The metaphorical extensions of Lucho Herrera’s glory at the tour de france

Life continues to be a bit nutty around the Alps & Andes offices, which makes writing new content difficult.

Having said that, I wanted to share a fantastic article with all of you, which was written by Nicolás Llano Linares, a reader of the blog.  Nicolás is a PhD Student in the Communication Sciences program at São Paulo University (Brazil). His article (which was published in Aalborg University's Academic Quarter journal) details the cultural significance and meaning of Lucho Herrera's bloodied image after his win in Saint-Étienne at the 1985 Tour de France, and how it "worked as a metaphorical extension that stimulated the association between Herrera’s martyred image and the collective struggle people had to go through on a daily basis, accentuating the strongly Catholic iconographic dimension attached to popular sport practices in Colombia faith, endurance, and suffering. "

I highly encourage you to read the article from the journal's Spring 2015 edition. You can access it by following the link below. Enjoy!

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Flags in cycling. A not-so-exhaustive list of flags that make you go "hmmm"

Ever wonder what some of the flags that you see on the sides of the road during cycling races stand for or mean? While I'm far from a vexillologist, I happily offer up some information on the matter in this post.  > More

Still on the road. From racing bikes and battling opponents, to driving taxis and fighting traffic.

An unusually high number of retired Colombian riders still find themselves on the road, though in a completely different capacity these days. 
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A short film about Giovanni Jimenez Ocampo, the first Colombian pro cyclist.

Long before men like Lucho Herrera captured the imagination of cycling fans worldwide, Giovanni Jimenez Ocampo became the first Colombian cyclist to ever turn professional.  > More

An invisible city, at once joyful and somber

Cómbita, is a place that is often conjured up by the international press when speaking of Nairo Quintana’s background and upbringing. It's a place as complicated as modern day Colombia itself.
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Made of a light cotton/linen blend, the cap features the Colombian flag across the top.

Alps & Andes Musette

Made in Medellin, these musette bags are made out of a lightweight poly fabric. The strap won't stretch, allowing you to use it for all kinds of off-the-bike activities.


Inspired by the iconic Cafe De Colombia jersey design (and thus the three ridges within the Andes that dominate the country's landscape), these water bottles commemorate the team's years racing in Europe.