Colombia Oro y Paz: The professional peloton returns

After many years of absent, there will again be a UCI held cycling race in Colombia with World Tour teams on the startlist. We are talking about the new Colombia oro y paz race, which will be held from 6 until 11 February. The race is financed by the government, to celebrate the peace agreement with the FARC, and show this to the world. In cycling history, Colombia had some famous races before with some European and American professionals on the start list. The legendary Fausto Coppi tried several times in COlombia, but never succeeded. There was however one American,…

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Crowning alto de Letras, world’s longest climb

The alto de Letras is the mythical mountain pass par excellence in Colombia and known as the longest climb in the world. Its layout begins at Mariquita at 495 meters above sea level and ends after more than 80 kilometers at the border between the departments of Tolima and Caldas, at 3679 meters above sea level. This ascent is a decisive test for amateur cyclists, who are always in search of new and more demanding challenges. But also the pro’s have ridden this climb in races before, in 2017 it was again part of the Vuelta a Colombia. Miguel Reyes…

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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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