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Are there ANY pro road cyclists that don't shave?

Old 06-09-05, 03:59 PM
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Are there ANY pro road cyclists that don't shave?

OK, I know the arguments over shaving go back and forth and everybody has a strong opinion, whatever.

I am just curious, can anyone think of an example of a pro rider that didn't shave?

If there is such an example, what was their highest finish &/or biggest event?

I am just curious if such a person exists, and how good they were(are).

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Old 06-09-05, 04:14 PM
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Johan Capiot won the 1991 Paris-Tours in an advanced state of leg-hairiness.
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Originally Posted by jester69
OK, I know the arguments over shaving go back and forth and everybody has a strong opinion, whatever.

I am just curious, can anyone think of an example of a pro rider that didn't shave?

If there is such an example, what was their highest finish &/or biggest event?

I am just curious if such a person exists, and how good they were(are).

take care,

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Hell, I would be hard pressed to name a decent club rider who doesn't shave!
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Old 06-09-05, 05:09 PM
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Originally Posted by skydive69
Hell, I would be hard pressed to name a decent club rider who doesn't shave!


Ha! True.
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Old 06-09-05, 05:50 PM
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shave your legs. It shows that you think like a cyclist. It's a sub-culture thing. If you are going to be a cyclist...you might as well look like a cyclist and think like a cyclist. I hope I never lose to a hairy legged racer. I would feel like I lost to someone whom doesn't take it as seriously as I do. That would be a slap in the face...in my view. Besides...Chris Horner shaves his legs..so dang it I'm gonna shave mine(te he!)
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Old 06-09-05, 05:56 PM
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Chris Horner had a beard.
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Old 06-09-05, 05:57 PM
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.....and a bad ponytail.
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Old 06-09-05, 06:11 PM
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Originally Posted by oneradtec
shave your legs. It shows that you think like a cyclist. It's a sub-culture thing. If you are going to be a cyclist...you might as well look like a cyclist and think like a cyclist. I hope I never lose to a hairy legged racer. I would feel like I lost to someone whom doesn't take it as seriously as I do. That would be a slap in the face...in my view. Besides...Chris Horner shaves his legs..so dang it I'm gonna shave mine(te he!)
HA! Funny you should say that, there was a cocky guy on a team at my first race that wasn't taking me seriously because it was my first race and I had hairy legs. You should have seen the look on his face when I passed him with 3 laps to go

"KHHHHAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!"
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Old 06-09-05, 06:14 PM
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Originally Posted by PenguinDeD
HA! Funny you should say that, there was a cocky guy on a team at my first race that wasn't taking me seriously because it was my first race and I had hairy legs. You should have seen the look on his face when I passed him with 3 laps to go

"KHHHHAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!"
Please don't let that happen to me Lord!!
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Old 06-09-05, 07:06 PM
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I usually finsih in the top 15 when racing and pass up plenty of club riders with my hairy legs.
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Old 06-09-05, 07:26 PM
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Originally Posted by OC Roadie
I usually finsih in the top 15 when racing and pass up plenty of club riders with my hairy legs.
Yeah, but you cant podium with hairy legs! I have, BTW, made the podium a few times with hairy legs in my unenlightened days!
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Old 06-09-05, 07:45 PM
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I saw a hairy legged guy kick butt in a Cat 3 race last year and now I see he is racing at the Pro 1-2 level. I don't know if he is shaving now though.
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Old 06-09-05, 07:53 PM
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Belov didn't shave.

But technically, he was a Russian National teamer.

More correctly, he was an actor playing a Russions National Teamer.

Ah, but those were the 80s.
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Originally Posted by EventServices
Belov didn't shave.

But technically, he was a Russian National teamer.

More correctly, he was an actor playing a Russions National Teamer.

Ah, but those were the 80s.


From the look of him, he didn't worry too much about diet either.
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I rode a local crit once where a rider spoke to another (hairy legged) rider after the race about 'race etiquette'. Little did he know that the hairy legged rider had ridden the Giro and won ***** loads of national ranked pro races in years gone by!

My great grandfather used to say to me when I played Aussie Rules as a kid - you've gotta look the part boy. Clean guernsey tucked in, socks pulled up. Same with cycling. Shaved legs, no holes in the shorts, no beards, white socks ankle length, bloody look the part.
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Originally Posted by oneradtec
shave your legs. It shows that you think like a cyclist. )
Well if you feel better about yourself by shaving then by all means. I never really gave it much thought myself and always felt the way I rode would distinguish me as a serious rider. I may be shunned by the posure crowd with their fancy team kits and decaled up bikes but on the road they know who is boss.

After all this is not a beauty contest.
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Originally Posted by classic1
I rode a local crit once where a rider spoke to another (hairy legged) rider after the race about 'race etiquette'. Little did he know that the hairy legged rider had ridden the Giro and won ***** loads of national ranked pro races in years gone by!

Michael Wilson?
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Originally Posted by ed073
Michael Wilson?
Shane Bartley
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1979 Giro. Impressive.


More obscure than Jaanus Kuum

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Originally Posted by EventServices
Belov didn't shave.

But technically, he was a Russian National teamer.

More correctly, he was an actor playing a Russions National Teamer.

Ah, but those were the 80s.
Belov, what he lacked in form and fitness he more than made up for with one of the great "Attack Faces" of all time.
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Hey Voo.
No one here knows who Belov was.
What has this world come to?
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Originally Posted by Trekke
After all this is not a beauty contest.
Life is a beauty contest. Fashion is always in fashion.
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Originally Posted by EventServices
More correctly, he was an actor playing a Russions National Teamer.
A stereotypical Russian. The only thing lacking was "I must break you."
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Originally Posted by pseudobrit
A stereotypical Russian. The only thing lacking was "I must break you."
but it was there in the attitude during those epic climbs during the
"Hell of the West".
Yah, I know who Belov was and I could pick out the
Stetina's in some of the scenes

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Originally Posted by oneradtec
shave your legs. It shows that you think like a cyclist.
I'm honestly not posting this to help me make a decision or anything. Just wondering what % if any of pro riders buck the trend. So far we have one or two out of thousands. I know people are generally sheep but if there was no real benefit would they be that sheepy?

We can argue till we are blue in the face over why or why not one should do it on technical merits, but if we trust that the people at the pinnacle of the sport know what they are doing, and 99.5%(estimated) do the same exact thing, can we agree and say it has some benefit, wether scientifically provable or not?

The placebo effect, er force, is strong in this one. AKA Just because it makes no sense doesn't mean it doesn't work.

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fancy team kits and decaled up bikes
I know its common but it really seems odd to me when people wear gear for a team they aren't on when training for the same sport. Its one thing to wear your favorite jersy to eat brats and drink beer sitting on your ass at the ballpark cheering your hero. Its another to dress up like mario andretti and go driving at your local go cart track, but I digress.

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