VEXILLOLOGY, FLANDERS, AND ONE FLAG'S MEANING. AN INTERVIEW WITH JEFF LOCKWOOD, OWNER OF THE NED FLANDERS FLAG.

I'm in a van full Belgians, driving through the Belgian countryside, in order to see the Tour of Flanders go by for the fifth time. I quickly learn that the locals pride themselves in knowing routes and strategic locations which will allow them to see the race go by as many times as possible. As we drive and eat stale sandwiches, we start discussing the many signs and flags that we commonly see in races like this. The Dirk Hoffman Motorhomes signTornado Tom Frits and the like. I weigh in with my favorite. One that is not spotted as often, but is far more inventive. The Ned Flanders flag. The moment I mention this flag I get blank stares from everyone in the van. What do the Simpsons have to do with bike racing?   >MORE


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REGIONS THAT HAVE SHAPED COLOMBIAN CYCLING: BOYACÁ

An unusual amount of Colombia's professional cyclists come from this high plain northeast of Bogota. Why is that? What makes this place to special in regards to cycling? 

 

To worship at the altar of martyrdom

Through its tumultuous past, and its extreme interpretation of Catholic iconography Colombians developed an insatiable taste for martyrdom and spectacle

Choosing to forego revenge

An interview with Rigoberto Uran in which he discusses the difficult and painful path that led him to cycling, including his father's assassination while out on a Sunday morning training ride in his native Urrao 

HE trafficked arms, smuggled emeralds and threatened to break Laurent Fignon's jaw

Jose Beyaert, the first Olympic road champion, lived a life as full and amazing as the place where he chose to live it.


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