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As seen in the press...
As well as fantastically beautiful and challenging climbs this tour will take you through coffee-growing regions and to the emerald waters of the Caribbean.
The Telegraph (June 2016)
As seen in the press...
Cycling takes you to parts of a country other trips rarely visit, such as Viani, our stop on the first night. I spent a lovely hour at sunset in the main plaza practising my Spanish on the steps of the church with the local children.
By the end we were getting the hang of things, flying along beside the Colombian riders (the slower ones, at least), becoming part of the landscape rather than just outside observers, our colours mingling with everything else in this warm, joyous country.
Cycling the Alto de Letras, reputedly the longest climb in the cycling world, is a matter of bloody-minded persistence.
Financial Times (March 2016)
A very mixed bag of accommodation, it was great to experience such diversity. David Hall was my tour leader and I would like to say how professional and courteous he was. He coped very well in all situations and was nothing but supportive of me and the others at all times. A very big thank you to Dave.
I went into this trip with high expectations and these expectations were fulfilled, if not exceeded.
Very day was different and brought with it different experiences and challenges. I thoroughly enjoyed every day. Climbing Letras led to a real sense of achievement. I am very appreciative of the efforts Skedaddle and David Hall in particular went to in making this trip a reality. I look forward to riding with Skedaddle again in, hopefully, the not-too-distant future.
A fantastic trip overall, which I’m really glad to have been on. I am definitely on board with the idea that cycling is the best way of seeing a country and Skedaddle make this hassle free in challenging destinations. I’d definitely recommend to friends. Colombia was a great destination and the roads were generally impressive.
Letras was definitely a highlight, as was riding on the sections of good road through the mountains
Unbelievably gorgeous scenery, tough but doable climbs, stunning descents. The roads were, for the most part in great shape (when they weren’t, they weren’t!) and the riding was really great. TomÃ¡s was a terrific guide who shared a little of Colombian life with us and kept us as a safe as possible.
I thought the food was quite good almost everywhere. The lunches and some of the dinners, while way more food than I would ever think of eating back home were great for feeding the monster of an appetite I was getting with all the riding.
David did an excellent job again! And was his usual good company on and off the bike. I’m glad he persuaded us to go to Colombia. Alto de Letras was my favourite day for the achievement of climbing all day. Liked all the climbs.
We had a real mix of different types of hotel – big city, rural locations, and on some nights we stayed in the only hotel in town which added to the experience of being in a place not visited by many tourists.
You guys excel on the more exotic trips...
The best thing was it turned out to be a holiday – a rarity for me as my last two bike trips were hard core cycling and I actually fantasised about getting back to work – an amazing opportunity to experience a different culture!
One of the best holidays I have done with Skedaddle!
Really well done to David and his team for putting together such varied and quality itinerary and achieving excellence in often challenging conditions.
What I would say to someone considering this trip: definitely go for it, expect most amazing scenery, be aware the roads can be rough in places in Colombia (perhaps an obvious point to most!), the food is probably not the main attraction but the cycling well and over makes up for it, and finally – the weather can be varied, so all seasons stuff. Overall though would recommend to everyone and go again!
An excellent cycling holiday...
The second day with the long climb, from Mariquita to Manizales was great. Also really enjoyed the day after Medellin, Medllin to Yarumal. Rolling hills with short ascents.
Excellent – I orginally brought my own bike but, due to unfortunate circumstances, “ended up” using a bike from Skedaddle. Excellent road bike.
David helped turn an otherwise disastrous vacation into one I will remember the rest of my life. I broke both a carbon front wheel and a carbon frame just prior to our rest day in Medellin. The alternative appeared to be for me to purchase a bike. But I decided that this just wasn’t worth doing and had planned on heading back to the USA. But David went so far as to contact his company’s headquarters and got approval to purchase a spare bike…and they did not simply purchase some cheap hybrid. But got a “proper” (as you Brits put it!) road bike! A bike I really enjoyed riding. My holiday was resurrected. You know the quality of a guide not by how they react when things go well but how they respond when “shit hits the fan” (as we say here). And David came through for me! Thanks Dave!
What an experience! Always knowing that this was the first of its kind, the holiday was perhaps more challenging than fun. The country is amazing and with much to offer the tourist.
Please note that whilst Colombia is not the foodie capital of the world – quantity provided during lunch breaks was excellent and of high quality. All days were very different – impossible to say favourite or not! Favourite moments included: fabulous, swooping descents, glorious views, challenging climbs.
Colombia is fascinating and deserves more Western visitors – it’s a land of beautiful country and wildlife, but is desperately poor in places with the contrast between the poorest and richest the widest I’ve seen in South America. I’m glad I’ve been.
This was one tough “exploratory” trip! Colombia is very demanding for road cyclists with altitude, tough climbs, uncertain road surfaces. My favoutite day Monteria to Tolu – enough climbs to keep me happy without them being too long, and beautiful countryside for birdlife. And at last, some nice warmth after altitude and the only day without rain!
David, the tour leader had to contend with difficult circumstances resulting from the brand new trip to Skedaddle (2011) and his patience was sorely tested at times but he did a cracking job under the circumstances. Thomas Castrillon – the local “Mr Fixer” – knew his stuff and did a great job. Simon was good at leading on the bike from the front, and Laura kept the young male party members happy with her good looks and physique. Maybe a few went home heartbroken…. All 3 did a good job as intermediates between us and the locals – without their English skills we would have struggled badly.
It was great value for money, it was a tougher trip than I expected, not solely because of the riding, but having to contend with, at times, poor weather and large amounts of traffic. However, all told, I’m glad we did it as Colombia is a fascinating country that’s has a load of potential for visitors.
David and his local helpers did a great job!
The views were amazing, the climbs were challenging and the descents were thrilling. You can tell the trip has been finessed since the first time it ran.
Our hire bikes were very high quality, and the accommodation was far better than I had anticipated!
I loved Colombia...
David Hall should be knighted for his dedication. The big climb up the Estes was my favourite day!
It was an interesting and enjoyable trip...
I enjoyed all of the days biking! It was good to have the opportunity to road cycle across Colombia.
Place to place
12 nights hotels
80% meals provided
10 days cycling
1 rest day
Guided and vehicle support
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Last Updated: 13/07/2016