Le Bouclier Jaune

Geraint Thomas is the rightful winner of the 2017 Tour de France. In a travesty of epic proportions not seen at a Tour since the early 2000s, the yellow jersey he won in the opening time trial proved to be grossly inadequate in its defence of his race lead, in complete contrast to the stellar job it has since done for his teammate Chris Froome.

Maybe Thomas just didn’t realise the power of the bouclier jaune, or yellow shield, that sat upon his shoulders for a few days at the start of the world’s most boring sporting event. The magical qualities of the shield may have even been kept a secret from him by his very own team, who were obviously playing favourites when they made Thomas and his bright jersey carry drinks and food to the much less-talented cyclist, all while sticking out like dog’s balls in that yellow top. It was almost as if they wanted to humiliate him in front of the world.

What should be playing out right now as we enter the death throes of another three-week insomnia cure is that Thomas should still be happily cruising along at the front of the race dressed up like a skinny daffodil. Maybe if Froome and his boss Dave Frailford were a bit more forthcoming with the fact that the jersey means no-one else can challenge you, Thomas would be the first Welshman to win the Tour since Ryan Giggs back in 1992. Little did he know that by simply sticking his arm in the air any time that his overall lead was in danger, he could neutralise the ‘race’ and his ‘rivals’ would do all they could to stop themselves and each other from ‘racing’. Is that someone attacking? Mechanical. Bad legs today? Mechanical. Ate a dodgy curry and need to do a poo? Mechanical. Ridden too close to spectators when there’s a whole fucking road to ride on and brought yourself down? Mechanical. Mechanic too shit to prepare your bike properly? Mechanical. Just get that arm in the air and neutralise your way to Paris. Simple. Shit, you can even elbow your main ‘competitor’ into the crowd without a peep from the ‘race’ ‘officials’.

If Thomas had only been in yellow when he crashed and broke his collarbone, he could’ve stuck his good arm in the air, gotten race radio to call ahead, and the rest of the peloton could’ve had a coffee in that quaint little cafe they just passed while they waited for him to be taped back on his bike. And then had a nice relaxing ride to the Eiffel Tower, something Thomas has always wanted to see. Sure, the race might have taken an extra week, but this is a Tour after all, not a fucking race.

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190 Replies to “Le Bouclier Jaune”

  1. lol. “it’s the Tour, not a race.”

    Too accurate.

     

    Wish I had your sense of humor. Rare bike blogging skills. Good rant. Always look forward to your posts.

  2. You know, for all the discussion on boring boring boring Froome and the Sky Train win again… just a quick spin thru the Super Prestige picks and I’m willing to speculate that Froome was not in the majority of picks as the dude to be standing on top of podium in yellow after 21 stages. Is it maybe that folks just didn’t want to pick the Sky Fortress on principal or was it that many of us in fact figured this was year for them to be beat ? Anywho, by this highly scientific measure, the tour and outcome were a surprise ! fwiw…

  3. @Randy C

    You know, for all the discussion on boring boring boring Froome and the Sky Train win again… just a quick spin thru the Super Prestige picks and I’m willing to speculate that Froome was not in the majority of picks as the dude to be standing on top of podium in yellow after 21 stages. Is it maybe that folks just didn’t want to pick the Sky Fortress on principal or was it that many of us in fact figured this was year for them to be beat ? Anywho, by this highly scientific measure, the tour and outcome were a surprise ! fwiw…

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    has there been a stronger team in grand tour history than Sky 2017?  they lost Thomas early, and we barely noticed.

  4. @chris

    Being characterised as a triathlete makes me remember the story of Phillippe the French fighter pilot. Shot down 8 German fighters in WWI. But is he remembered as “Henri the French Fighter Pilot”? Non. All because he sucked one cock.

    I am guessing you are a pasty-faced man-boobed Englishman?

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  5. @Cary

    @Randy C

    You know, for all the discussion on boring boring boring Froome and the Sky Train win again… just a quick spin thru the Super Prestige picks and I’m willing to speculate that Froome was not in the majority of picks as the dude to be standing on top of podium in yellow after 21 stages. Is it maybe that folks just didn’t want to pick the Sky Fortress on principal or was it that many of us in fact figured this was year for them to be beat ? Anywho, by this highly scientific measure, the tour and outcome were a surprise ! fwiw…

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    has there been a stronger team in grand tour history than Sky 2017? they lost Thomas early, and we barely noticed.

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    Kwiatkowski was an absolute beast at the pointy end for kilometer after kilometer. Then to burn the rest of the guys before turning it over to Landa, the best climber in the race was almost unfair. I was hoping that Landa would go rogue and challenge for the overall. It would have spiced things up.

    Was it a bit of an oddity that Sky had the first and last placed riders.? Luke Rowe was the Lantern Rouge.

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  6. @Cary

    @Randy C

    You know, for all the discussion on boring boring boring Froome and the Sky Train win again… just a quick spin thru the Super Prestige picks and I’m willing to speculate that Froome was not in the majority of picks as the dude to be standing on top of podium in yellow after 21 stages. Is it maybe that folks just didn’t want to pick the Sky Fortress on principal or was it that many of us in fact figured this was year for them to be beat ? Anywho, by this highly scientific measure, the tour and outcome were a surprise ! fwiw…

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    has there been a stronger team in grand tour history than Sky 2017? they lost Thomas early, and we barely noticed.

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    Oh hell yes! Tour 1980. Raleigh won 10 stages with Raas stage1a, Lubberding 3, Raas 7b, Oosterbosch 8, Raas, 9, Priem 10, Zoetemelk, 11 & 20, Knetemann 12 and Peeters 14. Zoetemelk won overall and TI Raleigh got the Team Prize.

    In the 1984 Tour Renault Elf also won 10 stages: Madiot stage 2, the TTT, Fignon 7, 16, 18, 20, 22, Jules 8, Poisson 12, Mentheour 13. They held the yellow jersey for 19 of 23 stages (Barteau and Fignon) and won the overall with Fignon.

    These were true teams where there was depth and a swashbuckling attitude that is sorely absent today. In comparison, Sky don’t come close in any of the five Tours they’ve won.

  7. @MangoDave

    I just don’t understand all of the negative reactions about @Brett‘s article. I thoroughly enjoyed his rant, it made me laugh. I also had to nod in agreement, so I guess that makes me a grumpy bastard, too.

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    Same here.  It made me remember another of @Brett‘s articles – about clearing your nostrils.  One of his best.

  8. @Marcus

    @Brett

    You know what has happened to Velominati? No more COTHO. The villain was vanquished and no one stepped up to replace him.

    You were never funny. Just grumpy. Except that you came up with COTHO. That was a pretty good name.

    But in the interests of Velominati, surely Bling Matthews can cop some shit? Even though he is good and getting a lot better.

    @minion

    Minion made me laugh sometimes, but only because he followed his missus from NZ to live in Canberra. Who does that? What a loser.

    @ChrisO

    OK, you asked for it. Been a few years since I called you a cunt. Sorry cunt.

    @Buck Rogers

    Now you can complain about the rudeness of the above. And slide some reference in about being a war hero. Then cry.

    Does that help?

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    Funken hell, what rocks have we kicked that you’ve crawled out from under.

    I do take it as a personal point of pride that Marcus once claimed I was “too stupid to insult”. For a 7 fingered Australian triathlete to describe a New Zealander that way is akin to Ali letting Forman (I think) punch himself out on Ali’s torso before pummelling him in the later rounds.

    This is starting to feel like something of a reunion of sorts, though probably more carry on columbus than  the blues brothers.

  9. @minion

    @Marcus

    @Brett

    You know what has happened to Velominati? No more COTHO. The villain was vanquished and no one stepped up to replace him.

    You were never funny. Just grumpy. Except that you came up with COTHO. That was a pretty good name.

    But in the interests of Velominati, surely Bling Matthews can cop some shit? Even though he is good and getting a lot better.

    @minion

    Minion made me laugh sometimes, but only because he followed his missus from NZ to live in Canberra. Who does that? What a loser.

    @ChrisO

    OK, you asked for it. Been a few years since I called you a cunt. Sorry cunt.

    @Buck Rogers

    Now you can complain about the rudeness of the above. And slide some reference in about being a war hero. Then cry.

    Does that help?

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    Funken hell, what rocks have we kicked that you’ve crawled out from under.

    I do take it as a personal point of pride that Marcus once claimed I was “too stupid to insult”. For a 7 fingered Australian triathlete to describe a New Zealander that way is akin to Ali letting Forman (I think) punch himself out on Ali’s torso before pummelling him in the later rounds.

    This is starting to feel like something of a reunion of sorts, though probably more carry on columbus than the blues brothers.

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    More like Carry on up the Antipodes (for British  readers of a certain age . . .)

  10. @Marcus

    @chris

    Being characterised as a triathlete makes me remember the story of Phillippe the French fighter pilot. Shot down 8 German fighters in WWI. But is he remembered as “Henri the French Fighter Pilot”? Non. All because he sucked one cock.

    I am guessing you are a pasty-faced man-boobed Englishman?




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    Sounds like a worthy topic for an article if you ask me. If he was an aviator, I’m sure you could work in a Sky connection  somewhere . . .

  11. @Marcus

    I’m not sure what you’re getting at here. Are you arguing in mitigation that there was only one triathlon or saying that you want to be remembered for your love of cock?

    You’re story does remind me of one of the lads on our school rugby tour that passed through Singapore; returning to the hotel one night he began to regal us with tales of a fine time with a stunning local lady. Mid way through he stopped as he had expected admiration and awe rather than tears of stifled laughter. The look of horror on his face was priceless when he was told that we’d just been informed by three of the other lads who got back somewhat earlier that there were no ladies in that particular establishment.

  12. @Buck Rogers

    @Cary

    Oh, I completely agree. The Keepers and the site do not owe me anything.

    They have never charged me a dime and have given freely over the years.

    It is just sad to me to see it dying.

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    once again bringing my knack to state the obvious, but I think cycling goes up and down — this website surely will recover from whatever might be effecting it. It may simply be a belief that things are down here. I for one have been busy with working on my house and yard ever since April race — allowing myself to suffer 8 to 12 hrs a day on projects and lawn care. The plan is to start back to cycling — and start thinking about cycling again — and racing. Anyway, I appreciate your post and feel all will work itself out

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  13. Holy Shiet, it is old home week on the V. My Marcus alarm went off and I knew I better check in.

    To make a long story very short, I turned in my Keepers bunker keys six months ago. I didn’t turn them in as much as threw them in a boggy hole and walked away. So it is just Brett and Frank at the helm so send all guest articles and cogals directly to Frank.

    I’m not going to air my dirty V laundry here in public. If ever on Maui look me up for pints and we can discuss. I now roam amongst the hallowed ranks of the greater V, haunting the bikes pages because I will always love the bike. Cheers to all, Gianni

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  14. @Gianni

    Does this mean you’ve gone full EPMS? or you’ve traded in the the Fiziks for some SPD sandals?

    Sorry to hear you’ve felt the need walk away, your posts are missed.

  15. @wiscot

    Guys. It’s up to us the keep the site alive…

    …Let’s keep the wheels turning fellas.

    @Teocalli

    @ChrisO

    Well I’m planning on having way more free time from the New Year so I’d be up for helping.

    I’m also likely to have more time on my hands from September as I’m doing a reverse @ChrisO and moving to the desert sans famile. I’d like to think that most of that time will be spent Training Properly but there has to be recovery time too.

     

  16. @Gianni

    Holy Shiet, it is old home week on the V. My Marcus alarm went off and I knew I better check in.

    To make a long story very short, I turned in my Keepers bunker keys six months ago. I didn’t turn them in as much as threw them in a boggy hole and walked away. So it is just Brett and Frank at the helm so send all guest articles and cogals directly to Frank.

    I’m not going to air my dirty V laundry here in public. If ever on Maui look me up for pints and we can discuss. I now roam amongst the hallowed ranks of the greater V, haunting the bikes pages because I will always love the bike. Cheers to all, Gianni

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    @Gianni ,

    You need to rethink things. You exiting the V is like the breaking up of The Clash, and we all know how that ended up: Strummer kaput and Mick Jones looking like something out of a horror movie.

    It’s been awhile since I’ve been on here, and seems like quite a number of past regulars are missing. Maybe a case of needing a break, or need to get back to the stuff that started this place up in the first place. Hell, I’m still waiting for word on the damn tee shirt I ordered 3 years ago.

  17. @chris

    @xyxax

    @sthilzy

    For all you long-termers, I’ve got one word:

    That is all….

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    That it turning the clock back a bit. Didn’t she leave under a cloud or in a huff?

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    Pretty sure she was trying to sleep with every guy on the site.

    Frahnk finally either banned her for good or she realised that as sex starved as we all are around here, it just wasn’t panning out for her here!

  18. @Buck Rogers

    @chris

    @xyxax

    @sthilzy

    For all you long-termers, I’ve got one word:

    That is all….

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    That it turning the clock back a bit. Didn’t she leave under a cloud or in a huff?

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    Pretty sure she was trying to sleep with every guy on the site.

    Frahnk finally either banned her for good or she realised that as sex starved as we all are around here, it just wasn’t panning out for her here!

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    That rings a bell, she was somewhat unhinged.

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  19. @Buck Rogers

    @chris

    @xyxax

    @sthilzy

    For all you long-termers, I’ve got one word:

    That is all….

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    That it turning the clock back a bit. Didn’t she leave under a cloud or in a huff?

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    Pretty sure she was trying to sleep with every guy on the site.

    Frahnk finally either banned her for good or she realised that as sex starved as we all are around here, it just wasn’t panning out for her here!

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    She was trying to sleep with guys on this site? Did I miss out? Did her tour of the USA not include America’s Dairyland? WTF?

  20. Without being sentimental about it I’ve made a bunch of actual real friends on here to the point we’ve visited each other’s houses and countries.

    I get to go to Flanders and ride cobbles pretty much when time allows now. I’m shit at it but at least I have extensive practical experience of being shit at it.

    I’ve also learned some advanced swearing @Frank‘s effort in a crowded London lift a couple of years back will remain in my memory when pretty much everything else has turned to mush. I drank so much with @Frank one night in France that my eyes began pointing in different directions.

    @Minion and @Marcus on form are the best Antipodean double act since some other funny people.

    I know who Chopper Johns is (or was) and wear the wristband with pride.

    Because of @Itburns I wear an ID bracelet and have a picture of a fat Texan dressed as a centaur.

    I’ve also met genuine pros – some of whom, quite remarkably, write to me because they want to.

    I also learned a lot about life and marketing – enough to buy at least one decent bike off the proceeds. I’ve also learned how to get people to say stuff on Eurosport when not much is happening.

    I have a copy of the Rules signed and annotated by some of the greats including a long note from King Kelly that whilst Rule #11 is correct in spirit the illustrative anecdote is, alas, untrue.

    @Brett is a connoisseur of Ripping Yarns in general and Barnstonworth in particular – what’s not to like about a man like that?

    The site probably isn’t the Clash, although I loved them very much, I think its more Abba. A decent period of brilliance followed by a long and happy afterglow of solo careers.

    So, I’ve lost weight, can race without being dead last (sometimes) and play water polo…back soon…

  21. @chris

    Sadly no – I have disobeyed Rule #11 but on the other hand I remain married and #2 Son looks like he might genuinely make the national swimming squad (how did that happen?)

  22. @the Engine

    …and I’m taking the Hardmen with me

    That and the history of Viz…

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    Well, hopefully you won’t meet any Fat Slags, or that Biffa Bacon and his family aren’t on the plane. Sitting next to Roger Mellie might be fun,but not Sydney Smutt. Remember to take your magic underpants too.

  23. @xyxax

    @Buck Rogers

    @chris

    an untethered self-hating selfie-taking exhibitionist with an over-sharing issue. I think Frank banned her.

    Google the name and cycling, you’ll see.

    Good times.

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    If one were lazy or perhaps their initial google search unfruitful, which posts exactly? (or at least the neighborhood).

  24. @Ccos

    @xyxax

    @Buck Rogers

    @chris

    an untethered self-hating selfie-taking exhibitionist with an over-sharing issue. I think Frank banned her.

    Google the name and cycling, you’ll see.

    Good times.

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    If one were lazy or perhaps their initial google search unfruitful, which posts exactly? (or at least the neighborhood).

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    Of all the options that were actually valid sensible sites the only relevant one brought me back to an old thread here.

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  25. I just noticed that Romain Bardet is watching the race from the road side (he’s just over Froomey’s right hand). He must have finished then ridden down the hill to watch the goings on.

    Looks like he’s hanging out with Brian Cookson…

  26. @Teocalli

    @Ccos

    Now I recall after looking through a few threads, lookie here

    Tame to be sure and she would have dropped me like lint on any ride, but in the end, it all fell apart; I just don’t remember why.  Let this be the end of it.

  27. @xyxax

    Oh Merckx is me. I guess what I’ve just done there is the equivalent of having someone smell something spoiled and awful from the fridge then take them up on the offer to “here, smell this.”

  28. @Ccos

    @xyxax

    Oh Merckx is me. I guess what I’ve just done there is the equivalent of having someone smell something spoiled and awful from the fridge then take them up on the offer to “here, smell this.”

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    I hit the link on a work computer. Not ideal but it’s probably no worse than being Rickrolled.

  29. @chris

    @Gianni

    Does this mean you’ve gone full EPMS? or you’ve traded in the the Fiziks for some SPD sandals?

    Sorry to hear you’ve felt the need walk away, your posts are missed.

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    Cheers, yeah, I never thought it would end this way for me and the V but it did, thanks though.

    I have owned a pair of those awful spd sandals before. Terrible in all respects.

    Does a tubular tyre in a case with a mini bottle of sealant also stowed under the seat fit the definition? Then yes. See, it’s better I’ve had to move on.

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  30. @Gianni

    @chris

    @Gianni

    Does this mean you’ve gone full EPMS? or you’ve traded in the the Fiziks for some SPD sandals?

    Sorry to hear you’ve felt the need walk away, your posts are missed.

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    Cheers, yeah, I never thought it would end this way for me and the V but it did, thanks though.

    I have owned a pair of those awful spd sandals before. Terrible in all respects.

    Does a tubular tyre in a case with a mini bottle of sealant also stowed under the seat fit the definition? Then yes. See, it’s better I’ve had to move on.

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    A very sad day, then.  So now who am I supposed to taunt the next time Eros Poli rolls into town to ride with our local cycling club?

  31. @chris

    I’m sure @bret was just being a grumpy old git but he has managed to stir things up a bit.

    It does strike me as quite interesting that somehow we’ve managed to revive the time old tradition of talking utter bollocks with no relation to the original post…seems @Brett‘s bitter rants do serve a purpose after all!

  32. As a relative newcomer to the V-community (2014 or so), it’s sad to see all this talk of it winding down in many ways. For a site that is infamous for The Rules and perceived elitism they convey (which I firmly believe is a misreading), I’ve found a much warmer welcome here than on any other Cycling websites, whose comment sections seem to just turn into shit-slinging (go fuck yourself, road.cc).

    Am I being called to break out my word processor for the first time since finishing university and thrown in a guest article?

  33. @mulebeatsdrums

    As a relative newcomer to the V-community (2014 or so), it’s sad to see all this talk of it winding down in many ways. For a site that is infamous for The Rules and perceived elitism they convey (which I firmly believe is a misreading), I’ve found a much warmer welcome here than on any other Cycling websites, whose comment sections seem to just turn into shit-slinging (go fuck yourself, road.cc).

    Am I being called to break out my word processor for the first time since finishing university and thrown in a guest article?

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    i laugh when i read these same critcisms of this site.  competitive cycling has a high cost of admission.  even if you buy a “cheap” bike, the upgrades you need to keep it on the road will make you wish you’d spent that money initially.  if you’re so broke you have to build your own bike, you’re in an even more exclusive subset of cyclists, because far more have the means to buy vs. the skill to build.  this site embraces this, and avoids the pantomimes and platitudes.

    the rules are largely common sense, tempered from experience.  as has been mentioned, the rules were mostly there all along, and would be discovered anyway by those that put in the time, sweat and blood.

    i’m too old for bullshit, and i don’t suffer fools very well.  i like it here, whether or not the “good old days” have passed.  one day, i will look at my time as a member here as “the good old days”..  lol

  34. @Cary

    @mulebeatsdrums

    As a relative newcomer to the V-community (2014 or so), it’s sad to see all this talk of it winding down in many ways. For a site that is infamous for The Rules and perceived elitism they convey (which I firmly believe is a misreading), I’ve found a much warmer welcome here than on any other Cycling websites, whose comment sections seem to just turn into shit-slinging (go fuck yourself, road.cc).

    Am I being called to break out my word processor for the first time since finishing university and thrown in a guest article?

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    i laugh when i read these same critcisms of this site. competitive cycling has a high cost of admission. even if you buy a “cheap” bike, the upgrades you need to keep it on the road will make you wish you’d spent that money initially. if you’re so broke you have to build your own bike, you’re in an even more exclusive subset of cyclists, because far more have the means to buy vs. the skill to build. this site embraces this, and avoids the pantomimes and platitudes.

    the rules are largely common sense, tempered from experience. as has been mentioned, the rules were mostly there all along, and would be discovered anyway by those that put in the time, sweat and blood.

    i’m too old for bullshit, and i don’t suffer fools very well. i like it here, whether or not the “good old days” have passed. one day, i will look at my time as a member here as “the good old days”.. lol

    Absolutely! And the beauty of the sport is its infectiousness; you buy a cheap road bike (I got a second-hand aluminium frame Boardman off eBay for £300), you take it out, you blow your lungs out on a gentle incline, you do the same thing the next few weeks, and then you discover that you’re faster and your lungs are intact, so you want to go faster and harder (cf. Rule #10), and you have a desire to emulate the Pros, so you buy proper shoes and clothes, you upgrade your bike. My once-pride-and-joy Boardman is now my commuter/Nine bike.

    I think the argument leveled is that Cycling should be for everyone. My retort is that cycles, be they road, MTB, BMX, hybrid, recumbent, trike, handcycle, e-bike, cargo, tandem, are absolutely for everyone, and if everyone could access one and was able to ride it safely, without threat of an artic crushing them, we’d all be healthier and happier! And I don’t think anyone on here would disagree with that sentiment. But it isn’t the focus of this community; it’s very much focused on the athletic and aesthetic side of road cycling. The problem is that people outside looking in misread that focus, along with the poetic sarcasm and hyperbole, as elitism.

    I’m not really sure I had a point; I think I’m just waffling.

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  35. @mulebeatsdrums

    @Cary

    @mulebeatsdrums

    As a relative newcomer to the V-community (2014 or so), it’s sad to see all this talk of it winding down in many ways. For a site that is infamous for The Rules and perceived elitism they convey (which I firmly believe is a misreading), I’ve found a much warmer welcome here than on any other Cycling websites, whose comment sections seem to just turn into shit-slinging (go fuck yourself, road.cc).

    Am I being called to break out my word processor for the first time since finishing university and thrown in a guest article?

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    i laugh when i read these same critcisms of this site. competitive cycling has a high cost of admission. even if you buy a “cheap” bike, the upgrades you need to keep it on the road will make you wish you’d spent that money initially. if you’re so broke you have to build your own bike, you’re in an even more exclusive subset of cyclists, because far more have the means to buy vs. the skill to build. this site embraces this, and avoids the pantomimes and platitudes.

    the rules are largely common sense, tempered from experience. as has been mentioned, the rules were mostly there all along, and would be discovered anyway by those that put in the time, sweat and blood.

    i’m too old for bullshit, and i don’t suffer fools very well. i like it here, whether or not the “good old days” have passed. one day, i will look at my time as a member here as “the good old days”.. lol

    Absolutely! And the beauty of the sport is its infectiousness; you buy a cheap road bike (I got a second-hand aluminium frame Boardman off eBay for £300), you take it out, you blow your lungs out on a gentle incline, you do the same thing the next few weeks, and then you discover that you’re faster and your lungs are intact, so you want to go faster and harder (cf. Rule #10), and you have a desire to emulate the Pros, so you buy proper shoes and clothes, you upgrade your bike. My once-pride-and-joy Boardman is now my commuter/Nine bike.

    I think the argument leveled is that Cycling should be for everyone. My retort is that cycles, be they road, MTB, BMX, hybrid, recumbent, trike, handcycle, e-bike, cargo, tandem, are absolutely for everyone, and if everyone could access one and was able to ride it safely, without threat of an artic crushing them, we’d all be healthier and happier! And I don’t think anyone on here would disagree with that sentiment. But it isn’t the focus of this community; it’s very much focused on the athletic and aesthetic side of road cycling. The problem is that people outside looking in misread that focus, along with the poetic sarcasm and hyperbole, as elitism.

    I’m not really sure I had a point; I think I’m just waffling.

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    cycling IS for everybody at its base level.  bicycles are a means of survival for most humans on planet earth, and god bless the bicycle for it.  but from that, has grown a very rich sporting heritage, imbued with the hard won pride that is only earned by starting from the very bottom.  even today, you look into a cyclist’s eyes after a race, and you can see the same emptiness you see in boxers awaiting the judge’s decision.  there’s are reasons for this, at least one of which is the tremendous suffering necessary to enter that noble club.  you can take away all the money, sponsorship, carbon monocoques, wattage meters, etc, and you’re still left with something granite-hard that commands respect and attention from anybody with the attention span to pay attention.  cycling is also one of the few meritocracies left.  ask any road racer worth their salt if they’d rather have the latest $10k Pinarello, or another watt per kilo.  an easy choice, for sure.

    many other cycling sites need to post reminders of these fundamental truths every few months to keep everyone on the same page.  gladly, this doesn’t seem to be necessary here.  if that’s elitism, surely it’s the most noble of elitisms.

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