Men should not be allowed anywhere near fashion. OK. I said it. Whenever men try to enter the fashion world, bad things happen. Civilization as we know it teeters on the brink of destruction. I don’t want to call into evidence the Nehru jacket or the…….leisure suit. In fact, the whole Miami Vice era is one I’d like to forget.
In cycling we are nearing a similar cataclysmic event. Maybe this is what’s behind all the problems in cycling today. For shorts, basic black was good. In fact, it was very good. Then Mario Cipollini made us all believe we could carry off something other than black shorts. The races stopped fining riders for wearing non-black shorts and right out of the gate, we had team Carerra wearing ‘jeans’ shorts. We should have stopped right then. But once the genie is out of the bottle, you can’t put it back.
Now Sauiner-Duval cycling team has done something that makes it difficult to even watch a race. I’m going to put my cards on the table now so if you are easily offended, leave now. If you have kids, tell them to go to bed. I’ll wait.
OK, here is one really disturbing side effect of the move from black. It tends to accentuate an area I don’t particularly want accentuated. There I said it. Now, the yellow on black pattern of Sauiner-Duval seems to create an arrow pointing at…. well you know, there.
When David Millar rode to prologue victory, I could not enjoy it. When he stood atop the podium, I was uncomfortable. When the whole team rode tempo on stage one, it was really, really bad.
When will we learn.