Road Cycling Holidays

Training Camp 12 days

Highlights

  • The Oriente Antioqueño – an eldorado for cyclists
  • Cycling in the emerald mountains of the Colombian Andes
  • Epic climbs of up to 40k
  • Train on the routes of the “Escarabajos”, the Colombian climbers
  • Experience Colombia far away from the typical tourist paths

Colombia is a cycling paradise and is considered one of the most interesting travel destinations in Latin America. This combination makes the country one of the most beautiful and exciting destinations for cycling holidays. Due to the unique conditions we can offer you our road cycling training camp in Medellín all year round, so you are completely free in your holiday planning!

As with the 8-day road cycling training camp, our 5-star partner hotel Movich Las Lomas in the Oriente of Medellín serves as the basis for the 12-day road cycling training camp. The Movich Las Lomas offers first class accomodation, great food and a wide range of services, so that your cycling holidays with us will be a fantastic experience on and off the saddle.

The 12 day road cycling training camp includes 8 guided tours and 11 nights accommodation. The itinerary for the first week is the same as for the 8-day cycling camp. For the second rest day, on Saturday, a trip to Guatapé is planned. This picturesque village is an 1 1/2 hours drive away from our hotel, in a beautiful landscape, and invites you to go for a walk. Just outside the village, like a giant menhir, lies the “Piedra del Peñol” or “El Peñol”, a monolith almost 200 meters high, which can be climbed by stairs with more than 700 steps. From up there we have a fantastic view of the whole area. The participation in the trip to Guatapé is of course voluntary. If you want, you can also stay at the hotel and relax or do something on your own. That’s completely up to you.

Our weekly program is flexible and varies from week to week. For the route planning of the second week of the 12 day road cycling training camp we take into account the tours of the first week, so that if possible no guest will ride twice the same route. The tours described below are only an example. For the actual tour planning we take into account your performance level and training goals, so that fun and training success are guaranteed.

Overview

Duration12 days / 11 nights
Type of TripCycling Camp
Guided Tours8
DifficultyIcon Schwierigkeitskategorie Rennradreisen 2
to
Icon Schwierigkeitskategorie 5 Rennradreisen
HotelLuxury, 5-Star Hotel
Food11 breakfasts
11 lunches
11 dinners
ParticipantsMax. 8 pers./group
Price (excl. flight)from 2,389 €
(2,843 US$)*

*depending on exchange rate

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Premium Colombia Cycling Camp in the Oriente Antioqueño with Elite Cycling Colombia

Holiday Schedule

Arrival

Individual flight to Medellin. We will welcome you at the airport and bring you to the hotel (the airport transfer is included in our prices). After the check-in at the hotel, you will have time to rest and relax. Handover of the rental bikes or the assembly of your bike (we will help you and provide the necessary tools) takes place on the day of arrival or in the morning of the second day, depending on your arrival time. In the evening we have dinner together and get to know each other.

Warm-up

On the first tour of our road cycling training camp we take it easy. We first cross the flat plateau of Llano Grande towards El Retiro, a typical Antioquian village with many well-preserved colonial-style houses. Then it gets a bit hilly and we climb our first short climb. After a quick descent we reach La Ceja. From there we continue towards San Antonio, where we take a break and try some delicious Buñuelos and Pandequesos. The last few kilometers are flat back to the hotel.

 

       65 km                                1.040 m elevation gain

Santa Elena

After a short warm-up we climb the pass to Santa Elena, followed by 20 km of rolling terrain in a beautiful mountain landscape until we get to the Alto de Las Palmas. From here we have a fantastic view of the Aburrá-valley and Medellín. From the Alto de Las Palmas we enjoy the beautiful descent to La Fé lake. Then we take a short break before heading to La Ceja. Now we climb again for some 6 km and then we make our way back to the hotel.

 

       83 km                                1.620 m elevation gain

Parque Arví

First, we have the opportunity to warm up on a good 15 km fairly flat track. Then we turn left and start our 7 km ascend to Parque Arví. On a small road that winds its way through forest and meadow landscapes, it goes steadily uphill with 7 to 8 % until we arrive at Parque Arví, a beautiful national park. After a breather, we continue to enjoy the beautiful nature and follow the hilly route with some snappy climbs before it goes downhill and back to the hotel.

 

       93 km                                1.560 m elevation gain

Rest day

Recovery is just as important for a steady improvement in performance as the training itself. Therefore, our road cycling training camp also includes rest days. Today we recover and draw strength for the next days in the saddle. But the day will not be boring: We drive to Medellín and take a city tour, where you will get to know the most important sights of the city.

Mesopotamia

First we ride towards La Ceja and we then turn to La Unión. The well-paved road meanders with a good manageable 6% up the mountain from where we have a great view of the plateau. After leaving behind the village of La Unión, we continue our ride to Mesopotamia through the hills which are covered in dense green. Here we rest for a moment, take a small snack and then head back home. At the end of the tour we still have a last climb, called El Enano, about two kilometers long.

 

       109 km                               1.710 m elevation gain

El Escobero

Today’s tour may seem short to you, but you better do not underestimate it! After coping with the first pass of 10 km and an average gradient of 4%, we descend to Medellín. Through El Poblado we ride to Envigado and start our climb to El Escobero. The pass is legendary and the name alone makes many experienced cyclists shudder. On 9 km, it goes 900 m uphill. With maximum slopes of over 18%, flatter passages of 7% suddenly appear harmless!

 

       76 km                                1.420 m elevation gain

2nd rest day

After yesterday’s effort, you have truly earned another rest day. Sleep well and enjoy the rich breakfast buffet of our hotel. After breakfast, we make a trip (by car/bus) to Guatapé, a beautiful village on the banks of a large lake. First, we visit the main attraction of the area, the “Peñol”, a huge menhir of almost 200 meters height, left behind by the last ice age. Stairs with more than 700 steps lead us up to the top, from where we enjoy a breathtaking view of the beautiful surroundings. After getting back to the ground we visit the village of Guatapé, where we have a delicious lunch. Guatapé is considered one of the most colorful villages in Colombia and attracts thousands of visitors from Medellin and the surrounding area on weekends. We explore the small, picturesque streets and have the opportunity to do some shopping or to enjoy a wonderful cup of colombian coffee.

Granada

Today we ride via Rionegro and Marinilla to Granada. The first 30 kilometers are relatively flat apart from a few short ramps. After El Santuario we turn to Granada and get into rolling terrain. We face several short climbs of 2 to 3 kilometers. In Granada we make a break, enjoy a delicious “Tinto”, the famous Colombian coffee, eat something and watch the action in the village. With the batteries charged, we make our way back through the green hills.

 

      97 km                                1.040 m elevation gain

Santa Elena (from the west)

To climb the pass of Santa Elena from the west, we ride over the Alto de Las Palmas to Medellin. Crossing a poorer part of the city will give you an insight into the life of the urban population outside the posh neighborhoods. Here begins the climb to Santa Elena. The first 5 kilometers of the climb are tough, then the road flattens and leads us with an average of 6 to 7% to the top. The tour ends with a great downhill ride on the eastern ramp of Santa Elena.

 

       60 km                                1.760 m elevation gain

Molino Viejo

On the last day of your road cycling training camp, we let our legs spin again. What would be unthinkable in most parts of Europe and Noth America is something completely normal in Colombia: cycling on the highway! We drive down into the Aburrá Valley and then head north on the recently completed highway. From Barbosa on, the road is practically owned by cyclists and often there are more cyclists than cars. It’s just a dream! In Molino Viejo we take a rest and after that we ride back on the old road towards Medellin. Finally, we climb our last pass of about 16,5 kilometers in length before we the then roll back to the hotel. In the evening we have a nice farewell dinner together.

 

       153 km                                2.060 m elevation gain

Return journey/transfer to Medellin

The day of departure has come… After breakfast, we will take you to the airport or, if you have booked with us some extra nights in Medellin, to your hotel in Medellin.

Day 1

Arrival

Individual flight to Medellin. We will welcome you at the airport and bring you to the hotel (the airport transfer is included in our prices). After the check-in at the hotel, you will have time to rest and relax. Handover of the rental bikes or the assembly of your bike (we will help you and provide the necessary tools) takes place on the day of arrival or in the morning of the second day, depending on your arrival time. In the evening we have dinner together and get to know each other.

Day 2

Warm-up

On the first tour of our road cycling training camp we take it easy. We first cross the flat plateau of Llano Grande towards El Retiro, a typical Antioquian village with many well-preserved colonial-style houses. Then it gets a bit hilly and we climb our first short climb. After a quick descent we reach La Ceja. From there we continue towards San Antonio, where we take a break and try some delicious Buñuelos and Pandequesos. The last few kilometers are flat back to the hotel.

 

       65 km                                1.040 m elevation gain

Day 3

Santa Elena

After a short warm-up we climb the pass to Santa Elena, followed by 20 km of rolling terrain in a beautiful mountain landscape until we get to the Alto de Las Palmas. From here we have a fantastic view of the Aburrá-valley and Medellín. From the Alto de Las Palmas we enjoy the beautiful descent to La Fé lake. Then we take a short break before heading to La Ceja. Now we climb again for some 6 km and then we make our way back to the hotel.

 

       83 km                                1.620 m elevation gain

Day 4

Parque Arví

First, we have the opportunity to warm up on a good 15 km fairly flat track. Then we turn left and start our 7 km ascend to Parque Arví. On a small road that winds its way through forest and meadow landscapes, it goes steadily uphill with 7 to 8 % until we arrive at Parque Arví, a beautiful national park. After a breather, we continue to enjoy the beautiful nature and follow the hilly route with some snappy climbs before it goes downhill and back to the hotel.

 

       93 km                                1.560 m elevation gain

Day 5

Rest day

Recovery is just as important for a steady improvement in performance as the training itself. Therefore, our road cycling training camp also includes rest days. Today we recover and draw strength for the next days in the saddle. But the day will not be boring: We drive to Medellín and take a city tour, where you will get to know the most important sights of the city.

Day 6

Mesopotamia

First we ride towards La Ceja and we then turn to La Unión. The well-paved road meanders with a good manageable 6% up the mountain from where we have a great view of the plateau. After leaving behind the village of La Unión, we continue our ride to Mesopotamia through the hills which are covered in dense green. Here we rest for a moment, take a small snack and then head back home. At the end of the tour we still have a last climb, called El Enano, about two kilometers long.

 

       109 km                               1.710 m elevation gain

Day 7

El Escobero

Today’s tour may seem short to you, but you better do not underestimate it! After coping with the first pass of 10 km and an average gradient of 4%, we descend to Medellín. Through El Poblado we ride to Envigado and start our climb to El Escobero. The pass is legendary and the name alone makes many experienced cyclists shudder. On 9 km, it goes 900 m uphill. With maximum slopes of over 18%, flatter passages of 7% suddenly appear harmless!

 

       76 km                                1.420 m elevation gain

Day 8

2nd rest day

After yesterday’s effort, you have truly earned another rest day. Sleep well and enjoy the rich breakfast buffet of our hotel. After breakfast, we make a trip (by car/bus) to Guatapé, a beautiful village on the banks of a large lake. First, we visit the main attraction of the area, the “Peñol”, a huge menhir of almost 200 meters height, left behind by the last ice age. Stairs with more than 700 steps lead us up to the top, from where we enjoy a breathtaking view of the beautiful surroundings. After getting back to the ground we visit the village of Guatapé, where we have a delicious lunch. Guatapé is considered one of the most colorful villages in Colombia and attracts thousands of visitors from Medellin and the surrounding area on weekends. We explore the small, picturesque streets and have the opportunity to do some shopping or to enjoy a wonderful cup of colombian coffee.

Day 9

Granada

Today we ride via Rionegro and Marinilla to Granada. The first 30 kilometers are relatively flat apart from a few short ramps. After El Santuario we turn to Granada and get into rolling terrain. We face several short climbs of 2 to 3 kilometers. In Granada we make a break, enjoy a delicious “Tinto”, the famous Colombian coffee, eat something and watch the action in the village. With the batteries charged, we make our way back through the green hills.

 

      97 km                                1.040 m elevation gain

Day 10

Santa Elena (from the west)

To climb the pass of Santa Elena from the west, we ride over the Alto de Las Palmas to Medellin. Crossing a poorer part of the city will give you an insight into the life of the urban population outside the posh neighborhoods. Here begins the climb to Santa Elena. The first 5 kilometers of the climb are tough, then the road flattens and leads us with an average of 6 to 7% to the top. The tour ends with a great downhill ride on the eastern ramp of Santa Elena.

 

       60 km                                1.760 m elevation gain

Day 11

Molino Viejo

On the last day of your road cycling training camp, we let our legs spin again. What would be unthinkable in most parts of Europe and Noth America is something completely normal in Colombia: cycling on the highway! We drive down into the Aburrá Valley and then head north on the recently completed highway. From Barbosa on, the road is practically owned by cyclists and often there are more cyclists than cars. It’s just a dream! In Molino Viejo we take a rest and after that we ride back on the old road towards Medellin. Finally, we climb our last pass of about 16,5 kilometers in length before we the then roll back to the hotel. In the evening we have a nice farewell dinner together.

 

       153 km                                2.060 m elevation gain

Day 12

Return journey/transfer to Medellin

The day of departure has come… After breakfast, we will take you to the airport or, if you have booked with us some extra nights in Medellin, to your hotel in Medellin.

Recommended for
Accommodation
What's Included
Dates and Prices
Optional Services

Recommended for

Difficulty:

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Our road cycling training camp is suited for cyclists of almost all levels. No matter if you want to improve your overall fitness and travel the country, prepare yourself for the new season or a specific race, or just try out your personal limits! We take into account your performance level and training goals for tour planning and group formation, so that fun and training success are guaranteed. However, it is recommendable to already have some kilometers in your legs before your training camp. You should also have some experience with cycling in the mountains.

Accommodation

Our 5-star partner hotel, the Movich Las Lomas Hotel, is located at about 2,100 m altitude in the midst of a beautiful landscape. The hotel offers every imaginable comfort and an excellent service. In addition to a very nice pool area, there is a well-equipped gym with spa, basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, as well as exquisite restaurants and a bar. Here you can really enjoy your holidays before and after our tours.

The basis for our Colombia Cycling Camps is the Movich Las Lomas Hotel

What's Included

The prices include:

  • 11 nights at the 5-star Movich Las Lomas Hotel
  • 11 x breakfast (buffet), lunch and dinner (excl. beverages)
  • Airport transfer on arrival and departure
  • English-speaking tour guide and personal assistance by Elite Cycling Colombia
  • 8 guided tours
  • When bringing your own bike: Assistance in building and packaging
  • Service vehicle or motorcycle on selected tours and groups of more than 6 persons
  • Mobile phone for the duration of your stay (1 mobile per room)
  • Pick-up service in case of emergencies and defects
  • Energy bar / gel (1 piece/tour), fruits and water for the tours
  • Elite Cycling Colombia jersey in pro-quality
  • Bottle
  • City tour in Medellín on the rest day
  • Trip on the 2nd rest day
  • Financial protection in accordance with German/European law

 

Not included are:
All services not listed above. In particular: flights, departure tax, insurances, bike rental, beverages at meals (lunch and dinner), tips, entrance fees (except the above mentioned) and personal expenses.

Dates and Prices

2019

Prices per person, including the services described above, excluding flights

ROOM CATEGORY

PRICE

Double Room

EUR 2,389

(USD 2,843)*

Single Room (double room for single occupancy)

EUR 2,899

(USD 3,450)*

Junior Suite

EUR 2,859

(USD 3,402)*

Junior Suite for 1 Person

EUR 3,615

(USD 4,302)*

*Alternate currency displayed (USD) is an approximate conversion. All bookings and payments will be made in Euro (EUR).

OUR CYCLING CAMPS ARE AVAILABLE ALL YEAR ROUND! The camps generally start on Sunday. But it is also possible to “get on” during the week, so that you are very flexible in planning your trip and, for example, can use cheap flight deals. Just keep in mind the rhythm of training and rest days: The rides take place on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday and Saturday are rest days.

Remarks:

This trip is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility. Surcharges for New Year, Easter and local public holidays may apply.

Optional Services

Note: By submitting the inquiry you do not enter into any contractual relationship. Based on your request, we will work out an individual offer for you. Only with your confirmation of this offer your commitment will then be binding.

THE ULTIMATE CHALLENGE

This road cycling holiday is a dream! The challenging tours will take you through different regions of the Colombian Andes and you will ride some of Colombia’s most famous and spectacular climbsThe absolute highlight is the tour to the Alto de Letras, with a length of over 80 kilometers and an altitude of almost 3,700 meters the longest mountain pass in the world!

Experience unforgettable cycling moments and unique impressions and get fascinated by Colombia!

Colombia cycling experience

Road Cycling Holidays

Fascinating Colombia

14 nights, 10 guided tours

from 3,199 €

(3,807 US$)*
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