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Rainbow jersey took a spin

Published on Tuesday, 10th September 2019

Jersey tour to Northallerton Leisure Centre

Northallerton Leisure Centre had a visit from a special customer yesterday (9 September) when Mandy Bishop had a spin on the centre’s spinning bikes.

She donned the jersey she won in the Elite Women’s Road Race the last time the UCI Road World Championships were held in Great Britain way back in 1982.

She was joined by the Leader of the Council, Councillor Mark Robson, and Councillor Mrs Bridget Fortuner portfolio holder for Leisure.

About the rainbow jersey

The winner of each Individual Time Trial and Road Race event at the UCI Road World Championships is awarded the rainbow jersey – one of the most iconic prizes in the sport. The world champion has the honour of wearing the rainbow jersey when competing in that same discipline for a whole year up to the subsequent UCI Road World Championships.

The rainbow jersey was first awarded in 1927, the year of the first UCI Road World Championships for professional riders. The design has remained much the same ever since. It is predominantly white with five horizontal bands representing the UCI colours around the chest.

The colours of the stripes (blue, red, black, yellow and green) represent the five continents and are the same as those which appear in the rings on the Olympic flag.

After a world champion’s reign is over, that rider is allowed to wear rainbow piping on the sleeve cuffs and collar of their trade team jersey until the end of their career, as testimony to an exceptional achievement.