In his book Kings of the Mountains, Matt Rendell correctly stated that "Colombia rises early." It most certainly does. I think about this as I ring the doorbell to Horacio Gil Ochoa's apartment. It's 7:30 am, and I look at my watch to make sure I'm on time. His wife Marta welcomes me with a hug and a smile. I see Horacio come around the corner and into the living room. He's combing his hair back as he walks toward me. We hug, and he begins cracking jokes immediately. I'm served a glass of lulo juice, and we start talking about his life, the friendships he made, and the amazing cast of characters that he photographed throughout the years.
A pioneer in Colombian sports journalism, Ochoa was there to document some of the most important moments in Colombian sport, cycling and otherwise. His photographs of early editions of the Vuelta a Colombia are invaluable records of the sport's birth in a country that would come to be defined by it [I've written about Ochoa's work before].
Coppi, Hinault, Lemond, Hampsten, Herrera, Koblet, Parra, Rodriguez...Ochoa was there for their triumphs and defeats. In doing so, he became a crucial part of Colombian cycling history. Below is a short video I made about Ochoa, which I hope will be the first in a series about such personalities.
For the record, I don't know how to make videos like this, and am merely trying to teach myself as I go, in hopes that I'll be able to do these people and their life stories justice. As such, calling this a "film" (short or not) is likely an overstatement, but it just sounds better than a "short video".
The video is in Spanish, but it's captioned. Make sure you turn on captions.
Today's random marginalia
1. Please excuse my delay in getting this post up. I was in Gavere, Belgium, for the Superprestige race. More on that later.
2. I've gotten a few emails asking about RSS. I've now added an RSS link, over on the right hand side so you can subscribe.
3. I did an interview with Adam Myerson with/for the fine folks at Manual For Speed.
4. Alps & Andes socks are now available in the store. Check them out if you so desire.