Usually, there isn’t much you can say about a cycling outfit.
Maybe it’s too tight, or the colours don’t exactly work — fine. But that all changed at an annual competition in Italy. As soon as people started noticing the Colombian team’s new threads, controversy erupted. Behold:
In other news, Columbia’s Women’s Cycling Team have had a complete disaster with their new kit pic.twitter.com/nkZRzT55Jy
— Alan (@grace_mcfc) September 13, 2014
Had to do a double-take there, didn’t you?
While this isn’t the country’s national team, IDRD-Bogotá Humana-San Mateo-Solgar is backed by Colombia’s ministry of sport and sponsored by the capital city of Bogota. So it’s a little surprising that the uniforms feature a large patch of flesh-coloured cloth positioned convienently across the womens’ lower torsos and groins, giving the illusion of nudity. The reviews so far haven’t been very good:
— Lisa Would What? (@lisaeffinwood) September 14, 2014
@closetgeek re: Columbia cycling kit Is it wrong that I am taking pleasure in showing the pic to people to elicit gasps of shock and horror?
— Susan (@SuwahTweets) September 13, 2014
But now it’s starting to look like the uniforms may even be banned, as the President of the Union Cycliste Internationale weighed in on his Twitter page:
To the many who have raised the issue of a certain women’s team kit, we are on the case. It is unacceptable by any standard of decency.
— Brian Cookson OBE (@BrianCooksonUCI) September 14, 2014
It’s a little surprising so much fuss is being made about the outfits though, when you consider that naked bike rides have become an international event:
— WhoisLisa ツ (@WhoisLisa) June 14, 2014
Just make sure you’re at least wearing a helmet!