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La Leyenda Del Dorado

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Event type:
MTB Stage
Entries open:
Event dates:
28 Jul 2019 - 7 day event
± 43 weeks until event
Race Organiser:
La Leyenda Del Dorado
Race Director:
Rohan Ayres

La Leyenda del Dorado

La Leyenda del Dorado 2018 will be the third edition of Colombia’s most prestigious mountain bike stage race. Open to professional and amateur cyclists, and starting and finishing in Manizales, Caldas, the route includes seven stages, over 450km of challenging off road trails and singletracks, and more than 16,000m of vertical ascent. La Leyenda has been widely referred to as one of the toughest mountain biking events in the world and is accredited by the UCI with S1 category, being one of a select group of cross-country marathon races around the globe to be able to guarantee a world class experience, both on and off the bike.

La Leyenda del Dorado

The mighty Colombian Andes form the backbone of the seven stage route, each day challenging racers to climb several thousand vertical meters, with tricky descents to follow. Raced in pairs (teams of two), teamwork will be vital for riders with exhausting days and tired legs meaning just to finish La Leyenda will be an accomplishment for all involved.

La Leyenda del Dorado

Along the way racers will be able to experience the best of Colombia’s incredible natural biodiversity with altitudes of up to 4,000m and extreme temperatures as they ride through a variety of spectacular landscapes. Coffee plantations, cloud forests and mystical high altitude Paramo all await riders, each one home to different tropical fruits, vivid coloured plants and exotic wildlife.

La Leyenda del Dorado

As well as thrilling cycling during the day, the three host towns of Caldas provide the stunning backdrop to relax away from the race and enthusiastic fans along the route. As well as accommodation, the race villages in La Rochela, Salamina and Termales del Otoño are the bases for technical, massage and media zones where racers and staff come together for meal times and the daily evening award ceremony. Freshly brewed coffee from local farms will be on the breakfast tables, together with tropical fruit that hangs over some of the quaint country roads the route follows, giving all racers a true taste of magical Colombia and the Leyenda experience.

La Leyenda del Dorado

2018 Route details to be released closer to event date.

2017 Route here:


La Leyenda 2017 Highlights

La Leyenda 2018 – key Information

La Leyenda 2017 – Mini documentary by Horacio Cabilla (Spanish)

Weather conditions

Dry season so generally sunny with some cloud cover at times, the temperature depends on the altitude and ranges from 35 to 5 degrees.

Season: Summer

Route Information



Dirt tracks, double track, singletrack and gravel

Technical Rating: 6

Stage details

Prologue: Manizales to La Rochela
Coffee: La Rochela Circuit
Jungle: La Rochela to Salamina
Salamina XC Circuit
Legend: Salamina to Cementos Caldas
Volcanoes: Termales del Otoño Circuit
El Dorado: Termales del Otoño to Manizales

Entry Fee details

Entry pp R to 20000 / USD: $1500

Nevado Package - All meals included during the race, comfortable hotel accommodation (generally shared with your team mate, possibly with one other team, depending on when you register). Full service mtb stage race entry, timing, stage support (mechanical and nutrition), bike wash, finishers tshirt/medal and end of race party. Click here for more information on What's Included Entries include the largest crowds and best atmosphere you will experience at an mtb stage race!! Additional packages: Daily 45 min. massage. USD $350 (approximate conversion from Colombian Peso) Daily bike service by dedicated mechanic. USD $350 (approximate conversion from Colombian Peso) Pre/Post race accommodation and airport transfers (Contact for quote).

Race reviews
With 16,000m of climbing, an active volcano crossing and extreme altitude to deal with, Colombia's La Leyenda del Dorado is one of the hardest and most spectacular stage races on the planet.
One of my favorite stage races around the globe. So well and “hearty” organized, spectacular riding from low diary farmer land to coffee plantations into the high volcano mountains with its monster called Nevado del Ruiz the peak of 5400m!"
I've raced in over 25 countries but to arrive into Salamina and be greeted by the whole town lining the streets is something I've never experienced in my career. It was incredible.

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