Saturday, October 25, 2008

And DH racers shall wear cool race kit...

The UCI just passed a new regulation banning "tight fitting clothing" for downhill racers. Seems not all gravity racers are into wearing tight clothes for racing. One racer complaining about another: "Fair enough if she wants to do that to win, but for the sport and the longevity of the sport, to wear cool race kit and to make an image for yourself is more important than the odd win here and there."

Wow! That's really an amazing statement. Basically, it is better to look cool than to take advantage of available gear and be the fastest. After all, isn't a downhill race really an individual time trial with some rocks, drop-offs, and trees thrown in? I'm sure this will be a major contentious point in DH circles with some siting the image factor of the sport and some claiming that it's proper to use resources available to everyone. Maybe I don't get it because I'm not a DH racer.

(What's playing: Bessie Smith St. Louis Blues)


2 comments:

Fonk said...

That's about the dumbest thing I've ever heard. So they're actually banning.... cycling clothes?

I guess I just don't get it because I'm not a DH'er either...

Mr. Jones said...

Sour grapes from Rachel Atherton. Tracey Mosley beat her by 4 seconds in world cup race last year (wearing a skinsuit), that was her response. The comment may have been tongue in cheek, but with DHers you never know.

Four seconds is a huge lead, so I can see why the UCI decided to ban them. Sam Hill had a phenomenal run wearing a skinsuit in a world cup race this year, at one point he was up over Steve Peat by 5 seconds. Shame he went down on the final corner.