For anyone who may have a secret fetish for naked cyclers, the recent Colombia women’s cycling team uniforms may just be what they were wishing for. These uniforms, delivered to the women cyclers on the team Instituto Distrital de Recreación y Deporte-Bogotá Humana-San Mateo, this past weekend while competing in the Tour of Tuscany in Italy, make the women look like they are mostly naked. From far away, it is certainly hard to tell.
Though sports have always had a way of creating uniforms that were less than desirable, like short shorts and skimpy shirts, this new uniform introduction has reached the peak of viewers complaints. In fact, according to sources, these uniforms are so bad that Twitter has flagged it “sensitive material.”
The uniforms of the Colombia women’s cycling team that feature red, yellow, and white have many wondering who chose the color nude in the middle. Though it has not been revealed exactly who came up with the idea for the uniform design, many are saying that whoever it was surely didn’t realize just how bad the uniforms would look on the team. Headlines on social media, from people who are catching news of the uniforms have commented on their “sporting camel toe” and being “overtly sexist.” Others are calling this the biggest uniform fail ever, using the hashtag “#fail”. The photo quickly went viral shortly after it was taken, causing a stir on social media sites across the web. No matter what the comments posted, the message is clear: people are outraged and offended.
After the Colombia women’s cycling team showed up in these uniforms and caused quite a controversy, the president of the International Cycling Union said that the uniforms were “unacceptable” and would not be allowed. Hopefully, this means that these uniforms will not be displayed again anytime in the future.
Before the introduction of the uniforms that make the women on the Columbia women’s cycling team look half naked, it seems that cycling uniforms have always been controversy (though not near as bad as it is now). According to social media, many comments state that the Colombia men’s cycling uniforms look almost as bad.
As well, in the past it seems that cycling uniforms have always had color blocks in conspicuous places. Earlier in the year the Europe women’s team sported uniforms that caused some chatter. Though these uniforms are not near as bad as the “nude” color in those places, they still seem to accentuate certain features.
The Colombia women’s cycling team will now have to design and order different uniforms if they wish to continue participating in the cycling events. Perhaps the entire design of cycling uniforms should be rethought as they seem to cause a lot of commotion over their not so desirable design. Though the reason that these uniforms “fit” the way that they do is to help cyclists in competition, especially when going up against wind speed, the color and placement of those colors on the uniforms is what seems to controversy amongst viewers.
By Crystal Boulware