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Velominatus: Tom Mc

Order: Level 3 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.

@Tom Mc's activity:

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...

@Tom Mc's posts:

  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...

@Tom Mc's posts:

  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...

@Tom Mc's posts:

  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...

@Tom Mc's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. K. Wild 2. G. Bronzini 3. C. Hosking 4. S. Olds 5. M. Vos »

@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. »

  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 »

@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...

@Tom Mc's posts:

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

@Tom Mc's posts:

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

@Tom Mc's posts:

  1. Classy stage win from Mick Rogers – great to see him get his day in the sun after serving Clenbutador and others so well in recent years. Hard to believe that this is his first stage win in a Grand Tour! »

  2. Bring it on! VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. Cuddles 3. Uran 4. Dan Martin 5. Rodriguez »

@Tom Mc's posts:

  1. Surely we need a term for the Lexicon for the moment in a race when Abandy ends all Schleckulation and climbs into the team car? »

  2. The panda from last year will be first over the line, only to immediately test positive for clenbuterol. Piti to lead the rest home. VSP PICKS: 1. Valverde 2. GIlbert 3. Dan Martin 4. Costa 5. Kwiatkowski »

@Tom Mc's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Dan Martin 3. Vanendert 4. Kwiatkowski 5. Valverde »

@Tom Mc's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Pooley 3. Longo Borghini 4. Van Der Breggen 5. Johansson »

@Tom Mc's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Valverde 3. Kwiatkowski 4. Slagter 5. Mollema »

@Tom Mc's posts:

  1. Bloody good ride from Terpstra, great to see a domestique get his day in the sun. Poor form from the broadcasters missing the sprint for second though. »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Vanmarcke 3. Turgot 4. Van Avermaet 5. Terpstra »

@Tom Mc's posts:

  1. Thanks @frank. This couldn’t have come at a better time – my brother was admitted to hospital in a critical condition with spinal injuries after an accident in an AFL game on the weekend, so this is a very welcome distraction. »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Van Dijk 2. Armitstead 3. Johansson 4. Longo Borghini 5. Van der Breggen »