Team Kit: Lotto 2012 Edition

It’s strange, but I feel like helmet covers are one of these things that  have come and gone every 5-7 years for the past 25 years:


Lotto is looking pretty good this year…lame-o swooping mega logo on the right leg notwithstanding.



Confusing Pro Jerseys: TdF 2011 Edition

Old stuff, I know, but relevant as we all try to figure out who is chasing Contador over the next three weeks of TdF action. Flandria Cafe points out the painfully obvious (that’s not a knock on the site!): some of the biggest teams this season have jerseys that are, for all intents and purposes, IDENTICAL! Definitely worth a read.

But, what really makes it worth a visit is this incredible graphic of old national team and trade team jerseys from the TdF. [Yes, the Tour de France was raced by national teams for a number of years, before trade teams really became viable]. I am actually going to see about having this blown up to create an office poster.

TdF National Team Jerseys

TdF Trade Team Jerseys

via Flandria Cafe


Cycling Kit: French Edition

For whatever reason, got a bit carried away tonight looking over the world of French amateur clubs and racing. Mainly looking for cool kit – of which there is plenty on offer. Plenty of ugly stuff as well, of course. A current favorite is the recently-jumped-to-pro Bretagne-Schuller team, but I’ve also liked the Cotes d’Armor kit for a few years as well (for some good shots, check this out).

This gives a good feel for the Bretagne-Schuller kit, with a bonus shot of the venerable top-tier Vendee U club kit as well:


Another good kit shot, which also shows a guy who is, for my taste, looking just about perfect as a bad-ass bike racer:


I’ll keep looking, and posting.