Kit Etiquette

Racing this weekend, would it be wrong to wear Pirate kit

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05/05/2010 at 08:10

A quick question before I dash ofF to work.

I'm racing this weekend at the Tri Ferris Cotswold Super Sprint and I entered using my tri club affiliation.However, I don't have any club kit as yet as I missed out on the order deadline last year.

My question is should I race in ordinary kit or would it be Ok to race in the the Pirate kit I've got.

In general do people only race in Pirate kit if they've flagged their affiliation to PSOF or do people race in Pirate kit when affiliated to other clubs.

I've got a few other races lined up over the coming months including Blenheim, Bala and the Outlaw so I'd be interested in to know as if its Ok so that I'll might be identifiable to the Pirates at Bala and the Outlaw.

seren nos    pirate
05/05/2010 at 08:15

i raced in pirate kit although I was afficiated to a club last year.............i always race pirate kit because its the only one i have............Its totally up to you.... some people wear club .......

for running i usually race in running kit though unless its an ultra or a race i'm doing with the pirates

quite often at a little evenyt i'm the only pirate and then people come over and ask me about it as they have seen it in other events

05/05/2010 at 09:04
race in whatever you want - if you don't have club kit then you can't quite race in it can you?

technically for BTF affiliation my club is tritalk (it's free ffs!) but I won't wear their kit as i don't have any. I have pirate kit and other kit which is more comfy than the pirate stuff. I race pirate kit if there's a big turnout but otherwise I wear what I feel like on the day

PSC    pirate
05/05/2010 at 09:21
I'm pretty sure I'm right in saying that (unlike running clubs/races) we are not rule-bound to wear "club" kit. I tend to race in pirate kit as most of my other stuff is tatty training kit.
cougie    pirate
05/05/2010 at 11:33

Wear Pirate kit so people can see you. DEFINITELY wear it for Bala.

Who was it complained after one IM race that he didnt get much support from the Pirates ? Maybe it was cos he wasnt wearing the kit, and you cant cheer everyone at a big race.

05/05/2010 at 12:32
I don't ever race in my club kit because the design and logos are rubbish.  I always race in pirate kit.
Bouncing Barlist    pirate
05/05/2010 at 12:37
Most club kit is rubbish, the best thing about the pirate kit is how distinctive it is and isnt covered in shit logos.
05/05/2010 at 12:59
I race in Pirate kit whenever I can!! It's also great for supporting/sherpa'ing as well (at least my LS cycling top was in New York). Makes you easy to spot!
Ironholgs    pirate
05/05/2010 at 14:48

I'm affiliated to another club but always race in Pirate Kit, just comes down to personal choice, and which you'll get the better support for

Even at races where I'm the only Pirate, people still recognise the Kit and shout encouragement.......or abuse 

05/05/2010 at 15:14

i wear my pirate kit all the time, i'm wearing it right now under work clothes, i even sleep in it, it hasn't been washed since 'the big woody'

Ironholgs    pirate
05/05/2010 at 15:18
eughhhh and you were really sweaty that day !
05/05/2010 at 15:27

i'm really sweaty everyday.

In all honesty, i used to be a member of triclub and race in club colours, but in the few triathlons i've done and trained for i have recieved more support and information from 'the Pirates' than i ever did from the tri club. And therefore race and train in pirate kit now. And like has been said above it gets you noticed and my EGO just loves being noticed

05/05/2010 at 18:08

Ok, Pirate kit it is to race in.

It might even mean that the family spot me for once 

Kanga M    pirate
06/05/2010 at 23:04
Ultra Ironwolf wrote (see)
you have to purchase and wear your country's kit.

Perhaps Somalia would give us temporary citizenship, they need some positive PR ...
Edited: 06/05/2010 at 23:04
10/05/2010 at 12:44
Griffin - was it you I spotted on the bike section at the Cotswold Sprint?  i did shout "go pirate" but no idea who it was.  In any event, well done!
10/05/2010 at 19:38

Yup that was me.

I heard you as I was going passed, I shouted thanks but don't know if you heard. 

It was great day, even the weather was pretty good for racing, certainly better than I was expecting and the lake was nowhere near as cold as the chap talking through the course on Saturday made it out to be.

I was chuffed to bits with how it went. Great learning experience to with all the minor (and major hicups).

Despite all my best efforts to get all of the family up early and out of the house to get there so that I had plenty of time to warm up in the water before the swim I still managed to hit the water as the starter was telling my wave that we had 1 minute to go. Just enough time to stick my hands in the water and splash some on my face before the hooter went. Thank goodness I'm not going to be challenging any fast swimmers as I had no idea what the actual swim course was. 

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