SAFETY & SECURITY
As well as logistical support for your time on the bike, we'll also be ensuring your safety is our number one priority. There will be motorcycles and 4x4 ambulances placed strategically along the route with fully qualified doctors, paramedics and nurses. Some stages will go above 3,000m for a prolonged period and just above 4,000 m for a short time. We are well aware of the risks this entails and are taking the relevant altitude precautions. Should any problems arise with AMS all staff will be trained in the necessary procedures and we will be assisted by the Defensa Civil (Colombian Mountain Rescue). Oxygen will be available and additional vehicles if you need to be taken to a lower altitude quickly. It should be pointed out that if you are flying from overseas you will arrive to Manizales at an altitude of about 2,160m, so it would be advisable to arrive a few days before the race to begin the acclimatisation process.
Given the number of competitors on course relative to the number of support crew, and the nature of the terrain you are riding over, it is likely that in an accident or emergency you as a fellow competitor may reach that person before the support crews do. If so, you should proceed as follows:
1. First On Scene: If you are the first on the scene please stop and assist the injured/distressed competitor & gather as much information as possible.
2. Next on Scene: Talk to first on scene then proceed to the nearest radio (Aid Station / Medic / 4x4 or Broom Wagon) to report the situation (even if that means returning the way you came) so we can get expert help on the scene ASAP.
3. Others on Scene: Stop to see if any assistance can be offered and proceed if not.
Insurance and Medical Form
It is of the utmost importance you ensure you are full covered by your health insurance and you complete the La Leyenda medical form diligently, so we can ensure you receive the best possible care if you need it.
We will have the full support of the Colombian Police Force throughout the race with a team of officers especially assigned to the race and also the local police force in each town. Together they will help manage traffic control, route safety and security in host towns. However, we advise you to stick to the right hand side of the road at all times.
We understand that you want to focus on your riding without having to worry about taking a wrong turn, or having other vehicles and spectators blocking the road so we will have lead out motorbikes in front of the riders clearing the way, race marshals with radio communication located at regular distances in case of any problems, and also the support of the Colombian police for additional logistical, security support and the control of traffic at strategic locations. Official vehicles will also carry race logistics personnel so they can monitor what's going on and make sure every stage runs as smoothly as possible and the crowd know you're on your way and will be ready to cheer you on and give a huge Colombian welcome, especially when we pass some of the smaller, lesser visited villages on the route where everyone will be out supporting the race!
Bike storage will also have police guards to make sure your equipment is safe between stages.
La Leyenda is a one-of-a-kind MTB experience, and crossing the finish line represents a true accomplishment. On the course, you’ll leave your comfort zone behind as you conquer challenges unlike any other you’ve faced. To get to the finish line safely and enjoy the experience check out our training page and tips & tricks to give you the best possible preparation.