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National Championship or Yellow Jersey(4 posts)

National Championship or Yellow JerseyPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Jul 13, 2002 4:49 PM
So I started thinking... what would I rather have; a yellow jersey (just for a day) or a national championship jersey?

In my opinion I wouldn't trade my national championship jersey for the world. I'd much rather say I was the fastest in my event for a year in my country, than the fastest in the Tour de France for a day. Even if I won the Tour de France I'm not sure if I'd be willing to give up a national championship for it.

Cheers,
Nick Corcoran
PodiumBound.ca
what if it were the nat'l championship of Belize? ntTom C
Jul 13, 2002 4:56 PM
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National Championship, permanently.weiwentg
Jul 15, 2002 12:57 AM
btw, welcome back :)
Are you kidding me?TJeanloz
Jul 15, 2002 3:56 AM
And you call yourself a bike racer?

I'm sorry, but a national championship of any country pales in comparison to a yellow jersey. What do the two mean:

1. National Championships: I beat everybody in my country who felt like showing up on a given one day race, which might not have even included the best riders from my country.

or

2. Tour de France Yellow: I beat 188 of the worlds best cyclists, each of whom was supremely motivated to win.

Your nationals jersey (unless its different from mine), just like a Tour yellow, indicates only that you were the best on a given day, not in a given year. It isn't a cumulative points jersey with times taken every week over the course of the year, it's a one-race trophy, and not a race even close to TdF caliber.