You might be wondering if this is going to be an actual design related post, or just a thinly veiled attempt to force you to view another one of my US Pro race pictures. I guess the answer is a little of both. My 9 year old commented while we were watching the time trail on Saturday that the Slipstream/Chipolte outfits were “kind of funny”. Not good, not bad, just funny. My son is not the first person I have heard comment on the design of that team kit. Since the first pictures of the jerseys surfaced at the beginning of this season, I have heard several riders joke about the brightly colored argyle based design. Yeah, it is a little funny, but you have to admit that the design does stand out in a crowded peloton. I laughed at the jersey and especially the socks when I first saw them, but I will admit that the Slipstream kit design has kind of grown on me.
For those of you who still can’t stand the current Slipstream design, you have a great opportunity. The team is running a design contest for next year’s jersey and you have until September 15th to submit your design (you still need to incorporate the argyle pattern though). Once the submission period is closed, a panel of judges, including Doug Ellis and Jonathan Vaughters, will narrow the entries down to 5 designs. The public will be able to vote and pick the winning design on Slipstream’s website. You can find out more about the contest and download design templates from the team’s website. You also might want to check out the entries that have been submitted so far. Good luck; let me know if any of you Bicycle Design readers decide to enter.