Release: 6/23/23   | Download:  Enhanced  | MP3

Run Time: 25 min   | Subscribe:  Enhanced  | MP3 | RSS

Humans have the Tour de France. Animals have the Tour de Zoo! A menagerie of animal cyclists from around the world have come to test their mettle with their pedals! Five mountain summits stand between you and the coveted Leader of the Pack jersey.

Velonimo is a modern twist on two classic card game elements: climbing and card shedding. The goal is to get rid of all your cards. You’ll do this by playing a card or combinations of cards that are higher than the ones previously played. Velonimo is five races up five mountains, each higher than the next. The first player to shed their hand in a round, finishes in first place and gets the leader’s jersey.

Velonimo allows players to combine cards across color or number. It also introduces powerful single cards  – some with special abilities (the tortoise) and some with very high values (the hare).  This means you have many different ways to stay in the race.

Strap on your helmet and tune in. Before you know it, you’ll be at the summit, riding along side Major Fun.


Designer: Bruno Cathala

Artist: Dominique Mertens

Publisher:  25th Century Games | Studio StraosphèresBGG Entry ry 

2-5 players  30 min  ages 7+   MSRP $20

Time to teach/learn:  3-5 minutes



Full show notes on all the segments are available at The Spiel.

Music credits include:

Bicycle Race| by Queenthe song

Broken Bicycles  |  by Tom Waits | the song

About Stephen Conway

Currently serving as Major Fun. I'm also a writer, filmmaker, game designer, podcaster, and host of The Spiel (

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