Friday, September 24, 2021

About VeloVeritas

Here at VeloVeritas, we aim to provide our readers with truthful, accurate, unique and informative articles about the sport we love. We like a good Rant now and again too of course, who doesn’t?

We cover all aspects of cycling by being there, in the mix: from the local “10” mile time trial to the world-famous professional “monuments” – classics like Milan-SanRemo and the Tour of Lombardy, to the World Championships, the winter Six Days and the Grand Tours – the Tour de France, the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España. We attend many local races as well as work on the European professional circuit. Have a look through our Archive of over 2,200 articles and 13 years of content – if you like bikes, you’re sure to find something of interest!

About VeloVeritas
Ed works for Michael Mørkøv and Alex Rasmussen at the Six Days.

What we’re all about

On our site, you’ll find exclusive “behind-the-scenes” Articles, great Interviews with the biggest names in the sport, Diaries that take you with us to the biggest races on the planet, as well as Race Report coverage of our grass roots prospects and local races, Product and Book Reviews, and tips on various aspects of Training.

We have a number of riders who Blog with us – let us know if you’d like to join them. Throughout our work, we maintain a particular emphasis on Scottish cyclings’ events, news, personalities and history.

Martin catches up with Shane Archbold at the Vuelta a España.

Get your words on the web!

We encourage the submission of results and contributions from race organisers, riders, and budding journalists too!

Martin trackside at a UCI World Cup.

Tell us what you’d like to see on these pages, and we’ll do our best to meet your expectations.

Images

We always seek to credit any photographs that we use where possible. On occasion, the original source of photography may not be available.

If you wish to use one of our photos, please ask first – we will very probably say yes, but it’s nice to be nice.

If we have used your photo, please contact us and we’ll be more than happy to credit your work.

If you like one of our photos and wish to purchase a high-res version in .RAW or .JPG format, please get in touch and we’ll take things from there.

Cheers, and we hope you enjoy the site.     

Martin and Ed working on the Tour de France.

At Random

Dave Bonner – 70 Years Old and Still Going Strong

Dave Bonner's career was ending when I was just getting into cycling, but his name was one which kept cropping up in Cycling Weekly in the early 70's and in the chats where the 'young boys' learned from the older guys in the club about cycling's rich history. He was a star on the track, in time trials and on the road; and 40 years after he quit the pro scene he’s still riding his beloved Condor in the mountains of Southern Spain. Back in 2010 Cycling Weekly even ran a feature about his five hour runs through the mountains of Andalucía – good going for a 70 year-old.

Inside the Berlin Six Day 2017 – the Final Three Nights

The wee small hours of Wednesday morning, heading north out of Berlin, en route Rostock, the ferry across the Baltic and Denmark for the Copenhagen Six Day. I wish I could say that Berlin had an epic finale - but I can't, it was dire. Processional, flat, uninspired with no tension, no theatre, no drama.

Rotterdam Six Day 2011 – Day Two, Iljo and Kenny Take Over. Uh-oh.

Here at the Rotterdam Six Day 2011 the buzz off iljo's rollers fills my ears as I write this; despite the best efforts of the UCI, he's still here and looking sharp. My amigo, Dirk the mechanic was telling me that Iljo is retaining two of the three best lawyers in Belgium - I'm glad I'm not paying the bills.

Geraint Thomas – busy with “all the fast, punchy stuff”

When Taylor Phinney crossed the finish line at the end of the Giro prologue, a big sigh went up here at VeloVeritas – ‘there goes our Giro prologue winner exclusive!’ Sky's Geraint Thomas had been top of the leader board until Phinney used those amazing genes of his to great effect and the Weshman had to make do with second place.

Dan Patten Blog; Only a matter of time…

Time again for a Dan Patten Blogupdate as this 2012 season in Belgium continues. Yet again the consistency has continued but also now I can happily say that consistency has been rewarded with some wins.

Luke Davison – Glasgow Gold and a Stagiaire’s ride with ‘super squadra’ BMC!

It was last year when our man Dave Chapman first spotted Aussie Luke Davison doing the biz in the Flanders kermises; but it was 2007 when he first came to Aussie national prominence as part of the winning squad in the National Team Sprint Championships. Rolling the momentum into 2014 he’s taken Australian, World - and now Commonwealth team pursuit titles. And that’s not to mention fitting in a win in the 200 K UCI 1.2 Omloop der Kempen in The Netherlands in his Synergy Baku colours.

Rory Townsend – Third in Classic Loire-Atlantique

Irish professional, 23 year-old Rory Townsend (Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes) took third in the UCI 1.1 French Cup, Classic Loire-Atlantique behind French riders, winner Rudy Barbier (Israel Cycling Academy) and man-on-form, multiple recent podium finisher, Marc Sarreau (Groupama-FDJ). We caught up with Rory to hear his tale, before he won the East Cleveland Klondike GP and - just today - finished third in the Rutland – Melton International CiCLE Classic...

Kyle Gordon – “From start to finish, the Games were just sensational”

Dreams can come true. Ask Highlander Kyle Gordon. When we spoke to him last December, he'd turned in some nifty performances on the track over the winter - his dream was to make it to The Games. And he did...