Olympics and Forearmed

Who’s the odd one out? Geraint – Latin for “old” – odd.

Ok, so now who’s the odd one out?
I think its Phillips “long socks” Idowu in GB’s official triple jump uniform.

The Olympics take massive commitment and dedication. And a willingness to do lots of photo shoots:

Excuse me, Ms Victoria Pendleton, is that a tattoo on your forearm??

Yes it is: ‘Today is the greatest day I’ve ever known’ – the opening line of a Smashing Pumpkins song.

There are loads of Pendleton flesh on the web. Some with forearm exposed:

Sometimes hidden:

She plans for two things after the Olympics: ‘I am going to throw myself into the planning for my wedding after the Olympics to help with the inevitable feeling of emptiness. I can’t wait. And I might get another tattoo.’

A lot of ink is spilt at every Olympics, and this one will be no exception.

For example, the Australian Rowing team:

There are waaaay too, too many tattoos. See some here. Let’s concentrate on just cyclists.

Sir Chris Hoy:

We’ve already seen Brads. Here he is getting a touch up by what looks like USB cables taped to his chest:Wiggins actually has several tattoos, A face from “Music For The Jilted Generation” album on left shoulder: “I grew up in Kilburn so I was a big Prodigy fan when I was a kid… because they were from Camden.” Sunburst on right arm. Names of children Ben and Isabella over heart. B on each thumb, said to stand for Ben and Bella.

Still too many tattoos. Let’s narrow it down to the forearm. The tattoo “red zone”, or the Pendleton position:

Slipstream’s Steven Cozza
“Vive il sogno”…that’s Italian for “Live the dream.”

Thibaut Pinot won stage 8 of this years tour.
: “Sollo la vitoria e bella”: “Only victory is beautiful” A tattoo sounds better in a different language, so being French he went for Italian.

Jack Bobridge: Don’t know what it says.

Christian Meier:Last Chance.

Tyler Farrar:

Peter Sagan:

Rinaldo Nocentini:

‘Carpe Diem’ on the right forearm, an Indian on his shoulder, his name on his neck in Chinese and the biggest tattoo is a Maori design on his shoulder. “If it was up to me I’d cover my whole body in them.”

Least you think that a forearm tattoo doesn’t have consequences: The six-pointed star in Malvern Star was a copy of the forearm tattoo of founder Tom Finnigan.

Unfortunately all images I could find of Tom have his arms covered.

OK, technically this isn’t a forearm, but I figure that’s only because they don’t show it, I’m sure its tattooed.

    Some answers to just about any bike forum post I’ve ever read

“If you think your bike looks good, it does. If you like the way your bike rides, it’s an awesome bike. You don’t need to spend a million dollars to have a great bike, but if you do spend a million dollars and know what you want you’ll probably also have a great bike. Yes, you can tour on your bike – whatever it is. Yes, you can race on your bike – whatever it is. Yes, you can commute on your bike – whatever it is. 26” wheels or 29” or 650b or 700c or 24” or 20” or whatever – yes, that wheel size is rad and you’ll probably get where you’re going. Disc brakes, cantis, v-brakes, and road calipers all do a great job of stopping a bike when they’re working and adjusted. No paint job makes everyone happy. Yes, you can put a rack on that. Get some p-clamps if there are no mounts. Steel is a great material for making bike frames – so is aluminum, carbon fiber, and titanium. You can have your saddle at whatever angle makes you happy. Your handlebars can be lower than your saddle, even with your saddle, or higher than your saddle. Whichever way you like it is right. Being shuttled up a downhill run does not make you a weak person, nor does choosing not to fly off of a 10 foot drop. Bike frames made overseas can be super cool. Bike frames made in the USA can be super cool. Hey, tattooed and pierced long shorts wearin flat brim hat red bull drinkin white Oakley sportin rad person on your full suspension big hit bike – nice work out there. Hey, little round glasses pocket protector collared shirt skid lid rear view mirror sandal wearing schwalbe marathon running pletscher two-leg kickstand tourist – good job. Hey, shaved leg skinny as hell super duper tan line hear rate monitor checking power tap train in the basement all winter super loud lycra kit million dollar wheels racer – keep it up. The more you ride your bike, the less your ass will hurt. The following short answers are good answers, but not the only ones for the question asked – 29”, Brooks, lugged, disc brake, steel, Campagnolo, helmet, custom, Rohloff, NJS, carbon, 31.8, clipless, porteur. No bike does everything perfectly. In fact, no bike does anything until someone gets on it to ride. Sometimes, recumbent bikes are ok. Your bikeshop is not trying to screw you. They’re trying to stay open. Buying things off of the internet is great, except when it sucks. Some people know more about bikes than you do. Other people know less. Maybe the person you waved at while you were out riding didn’t see you wave at them. It sucks to be harassed by assholes in cars while you’re on a bike. It also sucks to drive behind assholes on bikes. Did you build that yourself? Awesome. Did you buy that? Cool. Wheelies are the best trick ever invented. That’s just a fact. Which is better, riding long miles, or hanging out under a bridge doing tricks? Yes. Yes, you can break your collar bone riding a bike like that. Stopping at stop signs is probably a good idea. Driving with your bikes on top of your car to get to a dirt trail isn’t ideal, but for most people it’s necessary. If your bike has couplers, or if you have a spendy bike case, or if you pay a shop to pack your bike, or if you have a folding bike, shipping a bike is still a pain in the ass for everyone involved. That dent in your frame is probably ok, but maybe it’s not. You should get it looked at. Touch up paint always looks like shit. Often it looks worse than the scratch. A pristine bike free of dirt, scratches, and wear marks makes me sort of sad. A bike that’s been chained to the same tree for three years caked with rust and missing parts makes me sad too. Bikes purchased at Wal-mart, Target, Costco, or K-mart are generally not the best bang for your buck. Toe overlap is not the end of the world, unless you crash and die – then it is. Sometimes parts break. Sometimes you crash. Sometimes it’s your fault. Yes, you can buy a bike without riding it first. It would be nice to ride it first, but it’s not a deal breaker not to. Ownership of a truing stand does not a wheel builder make. 32 spokes, 48 spokes, 24 spokes, three spokes? Sure. Single speed bikes are rad. Bikes with derailleurs and cassettes are sexy. Belt drive internal gear bikes work great too. Columbus, TruTemper, Reynolds, Ishiwata, or no brand? I’d ride it. Tubeless tires are pretty cool. So are tubes. The moral of RAGBRAI is that families and drunken boobs can have fun on the same route, just maybe at different times of day. Riding by yourself kicks ass. You might also try riding with a group. Really fast people are frustrating, but they make you faster. When you get faster, you might frustrate someone else. Stopping can be as much fun as riding. Lots of people worked their asses off to build whatever you’re riding on. You should thank them.”

There’s a back story here – someone please tell us about it.
Oh, and Gerrans for the win!

Postscript:
Women’s Road Race gold: Marianne Vos:

In case you didn’t hear that:

Men’s Road Race gold: Alesander Vinokourov:
Say what you want, Vino’s long association with doping doctor Michele Ferrari, his positive doping test in the 2009 TdF, his two year doping suspension, his refusal to admit any wrong-doing, his payment to win the 2010 Liège–Bastogne–Liège, his repeated drinking of Sherpa blood, a recipient of Kazakhstan “People’s Hero First Class” medal, and he’s a nobody?

Women’s TT gold: Kirstin Armstrong (no relation):

Wins gold in her last race before retirement at age 39. That’s the way to do it.

Men’s TT gold: Bwad:
Fourth Olympic gold medal and a TdF win. The knighthood is in the post.

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4 Responses to Olympics and Forearmed

  1. Nicole says:

    does Lance have a tat??? maybe a big arrow pointing at the access vein used to draw blood for drug testing……. wink wink

    • Mark says:

      Nic, I detect a bit of cynicism here, but rest assured, if you look at Lance’s “It’s not about the bike” you will find:
      “Doping is an unfortunate fact of life in cycling, or any other endurance sport for that matter. Inevitably, some teams and riders feel its like nuclear weapons—that they have to do it to stay competitive within the peloton. I never felt that way, and certainly after chemo the idea of putting anything foreign in my body was especially repulsive.”
      Meanwhile, I suggest we just rejoice in Vinokurov’s Olympic gold medal – a massive victory for clean sport everywhere.

  2. ducatiboy says:

    I was gonna get a tatt like that last one but I don’t think my back is big enough. Maybe if I get a smaller font…

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