Friday, June 6, 2014

Our Chute Doc: Dos Hombres

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

Nairo Quintana gets ready to reenact a scene from Lion King

Rigoberto Uran just can't work out why he lost the the Giro

....and Yorkshire granny says, Game On, Rigo

Froome's book details what must one must first do to reach him

Evelyn Stevens wears her sunglasses at night...and on her head, and her face

Budget efficiencies already found at SBS

The redacted version of RIDE #64

The leaked first draft of the La Course poster

...reports say it was cancelled after the AIGCP, and Oleg Tinkov surprisingly stood up for the womens' tour

POC's Earth HQ finally reaches the Mother Ship which arrives for world domination

.....Catlike have something to say about that
....and Chavanel will be ready for them well as Valentina Scandolara

Dos Hombres

You all thought I was going to post something about Svein Tuft and Michael Hepburn (am I the only one who thinks he looks a little like Ethan Hawke). Well, yes

But there was other duos showing bro love this week:

And of course:

Love that can't be mocked this week
And with that, catch ya on the flip side!!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Gerrans' Goodwill Gone?

"I am always surprised when people come up to me wearing a T-shirt that says, "Shut up legs!" It was just something I said once, long ago, to a journalist who'd asked how I could dig so deep in races. But even today people who see me say, "Come on, Jens. Tell us! You know what we want to hear!" "Shut up legs," I say, and they love it. They laugh. They tell me it inspires them. This is never annoying. It's flattering, this whole idea that I have somehow become a racer who means something to people." (Jens Voigt in Bicycling Magazine)
I thought of Jens following the eruption of this morning’s Mount Etna size PR disaster involving Simon Gerrans, Trinity Management and Sock Height (see here).  

How many people have made hundreds or the lucky ones, thousands, selling merchandise containing Jen’s catch phrase?

It is part of Jens Voigt’s brand.  I may be wrong (and please tell me if I am), but as far as I’m aware Jens or anyone representing him has not gone after a share of that money or sent out any cease and desist letters. He sees it all as a bit of fun and something that doesn't hurt his value. He is working with rather than against his image.

This eclipses an innocuous line on some person’s website that has technically not yet launched. A person with only about 30 Twitter followers before the cease and desist letter.

A smashing RIDE Cycling Review magazine this quarter profiles Simon Gerrans and his career highs this season. Working so hard since January winning the National Championship Road Race, the Tour Down Under right up until his win at Liege Bastogne Liege, it is a story some people could not make up.

Pfft. In an eye blink, all that goodwill has gone.

Hopefully this is something Simon Gerrans himself sorts out with his management for the damage to his brand far outweighs any compliment contained in a website introduction.