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There’s a certain homogenous quality to a bike race. You know, much in the way that a school of fish, or migrating birds are far more interesting than the singular object. But through that homogenizing effect, the making of one out of the many, individuality is lost. Matching kit, matching bikes, matching helmets. Stand on the side of the road at any race, and you’ll hear fans (even devoted ones) ask one another if so-and-so already passed. No one knows. They have no idea. And sometimes we have no idea either. We’d love to come up with a way to fix this problem. Football-style names in the backs of their jerseys? Constant race numbers throughout the season? We’ll keep trying to think of solutions, big lofty ones that will surely change the face of the sport. In the meantime, however, please accept the following Manzana Postobon mini-Fan Club.

Ricardo Vilela

What was the last book you read?

It’s been a long time, I don’t remember.

What poster/s hung on your wall when you were a kid?

Never had any.

Pre-race rituals?

None really.

Hot chocolate or café con leche?

I like both.

Should rice go into the sancocho, or should sancocho go into the rice?

Don’t know, I don’t think I’ve ever had sancocho.

Cheese in your hot chocolate?

Don’t know, don’t think I’ve ever had that.

If you weren’t a cyclist, what would you be doing right now?

Studying sports science.

What makes someone a good roommate during a race?

Keep the room very clean. If he wants to stay up, just be absolutely quiet.

Favorite or most memorable climb in Colombia?

There’s a climb in Envigado, but I don’t remember the name.

Do you like fireworks?


Where did Baby Jesus leave the presents?

My parents just gave me my gifts.