This page provides a summary for cycling and climbing by bike the top climbs in Colombia. These climbs can be viewed via the map below (scroll in to view climbs in particular areas), by a detailed list of the climbs that can be arranged by difficulty, distance (longest climbs in the area), altitude gained, highest elevation (highest summit), average grade (sort the grades by varying distances), lowest start point, etc.
Colombia’s top bike climbs
#1 Alto de Letras, Photo: top right & center
#2 Alto de Linea, bottom right; #3 Picacho, top left; #4 Limonar, bottom left.
This relatively small South American country is home to three of the Top 100 World Bike Climbs.
#1 BIKE CLIMB IN COLOMBIA
50.5 miles (third longest bike climb in the world)
We gain 14,526’ on the climb + 4,025’ on the return
Total out and back: 101 miles and 18,551’ climbed.
#2 BIKE CLIMB IN COLOMBIA
Ride 12.5 miles gaining 5,200’ at 8% average grade.
This beast is only 120 miles from the start of Colombia #1 Alto de Letras (although it is a five hour drive). This climb is ranked #2 in Colombia and #50 in the world. At 8% for a full 12.5 miles this climb is draining, challenging, and just plain hard!
#3 BIKE CLIMB IN COLUMBIA
Ride 28.8 miles gaining 7,420’ at 5% average grade.
This scenic and very challenging bike climb is located out of Bucaramanga (population 570,752 in 2018) in northeastern Colombia, not far from its border with Venezuela. This is the third most difficult bike climb in Colombia and #73 in the world.
#4 BIKE CLIMB IN COLUMBIA
This climb is located close to Medellin, in the Andes mountains. This brutally steep climb will have you suffering, we’d even call this one the hardest we did in Columbia. That being said, we’d do it again -- and so should you!
Cycling El Limonar, just north of Medellin.
Ride six miles gaining 3,372’ at at 11% average grade.