Friday, February 7, 2014

Our Chute Doc: Transparency ™

Let the Chute Doc heal your wounds with a light hearted look at the world of cycling. A play on the word "chute", French for fall or crash, used a lot in cycling, and also an anagram of Tour de Couch. (This section was formerly known as That's So Couch.)

Pro cycling news of recent weeks:

Lampre officially welcomed Chris Horner

The cross armed modelling pose is big again

Taylor Phinney confessed: his hairstyle WAS  inspired by a Sochi Winter Olympic Slope Style jump
The knitting of jerseys for Mark Cavendish has already begun in Yorkshire
Pro cycling men are also forced to sell their sponsors/themselves by using sex

Fabian Cancellara lines up a career after cycling

Bradley Wiggins is happy, now.

Unethical cyclists inspired by this photo from Melbourne zoo, find a way to guard against summer blackouts and getting mates like Landis to look after the fridge:

In other news:

Cycling's shy retiree George Hincapie attempts a varicose vein like grip on the pro cycling news cycle by sending out this love message to the Andreus.  I'm sure it has nothing to do with what this article from 4 February 2014 promotes: Hincapie's business - a boutique hotel and some cycling something or other. How about this quote from the hotel article:
"I was always pretty open about doping with my family and friends." 
Go Team Hincapie ethics!

UCI reveals secret: it worked with teams to oversee development of Transparency ™ a new material which helps black kit teams reveal all and be cool. Of course there's Sky's kit, and also Trek's modelled here by Frank Schleck:

UCI hope to distribute two "UCI Approved" stickers to each rider wearing black kit very soon. Really, really soon. The decision to call the new technology Amnesty faced strong opposition.

Of course, there are real dangers of wearing the mesh. Well at least for people who forget to slap on the sunscreen.

While not exactly mind control, it seems the other Sky boys who aren't Chris seem to have some sort of power over their women. Look at these WAGs taking to the road like love zombies. Although, who could blame them after you read this report - it's science.

But back to sunburn, wearing other kit can leave other unwanted marks:
This fan combined her two loves - cycling and Benedict Cumberbatch/Sherlock. This is fan fiction in diorama. Mostly I think she was just bored waiting for the road season to start properly in Belgium and now cyclocross is over. Yes, that's Benedict on the bike.

Missed the mens' elite World Cyclocross Championships last Sunday? Here is a highlights package:

The real womens' highlights are here.

This is how the fans got on:

(Real shot of Frank Schleck)

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