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Possible Inflammatory Question(4 posts)

Possible Inflammatory Questiongregario
May 18, 2002 1:00 PM
A few years ago I had the observation that there seemed to be "a lot" of bald or balding professional cyclists. Whether that is actually true or not I'm not sure but I did think it was a little odd that there were a few guys like Pantani, Garzelli, De Las Cuevas (recently Leipheimer) in their mid to late 20's that were so bald. I know it happens in the general public but like I said it's something I noticed. That got me to thinking: isn't a side effect of steriod abuse premature balding? I am in no way implying that these guys are on steroids but with the struggle to make cycling clean it got me wondering. So, IS baldness a side effect and has anyone else noticed a preponderance of bald professionals? This question may be ridiculous but it's been something I've been wondering about. I am NOT equating baldness with steroid use, just asking if anyone else has made the same observation.
Wondered 'bout that myselfspeedisgood
May 18, 2002 3:04 PM
Also, add Bjarne "Mr. 60" Riis to your list.

People have different tolerences and symptoms to excess testosterone so it's not inconceivable that these guys are the ones more sensitive to steroids. Assuming they're using steroids, of course. Other full-head-of-hair abusers, if they exist in the pro peloton, may be the less susceptible.
re: baldness.guido
May 18, 2002 7:27 PM
It could just be that if you're going to lose your hair, you'll lose it faster riding bikes all the time. Constant scuffing under helmets, corrosive sweat, constant wind, isn't very healthy on a head of hair, especially if you've got the kind that's going to fall out anyway.

Just a thought.
re: baldness.Carbon fiber fanatik
May 19, 2002 4:30 AM
I agree.. being one of those with a lot less on top, I have been asked that before. I just laugh, anxiously awaiting my next ride.