Outside the maillot jaune of the Tour de France, there is no cycling garment more coveted than the rainbow jersey. It signifies that the wearer is the reigning world champion, an honor that lasts the entire year.
Rainbow jerseys are actually awarded in a number of two-wheeled disciplines, including road cycling, track, mountain bike, cyclocross and BMX. And even after your year is up, you can include special piping on your jerseys that indicates on one day you were the best in the world.
Check out this video to learn more about the history of the rainbow stripes, its curse, and who has won it the most times.
Video Courtesy Global Cycling Network