The 8 toughest Colombian climbs

Colombia is a lucky country! Being in the middle of three mountain ranges gives the privilege of having spectacular ascents to mountains that other countries could only dream about. Some of these mountain passes have a hardness that catapults them to be cataloged as huge, and this makes them a challenge that few can overcome. Whether it's the route, the weather, the altitude, the state of the roads, these climbs are at another level and are part of the legends of Colombian Escarabajos. Making a list of the 8 toughest Colombian climbs is not easy. For many it may be…

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Cycling in the heart of Colombia

Directly after visiting Colombia for the first time as a backpacker I knew it; I had to come back to this amazing country to discover more. And this time not with a heavy backpack, but with my bike! This is my story about cycling in the heart of Colombia. Some history Colombia has a rich cycling history, getting first worldwide recognition with Martín Emilio Rodriguez, also known as “Cochise". Currently Colombia is enjoying the successes of a very talented generation including Nairo Quintana, Esteban Chaves and Rigoberto Uran. All these have won important stages in the grand tours, and these weren't…

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Cycling in the hills of Nairo Quintana

It started with a simple request. How do I find a decent bike ride when I'm in a foreign city? I was heading to Colombia and had dreams of pedalling over the roads used by Nairo Quintana, the rider whose mountain stage attacks in the 2013 Tour de France set the whole race ablaze (he finished second behind Chris Froome), and who has just won this year's Giro d'Italia. First stop was to check all the cycling apps but, outside the UK and US, coverage is patchy; in Colombia, it's non-existent. I wasn't looking for an event, just a day's…

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