Jerseys, logos, clinchers and movies. Items that have fallen through the proverbial cracks.

When you're as busy signing autographs and cashing checks as I am, it's inevitable that some matters slip through the cracks. Like pieces of potato chips that fall between the couch cushions, however, these bits and pieces are still good even days (if not months) after you last saw them. It's with that in mind that I decided to pen today's post. By the way, I don't use the phrase "pen today's post" figuratively. What you see on screen is a scanned copy of a document I wrote by hand, in my amazingly precise, computer-like hand handwriting. Now that I've made you jealous about my abilities to write so perfectly, allow me to blow it (figuratively, not literally) by having you read this post which is quite frankly lacking in both the cohesiveness and quality departments.





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Perhaps you've heard of the Colombia Es Pasion cycling team, and the fact that one of its riders (Nairo Quintana) just signed with Movistar. The team is sponsored by the Colombian government, and Colombia Es Pasion is a marketing campaign aimed at giving the country a more positive image around the world, as well as making its citizens more proud of their Colombian roots.

It was with that in mind that Colombian artist Andres Felipe Uribe decided to carve the insignia (a heart, clearly meant to resemble the Sacred Heart) on his chest for a video performance piece. The piece is intended to to take the intended meaning of the campaign to it's most extreme iteration. The video has been shown in several galleries and shows. If you wish, you can watch it below. Be warned, the video obviously features blood, and someone getting a heart carved into their chest.

In the meantime, if anyone has similar video of someone doing this with either of the logos from the Saur-Sojasun team, let me know.


COUNTRY TRADEMARK from Andrés Felipe Hurrible on Vimeo.








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Cycling Inquisition Industries has done well as of late. As a matter of fact, only small white jerseys remain. All others are sold out, though I still have socks as well (as seen on the popular Bike Snob NYC blog). If you want a jersey, I highly recommend that you order quickly here. If you don't want one, you can order as well. I just won't send you the jersey, and will keep the money.



Socks come in pairs, one for each foot




By the way, if you're wondering what I'm doing with the piles of cash I've collected as a result of selling my wares, worry not. First of all, the pile is not huge (I can barely swim around in it). Secondly, the money will largely be used for a good cause having to do with needy kids who ride bikes in Colombia. I don't want to go into details yet, since I don't want to get ahead of myself. But I'll keep you guys/girls posted. By the way, if you read this by the time all the jerseys have sold out, you can always order a sweet kit from All Hail The Black Market. Mr. Stevil is a righteous fella', and he was kind enough to give me some pointers when I first thought about copying him and getting some stuff made. If you don't like his kit or mine, you're in luck. Why? because these are finally available once again.

Lastly, if you ordered a jersey or socks, be awesome and send me a pictures of yourself wearing the amazing attire. I'd like to do a post of nothing but pictures of you handsome people with your fashionable kit.





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My brother was kind enough to invite me to ruin his latest podcast again. The latest edition of the podcast is titled "We might as well use clinchers like Tony Martin", so you know it's a good one. You can find it here.







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I've written about Ramon Hoyos before, one of Colombia's great figures in the sport. A reader of the blog recently asked me where he could find a copy of Hoyos's biography, which was written by Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The biography was originally written for the newspaper El Espectador, and published over several weeks. As such, it can be found in compilations of his journalistic work (although a Dutch translations exists, which includes only the Hoyos biography). To my knowledge, no English translation of the biography (which is called The Triple Champion Reveals His Secrets) exists. But for those of you who speak Spanish, you can find the whole biography for free here. It starts on page 502 of that document. Que disfruten.



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I know I sound like a broken record, since I talk about Colombian cycling about 80% of the time on this blog. In order to break that pattern, and to prove just how versatile I am, I will now share something with you that has to do with Colombia, but not Colombian cycling. Below is the trailer for an interesting movie that was done a couple of years ago by a Colombian director. It's not set in modern day Colombia, it has nothing to do with drug-related violence, and doesn't even take place in one of Colombia's major cities. The movie is incredibly well done, and has a fantastic sense to it, in an almost Marquez kind of way. It also shows the wildly varied landscapes that Colombia's northern regions have. I highly recommend it, in part because it's a real triumph for Colombian cinema, but also because it shows an entirely different side of the country that few ever see. It also revolves around vallenato music, one of Colombia's greatest exports. Enjoy, and have a great weekend.