Escarabajo said:I like your answer. I also value your opinions a lot. Thanks.
The problem that I have with cycling is that I am very nationalistic. That is the way I was raised from the cycling point of view. The climbers from Colombia emerged from the early eighties as unique light climbers that bred from the Andes of South America. We seemed to have some advantage at some point. That became like a myth in my country in the eighties. They were called "Los Escarabajos".
All that was lost at the beginning of the nineties. The high hematocrit levels along with the Light weight advantage were completely lost. We were already worthless on the flats, so we were completely disposed from racing. Until few renegades like Botero and others started to learn what the rules of the game were.
Because of these unique advantages I became very patriotic when watching the races. That hope that we will be better climbers as a group still holds in me. But as you can see, unless we play the same game we will never have hope again. Besides, who needs small climbers anymore when you can have big riders who can climb just as or better than the Colombians?
I just need to start enjoying cycling regardless of the Country they come from.
I hope my writing is understandable.
Hey we all have issues like this as cycling fans. I am an American and was inspired to start bike racing myself at age 22 by Armstrong's inspiring story in 1999. I looked up to my countrymen Armstrong, Hamilton, and Landis, who turned out to be three of the biggest dopers in the history of the sport LOL! When that all came out I was very disillusioned for a time but with time it all just became another lesson for me on the way the world works.