F1 and Le Tour de France Battle it Out

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:

Fernando has been a Repeat-Ugly-Sunglasses-Offender (RUSO) this season:

(wroom event)


(Malaysia)


(Montreal)

Although Kubica is not with us in 2011, it seems that Heikki owns the same pair of Oakley Oil Rig sunglasses:

Don’t confuse the Oil Rig with the White Gascan though:

I found the shades Liuzzi wore in Montreal to be particularly terrifying:

F1 newbie Pastor Maldonado also has a pair of ugly sunglasses, proving that he does indeed belong in F1:

Narain Karthikeyan is no longer driving for Hispania, but I did save this photo of him:

Vettel has been much better in 2011 (yay!). However, I did spot a pair of ugly sunglasses this season:

Of course, the King of F1 cannot be forgotton:

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…

Frank Schleck:

Andy Schleck:

The carbon Oakleys worn by Cadel Evans is pretty ugly too:

Although I realize these green Rudy Project sunglasses aren’t Oakley, it doesn’t mean they are pretty (OK, they’re not really that bad honestly… I guess I can forgive Phillippe Gilbert…):

What makes these so bad? I duno, maybe the rainbow reflective lens. Sylvain Chavanel looks rather proud of his choice though…

Oh Tyler Farrar… you hid your cuteness behind these awful Oakley Jawbones”

World champion Thor Hushovd has an arsenal of ugly sunglasses:

Did you notice the world champion stripes on these babies? Isn’t it… a little weird?

However… the following pair of Oakleys definitely takes the cake. Oh Fabian Cancellera I am ashamed that I did not recognize you at first. Maybe these Oakleys have disguise power:

Oh. My. Eyes. They hurt. Do yours?

haha.

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

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  1. Clem
    12/07/2011 at 11:25 am

    Tour de France 1- 0 Formula 1 ;p!
    And these guys are Philippe Gilbert (in green), Sylvain Chavanel (France champion -I’m French so that’s too easy for me!-), Tyler Farrar and Fabian Cancellara (the winner I think, soooo ugly sunglasses, such a shame!).

    • pinknyanko
      12/07/2011 at 11:48 am

      thanks… I will update my post with your help 😀

  2. Clem
    14/07/2011 at 9:19 am

    You’re welcome! We can’t miss “le Tour” here in France!

  3. Steff
    14/06/2012 at 1:50 am

    i think you are a little bit blind, those oakley’s of the tour de france are damn pretty, especially the one of cancellara and cadel evans. the sunglasses of the formula 1 are ugly has hell. i don’t understand you think those oakley’s of the tour de france are ugly. You probably don’t like cycling and that’s the reason you think they are ugly.

  4. Katie
    17/06/2012 at 10:18 am

    Oakley’s are crazy ugly whether on an F1 driver or a cyclist. These guys must wear them a)because of sponsorship deals, b)they get boxes of them free and therefore won’t spring for a nice pair or c) and this is probably more for the cyclists, they really protect their eyes from the sun(even though in fairness all glasses are meant to do this!!). Whatever the reason they are butt ugly

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