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No beards, innit

rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 54,995 Lives Here
edited October 2017 in Pro race
http://m.nieuwsblad.be/cnt/dmf20170921_03087005


Emil Planckaert's team Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise won't be wearing beards.

Wie een contract tekent bij wielerploeg Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise weet dat een baard verboden is. Dat vertelt belofte Emiel Planckaert in de krant en het wordt bevestigd door ploegleider Walter Planckaert, overigens geen familie van de renner.
“Ik doe dat voor de elegantie van het wielrennen. Wij zijn coureurs, geen motorcrossers of rugbyspelers. Niets tegen motorcross, maar een renner met een baard past niet. Snot en etensresten in de baard van een coureur, dat is vies.”


En wat als een renner zijn baard niet wil scheren? “Dan moet hij maar een andere ploeg zoeken”, aldus Walter Planckaert.

Beards are bannned for the "elegance of cycling".
"We're riders, not motocrossers or rugby players (I hope you Brits sense how little Belgians think of rugby ;)) Nothing against motorcrlss but a beard doesn't suit a cyclist. Snot and food gets caught up in it; it's disgusting."

And if a rider doesn't want to shave their beard off? "Then he can go ride in another team".
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  • singletonsingleton Posts: 1,923
    Makes sense - marginal gains....
  • iainf72iainf72 Posts: 15,784
    I would like to subscribe to their newsletter.

    #nobeards
    Fckin' Quintana … that creep can roll, man.
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 24,934
    What about moustaches? What's more traditional in cycling than a moustache? It was about twenty years before someone won the Tour de France tachless
    Twitter: @RichN95
  • Snot en etensresten in de baard van een coureur, dat is vies.”

    6ZE_mr_twit.jpg
    Correlation is not causation.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 54,995 Lives Here
    Groot gelijk.
  • You use 'Innit' far too frequently for it to be ironic, no?
    You might have had a response from a pro cyclist on Twitter, you may even have chatted to a 'journo', but ultimately, you still know nothing. You're not an insider, no matter how much you wish you are.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 54,995 Lives Here
    Sorry, do I know you?
  • ocdupalaisocdupalais Posts: 3,864
    What's with the outbreaks of Dutch/Flemish? Is there some sort of exclusive secret inner sanctum going on? I've tried rubbing the screen with Edam and dousing it in Westmalle Tripel... still gibberish.
  • OCDuPalais wrote:
    What's with the outbreaks of Dutch/Flemish? Is there some sort of exclusive secret inner sanctum going on? I've tried rubbing the screen with Edam and dousing it in Westmalle Tripel... still gibberish.

    Sorry hoor! Try drinking the Westmalle Tripel, I find it helps, especially with pronunciation. The Edam you can leave, unless it has an orange rind, we pawn the red stuff off on the foreigners.
    Correlation is not causation.
  • salsiccia1salsiccia1 Posts: 3,619
    OCDuPalais wrote:
    What's with the outbreaks of Dutch/Flemish? Is there some sort of exclusive secret inner sanctum going on? I've tried rubbing the screen with Edam and dousing it in Westmalle Tripel... still gibberish.

    Sorry hoor! Try drinking the Westmalle Tripel, I find it helps, especially with pronunciation. The Edam you can leave, unless it has an orange rind, we pawn the red stuff off on the foreigners.

    Well there's no need for that
    It's only a bit of sport, Mun. Relax and enjoy the racing.
  • mrfpbmrfpb Posts: 4,483
    Ever since Team GB went public about the 'ladyshave' policy, every team needs a shaving rule.
  • Salsiccia1 wrote:
    OCDuPalais wrote:
    What's with the outbreaks of Dutch/Flemish? Is there some sort of exclusive secret inner sanctum going on? I've tried rubbing the screen with Edam and dousing it in Westmalle Tripel... still gibberish.

    Sorry hoor! Try drinking the Westmalle Tripel, I find it helps, especially with pronunciation. The Edam you can leave, unless it has an orange rind, we pawn the red stuff off on the foreigners.

    Well there's no need for that



    Rude!
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 54,995 Lives Here
    mrfpb wrote:
    Ever since Team GB went public about the 'ladyshave' policy, every team needs a shaving rule.

    Er what policy is that?
  • FocusZingFocusZing Posts: 4,380
    How do you tell a gold medal winning cyclist she needs to stop getting bikini waxes? “It was a tricky one to broach,” admits Phil Burt, British Cycling’s long-time physiotherapist. “But we knew that we had to try to persuade the girls to stop shaving and waxing if we were going to sort out the saddle pain we knew all of them were suffering with. At one point we were saying: ‘Should we be buying the girls beard-trimmers?’”
    https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/ ... ore-medals

    It goes closer than that.
  • Bo DukeBo Duke Posts: 1,058
    FocusZing wrote:
    How do you tell a gold medal winning cyclist she needs to stop getting bikini waxes? “It was a tricky one to broach,” admits Phil Burt, British Cycling’s long-time physiotherapist. “But we knew that we had to try to persuade the girls to stop shaving and waxing if we were going to sort out the saddle pain we knew all of them were suffering with. At one point we were saying: ‘Should we be buying the girls beard-trimmers?’”
    https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/ ... ore-medals

    It goes closer than that.
    I thought it was going to say something else... that was a close shave.
    'Performance analysis and Froome not being clean was a media driven story. I haven’t heard one guy in the peloton say a negative thing about Froome, and I haven’t heard a single person in the peloton suggest Froome isn’t clean.' TSP
  • Salsiccia1 wrote:
    OCDuPalais wrote:
    What's with the outbreaks of Dutch/Flemish? Is there some sort of exclusive secret inner sanctum going on? I've tried rubbing the screen with Edam and dousing it in Westmalle Tripel... still gibberish.

    Sorry hoor! Try drinking the Westmalle Tripel, I find it helps, especially with pronunciation. The Edam you can leave, unless it has an orange rind, we pawn the red stuff off on the foreigners.

    Well there's no need for that



    Rude!

    'Tis a great language as you can see!
    Correlation is not causation.
  • Their employer, their rules. I'm from the US. Lots of "professional" job employers make men be clean shaven at work. I'm lucky, I work in engineering and it's more lax. We have guys with ZZ Top beards here.
  • knedlickyknedlicky Posts: 3,097
    Their employer, their rules. I'm from the US. Lots of "professional" job employers make men be clean shaven at work. I'm lucky, I work in engineering and it's more lax. We have guys with ZZ Top beards here.
    When I last worked in the UK (a while back now, for a few years I've been 'on the continent'), like burnthesheep, I was also in engineering, but in contrast to his experiences, where I worked one had to ask the permission of management to grow a beard.
    This although we staff never met members of the press or public, nor were ever expected to wear a tie, shirt, tweed jacket (ugh!), or whatever else (no one even ever said we needed to wear trousers). Just for some reason, beards were out.
    When I was taken on, I already had a beard, so was exempt from these rules, but existing employees weren't.
  • Their employer, their rules. I'm from the US. Lots of "professional" job employers make men be clean shaven at work. I'm lucky, I work in engineering and it's more lax. We have guys with ZZ Top beards here.

    Bullocks to that unless it can be justified it should be illegal as with requiring women to wear high heels and other such nonsense.
    AFC Mercia women - sign for us
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 24,934
    So who are the top ten bearded (racing) cyclists?

    Luca Paolini, Bradley Wiggins, Peter Sagan and the Russian in American Flyers are surely automatic selections. Simon Geschke is a decent pick. Sean Eadie on the track. Who else?

    No stubble. And I'm undecided about goatees despite having one myself for a couple of years.
    Twitter: @RichN95
  • RichN95 wrote:
    So who are the top ten bearded (racing) cyclists?

    Luca Paolini, Bradley Wiggins, Peter Sagan and the Russian in American Flyers are surely automatic selections. Simon Geschke is a decent pick. Sean Eadie on the track. Who else?

    No stubble. And I'm undecided about goatees despite having one myself for a couple of years.

    :lol:
    You're the light wiping out my batteries; You're the cream in my airport coffee's.
  • RichN95 wrote:
    Who else?

    Dan Craven.
  • graeme_s-2graeme_s-2 Posts: 3,382
    Sean Conway? Not an elite pro, but he has broken some records, which is kind of like racing (tenuous...)
  • trek_dantrek_dan Posts: 1,366
    The 'Hot Sauce Cycling' Canadian pro cross racer has superb whiskers.
  • mfinmfin Posts: 6,724
    The fashion for hypster beards has lasted quite a while because balding people can have them and join in on a hair related fashion for once, this and that the look detracts the eye from the fact they are losing their hair so they do it. Fact.
  • ProssPross Posts: 27,151
    At what point does stubble become a beard? You can't ban stubble as all men will have some to a degree. If it was the UK or the US I would expect a law suit down the line if someone got sacked. That said, I'm not sure why anyone spending so much time racing a bike would want a beard. You'll end up with a ridiculous tan if you shave it off in addition to the potential for overheating and hygiene aspects.

    Laurens ten Dam should presumably be on Rich's list and those infamous photos are a prime example of why no-one should race with a beard!
  • Garry HGarry H Posts: 6,639
    This can be seen as religious discrimination.
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 24,934
    Garry H wrote:
    This can be seen as religious discrimination.
    Hipster is not a religion
    Twitter: @RichN95
  • Garry HGarry H Posts: 6,639
    RichN95 wrote:
    Garry H wrote:
    This can be seen as religious discrimination.
    Hipster is not a religion

    Some would argue with you.
  • I was tempted to join the Navy just so I could grow a beard.
    Postby team47b » Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:53 am

    De Sisti wrote:
    This is one of the silliest threads I've come across. :lol:

    Recognition at last Matthew, well done!, a justified honour :D
    smithy21 wrote:

    He's right you know.
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