La Leyenda Del Dorado 2017, The Everest of Mountain Biking, will be the second edition of Colombia’s international, multi-stage mountain bike race. Starting on the 30th July in the mountain city of Manizales, mountain bikers will race over 7 stages around the department of Caldas, covering over 482km with 16,082m of ascent, returning to Manizales on 5th August for the race finish.
Being the ‘Everest’ of its kind the mighty Colombian Andes form the backbone of the race, each stage challenging racers to climb several thousand vertical metres, with tricky descents to follow. Teamwork will be vital for riders, as they race together in pairs with exhausting days and tired legs meaning just to finish La Leyenda will be an accomplishment for all involved.
Nevertheless, racers will be able to experience the best of Colombia’s incredible natural biodiversity with altitudes of up to 4,000m and extreme temperatures as they ride through a variety of ecosystems. Paramo, cloud forest and desert scrub all await riders, each one home to different tropical fruits, vivid coloured plants and exotic wildlife.
As well as thrilling cycling during the day, the host towns and villages of Caldas provide the backdrop to relax away from the race and enthusiastic fans along the route. Comfortable beds every night mean better rest and recovery, and no need for sweaty mornings in sleeping bags! Freshly brewed coffee from local farms will be on the breakfast tables, together with tropical fruit that hangs over some of the quaint country roads the route follows, giving all racers a true taste of magical Colombia and the Leyenda experience.
WHY RACE LA LEYENDA?
- The Everest of Mountain Biking
Huge ascents, extreme temperatures and challenging terrain. Testimonials from La Leyenda prove it, the stats speak for themselves – have you got what it takes?
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.