RAD RACE Tour de Friends 4 - Colombia - Testride - Route A - Stage 2
Honda - Manizales
138km, 4.190 (!) m of altitude.
Incl. Letras, the longest climb on earth.
Today was already the queen stage of our trip. We climbed Petras. For those who don’t know that climb. It’s supposed to be the longest on the planet with more than 4.000m of altitude and 100k uphill in one go. Stelvio or Sa Calobra is nothing compared to this. And to be quite honest: we don’t really wanna have it in TdF4. Because it’s just insane. We climbed that thing for more than 8 hours straight. It’s more an endurance test than a cool ride with friends. It’s just super tough and we have asked many locals. They did it once. We have found no one who did that twice. Also in our group of seven riders none of us would do it again.
Still it was amazing but for TdF4 we gotta find a solution. We started 5am in the morning and arrived in Manizales at 4.30pm. But we already have some plans… On the descent Tritop and Schubu took the safe option and took a ride in the team bus. It was just raining so bad and everyone was super cold. The arrival on the top of the climb is 3.700m above sea level. It really is the craziest thing we have done in our cycling lives. But maybe tell us in the comments here if you would do it or if we should shorten the track by means of shuttles?
Would you wanna ride the longest climb on earth?
When we arrived at Manizales we drove straight to the Mayor’s office and once again Manizales is super happy to host a potential stage finish of stage 2 of the RAD RACE Tour de Friends in March 2020. Our friend Oscar who’s on tour with us is just amazing. He seems to speak Major-Language… So great to have you with us!
Tomorrow it’s stage 3… Stay tuned and enjoy the photos from the mighty Carlos Fernandez Laser. All videos by Hendrik Thul can be found on our Instagram and he will also edit a documentary after the trip.