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Old 03-28-09, 06:51 PM   #1
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Dont have many jerseys, faux pas to wear these in first race?

For a little background, I started cycling about 2 years ago and only got around to getting serious enough to wear bib shorts and jerseys in the past few months. With that said I dont have many jerseys, in fact, I only have 2 different ones. I want to test myself at a local cat5 crit but I dont want to be rude or pull a cycling faux pas. The two jerseys I own are imaged below:




I bought the Mash one because Im a fan and fixed gear riding is what got me into road cycling 2 years ago, I bought the Rapha one because it was/is on clearance and looks nice and clean.

Should I be worried about wearing these in my first crit? I full well know I have no affiliation with either team and I dont want to garner anything negative. Should I just go out and buy a blank jersey to avoid any possible problems?
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Old 03-28-09, 07:05 PM   #2
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It's actually not USAC legal to wear jersey's of teams you don't ride for. That said, I doubt anybody in Cat 5 will care. But, if those teams have a presence in your area, you never know.
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Old 03-28-09, 07:43 PM   #3
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No one in Cat V will care. And yes, it is technically illegal to wear. No team, no writing on clothing.
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Old 03-28-09, 07:56 PM   #4
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Pick up a performance one for like $25 just to be safe.

http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=1110
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Old 03-28-09, 07:58 PM   #5
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No worries.
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Old 03-28-09, 08:03 PM   #6
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Pick up a performance one for like $25 just to be safe.

http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=1110
MASH and Rapha are not racing teams. No one pulled me from the field for wearing CSC bibs in my first crits.
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...Rapha are not racing teams.
Rapha Condor, however, is.
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I wore the Irish National Jersey on Cyclocross nationals and nothing was said, I also wore the full Irish kit for the state champs and it was not a problem. I have worn pro kits in crash 5 crits as well-no-one cares, it's citizens race.
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Old 03-28-09, 09:28 PM   #9
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I wore Scott branded / logo knickers my first race... no one said a thing.
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Old 03-28-09, 10:49 PM   #10
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As others have said, you can't wear them, but if you do nobody will care...
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i'd steer clear of wearing the rapha jersey in the first crit, but not because you aren't on a 'rapha team'
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I wore this in my first race yesterday:



People didn't seem to mind, so I think you'll be ok. Just attack a few times to make up for any doubters.
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sounds like i started from a similar place as you dude... a) no one of consequence is really going to care what you're wearing, it's not a fashion show. b) i'd wear something you wouldn't be too bummed about throwing in the trash if you're involved in a wreck.
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There's a bunch of yahoos who showed up to the first few cat3 races in Florida this season decked out in Rock Racing kits.

I don't think anyone will really care too much in a cat5 race.
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I think it depends on the officials.

I've seen at a "C" training race (Greenbelt) the line ref make anyone wearing a team jersey that they obviously did not belong to (e.g., Discovery Channel when they were still a team), switch to a plain jersey.
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There's a bunch of yahoos who showed up to the first few cat3 races in Florida this season decked out in Rock Racing kits.

I don't think anyone will really care too much in a cat5 race.
I noticed a few of them (1 in the CAT 3 field, one in the 5's....) while I was at the Downtown Tampa Crit. I kept asking people if there was some sort of development team for RR based in Florida. Nobody knew anything about them, so I assumed they were just people who randomly bought the kits, not team members.
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I've seen people in full US Postal kits, Discovery Kits and "Yellow Jerseys" in cat 5 races. They always ride Treks for some reason too.
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Only time I've seen anyone pulled for this was my friend who was sporting a World Championship Jersey. (He didn't even realize what the jersey was just liked the colors).

That was an extreme example, and I think its highly unlikely to ever be an issue. But why add the possibilty of an anal retentive Official to your worry list for your first race?

I'd stick a plain T-Shirt in the car just in case.
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