To finish La Leyenda once is something any amateur cyclist can be proud of, but to finish La Leyenda, one of the world's most rewarding mountain bike stage races, three times is a mighty achievement that deserves true recognition. Consequently we're very happy to launch Jaguares, for what is currently a select group of riders to have finished all three editions of La Leyenda to date, but one that will undoubtedly grow over the coming years as more and more riders return to take on La Leyenda each year.
The Jaguar is the largest wild cat species in the Americas and has always been one of the most revered jungle animals by indigenous American cultures, hence why we thought it an appropriate name for three time Legends. Jacob Cerón, Carlos Ardilla, Jorge Valencia and Guiovanny Cantor, all from Colombia, are the first Legends to be inaugurated as Jaguares, each having completed the 2016, 2017 and 2018 editions of La Leyenda, covering over 1,500km and climbing a staggering 48,839m of ascent in the three races. Jacob, Jorge and Guiovanny are already signed up for 2019 too.
"La Leyenda's grown immensely over the last three years and has now clearly become the best mountain bike stage race in the continent. It's an honour for me to be one of the founding members of Jaguares and gives me an even bigger motivation to achieve my goal of winning the amateur open male category," said Jacob Cerón, a keen amateur cyclist and Jaguares member from Medellín.
In recognition of their achievement and loyalty to La Leyenda, all Jaguares will receive the following:
- An invite to the Jaguares exclusive pre-race dinner with Race Founder, Brian Murphy, a selection of pro riders, sponsors, dignitaries and press.
- A unique Jaguares membership number, assigned in sequential order depending GC position, that's for life.
- An exclusive limited edition Jaguares race jersey, with initials and Jaguares number on the front and name on the back.
- The membership will be presented by one of our pro team riders.
- Publication of the milestone on La Leyenda social media channels.
In addition to the four inaugural Jaguars, there are another 46 Legends who've finished two La Leyendas, and pending being a Finisher in 2019, they'll also be inaugurated into the Jaguares. We're waiting for you!