King of the mountains?


Ok so I live in Birmingham. No mountains near here, maybe a few small lumps but defo nothing big. Anyway was out today in the glorious sunshine buzzing along, soaking it up and stopped at a red light. A guy pulls up next to me on a reasonably flash bike wearing a polka dot TdF KOM jersey. Now I'm not usually prudish about this sort of thing (live and let live I say), but we got chatting and I asking him if he felt self conscious in it. He replied he did, but only on hills. Ok, so as we are chatting we come to the foot of a largish 'lump' in the road (300ft ascent at 5-6%) and I drop him after 200m or so, and I wasn't pushing hard at all. Fair play to the guy for wearing what he wants, but I certainly couldn't wear it (even if I had the balls to) if I couldn't do justice to it.

First time I've come across someone in a leaders Jersey, so have many other seen much of them about since the Tdf started/finished this yr?


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I have never given much thought to this sort of thing, but now you mention it, I feel that I would be comfortable wearing leaders jerseys or team jerseys day to day, as a t-shirt (an expensive one at that) much like a football fan would their favorite team or because its a nice shirt, however, and somewhat ironically, I would feel a bit daft wearing it for cycling. Kind of like I would feel stupid rocking up to play football with a few mates in a full premiership team getup!

However, just because I would feel a bit daft (which is my problem at the end of the day) doesn't necessarily mean I think there is anything wrong with it and people should do as they want.

Accy cyclist

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I've had a plain,no adverts/sponsors one for years and i've had some stick! I can get away with the image(apart from my age)of a KOTM, but i certainly can't bike like one!:laugh:
It's an historic jersey and i must say it's probably my favourite one. I loved this year's tour when the wearer of the polka dot not only had a spotty jersey and shorts, but also his helmet,gloves,socks and even his bike were in polka dots!:becool:

Accy cyclist

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Forum Stalwart (won't take the hint and leave...)
I can understand wearing a team jersey to show your support to a team, or polka-dot casual clothing to show your respect for the KOM, but wearing a polka-dot cycling top whilst cycling, particularly if you aren't that much of a wheel-based moutain goat, is just wrong. IMHO, of course.

Mr Haematocrit

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Does anyone really give shoot if people wear the KOM jersey when cycling. It's not like your going to confuse someone wearing it in your local town with Voeckler.
I can't believe how precious some people act towards these types of jerseys. I find it really odd.
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