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Has anyone else noticed how many pro riders wear several days growth on their face whilst riding?

Is this

a) because they've lost their razor

b) they're so fed up with shaving their legs that they can't be bothered to shave their beard

c) they think it makes them look cool (not mentioning any names *cough* Cav)

d) something else?

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Raleigh [1667 posts] 4 years ago
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Maybe its so that they can store energy gels and snot in there for laters.

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ALIHISGREAT [119 posts] 4 years ago
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Protection from the wind and sun?

Windburn is an actual thing.. and we all know about sunburn.

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Gkam84 [9092 posts] 4 years ago
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I don't have a clue, i though they were just going for my wolf look.

Its great in winter though, keeps you warm apart from the when the wind chill and frost catch you. The only problem i have in summer is itching when its really warm  19

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londonplayer [620 posts] 4 years ago
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when I broke my leg whilst cycling, I hadn't had a shave for 3 days. When I finally got round to having a shave, I had about 6 days growth. I now have a superstition that I always need to be clean shaven whilst riding the bike  3

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notfastenough [3716 posts] 4 years ago
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A. because they aren't expecting road rash on their face? (ow!)

B. because they won't be given a facial massage by the soigneur?

See your point though.  4

After Cav won a stage with stubble a couple of years back, he later said something about 'looking like a hobo' on the media pictures, and that he wouldn't race again without shaving his chin. Don't think it lasted long...

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OldRidgeback [2662 posts] 4 years ago
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Coz they've blunted their razors giving themselves a shave down under?

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jamjam [61 posts] 4 years ago
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Isn't it the whole "can't shave on race day" thing that many superstitious people think?  39

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stereojet [143 posts] 4 years ago
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Could be superstition; could be laziness. I also heard that some didn't shave because it wasted energy that was needed later in the day. I'd imagine that it's as likely that the extra 5 minutes in bed would be a factor.

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phax71 [287 posts] 4 years ago
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If I had just cycled over 100 miles at a rapid pace up and down mountains and been through the kind of hell the pros sometimes do ... THE LAST THING I want to do is shave, I want a massage, a shedload of food and drink and some sleep..... Shaving can wait for rest day...

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Jon [33 posts] 4 years ago
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Despite their outspoken contempt for 'hairy legged 4th cats' etc. I think many of them feel emasculated by their leg shaving and have to compensate facially - okay, I may have silky smooth legs and wear lycra, but look - I have manly stubble upon my chin!

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Tour Le Tour [87 posts] 4 years ago
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It used to be a superstition/tradition not to shave before a TT - I think I remember hearing it was because it makes you feel more aggressive...