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Colombia – As Featured in Bicycling Magazine

Bicycling Magazine have compiled a short list of the absolute best, bucket list bike trips on the planet and included our own Trans-Colombia Challenge .


Colombia – As Featured in Bicycling Magazine

Colombia is fast becoming the Mecca of road cycling with the mountains a favourite training ground for many top professionals. Combining warm weather and high altitude, Colombia is the perfect destination to escape and enjoy a week of top-class riding – proven by our Trans-Colombia Challenge being featured in Bicycling Magazine's Best Bike Trips of 2020.

Bicycling's well-traveled editors looked at hundreds of bike tour companies from around the world and scrutinized their itineraries for average tour size, traveler reviews, value, custom options, and quality of the rental fleet. Taking into consideration timeless essentials like staff training and logistical expertise that differentiate the best from the rest, they surveyed industry insiders for insight on what’s hot right now.

Read Bicycling's article of the greatest rides in 2020, featuring our very own Trans-Colombia Trip.

"While there are thousands of outstanding cycling trips to choose from, only some are worthy of a Bicycling Travel Awards designation. "

Bicycling Magazine, December 2019

Trans-Colombia

Not for the faint of heart, our Trans-Colombia Challenge trip features the best of Colombian cycling. The highlight of the trip is the 80km climb to Alto de Letras, known as the longest climb in the world. And in true Thomson style we’ll do Letras not once, but twice – from both sides!

Starting in Medellin, the mecca of Colombian cycling, our route takes us south over the Andes mountains. We’ll ride through the coffee plantations of the famous Eje Cafetero (Coffee Triangle) which claims to produce the worlds best coffee.From the Coffee Triangle we head over to Los Nevados National Park where the Nevado del Ruiz volcano lies under its blanket of snow and glaciers.

The National Park also hosts our final challenge – the 3660m Alto de Letras!