Thursday, April 26, 2012

Two Colombian Cycling Icons & One in the Making

Colombian Cycling Fab 3,
Lucho, Sergio & Ramon.




I'm happily in possession of three Colombian cyclists.

Don't worry, I haven't kidnapped anyone.

I recently received more made in Colombia ribbon from Klaus (Cycling Inquistion) for another order of the hugely popular and quickly selling... Colombian Cycling Sombreros. With the colorful ribbons in hand, Carolle and I are flexing our nimble fingers and getting into cycling cap production.

It's a pleasure to be making these colorful and handsome cycling caps. And I'm happily bombarded with, thanks again Klaus, the stickers of Colombian cycling icon's; Lucho Herrera and Ramon Hoyos. The middle image is a button pin of first year pro for SKY and icon in the making... Sergio Henao.

Sergio Henao is work in progress, a grimpeur in the Colombian sense: born in the mountains with talent to burn. He signed a two-year contract for SKY, and in his first season he's learning the ropes in Europe. When I write he's a grimpeur, well he is, he's already won the 2010 Vuelta a Colombia.

Lucho Herrera is legendary as the second rider to win the KOMs jersey in all three Grand Tours; Vuelta a Espana (1987, 1991), Giro d'Italia (1989), Tour de France (1985, 1987). In the 1984 Tour, I was watching on tv and captivated by the climbing abilities of Herrera and followed him ever since.

And, Ramo Hoyos is Colombia's first great cycling champion winning the Gold medal in the men's individual road race at the 1959 Pan American Games. Read the interview here.

Today I wore the Sergio Henao button pin, I should say proudly, on my way to sell one of my cyclingart prints to a returning customer. A lucky talisman?  I don't know, but I was happy to have the Sergio Henao button pin on!


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