Anatomy of a Photo: Sean Yates V. 2.0

Anatomy of a Photo: Sean Yates V. 2.0

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  1. I am thinking Wiggins is becoming the Sinatra of pro cycling — a Chairman of the Board.
    (Romandie Casino Hotel image)

  2. @Ron

    Is no one going to comment on the hosiery Wiggins is wearing in the photos with Yates? (looks like & name on ribs looks like Wiggins)

    And, the photo of Yates in yellow at the head of the pack. His hoods are so far down. Can’t imagine riding like that. Compare the position of them in that photo to Wiggo’s in the dual shot. Very different. I’m still curious why such a drastic change in reach/positioning.

    Is it wrong that I kind of like that photo of Yates & a young COTHO? He seems likeable, hungry, a like cool racer when younger. Vastly different from what he became. (though I might become a nut if I nearly died AND had such popularity.)

    Sean took Pharmy under his wing when Lance was a neo pro. Actually, a lot of pros hated him already for being a dick, but at the time I liked him. He was brash, did some good races, and was something fresh. Sean thought so too and tried to help him become acclimated to European racing. Sean failed, but Pharmy worshipped him, and I always – to this day – admired that fact about heuvo lanceros. At least he had the sense to honor Sean. It was only later he got to sour cream.

  3. @Campagnolo Vince!
    That suggests he is becoming a patron in the peleton. I don’t see that, although I give him props for having his way with the francophone press at the Romandie interview.

  4. @Campagnolo Vince!

    I am thinking Wiggins is becoming the Sinatra of pro cycling — a Chairman of the Board.

    I saw images of a stoned snowboarder and a tired/bored pro cyclist being interviewed. I’m a fan of Wiggo, he has the Modfather going, but definitely no “cool cat” style yet.

    A Sinatra of Cycling

  5. @Xyverz

    @the Engine
    WIN! Thanks for that link, I’m ordering mine now.

    It matches the kit and glass perfectly

  6. @Ron

    I’m still curious why such a drastic change in reach/positioning.

    Seems to me that the current trend towards a raised position for the hoods gives a bit of an aerobar effect that gives the rider something to hold onto whilst resting his forearms on the bar and maintaining a low flat back but not actually being in the drops. Having small hands, I can’t get away with it and end up with a much more vertical lever.

  7. @Chris

    @Ron

    I’m still curious why such a drastic change in reach/positioning.

    Seems to me that the current trend towards a raised position for the hoods gives a bit of an aerobar effect that gives the rider something to hold onto whilst resting his forearms on the bar and maintaining a low flat back but not actually being in the drops. Having small hands, I can’t get away with it and end up with a much more vertical lever.

    As the sport becomes more scientific, fitters are taking a closer look at the body-angles certain component-shapes force on a rider, and as a result component-designers take a look at the ergonomics of their products. Modern lever-hoods, for example, are designed to form a flat, seamless surface with the upper part of an ergo- or compact-drop bar. This reduces lateral twist (and thus, pressure) of the hand-joint. With a classic-bend bar, you get a shorter flat surface (just the hoods, as they don’t sit flush with the bars). That upward kink mostly serves as a “stop” for our hand – we then no longer need to grip the hood, but can simply rest on top of it. Again – reduced fatigue through improved ergonomics.

    If you look at Sean’s hands, they’re not in an ideal position. Angled awkwardly, and too stretched out. Old levers and hoods were designed to provide comfort and control in the drops, and the hoods were more of an afterthought.

  8. Yates ran his ‘bars like that because he liked his hands to be tucked right into the hooks to reach his brake levers with two fingers while still having straight wrists. His in-the-drops-riding-hard-on-the-front style is simply unparalleled and near impossible to emulate. Even though I hated the look of his set-up it certainly worked for him. Legend.

  9. Loving some of the pictures above, apart from the re-cumbents of course. Yates really was some rider, hard as nails!

  10. @Buck Rogers
    Posted this (video) as this Dude (Les Claypool) is a pure BadAss! It is disturbing, badass, crazy !!
    Wishing he were a cyclist. Anyway, PIG HUNT Testimonials – Les Claypool and Vince Ballew
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWtLHD1mZEg

  11. @Nate

    @Campagnolo Vince!
    That suggests he is becoming a patron in the peleton. I don’t see that, although I give him props for having his way with the francophone press at the Romandie interview.

    And he will need a “Rat Pack” trio

  12. @Oli

    Yates ran his ‘bars like that because he liked his hands to be tucked right into the hooks to reach his brake levers with two fingers while still having straight wrists. His in-the-drops-riding-hard-on-the-front style is simply unparalleled and near impossible to emulate. Even though I hated the look of his set-up it certainly worked for him. Legend.

    This.

  13. @Campagnolo Vince!
    Les Claypool also happens to be one of the most amazing musicians ever. He is/was the frontman of Primus, as well as a whole bunch of his own groups after and to this day.

    I was going to post a video, but it really takes a lot of his songs to understand.

  14. @DerHoggz

    @Campagnolo Vince!
    Les Claypool also happens to be one of the most amazing musicians ever. He is/was the frontman of Primus, as well as a whole bunch of his own groups after and to this day.

    I was going to post a video, but it really takes a lot of his songs to understand.

    Oh, I love this guy — as far as guy love goes. Trying to find a Primus (video) because it has a certain ‘cadence’ that (for me) connects to cycling — and found badass PIG HUNT instead.

    Lacquerhead
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kY7jSesdxl0

    I am still inspired to learn the bass one day due to Claypool.

  15. @DerHoggz
    And he directed and animated Lacquerhead himself — with some help. Go find Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver and enjoy. Well here, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYDfwUJzYQg

  16. @Adrian

    How did he get so thin eating that crap in his left hand?

    It was a foot long veggie sub until he looked at it.

  17. @DerHoggz, @Campagnolo Vince!
    Not to mention writing and performing the South Park intro song.

    @urbanwhitetrash
    +1

  18. Could someone with a Wikipedia account switch the photo of yates on wiki to the one on this page?

  19. Got the HTFU wrist bands in the mail!! Only thing is, how, as a school teacher, do I get away with it, or at least remember to remove it before going to work??

    “Teacher, what does your wrist band say?”

    oooohhhh shit.

  20. @packfiller
    Turn it inside out.

  21. @packfiller

    Got the HTFU wrist bands in the mail!! Only thing is, how, as a school teacher, do I get away with it, or at least remember to remove it before going to work??

    “Teacher, what does your wrist band say?”

    oooohhhh shit.

    How old are the kids you teach? Whatever it is, its probably not too young for the Rule #5 Talk.

  22. @frank

    @packfiller

    Got the HTFU wrist bands in the mail!! Only thing is, how, as a school teacher, do I get away with it, or at least remember to remove it before going to work??

    “Teacher, what does your wrist band say?”

    oooohhhh shit.

    How old are the kids you teach? Whatever it is, its probably not too young for the Rule #5 Talk.

    With my V year old and my V/2 year old, I simply shorten the phrase to “Harden Up.” I find it to be an indispensable parenting tool.

  23. @packfiller

    Got the HTFU wrist bands in the mail!! Only thing is, how, as a school teacher, do I get away with it, or at least remember to remove it before going to work??

    “Teacher, what does your wrist band say?”

    oooohhhh shit.

    Ha! I have worn one ever since Stewart O’Grady had them at the tdf and I saw it in a photo. I have never had any patients, or anyone else, ever remark on it. I wear it in clinic everyday. The few times I have told someone about it, they have always said that they thought it was a memorial bracelet or a POW bracelet and did not realize what it actually said. But then again, you’re dealing with kids, and they often seem much more perceptive of their immediate environment than adults.

  24. @frank, @Nate
    I’ve found the truncated Rule #5 to be invaluable both as a parent and as a first aider to the Under 9’s rugby team although you’ve got to be a little careful with how you phrase it with the new kids.

    Mummy, that man just told me not to be such a wuss…

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