Chingaza, a new route for mountain biking lovers
With the participation of 1100 MTB enthusiasts, the first bicitravesia was held in the Chingaza National Park, with the participation of 1100 MTB enthusiasts in which the Bogota City Hall seeks to establish safer and unrestricted routes so that cyclists can enjoy the wonderful natural spaces within the city.
The tour, a joint effort between the Ministry of Economic Development, the Bogotá Tourism Office - IDT, the District Institute of Recreation and Sports - IDRD, National Natural Parks of Colombia and the Aqueduct of Bogota, allowed hundreds of athletes from Bogotá and the municipality of La Calera to carry out this new route through the Natural Park, from the Samper ruins to the top of the Mina de Palacio.
The trip through the NNP Chingaza also had the support of the National Army, the support of the Mayor’s Office of La Calera and emergency care units, such as ambulances, paramedics and hydration points, which provided comprehensive care to all participants . Also, user bike groups supported the logistics of the day and provided maintenance service to all cyclists who traveled the 23 kilometers of the route.
For its part, the IDT Tourism Observatory was in charge of counting the number of mountain climbers who managed to cross the different points of the route. Of the 1100 bike users, 684 reached the point known as Piedras Gordas and, 470 of them managed to complete the entire journey to the top of the Mine, figures that left a sense of satisfaction between organizers and participants.
From the Bicitravesías program, the Mayor's Office of Bogotá continues to encourage visitors and tourists to participate in bicycle routes and take advantage of the natural tourist attractions offered by the city.