Vulneratus non victus


The bracelet says “Harden the Fuck Up.” That’s Aussie for “Vulneratus non victus.”

It means “Wounded, not conquered,” and it’s the O’Grady family motto. ’Tis a suitable one for Stuart O’Grady, who has broken nearly every bone in his body at least once in his long tour of duty as a pro cyclist. (He has another, of course, part of which you can see in the wristband I’m wearing.)

Happily, today Stuey was in fine fettle and helped drive the Orica-GreenEdge squad to victory in the team time trial at the 2013 Tour de France. The Aussie squad nipped the world champions in that discipline, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, by less than a second.

Alas, Cannondale’s Ted King was less fit today. Battered and bruised from that stage-1 crash, he was quickly dropped by his team, rode in alone, and saw insult piled atop injury when the wankers who run the race decided that he had finished outside the time cut, a hard-hearted and dubious ruling that drew widespread condemnation from riders, journos and fans.

It’s a bitter ending to King’s first Tour. But Stuey’s proof that a wound need not spell defeat. He’ll be back.

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5 Responses to “Vulneratus non victus”

  1. Steve O Says:

    I hate mentioning this guy … But the quote of the day goes to Blazing Saddles at EuroSport, who commented on HWSNBN’s tweet about Ted King. BS has taken to referring to him as “former juniors triathlete.”

  2. Marc Greene Says:

    Stuey deserves better. I was surprised to know that it was his first tour. Poor bugger, or perhaps bugee.

    If Brother Pelkey is “Moderator” for the tours he’s covered: you must be THE IMMODERATOR. LUGnuts must agree.

    We both enjoy Frank Zappa: perhaps only musicians can appreciate him. You mourn him on 12/4. Pity that Frank S [aka “Old Blue Eyes”] survived the one I call Old Brown Eyes.
    Consolation for 12/4 comes the next day, thanks to our Constitution. Amendment XXI was ratified on December 5, 1933. E.g.: Pity Spike never got to play with OBE.


    p.s. I hope this gets to you.
    Everybody wants to chime into some social medium. “Never touch the stuff,” as W.C Fields said about water. He worried about hygiene. Perhaps it’s to late to worry about privacy: but I’d like to limit the gummint wasted $.

  3. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    I’m rather tired of wristbands, yellow, black or otherwise. I was glad to see the Aussie team win the chrono and put their man in yellow. Now we sit through the boring first week…which started late but will continue into the second week of Le Beeg Shew. I wish someone would take the climbers jersey off Rolland – those polka-dot shorts are awful! Someone at Louis Garneau should be made to ride with a sandpaper chamois for that fashion disaster!

    • Steve O Says:

      Part of me says, act like this ain’t your first rodeo. Doing the head to toe Earl Sheib, splooging yellow or green or dots all over your shorts during week one … It just screams “rookie.” But on the other hand, I’m a firm believer in “no harm, no foul.” Someone wants to dress the idiot, it’s no skin off my nose and effects the price of tea in China not one whit. Maybe at some point some dude will show up buck ass nekkid with red dots sharpied over his bod

    • Patrick O'Brien Says:

      This is a older guys pipe dream. I would love to see a O’Grady and Voigt led breakaway. They would drop the rest of the group at 5K and finish with a hand shake at 500 meters and then a sprint finish.

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