Crowning the Alto de La Cuchilla

It has been on my list of climbs in the Bogotá area for a while now, and I finally found the time and guts to crown it, La Cuchilla. I am not talking about the 11.5km climb from Guasca to the Paramo top, as I’ve done that one too many times already. No, I am talking about the 35 kilometer long climb starting at the town of Gachetá, down in the valley. Cold to warm, and back... La Cuchilla is a known name for cyclists in Bogota, or even in Colombia. The climb can be categorized as Hors Categorie, thanks…

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The effect of high altitude training

There is a growing trend amongst amateur cyclists to take their training to a higher level. Where power meters used to be exclusive for professional cyclists, it is now becoming a standard equipment for amateurs. It all started with the heart rate monitors and train in certain fitness zones, but now the most asked question is how many watts you can push for 5 minutes.   Another trend we’ve seen is altitude training camps, which can be useful to prepare for a special event or Gran Fondo with lots of vertical climbing. Living and training for a couple of weeks…

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Rigo’s private Colombia

Cannondale, the bike sponsor of Colombian rider Rigoberto Uran, made a nice series of small movies called Rigo's private Colombia. The guys came and visit the runner up on last year's Tour de France in is hometown Medellin. In the 3 short video's you can see how Rigoberto Uran trains in and around Medellin. See how he interacts with his fans, and what he does when he is not on the bike. Rigoberto Uran is known as a very friendly guy that is very open to fans, and these video's proof this once again. Unlike the more quiet Nairo Quintana,…

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