A feed zone at the Vuelta A Colombia, design criticism, and Leipheimer's use of the word "orientated"

by Horacio Gil Ochoa.

Ricardo Ovalle was known as the "Lone Ranger". He lived in the department of Meta, where most of Colombia's meat industry is located, and a place where many ranchers get around by horse.

Seen here at a feed zone in the Vuelta A Colombia in the early 60s, Ovalle is being fed by a team assistant, who sports a custom-made vest with plenty of room for bottles. As you can see, assistants would get off the team truck, and feed riders while running alongside them. Here we see Ovalle getting the old "sticky bocadillo" up a climb. Perhaps we'll see a bit of this time-honored technique during the 2012 season from the Colombia-Coldeportes team.

Speaking of which, perhaps I'm getting ahead of myself, but this upcoming season could potentially be an amazing one for Colombian cycling. Sergio Henao is joining Sky, Cayetano Sarmiento is going to Liquigas-Cannondale, and Carlos Betancur might already be in Liquigas...or he might not be. No one knows. He told a Colombian newspaper that he wasn't on November 22nd, and then every English-speaking news outlet said he was joining the team on the 23rd. Regardless, there will also be the Colombia-Coldeportes team to look out for.

That team's jersey, by the way, looks surprisingly like the one I designed for this very blog. Actually, I'm not surprised by the similarity at all, since the Infinite Monkey Theorem clearly states that if you give a monkey some third-rate design software, he will eventually design a cycling jersey. Additionally, if you give two monkeys the same third-rate design software, they will both arrive to a similar solution at some point.

Which reminds me: Cycling Inquisition socks are still available, and small, white jerseys are also (see the right-hand column).

They all ship with bits of bocadillo and panela, both of which are proven to make you a better climber. Guaranteed. Well, not really...but according to one guy, even the design of the jersey is objectionable, so what do I know.

Mary mother of jesus, it's Colombia, not Columbia.

Post-Christmas Bonus Content

1. I love seeing what Google searches bring people to this blog.

2. Look, I know that the word "orientated" is technically correct, but my god, even Rickey Henderson cringed when he read this interview with Levi Leipheimer.