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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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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