|Original photo: Manual For Speed|
Tomorrow, I'll be flying to Italy in order to join the Giro, not as a competitor mind you—though I was asked several times by different teams, believe me. No, I'll be joining it in my usual capacity: hopping fences and trying not to get caught by organizers when I try to stand and hang around where I shouldn't. After the Giro, I'll be away for another week. This means that I won't be back to my blogging duties until the first week of June sometime. This pains me to no end, in part because I love all three of the blog's readers, but also because I anticipate that much will be happening in the race and the sport in general during that time. At least Fabio Parra hopes so!
A call to arms
Parra, one of the original escarabajos has asked for a Colombian alliance at the Giro through Twitter, asking all Colombian riders to work together and "seize the mountain!", saying that "a partial victory, the general, or a competition [like the KOM] will require an alliance between all Colombians". You can read a translated article about his tweets here (link via Gage & DeSoto).
While I'm away
During my absence, all orders for socks or prints will be put on hold until I'm back. Until then, feel free to read through the blog's archives. Even if you're an avid reader, you've probably missed posts here and there. You can also go check out Manual For Speed's coverage of the Giro, listen to my brother's podcast, read All Hail The Black Market, see what Joe Lindsey has to say, or visit Mr Bike Snob. If you're wondering about a specific Colombian rider at the Giro, feel free to look at my guide, which includes all of them here.
If you're wondering about Colombia's future in cycling, look no further than team 4-72, and remember the names of those riders. Juan Chamorro took the overall at the Ronde de L'Isard, Heiner Parra took the KOM, and the team won the team classification. Big things in the future for these riders and this team.
One of cycling's age-old questions is one you've surely asked yourself: What do Colombian cyclists eat during the third week of a grand tour, and how do they get said food? The answer is easy. A Colombian guy (who for some reason is named Klaus out of all things), flies in and gives them the necessary nutrition to get through the last week.