Dave Stohler in India, cycling on the radio, and gifts that keep on giving.

I wanted to alert all of you to the fact that both the Cycling Inquisition caps and socks are now back in stock. So if you've wanted either in the past, but failed to act quickly, now's the time to order. Caps are $28 (more information here), socks are $12 (more information here). Remember that all Cycling Inquisition attire is made with our newly improved, proprietary PlaceboPlexTech™ fabric, which is guaranteed to improve your climbing abilities by nearly 12% through the power of placebo....hence our slogan: If you can't climb like a Colombian, at least look like one.

While there's been rumors in the peloton that Rigoberto Uran and Sergio Henao's climbing abilities at the Giro have come about as a result of them wearing Cycling Inquisition attire, I will neither confirm nor deny these reports. I'll merely say this: I spoke with both of them at Liege-Bastogne-Liege. Whether or not I handed over some clothing during our meetings will forever remain a mystery.

So with my schmatta sales pitch out of the way, let's get on to today's bits of randomness.

1. Indian Cutters
What on earth does Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar mean? As far as I can tell, it's Hindi for "He Who Wins Is The Conqueror", which happens to be the name of a Bollywood adaptation of Breaking Away. If you've ever wondered what an Indian Dave Stohler* would look like, enjoy the full movie below.

*Yes, this is the correct spelling of the character's name. The last time I used the spelling commonly used in Wikipedia and IMDB, Bill Strickland himself corrected me...I won't be having that happen again.

2. Ramon and his blender
Today's awesome picture from the Vuelta a Colombia is:

The picture depicts Ramon Hoyos leading the pack through a river bed in the Vuelta a Colombia. The title states "The era of Ramon and his blender". That's what they called his team, since they were able to pulverize the opposition. Move over Vitamix, Ramon and his blender are here.

3. The Cycling Hour
Do you speak Spanish, or perhaps enjoy listening to the sweet sounds of this beautiful language while not understanding what's being said? In either case, you should tune in six days a week to the wonderful hour-long radio show called La Hora Del Ciclismo (The Cycling Hour). It's broadcast in Colombia's RCN Antena 2 radio station, and can be found online here.

The show features news, but also interviews with retired riders, and can sometimes have a singular focus that is astonishing. Consider the show from two weeks ago, which was entirely dedicated to Postobon's victory of the team competition at the Vuelta A España in 1987.

Currently, the show is going through a 25 day celebration (!) commemorating the 25th anniversary of of Lucho Herrera's victory at the Vuelta in '87. Wonderful stuff. You can also listen to older episodes, like this one online.

You can listen six days a week here at (Colombian times):
Mondays: 5-6pm
Tuesdays: 5-6pm
Wednesdays: 5.30-6pm
Thursdays: 5-6pm
Fridays: 5-6pm
Saturdays: 1-2pm

Keep in mind that Colombia is an hour behind EST right now.

4. Lucho's bike
Speaking of Lucho Herrera, someone recently asked me what post on this blog has proven to be the most popular. While some generated large numbers of hits (usually as a result of being mentioned in another blog, or by someone on Twitter), there are some posts that continue to bring in a very good number of people months and years after I originally published them. Chief among these is an interview with frame builder Mauricio Rebolledo of Rebolledo Cycles.

Mauricio was born to Colombian parents, and spent his summers there as a kid. Through unusual, but wonderful circumstances, he came to own Lucho Herrera's bike from the 1986 Tour de France. It was about this, as well as his work in the frame building trade, that I interviewed him on April of 2010 (you can read the post here). Today, if you enter "Lucho Herrera's bike", or some variation therein, you will come to find that post on Google. So due to the fact that an overwhelming number of people seem to want to see pictures of Lucho's bike, or know what size frame he rode, that posts is a bit like a gift that keeps on giving. Oh, and speaking of gifts, Mauricio was kind enough to send me a fantastic cap and t-shirt recently. The guy is a giver.