BEST CLIMBS IN COLOM­BIA

Bicycling (South Africa) - - GROUP RIDES -

OLD LETRAS PASS

dis­tance 82km el­e­va­tion gain 3 719 me­tres max el­e­va­tion 4 062 me­tres av­er­age grade 5% A rarely rid­den back road be­tween Mariq­uita and Maniza­les tacks on 40km of high-al­ti­tude dirt roads. Stan­dard Letras is nearly as long and high, but fully paved.

ALTO EL LIMONAR

dis­tance 8.5km el­e­va­tion gain 1 100 me­tres max el­e­va­tion 2 500 me­tres av­er­age grade 13% There are steeper, shorter climbs, but this wall on the north side of Medel­lín is per­haps the mean­est, with lots of sus­tained climb­ing over 20% and a few pitches over 30.

EL SOTE DESDE MONIQUIRA ( A. K. A. DAN­GER CANYON)

dis­tance 47.3km el­e­va­tion gain 1 430 me­tres max el­e­va­tion 3 100 me­tres av­er­age grade 3% Climb­ing through a quiet lime­stone canyon, this road is mostly forgotten, lightly traf­ficked, and as­cends at a steady grade. And it ends just up­hill from Quin­tana’s vil­lage.

ALTO DE CARAMANTA

dis­tance 33.5km el­e­va­tion gain 1 445 me­tres max el­e­va­tion 2 100 me­tres av­er­age grade 4% What this An­tio­quia climb lacks in grade and el­e­va­tion, it makes up for with scenery, as the road zigs and zags from the Cauca River through cof­fee coun­try to the quaint brick plazas in the vil­lage of Caramanta.

MATARREDONDA PASS

dis­tance 33.7km el­e­va­tion gain 1 849 me­tres max el­e­va­tion 3 384 me­tres av­er­age grade 5% You can climb this pass on the eastern hills of Bo­gotá, but the west­erly route from the town of La Unión is longer and wilder, with sweep­ing hair­pins and over­hang­ing cliffs.

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