The Old Guy Who Gets Fat In Winter made his debut in the pages of VeloNews way back in 1989, and he was an instant hit, in that many cyclists wished to hit cartoonist Patrick O’Grady for creating him, especially the ones who had more chins than funnybones. You know: masters racers.
But he eventually caught on, even starring in his own book, “The Season Starts When?, which sold dozens of copies (mostly to O’Grady, who got them at a hefty author’s discount to give as Bealtaine presents to relatives he disliked).
The Large One also appeared on two Voler cycling jerseys, both of which have now been resurrected for no good reason of which we can think, unless you count a venal urge to snap up any wayward greenbacks that might be tumbling along the dusty old Infobahn.
The original yellow jersey mimics the famous yellow kit worn by Himself in the cartoons, while version 2.0 features El Grande prominently at bow and stern. Both are handcrafted right here in the US of A from free-range, grass-fed, cage-free, non-GMO, virgin baby polyesters and feature full-length zippers that display one’s man-cleavage to the fullest possible extent permitted by law.
Buy one. Buy two and sew them together (you’ll probably have to). Buy both, one for each of your mood swings (Chocolate or vanilla? Stout or IPA? Bernie or Hillary?).
But buy them. Please, for the love of God, buy them. We can’t bear the thought that those baby polyesters may have died in vain, or more precisely, in Grover Beach, California.