Stage 1 of the 2016 Tour de Beauce, Saint Georges, Quebec
  • winkybiker

    I started to read that story with a view that Daniels’ team should respect tradition, but finished it thinking he should be allowed to wear whatever the hell he likes.

    • Luke Bartlett

      the team kit looks way more subtle than the template kit. it’s not so BAM STARS AND STRIPES.

  • Alex

    We should send Mario to sort out USAC/UCI.

  • Richard Riley

    The only thing I would add to this article would be a group of photos showing the last 10-20 years of the USA jersey for comparison. That would intrigue me. Off now to see what I can find.

    • Definitely come back and post what you find Richard!

  • Matt DeMaere

    They definitely should be afforded the flexibility to accomodate their sponsors and some of the elements of their team kit, but the rejected design isn’t that great to be honest. The alterations from the classic flag motif go to make a pretty generic jersey and fails to declare the wearer to be the national champion.

    Closer to the present day, in terms of what can be done with materials, I always thought George Hincapie’s kit was a good one. White or blue bibs.

    http://www.cyclingmaven.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/George.jpg
    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/ac/George_Hincapie_2010_TOC.jpg

  • roklando

    red tape, anyone? jeez…..

  • Nathan Hosking

    I think I’ve found a solution!

  • Paul M

    A real shame. The original design that Axeon submitted was SO much cooler than the template design, which… honestly… is boring as crap.

    • I agree 100%! The staggered bars that they use anyway lends itself so well to stripes of a flag; the only change I would have made was the black side panel and collar, but from a Team branding perspective – I respect that choice. It’s a really great design, and whomever was at work in Illustrator deserves an free cup of coffee!

  • drsus

    ah!! so THATS why the USA champs jersey is always the same ol boring ass design!!

    • Ronin

      Apparently, you didn’t read the last paragraph. The US has had horrid designs over the last twenty years. Laughing-stock stuff. I applaud USA Cycling’s attempt to reintroduce a little dignity, and I’ll give them the leeway to work their way through this.

      • drsus

        I did. My comment is exactly as I said… Now I know….why it had been so boring. I never knew it was a mandate to make that design everytime. As far as I knew it just made no sense why it was the choice of design for every one all along.

  • MadBlack

    Classic! Every governing body around the globe seems to be run by those “white sock only” types who have a truly prehistoric idea of what cycling should look like today. As they can’t prohibit electronic shifting anymore they try to maintain other “standards”.

    I’d just take the fine and watch them jump up and down!

  • 900Aero

    Is that Andreas Kloden talking to Levi Astana kit? Nice photo choice.

  • Shawn Brett

    Thanks a lot Freddie…..

  • Lars

    That lead photo features three national champions in their national kits. The Israeli kit might by my favorite. Really nicely designed with clean lines and an bold color pallet. Plus it looks exactly like their flag so you know what it is.

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