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MARCOS PEREDA - "OSITO": CYCLING & THE BROTHERS ESCOBAR
He started his criminal career stealing gravestones from churchyards and reselling them. It is estimated that at his peak he was supplying 80% of the USA's imported cocaine, and had a personal net worth in excess of $30 billion – making him the world’s seventh richest man. Pablo Escobar was a conquistador, all right.
He was also a cycling nut. His brother and right-hand-man Roberto, known as Osito (“Teddy Bear”), was a professional rider, and later a team owner (and you thought Oleg Tinkoff was bad). Pablo even built his own personal velodromes: star riders were paid handsomely to come and perform for the entertainment of the brothers.
And now you can read the full story of Cycling and the Brothers Escobar here – as told by Spanish cycling writer Marcos Pereda (with thanks to ctxt.es).
SCOTT WILSON - A CANTICLE FOR COMMERCE
Josh Lane's recent blog entry about Generation Lost drew a very enthusiastic response, becoming one of the most-visited pages ever on conquista.cc.
Josh’s thoughts about the challenges faced by cycling’s younger generation struck a particular chord with Scott Wilson. Scott is a mechanic and frame builder in Chicago, Illinois, and a nonfiction writing master's student at Columbia College. He applied his unique combination of talents to the topic of cycling and the cyclist within capitalism.
You can read his thoughts in A Canticle for Commerce here.
CHRIS WILLIAMS - FRESH EYES
TEAM NOVO NORDISK - PRESEASON TRAINING CAMP
Team Novo Nordisk were in action in the early season at the Dubai Tour, mixing it up with the giants of the peloton. At their recent preseason training camp we caught up with riders Fabio Calabria, David Lozano and Joonas Henttala, plus Team General Manager Vassili Davidenko. Take a look at what they said about their preseason training and their goals for 2017 here.
Image: ©Angus Sung
BRADLEY O'GRADY - GIRL'S KEIRIN
Regular readers will know that we have a big soft spot for Japanese keirin racing.
We devoted forty pages of Conquista issue 10 to a history of the sport, complete with spectacular photos from the great Brian “Black” Hodes, the first western photographer to be invited behind the scenes at the annual Keirin Grand Prix. Then late last year Bradley O’Grady gave us an on-the-spot account of Kokusai Keirin, where a select group of the world’s finest track sprinters (including Theo Bos and Shane "Perko" Perkins) are invited to compete in a special calendar of international racing.
Now Bradley returns with a special report on “Girl’s Keirin” (complete with photos by Mark Morinishi). By employing UCI rules and permitting carbon frames and wheels, Girl’s Keirin differs radically from the traditional men’s version of the sport. Take a look here.
Image: ©Mark Morinishi
TREVOR GORNALL - RIDING BY NUMBERS
Over a decade ago, cycling rescued Conquista editor Trevor Gornall from a career of desk-jockeying. There followed years of pleasure and pain, culminating in his now-legendary assault on the course of Liège-Bastogne-Liège, immortalised in the pages of Conquista issue 7 (you can tell from the picture above how much he enjoyed it).
But while attempting to recover from that experience, Trevor discovered a serious health problem - meaning he had to reassess his relationship with the sport he loves. With that now behind him, and now in his mid-forties, Trevor is back on the bike in earnest and trying to recover his old condition. But does he still have it in him?
Trevor will be recording his progress in his new blog Riding by Numbers. Check it out here.
JOSH LANE - LIFE BEHIND BARS
MARK McNALLY - BACK IN THE SADDLE
HOLLY BLADES - CYCLO-CROSS
If you’ve enjoyed watching the CX action and marvelling over the photos at the links below, you may be wondering how on earth this wonderful sport ever got started. If so, look no further. We asked the inimitable Holly Blades to roll up her sleeves and give us the lowdown. See the results of her dirty work here.
Image: ©Matt Grayson
MATT GRAYSON - UK NATIONAL CYCLO-CROSS CHAMPIONSHIPS
DAN MONAGHAN - UK NATIONAL CYCLO-CROSS CHAMPIONSHIPS
CHRIS WILLIAMS - THE YEAR IN NUMBERS
DOWN UNDER DIARIES 2017 - LAURA FLETCHER
CANYON//SRAM - INTO 2017
CONQUISTA ISSUE 13
As 2016 passes under the flamme rouge, Conquista issue 13 brings to a climax several year-long series from our favourite writers. Elsewhere, new voices take us to less familiar territory.
From the WorldTour to Iceland’s lavafields . . . from the wild young things of downhill mountain bike racing to the homeless cyclists of LA . . . from the seedy scandals of 1990s road racing to the sheer pleasure of riding a vintage bike from vineyard to vineyard . . . Conquista has never been bigger or better. We love it. We think you will too.
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