Wednesday, 30 March 2011
The UCI's regulations of the rainbow jersey
Some time ago the UCI decided to take a look at skateboarding as their "new" next thing in their organization. After all, "they are related to wheels"... Much fun of this statement from Pat McQuaid was made by many, especially by Gavia and friends at the Podium cafe.
The famous rainbow jersey is UCI property worn by the reigning world champion in each discipline. Considered as one of the, if not the highest achievement in cycling, the rainbow jersey is worn with pride. What people may have noticed, the stripes are the same as the Olympic colors. Here is what Pierre De Coubertin said about the Olympic flag in 1931:
"...It represents the five inhabited continents of the world, united by Olympism, while the six colors are those that appear on all the national flags of the world at the present time."
If cycling has the same ambition I leave to the readers or the UCI to define, if they have succeeded communicating that through their governance, that's a different story.
I searched the interwebs to find out more about the shirt, history wise, but I got more intrigued by reading how the jersey shall be worn, how different logos shall be placed on the jersey. If you thought that is not regulated have a look here, for the very many rules, read here. You'll may not be surprised considering your knowledge to how the UCI govern but anyway.
Failure to respect the rules will be fined with a minimum of 10 000 CHF.
What will happen to the respected jersey if JV, Johan Bruyneel, Riis et al create their own league? Well, perhaps that is just the way development goes, right?