If you have a favorite pro cycling team and you enjoy cycling yourself, there’s no reason not to gear yourself up in your favorite team’s colors and insignia. You certainly don’t have to be a member of a racing team to wear their colors and symbols, so why not show your allegiance while you’re out on the road with pro cycling jerseys?
National, international and product-based racing teams typically have their gear available for purchase. You can choose based on the colors and designs you like or show your loyalty to one specific team. Wear the colors that won the Tour de France or go with a locally-based group, the choice is yours.
Team Garmin-Cervelo formed during the 2011 season, from last year’s Garmin Transitions Team and Cervelo Test Team. This American outfit had incredible success in the 2011 Tour de France, winning the Team Time Trial and overall Team Classification, and with Stage wins for sprinter Tyler Farrar and Thor Hushovd, the latter wearing the coveted yellow jersey for most of the first week of racing.
The BMC Racing Team had a more mixed 2011 Tour, especially with George Hincapie having a mediocre tour, but the team were lifted by the awesome strength and endurance of Cadel Evans who got to Paris to win the Yellow Jersey overall, the first time this has been accomplished by an Australian.
Team Saxo Bank-Sungard came to the 2011 Tour after huge team changes as several riders, notably the Schleck brothers and Fabian Cancellara left last season. The big new name for the team this year was controversial three-times Tour de France winner Alberto Contador.
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When Frank and Andy Schleck, and Fabian Cancellara left Team Saxo Bank, it was to form a brand new team called Leopard Trek – pronounced ‘Lay-oh-pard’. After disaster at the 2011 Giro d’Italia, with the sad and untimely death of Wouter Weylandt in an horrific crash, the team turned up at the Tour de France hoping to grab the top podium spot with a yellow jersey for either one of the two Schleck brothers. Unfortunately for them, they hadn’t counted on Cadel Evans, instead marking Contador as the main threat. However, they did pull off a first, getting two brothers onto the podium – for second and third places – in Paris.
The Vacansoleil-DCM team remained largely invisible at the Tour, but has a fast sprinter called Romain Feillu, who gets plenty of action but so far has not troubled the big sprinters such as Cavendish, Farrar or Greipel. The jersey of this team became notable in 2011 for getting stripped off the back of Dutch rider Johnny Hoogerland by a barbed wire fence due to a breathtaking piece of incompetent car driving, and leaving Hoogerland needing more than thirty stitches to his wounds.
Team Europcar are an all French team taking their current name in 2011 after a number of name changes. They had a great Tour de France with a win for Pierre Rolland in the White Jersey competition for the best young rider, and a fantastic performance by Thomas Voeckler, who held the Yellow Jersey for 10 days during the Tour, only relinquishing on the Alpe d’Huez on day 19.
Unisex Pro Cycling Team Jerseys
It doesn’t matter the sex of the team you support, men and women alike can enjoy wearing team colors. There are also a variety of different types of clothing that you can choose aside from just pro team cycling jerseys. The jerseys are typically available in short and long sleeves, but you can also buy shorts, arm and leg warmers, helmets, skin suits, tights and bib shorts to represent a team. Cycle jerseys are just the tip of the iceberg of pro cycling gear you can find.
The really good news is that even if you choose cycling jerseys and gear to represent your favorite pro cyclists, you’re probably not going to spend that much more than if you just choose the proper gear that’s not affiliated with any team. Many online stores offer sales on pro gear just after major races or out of season so that you can get really good deals on some of the best gear available.
Beyond Bike Jerseys
If you prefer to wear cycling skin suits instead of biking jerseys and shorts, there are many that are available in certain pro team colors and styles. Likewise, if you prefer bib shorts with a jersey these are usually available, as well. Of course, if you’re really trying to emulate your favorite pro cycle stars, you’ll want to watch and see exactly what they wear.
The benefits of skin suits and bib shorts are the lack of a waistband to clump and gather at your midsection. Pro cyclists don’t have time to be distracted so many of them choose these pieces of clothing for more comfort on the trail. While you’re shopping for pro cycling jerseys, don’t forget other accessories like water bottles and gloves that can also often be purchased to represent your favorite team.
It is worth noting that triathlon jerseys – or bike jerseys specifically for triathlon – are not worn very often. Instead, the vast majority of triathletes opt for a trisuit, which is similar to the one-piece cycling skinsuits, usually with no sleeves and with a less intrusive chamois.