Amateur racers awed by Ruíz
90 percent of racers from the 24 nations represented in La Leyenda del Dorado 2019 are amateur riders, including for the first time teams from Honduras, Uruguay, Bolivia and the Czech Republic. Local Colombian riders and overseas teams alike were overwhelmed by the exhausting, but thrilling once in a lifetime opportunity to ride up to 4,700m on one of Colombia’s most revered natural wonders during this historic La Leyenda stage.
“Really, it’s an incredible privilege to have had access to the National Park and be able to ride this stage. I felt so many emotions during the day. I was an incredibly hard stage, you really did feel the lack of oxygen during the last few kilometres, but the landscape up there is almost indescribable and riding across it is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced on a bike and I’m so glad I was able to share experience it with my incredible partner. I live in Belgium and I came back to Colombia just to do this,” said Mauricio Trujillo Hincapie a Belgium-based Colombian who returned to race La Leyenda 2019 with team-mate Andres Felipe Ortiz Lopez in the Men’s Open class.
The final stage on Saturday will be raced over 24km, where the champions of La Leyenda del Dorado 2019 will be crowned. After week of pushing their bodies and bikes to the limit, competitors will face a route that includes a final steep climb to Alto La Morena, before descending to the Bosque Popular, where three laps of the park’s 3km cross-country track are the last obstacle to face, before riders can claim their finisher’s medal.