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Cycle Colombia, Where Attitude Meets Altitude

When we say there’s a “rarefied atmosphere” on our new Cycle Colombia trip, we mean it literally. We’re talking climbs that start at 2200 meters and go up from there… to over 3000 meters.

You are here. Or at least you could be.

Climbs here are higher and longer than anything in Europe. That’s why the Medellin area is the training ground for riders like quadruple Giro stage winner Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors), the Henao cousins (Team Sky) and this year’s Tour de France runner-up, Rigoberto Urán of Cannondale-Drapac. And now, you.

Plus spectacular scenery, courteous drivers and luxurious accommodations. And did we mention the trip guides?



Cycle Colombia With Colombian WorldTour Pros

Just one of Mauricio Ardila’s many protégés. Who knows? You could be next.

Joining our award-winning Thomson staff for Cycle Colombia will be local expert Mauricio Ardila. Mauricio’s an ex-pro who rode in Europe back in 2004 – 2011 for Davitamon-Lotto, Rabobank and others. He won the overall at the ’04 Tour of Britain.

Mauricio’s now mentoring Uran, Gaviria & the Henaos boys. And rumor has it that Rigoberto, Sebastian, Sergio or Fernando himself may drop by to say hi. You want some pointers on your climbing skills,  these are the chicos increíbles to talk to.

The fun kicks off January 28th when your flight touches down in Medellin. It’s only five hours from New York and in the same time zone. And our accommodations are just five minutes from the José María Córdova International Airport. So you’ll be fresh and ready to get started with some serious riding at serious altitude.

Medellin, old and new.  Guía de Viajes Oficial de Medellín, Wikimedia Creative Commons license cc-by-2.0
For the next week, this is what home looks like. Only taller.

The Best Hotel In Medellin

When you’re not suffering in the mountains, you’ll be kicking back with your Thomson riding buddies, less than an hour from downtown Medellin at the 4-star Movich Las Lomas. We’ll be here all week too, so there’re no transfers to take away from your time in the saddle.

Medellin is a world-class city—a delightful mixture of Latin heritage and a vibrant culture that combines old and new. Just three reasons it’s an about-to-be discovered hotspot for tourists from around the world. Except that we—and now you—have already discovered it.

Of course, it wouldn’t be Cycle Colombia without Colombian cycling. You’ll see pros and semi-pros out on the mountains daily, and people of all ages on bikes in town, on the hills, and just about everywhere in between. Partly because cycling (and cyclists) are so esteemed here, roads are well maintained, drivers respectful, and the locals friendly.

You’re going to love it, at least once your legs and lungs recover.

Special offer: if you’ve ridden with us before, be sure to claim your special 10% discount on this trip.