Belgian Affirmations: Andrei Tchmil

Belgian Affirmations: Andrei Tchmil

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Andrei Tchmil got so tired of the palpable disappointment of not being Belgian that he decided to become one. Envision the world the way you want it to be, then make it so.

People are cynical when I talk about Belgium. They think I’m only Belgian on paper. That is not true. Yes, I was a Russian, even a proud one…. Now I am proud to be Belgian.

A-Merckx; I totally understand the Awesome you’re on about.

Incidentally, I’m so inappropriately excited about Keepers Tour: Cobbled Classics 2012 that I can’t promise next week won’t be another week of unabashed, full-frontal Belgian Toothpaste Porn.

// Belgian Affirmations // Folklore // Keepers Tour // Nostalgia // The Hardmen

  1. Holy Merckx gents, outstanding work over the last 36 hours. Is it just me, or are we due for a damp Roubaix soon? It’s been a while.

    Off to go fit my Open Paves, Rule #9 season is here…

  2. @huffalotpuffalot

    Awesomely Casually Deliberate Chiapucci

    What a great shot! And is that Rold Aldag on the kick-ass Merckx MX Leader and Time shoes? And take a load of Bugno right in front of him in the rainbow stripes. Might be my favorite shot of the article.

    @LA Dave
    Cheers!

  3. @Nate

    Is it just me, or are we due for a damp Roubaix soon? It’s been a while.

    A-Merckx, brother. 2002 was the last one. It will have been a full decade if its dry again.

  4. @wiscot

    @frank
    Don’t know what race Freddy’s in here. Sure ain’t P-R. It’s a TT – jersey tucked in and no bottle cage. Totally rule compliant. Not going to use it? Take it off! Have to say though, the brim up at the back is a tad less aero than having it down.

    The brim up at the back was known as a V-wing and provided some down force to keep the bike on the road. Later adopted by car racing.

  5. @Oli

    Roger.

    I see you, you dumbass puddle. I ain’t afraid o’ shit. I’m gonna ride through you with some mayonnaise!

    @itburns

    @wiscot

    @frank
    Don’t know what race Freddy’s in here. Sure ain’t P-R. It’s a TT – jersey tucked in and no bottle cage. Totally rule compliant. Not going to use it? Take it off! Have to say though, the brim up at the back is a tad less aero than having it down.

    The brim up at the back was known as a V-wing and provided some down force to keep the bike on the road. Later adopted by car racing.

    A+1

  6. @frank
    I think you’re right about Aldag, and that’s Fignon’s arse in the Castorama shorts, with LeMond between him and Bugno. A stage start during the 1993 Tour, I’m picking.

  7. @frank
    Would love to see the best of the current generation (Cancellara, Boonen, Gilbert, Thor et al.) become true legends by facing up against the worst Mother Nature has to offer.

  8. But then it couldn’t be Fignon’s bum – maybe it’s Luc LeBlanc, the Inspector Clouseau of the peloton?

  9. We all talk about how many steeds are enough and carbone and argue the merits of Di2, but really it’s all about laying down the V:

    Not a lot of folks doing what he was doing back then………

  10. Bottecchia that is.

  11. And since we’re throwing up cool photos this time around, what’s the ruling on Simpsons hat here? I’m sure it’s not in compliance, but he makes it look good.

    Super tan Anquetil right on his heels.

  12. That’s not Simpson or Anquetil, I’m afraid! I think the hat guy is Rudi Altig, and I have no idea about the Salvarani rider but I know it’s not Maitre Jacques as he never rode for that team…

  13. @scaler911

    Is that really Tom Simpson ? He looks so different to the more gaunt photos one usually sees (apart from also being so used to seeing him in the classic Peugeot strip).

  14. @Oli

    @frank
    I think you’re right about Aldag, and that’s Fignon’s arse in the Castorama shorts, with LeMond between him and Bugno. A stage start during the 1993 Tour, I’m picking.

    Not if that’s Fignon; he was on Gatorade by 1993.

  15. @Oli

    But then it couldn’t be Fignon’s bum – maybe it’s Luc LeBlanc, the Inspector Clouseau of the peloton?

    Right, I’m guessing Leblanc too. Except he’s number 21 which makes no sense if it’s the Tour. Maybe the Criterium (Dauphine)?

  16. @scaler911

    We all talk about how many steeds are enough and Carbone and argue the merits of Di2, but really it’s all about laying down The V:

    Not a lot of folks doing what he was doing back then………

    Dude mid-scramble in the suit is the bomb. 100% Studmuffin.

  17. @itburns

    @wiscot

    @frank
    Don’t know what race Freddy’s in here. Sure ain’t P-R. It’s a TT – jersey tucked in and no bottle cage. Totally rule compliant. Not going to use it? Take it off! Have to say though, the brim up at the back is a tad less aero than having it down.

    The brim up at the back was known as a V-wing and provided some down force to keep the bike on the road. Later adopted by car racing.

    Nice. I see those on Honda Civics a lot.

  18. Best picture of Roubaix ever.

  19. @frank
    You’re right, it’s not LeBlanc it is Dominique Arnould – number 121.

  20. And it’s not LeMond either! I’ll get me coat…

  21. Found this a little while back and while DiBasco and Cipo’s not down and dirty, who cares when they looks this good? Like, I ain’t messing this up..

    and this does suit the thread

  22. Just admiring that first one again…Cipo, oakley’s, a beautiful Bianchi with a silver fork rake to die for, a ponytail, a six pack, may be some man-scaping…my beating heart don’t fail me now

  23. @Marko

    It’s like looking into a beautiful majestic waterfall made out of rainbows and unicorn vaginas. It’s fuckin’ majestic man.

    Heh, heh, heh.
    @Marko said Unicorn Vaginas.
    Where’s @Minion and @JiPM when you need them?

  24. Back to the Chiapucci pic, the Coke water bottles alone make that pic.

    And the wee-man in the black and white pic riding his bike up a scree slope for Christ’s sake. It’s like the men with the picks and shovels are right in front of him make the “road” for him as he pedals on his way. Epic.

    The checkered hat is no good. Looks like a B movie being made about bike racing and Elvis is going to pop out of that car and start singing.

  25. RIP Franco

    RIP Wouter

    Daniel Day-Lewis used to race bikes.

    I’m going to declare right now in front of all of you that the FAEMA Flandria black shorts with WC jersey as worn here by VanLooy is the best looking kit of all time.

  26. One more.

  27. @Oli

    That’s not Simpson or Anquetil, I’m afraid! I think the hat guy is Rudi Altig, and I have no idea about the Salvarani rider but I know it’s not Maitre Jacques as he never rode for that team…

    @ChrisO

    @scaler911
    Is that really Tom Simpson ? He looks so different to the more gaunt photos one usually sees (apart from also being so used to seeing him in the classic Peugeot strip).

    You’re both right of course. I’ve gotta stop posting after a few IPA’s. I’m thinking Frank is going to demote me back to level 4.

  28. Bob Roll getting it a bit wrong

    In 1970 Merckx attacked with 31km to go and won with a 5+ minute gap on RDV
    The 1000 yard stare

  29. Wow. I love that Arenberg photo. It beautifully defines cycling and suffering. Great find.

  30. @Marko
    No-one, and I mean no-one, ever looked as good in the WC jersey as Van Looy. I challenge all you boys with the technical know-how to prove me wrong. Mr. Cavendish, please take note.

  31. @il ciclista medio
    Di Basco, has just seen Cipo’s awesome Sidis and realizes that as they are custom, he’ll never get a pair. Cipo is laughing at his distress.

  32. @Marko
    Hush now, do not speak disparagingly of the Mighty Urs. Mind you, given DDL’s intense immersion into his roles, if he as to do a cycling pic, you know he’d be thrashing himself up and down the cobbles.

  33. @il ciclista medio

    Just admiring that first one again…Cipo, oakley’s, a beautiful Bianchi with a silver fork rake to die for, a ponytail, a six pack, may be some man-scaping…my beating heart don’t fail me now

    @il ciclista medio


    Found this a little while back and while DiBasco and Cipo’s not down and dirty, who cares when they looks this good? Like, I ain’t messing this up..

    Great shot! The Bianchi, chrome fork, Campa…cycling cool to a T. Cipo’s got the Briko Shots, though, not Oakleys, which are the raddest shades ever; still have a pair downstairs.

  34. @wiscot
    For your consideration:






    Winning le Tour for the third consecutive time while in the rainbow jersey counts for something. Never mind doing it while suffering from saddle sores, which required extensive surgery afterwards. And looking this good in so doing.

  35. BRR’s head must be exploding right now. I love that site.

  36. @Steampunk, @wiscot

    @Marko
    No-one, and I mean no-one, ever looked as good in the WC jersey as Van Looy. I challenge all you boys with the technical know-how to prove me wrong. Mr. Cavendish, please take note.

    I see you both, and raise you a Prophet.

  37. With that, I leave you with the coup de grâce of what might now be my favorite cycling photo ever.

    That was the last bit of motivation I needed to head out on my 130km ride in Seattle, with no less that 13 categorized climbs. It’s cold. It’s wet. It’s windy. Time for Rule #9 at V past 9.

  38. @frank

    That was the last bit of motivation I needed to head out on my 130km ride in Seattle, with no less that 13 categorized climbs. It’s cold. It’s wet. It’s windy. Time for Rule #9 at V past 9.

    Conversation chez moi this morning:

    Mrs. Steampunk: Aren’t you going for a ride this morning?
    Me: Yes.
    Mrs. Steampunk: It’s getting late, you know. And it’s supposed to rain this afternoon.
    Me: I know.
    Mrs. Steampunk: Do you want to get wet?

    The final question hardly dignified a response, did it?

  39. @frank
    I bet the chocolate milk tasted especially good after that climb fest.

  40. @frank
    Thank you for your efforts gents, but I believe my point still stands. No-one ever wore a proper cycling cap so perfectly. The jersey is sponsor free and immaculate, the socks pure white, the shoes black and polished. The haircut a perfect short back and sides. But it is the magnificent guns that are the trump card. Taking all these factors into consideration, The Emperor rules.

  41. @mouse

    @Marko

    It’s like looking into a beautiful majestic waterfall made out of rainbows and unicorn vaginas. It’s fuckin’ majestic man.

    Heh, heh, heh.@Marko said Unicorn Vaginas.Where’s @Minion and @JiPM when you need them?

    Sorry can’t talk for JiPM but I was either off riding over the weekend, or bathing in a pool fed by a waterfall of rainbows and unicorn vaginas. Doesn’t sound that appealling once you type it out.

  42. @Oli
    Whosever backside it is, Chiappucci is amused by it.

    @Marko
    There’s enough material in this thread to keep him busy for years.

  43. @Oli

    But then it couldn’t be Fignon’s bum – maybe it’s Luc LeBlanc, the Inspector Clouseau of the peloton?

    Fuck me, what a thread! This one needs to go dwon in a permanent tabbed section, Fronk. Unbelievable. Just catching up after a weekend away. Is the Gan the P-R favorite old gentleman Gilbert Duclos-Laselle? Almost positive it’s not Lemond.

  44. @frank
    Well now. Seems our esteemed leader is breaking Rule #74. Or do you just hit play on Strava on the iPhone like I do?
    And it is truly Rule #9 weather in the PNW. We won’t see sun until July 5th. LIke the SEALS say “that which doesn’t kill you only makes you harder” (that said, it’s probably a 50/50 bet that you’ll break something on all the fucking Maple, Oak and other leaves everywhere, or get hit by a car whilst avoiding said leafs)

  45. Look at the hammy’s on Rik Van Looy! My God, that dude had some guns!

  46. @Marko
    Yeah, he rode for the French team Le Lapin Mort, no? (Pretty amazing likeness in the photo)

  47. @Oli

    @frankHe’s not Ariostea – the team finished up in ’93 and Le Groupement only existed in ’95 – it’s an AKI-Gipiemme rider…

    Beat me to it! Strong work.

  48. @All Awesome news about the photo I posted. I managed to get in touch with Angus who posted it on another website and he has gone one better. He has provided me with a link to the Super 8 video of the actual race where the picture came from!!! It is from a race in Meerane East Germany. This video is from the 1960s and is just brilliant to watch. Enjoy!! So thanks to Angus!

  49. @frank

    With that, I leave you with the coup de grâce of what might now be my favorite cycling photo ever.

    that photo is like a mustache with titties

  50. @Marko

    RIP Wouter

    Wow, he was wearing 108 in that photo as well.  I pass a few houses with the # 108 on some of my regular rides, often including a decent back home.  It reminds me of Wouter every time.

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