Pro-cycling is all about attention to detail: the training, the bike, the kit and of course personal grooming. We all have our favourite cycling style icons, and you only need to read Chris Juul Jensen‘s excellent blog post for Rouleur to see just how important looking your best equates to riding at your best for these elite athletes. It’s not all about keeping cool and aero.
The riders endure everything from extreme heat and dust, to cold and wet for hours on end. So just how do they keep hair, beards,and moustaches in prime condition over a three week Grand Tour? In number #341 of ‘things I did not know about the Tour de France’ is the existence of an official Tour barber, sponsored by Bic, who travels with the whole cavalcade from stage to stage and opens for business in the Start Village every day.
It’s a fiercely contested position and this year’s barbier de choix is Hervé Boibessot from Toulouse. He’s an ardent cyclist as well as one of France’s top ten barbers according to GQ magazine – the perfect man for the post I’d say. Here’s VeloVoice favourite Sylvain Chavanel (IAM-Cycling) giving the hot seat a whirl.
There is an excellent piece on Hervé here in the MetroNews (in French). You can see he sports a very fine beard and moustache combination so no surprise at all to see Simon Geschke (Giant-Alpecin) at the booth
However, the article does go on to say that the Toulousain hopes to convince many clients to give hirsute facial adornments a try, whether a full beard or the 3-day stubble effect. I can’t say I’m completely on board with this idea.
You can look out for the Tour barber on his Instagram account (@herve_ocofador/).
Header: Immaculately coiffed Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), also a customer of the barber I believe – via Commons Wikimedia