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In honor of Movember, all moustache bans have been lifted and anyone wanting to raising funds for prostate and testicular cancer awareness will be permitted to accessorise with any style of lip-warmer for the month of November. There used to be a day when men weren’t worried about riding in the rain or what people thought of their moustaches, but a few brave pros have stepped up to the challenge and are raising money for the Movember cause.
The chevron, the handlebar, the dali, the fu manchu, the walrus….the variations are endless. The first winner of the Tour de France was Maurice-François Garin who sported both a moustache handlebar as well as a handlebar moustache. One of the legends of the moustache in cycling is Lucien Petit-Breton, the first cyclist to win two Tours (in 1907 and 1908). Back in the 1900’s the Handlebar and the Walrus were popular choices by the cyclists. Both are certified by the American Moustache Institute but the Handlebar has since been found to be performance enhancing and has been banned by the UCI.
In the 70’s and 80’s, the Chevron was the weapon of choice by the likes of Aussies greats such as Don Allan, Danny Clark and Michael Wilson. The Moustache World Championships are held every November in Las Vegas and if either of these guys wanted the title, it would only take them three days of growth and they’d easily raise enough money to cure cancer.
Skipping ahead to 2012, here are the brave Movember Pros who are raising money and awareness for men’s cancer and health issues as well as links to their donation pages. Good on ya fellas. There are still ten days left, so it’s not to late to leave a donation.