Cycling’s biggest party isn’t in France anymore. It’s in South America, where the Colombia Tour 2.1 has emerged as one of the most vibrant and popular races on the calendar.
The race made its debut in 2018 under the name ‘Colombia Oro y Paz (gold and peace),’ and since then the stage race has grown into a weeklong celebration of Colombian cycling. Last year our contributor Rebecca Reza traveled to Tour Colombia 2.1 and captured the race’s impressive energy and larger-than-life size with a series of stories on everything from the media crush, to the event’s superstars.
- Robbery, landslides, and adventure at La Vuelta Colombia
- Esteban Chaves hopes to rediscover his mojo in 2021
- Colombia is an adventure cyclist’s paradise
- Rigoberto Urán’s long and painful journey back to to pro cycling
- Diana Peñuela has broken through cultural barriers on her path to the pro ranks
- Will Egan Bernal win another Tour de France?
- VN Vault: Inside Luis Herrera’s win at the 1992 Dauphiné Libéré
- Fernando Gaviria expects to sprint back into the fast lane in 2021
- VeloNews Podcast: Colombian cycling stars from Lucho Herrera to Egan Bernal
- Miguel Ángel López at Movistar: A future triumph, or one of a doomed ‘trident’?
- How Ineos Grenadiers plans to win the Tour de France without Egan Bernal
- The Tour Colombia’s enormous media footprint
- Roundtable: Which active Colombian rider will be next to win a grand tour?
- BMX star Mariana Pajón is Colombia’s most successful Olympian
- Bogotá belongs to bicycles: How Ciclovía has shaped Colombia’s capital
- Artisan in Colombia: A doll maker standing out in the crowd
- VeloNews story of the decade: Colombian cycling rises
- Iván Sosa: The shadow posed to step out from Egan Bernal
- Generacion Urán: How Rigoberto Urán blazed the way for today’s Colombian stars
- Nairo Quintana’s legendary journey from rural Colombia to the WorldTour
This year the Tour Colombia 2.1 was called off — yet another major event canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier this year we dedicated a week of coverage to Australian cycling to celebrate the also canceled Tour Down Under. This week is dedicated to Colombia, as an homage to the race, which we of course hope returns in 2022.
We have feature stories that explore Colombian cycling from a variety of angles. We of course have interviews with and analysis of the country’s superstar athletes. We are also shedding light on athletes and topics that don’t typically grace the pages of VeloNews. And, we have some gems from our VeloNews magazine vault that bring Colombian cycling from decades ago to life again for you.
So please, enjoy Colombia Week on www.velonews.com.