2012 ProTeam Jerseys – Part 2


Movistar JerseyAfter Caisse d'Epargne departed last year, we were treated to the lime and navy kit accented with white.  A little more white appears along the opposite side panel of the jersey, but otherwise little has changed from last year.

The personnel changes are more intriguing than the kit changes.  Vuelta champion J.J. Cobo has come aboard after the dissolution of Geox-TMC and Alejandro Valverde has returned from a 2 year suspension imposed by the Court for Arbitration for Sport.


2012 ProTeam Kits – Part 1

2012 is here, and with the turn of the new year, contracts in the pro ranks renew and riders are free to present their new team kits for the coming season.  Let's take a look at some of the team kits that have been revealed thus far:

Astana pro cycling team

Pro Team Astana is sporting a look that is very similar to their kits from last year.  There is a lot of pastel/aqua/electric blue paired with bright yellow and white.  Of course, these colors intimately mimic the flag of the sponsoring nation.  Everyone will know that the team is the brainchild of Alexander Vinokourov, and is designed to fly the colors of (make glorious power of wonderful nation) Kazakstan.

The kit itself would benefit from some darker colors to separate the pastels from one another, but we've become used to seeing this design (it's basically unchanged from last year) so it's not a big deal.

Shrewd in the transfer market, you can look for  Vinokourov to be flanked by Janez Brajkovic, Borut Bozic and Roman Kreuziger.


Avoiding the Fred Situation: Does The Jersey You Wear Matter?

As many of my post ideas begin, I was recently clicking around an online cycling forum and stumbled across a discussion that struck me as interesting.  A simple question of “will I get made fun of for wearing a pro jersey on my ride” sparked a huge debate about the legitimacy of purchasing and wearing pro team gear.  There's a lot of worry about becoming a cycling fred, showing up with gear that your legs can't back up, apparently…

Of course, there were as many opinions as there were posters, ranging from “whatever makes you happy” to “some deity will kill kittens if you wear that Sky jersey on a ride.”  With such a wide range of opinions, it's not easy to sort it all out, but I'll do my best for you.

Click through after the jump to figure out how to avoid becoming “that guy.”