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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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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 (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...

@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 »

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. »

  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...

@Tom Mc's posts:

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

For the simple reason that the Cobbled and Ardennes Classics are behind us, I have not alternative but to get back on my soap box about the Giro being the best of the three Grand Tours. Well, usually, at least. Last year’s race sucked the big one (even if it was supremely Rule #9), but for the most part it is the race that is the most c...

@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 »

The 100th running of Liège-Bastogne-Liège takes place this Sunday. Danny-boy Martin will be marked heavily as the defending champion. Malmerde, and Phil Gil have shown they are peaking too. Froomy has thrown his hat into the ring, as he did last year but after last years 26th place, maybe it’s training. 263 kms, past winners include a long...

@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 »

Midweek in Belgium in Spring is a wonderful thing. Hordes of people come from seemingly nowhere to fill the bars and line the roadsides when presumably they’d usually be working, or at school, or some such. That the only ones who appear to be working are the bartenders and frites dispensers reinforces my belief that Belgium is the greatest co...

@Tom Mc's posts:

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

Wednesday sees the return of the women to the VSP. More notably, we see the return of Marianne Vos to the road. She’s won this race five of the last seven years. It makes me wonder if the rest of the field have already resigned themselves to racing for second. On the other hand, Vos hasn’t been racing of late and may not be as sharp as...

@Tom Mc's posts:

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

The Amstel Gold Race, 251 km from Maastricht to Valkenburg, the hard way. There appears to be no flat sections longer than ten meters. There are thirty-four mean little climbs to ruin the legs. We have moved on from the real Spring Classics. There is no rest in this VSP; The Ronde and Roubaix were amazing but we must continue. Legs that are smoked...

@Tom Mc's posts:

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

It has been a brutal week for us Keepers, having decided not to hold a Keepers Tour this year. Watching the action from half a world away has been almost too much for us to bear, and I know most of the participants from last year must be feeling similarly. On Sunday, we would be escorted by our friends and guides, William and Alex of Pavé Cycling...

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  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 »

Vlaanderen. Its no accident the Flemish word for Flanders starts with a V; there is nothing simple or easy about riding a bike here. If it isn’t wind, its steep bergs. If it isn’t tarmac, its cobbles. Most of the time, its all three. Oh, and the weather there sucks. In fact, Flanders doesn’t have weather – it has VVeather.De...

@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. »