Holy explosion in a paint factory Batman! This weekend's 100th edition of the Giro d'Italia is Lance Armstrong's first and he wants to make sure he stands out from the crowd.
To that end he's had some artists (no, not that fella on the trike) run him up a couple of eye-catching specials. Contemporary artist Shepard Fairey, who emerged from the skateboarding scene and was the man responsible for the Barrack Obama 'Hope' poster during last year's US presiential campaign did the honours on the Madone. Apparently it's “a vibrant homage to Lance’s cancer fighting foundation while including ancient patterning in honor of Italy’s rich architectural details.'
New York pop artist Kenny Scharf did Lance's time trial Trek TTX machine and created the “lightspeed” space bike… hmm are they sure about that. Maybe it's some sort of in-joke. Whatever, we've got to admit they look pretty cool.
Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.