Discussion in 'Pro Cycling (Road and Track Racing)' started by smutchin, 26 Sep 2017.

  1. smutchin

    smutchin Cat 6 Racer

    The Red Enclave
    Apparently, the Vlaanderen-Baloise team has banned its riders from wearing beards. Chiz!

    Rouleur have responded by photoshopping beards onto riders for a quiz, with the chance to win a pot of Simon Geschke's beard balm:

    I must say, Kittel looks rather fetching with a bit of face fuzz. :wub:
  2. OP

    smutchin Cat 6 Racer

    The Red Enclave
    Here's the original story, where Walter Planckaert explains the reasons for the ban:

    "Nous sommes une équipe cycliste, avec des coureurs. Pas des pilotes de motocross ou des joueurs de rugby. Les snot (la morve) et les restes de nourriture dans la barbe d'un coureur en pleine course, c'est sale", précise le directeur sportif de Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise.

    trans: "We are a cycling team, with riders. Not motocross riders or rugby players. The snot and leftover food in the beard of a rider in the middle of the race is dirty," said the sporting director of Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise.
  3. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Atop a Ti
    Well he has a point I suppose. If you own a team you want them to look good whilst racing :wacko:
  4. Rooster1

    Rooster1 I was right about that saddle

    I wonder what he drag co-efficient of a good old bearded cyclist is vs a non-beardy variety.
    Obviously dependent on the size of the foliage.

    Oh crap - I've strayed into the Pro Section, sorry, I don't have any right to be in this area - SORRY!
  5. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    I thought
    was Wayne Rooney...
  6. Doseone

    Doseone Veteran

    I was listening to an interview with Simon Geschke. Sunweb have actually tested his beard in the wind tunnel and over 10k at 40kmh it made 0.2 seconds difference.
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  7. Merckx
    looks like Will Young


    He doesn't actually look like Will Young in this pic but he does look like Will Young if I hadn't put a pic of Will Young up...
    Last edited: 29 Sep 2017
  8. GCN or somebody done a test on youtube a few years back and it was a massive 1w over 40km :laugh: It makes a real difference when you are going for the hour record :laugh::laugh:

    Edit it was Specialized

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  9. CanucksTraveller

    CanucksTraveller Macho Business Donkey Wrestler

    Hitchin, Herts
    Beardy riders should go the whole fashion hipster hog, get a full sleeve and a calf tattoo, wear NHS thick black framed specs, and a check patterened lycra shirt, and faux denim lycra shorts. Maybe even winkle pickers with cleats on the bottom. So achingly hip. And so last year (and the year before).
  10. Tin Pot

    Tin Pot Guru

    Froome should do it.
  11. Faux denim lycra is soooooo last century

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  12. simongt

    simongt Über Member

    Of course if you want to be picky, a beard could have a detrimental effect if you come off and end up using your chin / face as a brake. :wacko: The medics would have a bit of a task picking bits of stiff facial hair out of the deep gashes as well as all that road grit.
  13. simongt

    simongt Über Member

    And of course, that would get the 'streamlining advantage' afficianados on their high horse - ! :rofl:
  14. Stef 1

    Stef 1 Well-Known Member

    Cotswolds, UK
    hmm, timmed most of my beard off yesterday.... Strava told me today was my best effort to date.... go figure!
  15. brommers

    brommers Years beyond my wisdom

    Psychological bullshit.
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