Ranking Every GB Cycling Kit Since 2000

In the last 19 years the aesthetic of cyclists riding for GB has been through some drastic changes, so we thought we’d give our opinion on every kit since 2000, including Olympic kits.

OLYMPIC KITS

Sydney 2000 Olympics

Will: To me, there’s not enough to this kit and the bits of design it does have haven’t dated exceptionally well. 2/10

Athens 2004 Olympics

Will: Again, another kind of bland-ish design but I think it is sleeker than the Sydney kit, but still has not dated exceptionally. 3/10

Beijing 2008 Olympics

Will: A shift from blue to white which actually seemed to improve the kit, there’s a subtle nature to the actual design features which make this kit look fairly sleek, again however it is still looking pretty dated. 5/10

London 2012 Olympics

Will: Adidas did a great job with the kit design for a home Olympics, a really nice incorporation of an abstract union jack which gives the kit a distinct amount of class. 7/10

Rio 2016 Olympics

Will: This kit was again a really great use of the union jack, as well as a really nice incorporation of a coat of arms. Not only that it looked great in action and still looks good now. 9/10

Standard Kits

The kit from most of the 2000s

Will: Honestly, my least favourite GB kit by a long long way, it is just way too contrasting and never has caught my eye as something which appeals. 1/10

The kit from the early 2010s

Will: This kit is yet another example of how the union jack can be used so nicely to fit onto a kit, only problem for me is it is a bit bland on top. 7/10

Will: This is my absolute favourite GB kit, it has such a great mix of the union jack, a combination of the blue and white and a nice amount of texturing, Kalas certainly did well on their first GB kit. 10/10

Will: This kit is nice and simplistic but to me the referencing to sailing it brings up doesn’t really sit great with me, although it is still a nice kit. 8/10

6 Day track cyclist suggests big changes are needed at British Cycling.

6 Day track cyclist Alex Spratt has suggested “a massive knock-on effect” in the wake of HSBC ending their sponsorship of British Cycling.

HSBC have activated a clause in their eight-year contract with the organisation which allowed them to end the deal three years in, which is estimated to be worth around £10 million per Olympic cycle.

Spratt, who works full time as a contract manager for the East Lancashire NHS, became the UK’s fastest amateur sprinter in 2018 after completing a flying 200m time trial in 9.987 seconds, a time just nine-hundredths of a second off the current world record in the event.

The 30-year-old said: “I think there will be a massive knock-on effect,

“What about British cycling events, obviously you’ve got the national road events, national time trial, HSBC fund that.”

British Cycling have already announced that they will be cutting the live television coverage of the National Road Series, meaning races will only be shown in short highlight packages.

As well as this, the sprinter spoke about the effect of the pressures to perform placed on riders within the British Cycling set-up.

He said: “I think there’s a massive issue with pressure, not even elite level like kids,

“I knew a few of them have kind of being suffering from kind of like anxiety and a bit of depression because they don’t feel that they’re hitting what they need to, and if they don’t hit what they need to then they’re off,

“And I think that’s the problem, I don’t think they give people enough chance.”

This is yet another issue for British Cycling at a difficult time, which saw mass publicity in 2019 after Callum Skinner announced his retirement due to mental health issues.

The question remains as to who will step in to sponsor British Cycling, and where do they go from here.