Is wearing team kit douchy? It’s not in other sports, as you can see by any number of fans wearing football tops around UK town centres every weekend, very rarely do you see someone sporting the latest BMC, SKY, Liquigas or Leopard Trek kit when out shopping – maybe they’re all out cycling when I’m carting bags/kids round the shops? Or maybe it’s because it’s just not cool.
I have some team kit that I received when a cycling magazine featured me as part of their reader team; I love it and really feel as though I deserve to wear it, there were only 4 kits made and one of them’s mine so it’ll always be special.
Pulling on a jersey from a ProTour team doesn’t seem to yield the same pride though. A friend of mine recently made much mention that his team Sky jacket was cheap and that it’s a good performer as the reasons for buying it. I didn’t quite get why he was worried about it, until we were out with the club a few days later and I heard some club members half-heartedly poking fun at him for it. (I still think it looks kinda cool but I’m still relatively new to the cycling fold so I kept schtum…)
The reason I’m dithering away about kit is due to the birthday present I recently received from my sister; it consists of 2008 Agritubel team kit, who were based where she lives in France. I’m over the moon with it, she got it from the chairman of the fan club, who she knows through their accountant, who has a Kuota team bike on the wall of his office… all very not what you know but who. It’s as close to supporting a ‘local’ continental team as I can get.
Owning a winter jacket, summer jersey and socks isn’t enough for me though, I’m now finding myself scouring ebay.fr and ebay.it for matching bib shorts and longs; and, of course, the obligatory team cap, I get the feeling I’m taking this too far…
Maybe my saving grace is that the kit is from 2008 and that the team has now been disbanded; VecchioJo’s recent blog about La Vie en Claire kit suggests it might be retro-cool to wear old kit, I’m just not sure if 3 years is long enough to guarantee enviable glances from my club mates!
Either way, I’m wearing it.