Bogota’s Ciclovia tradition

Despite the mountainous surrounds, Bogotá is predominantly flat and the cycling infrastructure is excellent. Around 350km of bike paths – more than in any other Latin American city – radiate from the city centre, and every new street that is built must also include a bike lane. The TransMilenio rapid bus transit offers secure bicycle storage near major terminals, and it is law that parking lots must include space for bicycles. "A citizen on a $30 bicycle is equally important to one in a $30,000 car," former Bogota mayor Enrique Peñalosa, a key advocate of the city's cycling infrastructure, declared…

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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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