51“The Rainbow jersey is the distinctive jersey worn by the reigning world champion in a bicycle racing discipline. The jersey is predominantly white with five horizontal bands in the UCI colours around the chest. From the bottom up the colours are: green, yellow, black, red and blue, the same colours that appear in the rings on the olympic flag.” Description of Rainbow Jersey
Just as the colors of the season change, so cycling’s way of doing things alters a bit. The highest racing of the land turns from pro teams to national teams at World’s. It creates a colorful dynamic of former rivals forced to work together for the most prestigious one-day jersey in cycling and an annual chance for a gold medal in both road and time trial disciplines. It also gives an opportunity to discover the world’s up and coming international stars through junior and espoir categories.
The elite men’s version began in 1927. Winning world’s plus 2 of 3 Grand Tours is called the 52Triple Crown of Cycling. Only Merckx and Stephen Roche have done this so far. No one has won 3 Grand Tours in the same year so far which some believe is the true Triple Crown.
While governed by UCI, Italy has hosted the venue most often with nearly two decades of experience. Many other nations claim the privilege also. Even North America has hosted this event twice: once in Colorado Springs in an American up-down style course at U.S. Air Force Academy and once in Hamilton, Ontario on a quality climber’s type course.
Challenging parcours make the season’s grand finale the last opportunity for speculation about potential winners. A win on any of its courses bring the prestigious honor of wearing the rainbow all year within the discipline won. Americans have had this honor three times: Lemond was twice winner and twice 2nd, and a win by Armstrong. American women have faired better with 10 podium appearances in the road race and 6 podiums in the TT. Longo has won more than any other rider, and her 9 victories include both disciplines. No matter whose flag is flying, it’s the colorful rainbow that radiates upon the world’s best.
Prayer for World Championships
“Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD.“ 53Ezekiel 1:28
We ask blessing on the World Championships.
Ponder What is it about me that appears glorious and radiates blessing on others? Affirm I wear a rainbow in my attitude every day, even as a colorful character. Watch the best to see how it’s really done.
52No one has won 3 Grand Tours in the same year so far which some believe is the true Triple Crown. For more on Triple Crown statistics, see www.wikipedia.org “Triple Crown of Cycling.”
53The Bible, New International Version, Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society