Kings of the Mountains: How Colombia's Cycling Heroes Changed Their Nation's History

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Aurum PressLtd, Jan 1, 2002 - Sports & Recreation - 246 pages
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For the first time Matthew Rendell tells the little-known story of a Latinmerican country in which cycling is the national sport, whose sportsmen,enied the enormous benefits of prosperity, cutting-edge technology andnlimited sponsorship, have nevertheless achieved prodigious cycling featsoth at home and abroad, and helped to forge for Colombia a heroic nationaldentity. He tells of how, during the fifties, Colombia's own top cycle race,he Vuelta de Colombia, was still being held on dusty, unpaved roads - withonsequentially ghastly accidents; of how the first top European cyclists whoame to race in Colombia found themselves utterly vanquished by its endlessountain climbs; of how the biography of Colombia's first cycling superstaras written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.;Then, following the story through tohe seventies and eighties, he shows how Colombia's cyclists began to makeheir mark abroad, even in the ultimate competition, the Tour de France - and,hile they may have lacked the team discipline and the pace training to winhe race itself, how to them the premier accolade was to become King of the

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Awesome documentation of the intersection of cycling, culture, politics, and crime in Colombia. Read full review

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Brilliant first few chapters - immediately gripping. Lost it for me in the central stages, too much history and different guerilla groups and politics squashed around the cycling. Despite being very ... Read full review

Contents

The indomitable Zipa
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A Colombian trinity
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Olympus s faded hierarchy
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