Thanks to its Spanish inheritance and many mountains, Colombia may have produced more great bicycle racers per capita than any other nation outside of Europe. Until Jan. 31, the Archivo de Bogotá has an exhibition about Colombian bicycle racing, its heroes and the epic Vuelta a Colombia. In Colombia, bike racing really rates, and may be the second most popular pro sport after futbol (soccer).
The Vuelta a Colombia is shorter than the Tour de France, but its passes are higher, making it one of the most demanding bicycle stage races in the world.
|Vuelta Champs of Yesteryear|
|Santiago Botero overlooking a classic bicycle|
|Ramón Hoyos Vallejo, winner of the third Vuelta, got the girl.|
|Slogging up a hill in the 1961 Vuelta.|
Juan Pachon and Miguel Samaca, riders from other eras, now compete in sales on Carrera 13.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours