An afternoon with Ramón Hoyos

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Those of you who have been reading Cycling Inquisition for a while, may remember the interview I conducted with Colombian cycling champion Ramón Hoyos earlier this year. I did the interview through the phone, and during our conversation, Hoyos mentioned the possibility of meeting him in person, should I find myself in Medellin. Since I'm not one to let an opportunity like that slip through my fingers, I contacted Hoyos' son at the bike shop that bares his father's name during my recent visit to Medellin. Before I knew it, I was being driven to Ramón Hoyos' home, where I spent an entire afternoon talking about the sport, and discussing Hoyos' many victories.

I have written an account of that afternoon, which the folks at Rapha have kindly published on their blog. You can go read it here if you wish. While the account's length and tone is not truly "epic", I hope it will be to everyone's liking. Lastly, before anyone asks me, I will plainly admit that as a form of payment, the kind folks at Rapha are allowing me to borrow one of their umbrellas for one week. So for the next seven days, I've asked my assistant to walk beside me like a golf caddy, in order for me to fully enjoy the protective properties of said umbrella. As such, I'd like to thank my business manager, my accountant and my team of lawyers for negotiating the deal that lead to this unbelievable partnership.

Lastly, for those of you who may have ended up here as a result of reading the post on the Rapha blog, here's a list of other stories from this blog which you may enjoy.

A post about Pablo Escobar, his involvement in cycling, and what happened to many of the professional riders who crossed his path

Post about the magic potion that Colombian riders had in their bottles during European races in the 1980s

The story of Alfonso Florez, the Colombian cyclist who won the Tour L' Avenir, and was later murdered.

A post regarding the elation and misery that was the 80s in Bogota, and how cycling played a role in it, as well as the extreme emotions displayed by Colombian broadcasters during cycling races.

A closer look at the connection between coffee and cycling, from the point of view of an actual, real-life Colombian citizen (me).

A little story about the isolation that Colombian riders felt in Europe during the 80s

Pictures and stories about racing in Medellin.

Interview with Cesar Grajales, where he discusses his time at Rock Racing very openly

An interview with the proprietor (a frame maker) of one of Lucho Herrera's bikes