La Leyenda del Dorado is South America's premier mountain bike stage race. Started in 2016 with the goal of promoting Colombia as a tourist destination via its incredible scenery, natural diversity and people, it's now in its fourth edition and open to professional and amateur cyclists from around the world. The route comprises an incredible seven stages and 450km of off road trails and singletracks, including over 15,000m of vertical ascent, through stunning Colombian countryside and pristine colonial towns, with thousands of spectactors lining the route to cheer the hundreds of racers on.
La Leyenda is widely regarded as one of the most challenging mountain bike races in the world and is accredited by the UCI with S1 categorisation, being one of a select group of cross-country marathon races around the globe to be able to guarantee a world class experience, both on and off the bike. It attracts high profile, international mountain bikers, such as World Champions Christoph Sauser, Alban Lakata, Tiago Ferreira and Sonya Looney, as well as media celebrities such as Valentí Sanjuan, promoting Colombia around the world. La Leyenda's sponsorship model works with leading multi-national and national brands as part of our race logistics, showcasing their products and services year round to both international and domestic audiences. In 2020 the Leyenda Series of one day races will be added to the portfolio of events, taking the tried and tested Leyenda concept to a mass market audience to cities around Colombia.
WHY RACE LA LEYENDA?
- Colombia - A 'must visit' destination for any cyclist
Incredible landscapes, a rich cycling heritage, as well as thousands of spectators and wonderful people, all make Colombia a unique destination and 'must visit' for any cyclist, amateur or professional.
No tents here! You’ll have the pleasure of a comfortable bed every night of the race, allowing you to rest and recuperate to the full so you can enjoy all aspects of La Leyenda.
Enjoy your time off the saddle to the maximum. Soak up the atmosphere in picturesque colonial villages, enjoy the fine local cuisine and find out why Colombian hospitality is so celebrated for its warmth and spontaneity – all while you dissect the day’s racing with your fellow riders.
- Many Worlds in One
You will cycle through Colombia’s highest mountain range, the Central Cordillera, ride through varying climatic zones, from jungle laden river valleys to high altitude ‘Paramos,’ ride over 4,000m above sea level and pass over the mighty Nevado del Ruíz Volcano – all in the space of 7 days!
- World Class - UCI Accreditation
La Leyenda is brought to you by a bilingual, bicultural team who combine a Latin warmth of spirit and deep insider knowledge with international standards of organisation and efficiency. All aspects of La Leyenda del Dorado have been designed according to UCI guidelines, and you will enjoy the thrill of racing alongside some of the world’s keenest amateurs and elite riders.