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ohhh yeah. I've been wanting to do this climb ever since I heard about it in 2003
Nice job, Nate. I hope you blog this ride.
Epic! An absolutely incredible feet.
Biking in the ring of fire. Awesome!
Congratulations Nate you have just won Strava.
very good time, btw the record holder is santiago botero with 2:50
jealous! I would love to do that ride.
Heh, Juan, Santiago said it's closer to 3:30. 2:50 would be a little close to humanly impossible...even with "supplementation".
The climb isn't hard. It's just long, and there's a bit of a Campesino dog slalom to negotiate. I just plodded along.
Looks beautiful up there :) I enjoy following your blog, Nate. Made me really appreciate the people and culture of Colombia... Enjoy your time there.
Amazing ride Nate, well done!
Gonna be a helluva season Nate! Good luck.
Nate confirmed: 2 hours 52 minutes, recorded by Santiago Botero on the Vuelta a Colombia in 2007, just recently i heard a 22 year old of antioquia did 3:30
Uuaa 80Kms de subida eso si que es una subida
lucky SOB! I was planning on doing this in the spring but now have a kid on the way....
Nate check this website about that stage on 2007 and how Boero did it. The basically went all the way up an well into Manizales in 3:48 http://www.arcotriunfal.com/2604/santiago_botero_sacudio_la_vuelta_a_colombia_de_lado_a_lado.html
how was the traffic and climate change?
Tomas - yeah, I was basing my assumption based on the erroneous '07 Vuelta Colombia wiki entry that said they did the stage in 4:50. 3:50 is right...everyone who made the front group that day must've had blood like pudding. Insane! Granted, I wasn't crushing it or anything, and stopped/mellowed a few times for food and photos, but sub-3 is crazy, even in the bunch.
The climate change wasn't too bad, we picked a good day and the weather was pretty decent the whole climb. Mariquita is hot, tropical, and oppressive, as expected, but by the time you hit 1000m it mellows out nicely. The summit was a little chilly, but I've done worse swinging off into the National Park when I've ridden up from Manizales. Traffic was light, a few busses and tourists but nothing hairy. A popular summer road in the States is a worse place to be in that regard.
A good post from a fellow climber
Hope you enjoyed your time in Colombia.
Hey, I'm planning on doing Letras in April 2014, thanks for the info above. Will be cycling from rio through to Colombia
Did u stay at altitude before attempting this?
I lived in Manizales (7500ft) for three months prior. I primarily live/train in Salt Lake City, UT (4500ft).
I'll be back this winter. Time to beat my own time!
Frankly, would've ridden it all the time if it were accessible. It's a blast of a ride.
Cool, thanks for the tips. I can't wait to visit Colombia, it will be the highlight of my South American Tour.
I start in Rio in early March and leave Trinidad in June, the rest is up to me. So will be going through Argentina, Boliva and Peru, en route to Bogota probably around April.
There is another 4,000m climb in Peru I would like to check out too.