Thursday, March 27, 2014

Cycling Inquisition jerseys, now taking pre-orders

Yes ladies and gentlemen. Your eyes do not deceive you. I'm once again taking pre-orders for black Cycling Inquisition jerseys. This will likely be the last time I place an order for this design, since it will be retired after years of sterling service.

Before I get even more long-winded, let me give you the details.

You must order by April 10th. Payment must be made via Paypal (details below)

Once the order is placed, turnaround time from Hincapie (who will lovingly make all these jerseys in Medellin) will be eight weeks. That means I'll be getting the jerseys around the first week of June, and will them mail them out as quickly as possible.

Pricing is as follows: $80 plus shipping
(shipping is $4 per jersey within the US, $10 internationally). Sorry postage rates have gone up since last time.

Sizing. Available from XXS to 4 XL.
Hincapie Axis jerseys run true to size for average cycling clothing. Not relaxed fit, not Italian-made small. Please see the chart below, for which I measured actual Hincapie jerseys while they were laying flat on a table. You can also look at the Hincapie page for these jerseys, under "sizing chart" for more information here. Please be mindful of the fact that I can't take returns based on sizing mishaps.

To order, send payment via Paypal to this address (cyclinginquisition  at symbol here Please specify the size, and please make sure that the address listed on your account is correct, and will still be correct when the jerseys are shipped out.

With the essentials out of the way, allow me to delve into the jersey's details, especially for those of you who might be new to the blog, since the jersey's design may feature some words and iconography you are not familiar with.

Flag: That one is easy, it's Colombia's flag. The yellow represents the gold found throughout the country. The blue stands for the two seas in the country's shores. The red is for the blood spilled by Colombian soldiers while fighting for the country's freedom.

Crest: On the right side of the chest, you'll see a black and white crest. This is the crest of the city of Bogota (where I'm from, and where great cyclists like Pacho Rodriguez, Henry Cardenas, Patrocinio Jimenez, Leonardo Duque and Edwin Avila were born and/or live). It features an eagle holding a  pomegranate in each claw.

Writing on the back: Inside the yellow portion of the jersey, you'll see the words "Poniendose el internet de ruana desde 2009". This is a rather Colombian saying, which translates to "putting on the internet as though it were a ruana since 2009". Ruana is a type of overcoat, or poncho made of heavy wool favored by Colombians in colder climates.

The best way to explain this saying is this:

It means you have totally dominated an event or thing. Say you were racing, and guy laps everyone and makes you all look like fools while barely trying. Then he laps you again. What he did is that he put the race on as if it were ruana. As a matter of fact, whenever cyclists from Boyacá (like Nairo Quintana) dominate a race or event, the Colombian press can't help itself, and always use this expression.

Here, they took the Tour of the Caribe and put it on as a ruana. Not to be outdone, mountain bikers from Boyaca have also been known to put things on as a ruana from time to time, as you can see here.

So next time someone beats you really, really badly at a race, don't come home crying to your wife, telling her that you lost in a monumental fashion to a guy in jeans who was barely trying. Just tell her that some dude you'd never heard of put the race on like a ruana. She'll be confused, wont know what you mean, and will think that perhaps you won. See how that works? As a piece of attire, the ruana is great for all kinds of weather, and as an expression, it also serves all kinds of purposes.

Writing on the pockets: As you may know, many cyclists in Colombia really did (and still do) eat panela, and bocadillo. Clearly, Colombian professionals these days know about energy bars and recovery drinks. But ask around, and you'll find that Colombian cyclists always have soft spot for these foods. And if you check their jersey pockets, you'll still find these essentials with them on nearly every ride. As such, one pocket of the jersey is labeled as "panela" the other one "bocadillo". But what about the middle one? That one is labeled for the largest meal known to man, the "bandeja paisa", which is literally a serving tray of food favored by people from the department of Antioquia. When you see a picture of what this meal looks like, you'll quickly figure out that this is a joke. You can't really take a bandeja paisa with you during a ride....oh....but if you only could.....

This jersey design has been worn to fake victory at the Roubaix velodrome at least once by a reader of the blog


  1. Thanks for your informative & entertaining blog. I've introduced bocadillo to my friends (it feels pro & green at the same time to throw the leaf wrapper on the ground), but the aguapanela remains my own little secret. It is always fascinating to read about Colombia's cycling, past & present.

  2. I dunno Klaus...most of the Colombian pros I know, EuroPro and not, roll on bocadillos, galletas de Milo, pastele de arequipe queso, and Pony Malta or Coke. Heh. Don't think I ever saw one break out a gel, energy bar, or chews on a training ride.

    1. Nate, I think you're right. I guess I was referring to dudes in Europe, when they are racing or something. Right you are, making the correction now.


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