– [Matt] Flair, panache, poise, elegance,
and style. No, we’re not talking about what Dan Lloyd sees when he checks
out his reflection in the mirror, we’re talking about the pro look, as
achieved by the effortlessly cool Fausto Coppi and Jacques Anquetil in
the golden era, or the coiffured modernism of Eisel, Riggins in the modern age.
Want to achieve that pro look? Here’s our handy guide. ♪ [music] ♪ Look, if you want to be accepted into the
pro peloton, you at least have to look the part. White arms and white
legs just won’t cut it. – [Dan] No, you’ve got to actually work on
your tan over the winter months, which means interspersing trips to
warmer climes with regular intervals on the sun bed. – And these, these Dan, are warmer
climes, aren’t they? – They are. You just can’t beat
Scarborough, can you? – Yes. Have they still got
the arcade. – Yeah, and the fair.
– All right. – The right sunglasses. – Janssen, Bartoli, Henao, LeMond, Lloyd.
This isn’t just about riding like a pro. You need to believe you’re a pro. And to
do that, you need to wear sunglasses like a pro. – Shades, or “lunettes” as the French call
them, are a window into your soul, apparently. You need to pick a style and
stick with it. Are you classically retro, or are you uber modern? Or ironically,
are you stuck in the mid-90s? – The haircut doesn’t just complete a pro
rider’s appearance, it actually rubber stamps it. The favored cut of choice in
the peloton these days is without a doubt the disconnected undercut. See Marcel
Kittel, Tom Boonen, and Dan Lloyd for prime examples. Cuts to approach with
caution include the Cipollini perm and the Uran-Bettencourt mullet. – Caps, not hats. – Casquettes, caps, cappellino.
No pro with his or her salt will be seen wearing a cap, casquette, or
cappellino without due care or diligence into the placement of the cotton headwear. – Peak up, peak down. Worn backward. Worn
forward. Or worn right in the middle. It’s very important to look good, either
when greeting the podium or just trying to look cool at the grand depart. – Yeah. Get this wrong,
and it won’t be forgotten. – Off the bike style. Looking pro extends
beyond the bike. If you want the complete image, then you need to live and breathe
style. Our very own Dan Lloyd is the epitome of style, both on and off the
bike. Incredibly, the range-y style icon formerly of Cervelo test team has a
different colored pair of trousers for every day of the week. The man’s
panache knows no bounds. – To beard, or not to beard? – To beard, or not to beard. This is the
question. Year on year the peloton is getting fuzzier, more hirsute and grizzled
as facial hair spreads quicker than a crash in a bunch sprint. – Can you be considered a true acolyte of
the pro scene without sporting such a voluminous thatch as this? Well,
here at GCN we’ve certainly tried, but with varied results. From the
nonexistent, to the, well, frankly, patchy Or beard, with a hint of ginger. – Tattoos. – Tom Boonen, Brad Wiggins, Pipo Pozzato,
Sylvain Chavanel, Philippe Gilbert, all pro exponents of tattoos.
What do they mean? Why do they do it? Did it hurt? when can I get it removed?
These are the questions that those sans-tattoo perennially ask. So, we got
our very own Dan Lloyd to answer all of those questions, whilst at the same time
popping the tattoo cherry of the GCN presenters. – Sock and shoe color combinations.
What’s it to be? Black shoes, white socks? White shoes, black socks?
Black shoes, black socks? White shoes, white socks? So many
permutations. Well, four actually. Anyway, the pressure to get it right can
ultimately mean that you get it wrong. And as a pro, it’s incumbent on
you to get it right. So think, plan ahead, and strategize. – The bike. It has to be absolutely
immaculate. At least at the start of a ride, that is. In fact, many cafe pros
point blank refuse to go out riding if there’s even the faintest whiff of rain in
the air. All in the name of keeping their pride and joy looking pristine. Our very
own Neal Rogers has an array of lubes for every occasion, and actually sleeps with
his bike under the duvet to avoid getting it dusty. – Sock length. Chipping away at the
coalface of stylistic chains, GCN’s research into pro sock length
explored hitherto unknown territory with it’s in depth study. The optimum range
appears to be six centimeters above the ankle bone, but as more data is
received this could change. Fear not, though, GCN will have it’s collective
fingers firmly on the pulse of socks, monitoring the cotton fluctuations
as the season moves on. – To watch some California top tens, click
up there, and to watch some California how-tos, click down there. – And how about subscribing to GCN.
To do that, just click on my tan lines. – You actually looked white until you
revealed proper white there. I do love it here in Santa Cruz. – Dan, it’s Santa Barbara. – Oh is it? I just like Santa’s, really.
Santas in general. Claus. – All the Santas. Santas Bantas. – Okay. Thanks, Matt. – On top of them? – Okay, then.