things cycling-related. Making up for lost time by spending far too much time reading this website.

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I have an idea. If Mr Cookson and the UCI are eager to lift women’s cycling up, why not sponsor a women’s race for each of the Monuments of the sport? A Giro di Lombardia Féminin would be a much better end to the season than the Chrono Des Nations. Each Monument would have an earlier start time than the men’s, a slightly shorter...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Anna Solovey 2. Alison Tetrick 3. Cecelie Johnsen 4. Tatiana Antoshina 5. Edwige Pitel »

Attention, this is the final event on the Men’s VSP calendar for 2014. There is one more Women’s event to come. We may already have a winner of this years over-all but the rest of the podium could be up for grabs. @il muro di manayunk has broken away and I’m not sure @steampunk is going to chase him down. Has everyone noticed how...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. J. Degenkolb 2. G. Nizzolo 3. A. Demare 4. G. van Avermaet 5. J. Debusschere »

I’m getting too old and cranky for all this race schedule changing. I know they already did this last year and presumably I had the same gripings then, but Lombardia is supposed to close out the season and I’m downright angry that Paris-Tours is closing out the books now; it only seems right that one of the most beautiful races should...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Philippe Gilbert 2. Domenico Pozzovivo 3. Cadel Evans 4. Alejandro Valverde 5. Joaquim Rodriguez »

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 ...

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  1. 1. Kwiatkowski 2. Gerrans 3. Valverde 4. Breschel 5. van Avermaet »

  2. Der Panzerwagen has attacked 50km from the finish. Surely not. »

  3. The Worlds is the only race all year to make me tip with my heart instead of my head. Wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Navardauskas win. VSP PICKS: 1. Greg van Avermaet 2. Fabian Cancellara 3. Alexander Kristoff 4. Simon Gerrans 5. Ramunas Navardausk… »

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...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Marianne Vos 2. Lizzie Armitstead 3. Giorgia Bronzini 4. Emma Johansson 5. Pauline Ferrand Prevot »

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...

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  1. As much as I’m a fan of Millar’s sense of style – and I am – I’m a much bigger fan of the mentality with which he approaches the highs and lows of the sport, almost like a thinking man’s version of Jens (murky past and all). He gave an interview straight … »

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...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Tony Martin 2. Bradley Wiggins 3. Tom Dumoulin 4. Vasil Kiryienka 5. Rohan Dennis »

All hail, the Worlds are upon us. The time trials should be events where all VSP participants can rack up some decent points. Remove team tactics, national team versus trade team allegiances, using this event to train for another event, bonking and hanging onto team cars from the equation. All one is left with are possible flat tire, possible mecha...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Ellen van Dijk 2. Linda Villumsen 3. Evelyn Stevens 4. Lisa Brennauer 5. Katrin Garfoot »

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. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps): 1. Contador 2. Froome 3. Valverde 4. Uran 5. Kelderman »

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. Vos 2. Johansson 3. Armitstead 4. Van Der Breggen 5. Longo Borghini »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. Froome 3. Contador 4. Uran 5. Kelderman »

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. Fantastic article Steampunk.  An insightful reflection on life, family and the bike for those of us who aren’t Sean Kelly. The Rules may be important, but they’re only the start of the journey. »

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. K. Wild 2. G. Bronzini 3. C. Hosking 4. S. Olds 5. M. Vos »

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...

@Tom Mc's posts:

  1. Major respect to Peraud for being able to hang onto Nibali’s wheel on the way up the last climb – that dude was all the way in the pain cave. Also to Bardet for having the cojones to attack Nibali on the descent. I never thought I’d say (or type) this, bu… »

  2. Trying again – curse this newfangled technology! VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Nibali 2. Porte 3. Valverde 4. van Garderen 5. van den Broeck »

  3. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): »

  4. Contador has abandoned. What you just heard was the sound of the entire VSP exploding. »

  5. Rain is forecast for the cobbles! In the words of Big Ring Riding, I am fucking excite. http://www.worldweatheronline.com/Lille-weather/Nord-Pas-de-Calais/FR.aspx »

  6. I’m pretty happy Nibali’s taken the maillot jaune – partly because that was a good stage win, but mostly because we no longer have to be subjected to that fucking awful Astana tricolore. »

  7. It always amazes me how I can get so excited for what’s normally the least exciting grand tour of the year. Bring it on! VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. Contador 3. Valverde 4. Nibali 5. Van Den Broeck »

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...

@Tom Mc's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Ferrand Prevot 2. Abbott 3. Vos 4. Pooley 5. Johansson »

The Ride. It is the cathedral of our sport, where we worship at the altar of the Man with the Hammer. It is the end to our means. Indeed, The Bike may be the central tool to our sport, but to turn the pedals is to experience the sensation of freedom, of flight. It is all for The Ride.The world is overflowing with small, twisty roads that capture ou...

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  1. @Harminator Awesome ride – sounds like a great day out! »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Wiggins 2. Mollema 3. Frank 4. Kreuziger 5. Costa »