Anatomy of a Photo: Roulin’ Dirty

After a long, hard day of dishing out pain to the peloton it’s time to chillax with der Homies. Here we have der Kaiser and Klodenizzle pimpin’ in the T-Mobile bus. Roulin’ dirty fo’ sho’.

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59 Replies to “Anatomy of a Photo: Roulin’ Dirty”

  1. This is wrong wrong wrong on so many levels. But, perhaps, fitting with the bygone bling and doping era of cycling. What’s with the Adidas kicks and socks?

  2. Steampunk :

    This is wrong wrong wrong on so many levels. But, perhaps, fitting with the bygone bling and doping era of cycling. What’s with the Adidas kicks and socks?

    Why would they NOT be wearing Adidas shoes, should be the question. They are the best brand of German footwear available, and very comfortable after a hard ride. It looks like their kits are sponsored by Adidas as well…

  3. I don’t think I’ve seen anything involving cycling that I could describe with the word “pimpin'” more than this.

    If Liberace was a cyclist, I’m sure he’d have a post-ride vehicle like this…

  4. Frank, this is a great example of a photographic retrospective study in homo-eroticism in westernized Germany circa 1998.

    As a guy, I suppose we are all proud to some degree but good-freaking-night the Klodenator is just so proud of his dick, perching a leg over the back of the VW microbus-pimped-beyond-infiniti, that well…I just don’t know what to say.

    And I must observe, the fella in the back with the tie, arms-hands welded to his belt, holding his pants up, saying to himself ‘these pussies need Rule #5!’

    And the 2 on the right, must be saying ‘this photo will be disturbing in ~10-12 years!!’

    And Jan simply says ‘theres some coke in the drawer if you want’

  5. It’s actually Marko’s post, although I will take credit for finding the shot. It took one look and I knew I had to file that puppy away. The original is full-screen, too. Most upsetting.

    My Velomihottie has reacted to this predictably, by the way, “My God that is one good looking man.” She’s referring to Ulli.

    I think they’re kickin’ it in this bus, by the way:

    And yes, they were sponsored by Adididas, the coolest company in the history of the world. Talk about marketing, how can you make three stripes your bitch?

    Also, I think the shot is from 2004 – when Ulli was back on T-Mobile after being a stud on Bianchi. They were called “Deutsche Telekom” before that.

    Word. I have a pair of Samabas and they are the bomb-diggity.


    But, perhaps, fitting with the bygone bling and doping era of cycling.

    Bygone doping era? Which sport are you following where doping is from a bygone era? I’m disappointed. You’re normally so spot-on.

  6. @Souleur
    The guy in the tie is most disapproving of the lack of The V.

    In fact, he looks so stern, I wonder if he’s actually just a cardboard cutout they taped to the window in an effort to discourage the kind of lounging that’s going on there.

    There’s some photo shoot in some issue of Cycle Sport where Klodi is dressed in some suit and he’s got this naked woman draped all over him. It’s nice to see a lad with no self-esteem issues. So many guys these days are insecure.

  7. What’s the guy with the clipboard on the far right doing? Is that a Geiger counter – or assuming they’re in Germany – a Geiger-Müller Counter in his paw, scanning for Awesomeness radiating from the bus?

  8. LMAO frank, now that is funny

    we need that as a rule, the measure of awesomeness from one implementing Rule #5 w/style, in this case it was eminating from the microbus, pink microbus, pink microbus w/silver wolf’rs in the back w/LED lighting and a loveseat.

  9. Frank does deserve full cred for finding that pic. And in keeping with the spirit of the era, I present to you this:

    Not too hard to find images of Cipo pimpin. In fact, I’d say every photo of Cipo is pimp.

  10. @Marko

    I actually did that a long time ago. I just figured this would be the perfect time for it.

    BMC’s are really high on my want list. I would like either a Cervelo R3 or a BMC Team Machine or a Pinarello Dogma or a Colnago.

  11. @frank
    Sorry to disappoint, but I did say “bling” era. Kind of like the ’80s coke thing.

    Re. Adidas: yes, I understand the German/T-Mobile/Adidas connection, and I’m fluent in Rule #69, but we might add an addendum that cycling kit is for riding not lounging…

  12. That van interior is horrid – pretty goofy shot. Jan however is cool – one of my favorite pro riders of all time. Well, minus the blood doping and whatever the hell else he did….

    @Cyclops: Awesome VW pic. I’m a bit of a air cooled VW fan – nice job.

  13. @Geof
    Cipo, for all his Awesomeness is in blatant violation of Rule #7, and in fact features in the example photo.

    Got it, I’ll not be so quick to judge next time; realize now the reference was towards the bling bit, not the doping bit.

  14. @Salsa_Lover

    You seem to forget that Eddy Merckx wore black adidas ?

    Yeah, just another tick in the list of how awesome Adidas is. I wear their pants all over the place, shoes, sandals, wristbands on the turbo-trainer…Anything I can get my hands on.

    You must be right that we were separated at birth. I’ve considered having my Bianchi TSX repainted in Celest, but I can’t bring myself to do it.

    Can you do a new rendering of that bug with some Velominati art on there? That one sucks. At least make the tires say “Obey the Rules” or something.

  15. @Dan O
    I’m with you, brother. My favorite rider that I’ve watched race. Did I mention on sat on his TT bike before the ’03 Gaillac ITT? Gave the security guard a sandwich and he let me into the place and sit on it.

    Before I sat on the bike:

    The Man sitting on the same bike:

    I’m pretty sure the two events are related. I mean, there’s not really any other way about it.

  16. The heinous first photo is made up by the awesomeness of the renditions from Cyclops and the V on display on the Bianchi.

  17. And I am betting there is a big fat soigneur named Rudy or Willy very close by with chamois cream at the ready.

    I always had a feeling that Kloden dodged some bullets on the doping front. He rode so well for a few seasons in what turned out to be very bad company and then became a much lesser rider in his latter years with Lance et al. But then again, that aint exactly good company is it?

  18. frank :


    You seem to forget that Eddy Merckx wore black adidas ?

    Yeah, just another tick in the list of how awesome Adidas is. I wear their pants all over the place, shoes, sandals, wristbands on the turbo-trainer…Anything I can get my hands on.

    It’s really too bad they seem to have discontinued their cycling line, unless they are just hiding it from me exclusively.

    I wear Adidas shoes exclusively while not at work or cycling (OK, sometimes I wear them to work as well), and in my mind there is no better brand of casual sneakers. I *tried* to like the lesser-Dassler brother’s sneakers, but I just couldn’t go against the trifoil.

    Back to the original photo: with all of the Adidas logos splashed about the clothing upon which these athletes are wearing, do you think the “bangin'” sound system that is installed underneath the bench seats is bumping RUN DMC “My Adidas”?

  19. @frank
    Correlation = causation. This bike is sitting on the wall of my local coffee shop. I see it two or three times a week. I like to think that has something to do with Zabriskie’s early success in the 2005 TdF. He hasn’t dropped by to thank me yet, though.

  20. @Cyclops
    Down to the “V”s on the hub caps, I really, really, really, really wish I could have that car.

    The Adidas cycling line has been re-badged as “Mavic”. For example, the Yellow Princesses are actually Adidas shoes.

    And abso-fuckin’-lutely they are playing My Adidas. Either that or Kraftwerk.

    Some of those pros are so damn insensitive.

  21. @frank

    Ah, I had no idea Adidas was providing private-label stuff for Mavic. Allow me a second to brown-nose: I only recently found this site, but it’s a rich source of cycling knowledge without looking down upon those who are new to the sport, very nice indeed.

    As far as Kraftwerk is concerned, I would hope they would be bumping Der Mensch Machine (Deutsch version, of course), but I would also accept them playing the then-recently-released (if the photo is from 2004) Tour De France Soundtrack.

  22. That is a bold lounging position when you are in white kit…

    Wow, the inside of that bus is awful. And yeah, I can’t imagine allowing that photo to be snapped. Bad idea.

  23. Amazing Pics: made me smile…. Kloden and Ullrich “roulin’ dirty” in the team bus and Cipo on his chaise lounge: Taking Homophobia to a new level lol

  24. @Cyclops: That bug pics looks cool as well. Gotta go with the Centerlines however.

    @Frank: Great Jan/TT bike story. Would have damn funny if the seatpost snapped off while you were sitting on it. Meanwhile, security guard munches on sandwich looking horrified.

  25. The Adidas Adistar Cycling line was really excellent, I could stock up when Adidas and Salomon split and then Adidas discontinued the cycling line, the shops were liquidating it everywhere and I could get several summer and winter kits that will last me many seasons, the Adistar Arctic series is superb for 0-5°C cycling, the windfront for 6-12°C, the body mapping for standard weather and the airflow versions for hot weather are simply great. The shoes are also very good but I confess that I am liking more the SIDIs right now.

    Mavic took over the designs and they still produce good stuff

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