Those that read this blog are already aware that one of my “favorite” topics are the ugly sunglasses. Though I did not declare a winner in 2010, we do know who the repeat offenders are, don’t we?
I have also noticed an alarming number of ugly sunglasses whilst watching the Tour de France (TdF). It seems that the Ugly Sunglasses of Choice for F1 drivers and TdF cyclists is OAKLEY. I thought about it for a little while and it occurred to me that the F1 boys and TdF boys need to have a battle… for the ugliest sunglasses.
Yes that’s right. I have assembled photos for your viewing “pleasure.” Only photos from the 2011 season count. If I have missed a particularly horrendous photo, please drop me a line via twitter, email, or comment. Though I am not fond of them, I am excluding the yellow shades from “The Yellow Shades Project” because I don’t think it’s appropriate. This will be a picture heavy post… you’ve been warned.
Since this is a F1 blog, let’s start with our beloved F1 boys:
Now it’s time for the Tour de France boys. Sadly, I don’t know all of the cyclists’ names since I am not really into cycling. Please enlighten me if you happen to know:
The Schlecks seem enamored with Oakleys with clear lenses…
World champion Thor Hushovd has an arsenal of ugly sunglasses:
Oh. My. Eyes. They hurt. Do yours?
So what do you think? Compared to the cyclists… the F1 boys aren’t so bad, right? No matter who wins the Tour de France… they have already beaten the very best F1 drivers in one thing: The Ugly Sunglasses Battle.
Did you know that Oakley sunglasses are customizable? The lens and frames colorways can be chosen by the customer. For example, this combination is possible: top half neon green, bottom half (left side) white, bottom half (right side) black.
That is probably one reason why there are some seriously ugly Oakley sunglasses worn in the F1 and TdF world. Remember: just because you can, doesn’t mean you should!
If you are going to customize a pair of Oakley sunglasses, please use these photos as examples of what not to do.
P.S. Photo credit: TdF photos were from cyclingtipsblog.com
Last year I made a point of following which drivers had the tendency to wear their caps backwards. A number of drivers wear their caps backwards … perhaps I should keep track of this more so I can do some “special stats”? This might be a little too crazy though… even for me. Haha.
Anyways, although there has already been plenty of testing dear Maldonado is now the first featured backwards cap driver for 2011.
P.S. I don’t really want to admit that I was examining this photo that thoroughly, but Maldonado wears braces too. Sorry about wasting people’s brain space on useless facts.
P.P.S. Was anyone wondering where my opinion went? If you want it … you got it: Not even this youthful way of wearing a cap can make poor Maldonado look younger. :/ Somehow even Reubens looks younger! Maybe it’s time for some anti-aging treatments? Or half-off Groupon spa deals? ~_~