Four years ago, I had one cycling jersey. This jersey was a hand-me-down from a friend. It was black with a skeleton of a fish on it and I loved it. I still do. But it was only one jersey, and it was the only one I had.
It never occurred to me to buy another jersey. I wanted to know how I could win a jersey. Specifically "that eastern women's series leader jersey". My goal was to not have to buy a new jersey. I was either going to win one, or get one from a team.
I moved to Colorado so the Eastern Series jersey option was out, however I did find a team that for a small fee would give me support and not only a jersey but shorts too. Now I had two jerseys.
Things have changed.
This year, I have done a pretty good job of acquiring free jerseys. Not only from the two teams I ride with (USA National Team and Colavita/Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light), but from winning them.
Climber and stage winner jerseys from l'Aude, most aggressive rider jersey from Thuringen, and best of all, the Stars and Stripes/Bars jersey from winning the National Time Trial Championship yesterday.Though the black fish skeleton jersey is still my favorite and I still wear it, this new jersey is the coolest and by far the most rewarding.