I'm doing a bike ride that is to raise money for breast cancer research. Truthfully, I'm more interested in the ride, but there will be many on the ride more focused on the cause. I wanted to wear my new
, but worried that, given the folks who may be/know breast cancer survivors, it might be viewed as offensive or insensitive. Is it OK to wear the jersey, or should I pick a different one to avoid hurting someone's feelings?
Over the winter, I discovered Sufferfest
cycling training videos. Like many of the genere, you watch it on your TV/laptop/phone while on a stationary bike, and it gives cues to change intensity, pedal cadence, etc., during a workout. Their running gag is that you are "suffering" as you ride--not an uncommon motif in cycling (a five time Tour de France winner once said "To succeed in cycling, one must know how to suffer."). It is one of several tools that helped me drop forty-five pounds since October.
One consequence is that many of my cycling jerseys are too tight. For my birthday this week, my wife got me a Sufferfest National Team jersey
in my (new) size. It fits well, and, in fact, I look quite good in it. My plan was to wear it for the 62 mile Ride Cincinnati
, which raises money for breast cancer research.
The jersey continues the suffering theme, with "suffer" on one of the shoulders, and "everybody hurts" on the back. The 62 mile ride is mostly folks there for the ride, and, at a pure cycling event, would likely get the joke. However, it occurred to me last night that those who are there more as breast cancer advocates, especially those who were touched by the disease, might take offense. They tend to be more on the shorter routes, which only overlap for the last quarter of the ride, plus a post-ride party.
I wanted to get an opinion: cool to wear the jersey, or would it be in poor taste. I'm prepared to error on the side of caution, if need be.