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Matt - On the one hand, you can argue its just a jersey, and those that have earned them should be complimented that so many want to wear them too. And there are plenty of clothing manufacturers who are happy to make replicas and sell them. But its up to those that have won them to decide if they're offended or not. Why can't people respect that, and allow the genuine winners to be the only one's who get the privilege of wearing the rainbow stripes, or the Monument jerseys?
So do we know if the people who really win these jerseys agree with them being sold to others ? If they don't why aren't they pressing their teams to stop the sales of the champions kit and just sell the team kit. I realise there are all ways going to be dodgy knock-offs but presumably most stuff can't be manufactured without team approval. It's got the team logo on it.
Case closed then.
Very interesting post Vicki, why if there are such strict rules surrounding when champion cyclists can wear their jersey's, are replicas so freely available? Surely there should be a "copyright" type agreement made, it seems to me that the hypocrisy is with the UCI who allows the manufacture of the replicas and for companies to profit from their design, while limiting when pro's are allowed to wear them. If the UCI deeems that there is strict protocol for world champions that should extend to all cyclists, so that the only way to get a world championship jersey is to earn one!
It always amuses me when people compare wearing team kit to people wearing AFL jersey's.
The average person that wears an AFL top is under 15, or a very passionate supporter of the team (and more than likely never played anything other than school footy).
If you are a passionate supporter of a team - feel free to let your colours fly.
But here is my corundum - my favourite rider to follow is Thor Hushovd - I am tempted to buy a BMC jersey - but can't bring myself to do it yet as I do not ride a BMC bike - and don't want to look to the uninformed I am just another Cadel tragic (which I am partly - go Aussie Aussie Aussie)
Go to the footy in Melbourne, Adults wear Jerseys and plent of them...
I am not handing back my HTC Highroad S Work Roubaix based on what some people think are the 'rules'
Wear and ride whatever you like...
I've thought in the past it would be a good idea to actually bring out cycling tops in AFL colours. I reckon they would sell very well.
I also remember reading a story by Graham Cornes who proudly wore a World Champion top when out bike riding. When the significaance of the top was explained to him he stopped wearing it because he felt he had not earned the right. I would do the same but I would not begrudge others to wear theirs if they chose too.
Another conundrum what if the team colours you wore were presented to you by the team - okay to wear it then?
I dare you to wear Crows Colours down Portt Rd
No problem. Actually a small observation and hijacking the thread. Coming from the English Football scene I think it's incredible you can go into the Tavern at Footy Park before a Showdown and see both sets of supporters mingling having a beer before the game. In England the supporters are kept miles apart - the pommie police would all have coronary's at Footy Park.
As someone who owns neither team kit or champion kit this all seems really strange. On the one hand the governing bodies have all kinds of rules about when the riders can wear the kit in races but on the other hand it is sold to anyone who wants to buy it.
Why do they sell the champion kit to the general public?
Michael, the answer; the worlds largest manufacturers of legitimate goods and of illegitimate goods care nothing for our western idealism.