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Black is Blue

Posted by Bruce Hildenbrand Feb 8, 2008

I don't think anybody will ever consider me a walking fashion statement on

either side of the spectrum(maybe that's the silver lining!).  In fact, my

fashion sense is somewhere between sweat pants and blue jeans, but hey, I

don't care.  However, for those of you who religiously watch shows like "What

Not to Wear," "Project Runway" and "Tim Gunn's Guide to Style", here is a blog

just for you.


The third annual Amgen Tour of California kicks off in about a week and based

on my recent visits to some of the pro team camps, we just might have an

honest-to-god fashion emergency.  I remember a few years back when powder blue

was the 'in' color so much so that a number of pro teams changed their jerseys

to include the azur shade.  Well, it looks like black is the new blue.  No less

than three pro teams, BMC, Rock Racing and High Road Sports are wearing

predominately black racing kit.


Call me a colorcist, but I am having a hard time distinguishing between the

three different squads.  Add to the fact that the riders will be going upwards

of 30 mph as they rocket down the beautiful California coastline and any subtle

differences such as sponsors logos might just become a blur.


Rumour has it that High Road Sports may be rolling out a new team kit with

a predominately white theme.  But, wait, it looks like the BMC boys are riding

white jerseys as well.  Oh man, what is a cycling fan to do?  Obviously, there

are subtleties between the jersey designs, but I am not a subtle guy.


OK.  Maybe I am making a mountain out of a molehill, but I am always on the

verge of getting arrested by the Fashion Police so maybe this is my pitiful

attempt at obtaining a get-out-of-jail-free card.  Regardless of what any of

the jerseys look like for the 17 teams participating in the AToC, I am certain

that the riders filling said jerseys are some of the best racers in the world. And,

c'mon that's what it is all about anyway, isn't it?



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