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Old 01-02-07, 12:12 AM   #1
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Apparel Choice For Unattached Rider

This is most likely an extremely stupid question, but i just dont want to make an a** of myself. I am going to begin racing this season and will be riding unattached without a club. I am wondering what I should wear for a jersey I have a number of pro team kits and quite few jersey's from local rides, however I am assumeing I should probably wear something plain. Should I go buy a cheap plain jersey from Performance or Nashbar? or does it matter and I can wear pretty much whatever? Am I totally over thinking this? Whats normal for unattached riders?
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I'd go with a plain jersey of some sort.
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Make your own team or personal jersey if you have the cash , or possibly get one of those "sponsored by self" jerseys. In all reality you'll probably just go with a plain kit so throw together some nice Pearl Izumi or Sugoi stuff you can make just about anything look good if you're winning (Just ask Super Mario, oh those skin suits)
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http://www.usacycling.org/news/user/story.php?id=666

only riders who belong to clubs can be sponsored; all others are considered unattached riders and are supposed to compete in clothing that doesn't bear any sponsorship identification. If your club isn't sponsored, then you are supposed to use clothing in USCF permitted events that bears only your club name (or unmarked clothing).



That being said, I've seen people in the full US postal kit in cat 5 races. They'll get snickered at by everyone, but they've not been tossed from races at least in my area. Most unattached riders wear plain jerseys/shorts
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only riders who belong to clubs can be sponsored; all others are considered unattached riders and are supposed to compete in clothing that doesn't bear any sponsorship identification. If your club isn't sponsored, then you are supposed to use clothing in USCF permitted events that bears only your club name (or unmarked clothing).



That being said, I've seen people in the full US postal kit in cat 5 races. They'll get snickered at by everyone, but they've not been tossed from races at least in my area. Most unattached riders wear plain jerseys/shorts
Wear plain stuff.

Every time I've seen someone show up in kit from a team they're clearly not on (only happened in the 5s) the officials made them turn their jersey inside out. Kind of an ass-pain if you're planning on storing food in your jersey...
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^

i never saw any of that in the north east, but in scotland you were supposed to wear a white jersey if you were unattached.
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another vote for a plain jersey and shorts. you'll see a number of other unattached riders wearing plain stuff as well, so you won't stick out.

i always thought it would be cool to talk to a few unnattached guys at the beginning of a race and plan to work together. sort of a non-team team.
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And some shoes to go with:



Then attack attack attaaaaaaaaaaaack!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Leather....and an earring in your right ear.
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If you think you can blow the field away I vote for cotton shorts and a cotton T shirt with holes in it. Knee high striped socks would rock as well.

This would only be my kit if I thought I was going to lap the field.
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Wear plain stuff.

Every time I've seen someone show up in kit from a team they're clearly not on (only happened in the 5s) the officials made them turn their jersey inside out. Kind of an ass-pain if you're planning on storing food in your jersey...
Only saw it once in a 5's race. Some guy came up with a team Disco TdF white jersey. He was only batting .333 in the "best young rider" jersey, because he was not young and certainly not the best.

Just go plain, whatever's comfortable.
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Then attack attack attaaaaaaaaaaaack!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Except now Bettini is world champ and on Quickstep
I think I'll just go with something plain.
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Most of the unattached riders I see wear plain, solid jerseys to conform with the rule cat4ever posted above, but lately I have started to wonder how fun it would be to wear something like these just to show some humor and/or personality. They don't have any "sponsors" so they do conform to the USCF rule!


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Why not just join a team? The first year of racing is hard enough but to do it alone makes it that much harder. You’re going to be nervous for those first few races anyway, it would be nice to have a buddy to show you what to do. You might make a few friends along the way, gain valuable knowledge from others with experience, and have someone to talk with about the races.

And people to train with.

The money you spend to join the team generally covers the cost of the team kit. Since you’re buying something new anyway, you might as well make the leap and join.
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^^ That's a great point. I wish I had joined a team BEFORE I started racing. You learn a lot from racing, but the next best thing is training with people who will push you to get better, and who have been there/done that. The Cat 3's and up on my team are just awesome about that, and really put time and effort into helping us lowly 4/5's.

And the social aspect isn't to be underestimated. It's a definite confidence and performance booster when you know other guys are depending on you and you're depending on them. Even just a familiar face at the start line is sometimes a great psychological boost. And post-ride drinking is much less enjoyable alone with nobody to tell war stories with.
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I have a variety of reasons for going unattached. There really are no truely local teams, the nearest ones are over an hour away from where I live so training with them regularly is not really possible. Also I am just finishing my senior year of highschool and as such my last year of Track; that means I wont be able to do any racing until very late in the month of May. I would probably join a team if I were going to race a full season but by just doing half I dont feel it would be fair to the team or to me to join. Also track will mess with my on bike training and I likely wont get into any real riding until after track, so that would put me at an entirely different level of training than any one else who would be on the team and necessitate different training (ie I'll be fine cardiovascularly as good if not better than any one else, like sub 4:30 miles and sub 10 2 miles, but will need to build up some different muscles. However, I can definately appreciate the support and expierence an established team would provide, and will probably join one next season fter I have gotten an idea of what is out there.
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another vote for a plain jersey and shorts. you'll see a number of other unattached riders wearing plain stuff as well, so you won't stick out.

i always thought it would be cool to talk to a few unnattached guys at the beginning of a race and plan to work together. sort of a non-team team.
getting a real team to work well together is toush enough (especially in NYC )
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Then attack attack attaaaaaaaaaaaack!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Years ago, had a friend not allowed to start a Cat IV race because he had the Rainbow jersey on. He didn't have time to get to the car and grab a T shirt, and missed the race.

Only the reigning world champion gets to wear the jersey.
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I have a variety of reasons for going unattached. There really are no truely local teams, the nearest ones are over an hour away from where I live so training with them regularly is not really possible. Also I am just finishing my senior year of highschool and as such my last year of Track; that means I wont be able to do any racing until very late in the month of May. I would probably join a team if I were going to race a full season but by just doing half I dont feel it would be fair to the team or to me to join. Also track will mess with my on bike training and I likely wont get into any real riding until after track, so that would put me at an entirely different level of training than any one else who would be on the team and necessitate different training (ie I'll be fine cardiovascularly as good if not better than any one else, like sub 4:30 miles and sub 10 2 miles, but will need to build up some different muscles. However, I can definately appreciate the support and expierence an established team would provide, and will probably join one next season fter I have gotten an idea of what is out there.
Don't sweat your fitness on the bike and think you'll hold a team back, especially in the 5s. Before I destroyed my knee in February I could hold a 1 mile pace the nearly same as you (~4:40-4:50), but my 2 mile pace went into the mid 11s. I came back from an ACL tear to do well in the 5s, with only a few hundred miles of base, and no structured build. Just basically riding my bike with a CAT-1, CAT-2 and a stupid fast 5 as occasional training partners.

Even if you don't ride with the team besides the odd weekend training ride, it's nice to have friends to race with. Imagine if you didn't know anybody at a track meet - not as much fun as going with your hombres
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Don't sweat your fitness on the bike and think you'll hold a team back, especially in the 5s. Before I destroyed my knee in February I could hold a 1 mile pace the nearly same as you (~4:40-4:50), but my 2 mile pace went into the mid 11s. I came back from an ACL tear to do well in the 5s, with only a few hundred miles of base, and no structured build. Just basically riding my bike with a CAT-1, CAT-2 and a stupid fast 5 as occasional training partners.

Even if you don't ride with the team besides the odd weekend training ride, it's nice to have friends to race with. Imagine if you didn't know anybody at a track meet - not as much fun as going with your hombres
Yeah, I can definately see that side of it andd if I stick with it, which I am 99% sure I will, I will defiantely join a team next year. Also at least from the impression I have got from other semi-local racers the scene in the area is pretty welcoming. I think I will get to know some people without being on a team, just like I know runners from other teams very well. Also I would kind of like to get an idea of the dynamics of each team in order to make an educated decision I dont want to walk into a situation, however unlikely, where everyone hates each other and there is no coherance. I will probably go and watch a few races during the track season to try and get an idea of the teams and what it's all about and make a decision then, but I still think I will most likely end up going unattached for this season. I also think that once I start racing I will have more of a chance to talk to teams and find out if they are even looking for members and would want me to join.
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there are guys on my team I'm lucky if I see twice a year. To most, it's a jersey to wear and someone to talk to at the races.

You never know, there might be a kid 15 minutes from your front door with the same situation.

I joined a team and found that a guy with a similar situation from me was 3 blocks away. We ride together all the time now.

besides, you do not want to do Snake Alley alone.
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that would be as bad as showing up in a rainbow jersey.
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there are guys on my team I'm lucky if I see twice a year. To most, it's a jersey to wear and someone to talk to at the races.

You never know, there might be a kid 15 minutes from your front door with the same situation.

I joined a team and found that a guy with a similar situation from me was 3 blocks away. We ride together all the time now.

besides, you do not want to do Snake Alley alone.
Wont be racing snake alley, I have my graduation that day and they just had to schedule the road race portion of the weekends events for Friday my last day of school

also most of the local teams have websites with rosters on them and there is only one guy from my town (or anywhere around it really) and he lives in Tiawan or something now.
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Don't let distance keep you from joining a team. If I recall, entry fees are lower if you belong to a team, and teammates will help each other out at the races. Sometimes people just like having a team to work with, and you could volunteer to be their chaser or leadout person while you learn. I trained solo because few racers lived near me, but when it came time to race my teammates from 90 miles away were like brothers.

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What's wrong with a rainbow jersey... oh you meant the World Championship rainbow
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^Rainbow jersey is well liked in San Francisco
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