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Contest #1 - Colombia Grand Tour

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Contest #1 - Colombia Grand Tour

Post by emmea90 » 22/03/2019, 10:47

Contest #1 - Colombia Grand Tour

The first contest will be about a designing of a Grand Tour in a region that has recently grown thanks to San Luis, then San Juan and Tour of Colombia: South America - and we will do it in Colombia.

You have to draw your 21 stage race in Colombia, following the traditional rules for a GT: 3500 Kms max length, 21 days of racing and 2 of rest. And of course all the UCI rules: contests/uci-rules-t7083.html

The GT is intended to be ridden between January and February in replacement of Vuelta San Juan and Tour Colombia so no need to worry about snow in mountains. It's summer there

Constraints
  • You can host a maximum of three stages of a 'Grand Depart' in a nation that share borders with Colombia
  • The final stage must be in Bogota, Medellin, Calì, Barranquilla or Cartagena
  • You should try to visit at least four of the five Colombian regions
  • The route should present at least four high mountain stages
  • The route should present at least 40 Kms ITT
  • The route should be balanced
  • You can present circuits only in two stages, final eventually included in it
Deadline will be at 23.59 of April 25, 2019

As it's not possibile to track in Colombia now with the editor, we suggest to use www.ridewithgps.com and import the GPX there for the sprints.
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Re: Contest #1 - Colombia Grand Tour

Post by mauro » 24/03/2019, 21:44

Il mio percorso

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Re: Contest #1 - Colombia Grand Tour

Post by Alfa » 25/03/2019, 20:59

Hello, happy to see contests back. I have a question : is it possible to make a Grand Depart in Venezuela, even if the country is currently messy and maybe not able to welcome a Grand Tour ?

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Re: Contest #1 - Colombia Grand Tour

Post by PaStKaz » 26/03/2019, 7:46

It is possible to visit some neighbour country in the middle of tour? For 1 or 2 stage finishes for example?

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Re: Contest #1 - Colombia Grand Tour

Post by emmea90 » 26/03/2019, 9:01

Alfa wrote:
25/03/2019, 20:59
Hello, happy to see contests back. I have a question : is it possible to make a Grand Depart in Venezuela, even if the country is currently messy and maybe not able to welcome a Grand Tour ?
Yes
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Re: Contest #1 - Colombia Grand Tour

Post by emmea90 » 26/03/2019, 9:02

PaStKaz wrote:
26/03/2019, 7:46
It is possible to visit some neighbour country in the middle of tour? For 1 or 2 stage finishes for example?
No
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Re: Contest #1 - Colombia Grand Tour

Post by JAdmeal » 26/03/2019, 22:51

This is my version of a Vuelta a Colombia. I know I've not accomplished all the constraints because it's almost impossible to pass through four of regions having one enterily unavailable and in the other two there is only one asphalted road. I hope you like it: maps/tours/view/11357

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Re: Contest #1 - Colombia Grand Tour

Post by emmea90 » 26/03/2019, 23:59

JAdmeal wrote:
26/03/2019, 22:51
This is my version of a Vuelta a Colombia. I know I've not accomplished all the constraints because it's almost impossible to pass through four of regions having one enterily unavailable and in the other two there is only one asphalted road. I hope you like it: maps/tours/view/11357
The four regions is a try, so it's not a must, but a plus.
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Re: Contest #1 - Colombia Grand Tour

Post by jibvalverde » 29/03/2019, 19:02

Is it possible to put 3 days of rest ? It's not forbidden by UCI So it should be good but you ask 2 so i wonder.

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Re: Contest #1 - Colombia Grand Tour

Post by emmea90 » 29/03/2019, 23:30

jibvalverde wrote:
29/03/2019, 19:02
Is it possible to put 3 days of rest ? It's not forbidden by UCI So it should be good but you ask 2 so i wonder.
Not necessary, as you've to start in a neighbour state, so no
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Re: Contest #1 - Colombia Grand Tour

Post by Arnorius » 30/03/2019, 9:42

emmea90 wrote:
29/03/2019, 23:30

Not necessary, as you've to start in a neighbour state, so no
Rio de Janeiro is also in a neighbour state

But i guess that's too far :D

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Re: Contest #1 - Colombia Grand Tour

Post by emmea90 » 30/03/2019, 10:49

Arnorius wrote:
30/03/2019, 9:42
emmea90 wrote:
29/03/2019, 23:30

Not necessary, as you've to start in a neighbour state, so no
Rio de Janeiro is also in a neighbour state

But i guess that's too far :D
Exactly
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Re: Contest #1 - Colombia Grand Tour

Post by Nibali » 20/04/2019, 11:24

Per questioni di tempo non sono riuscito a partecipare a questo contest, quando sará il prossimo?

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Re: Contest #1 - Colombia Grand Tour

Post by YellowJersey » 21/04/2019, 21:02

So glad I checked this in time! Love doing GT's, despite having very little knowledge of Colombian roads. I got a question, I haven't really confirmed if it's the case but making the route in highways or such isn't "legal"? What's the situation there?

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Re: Contest #1 - Colombia Grand Tour

Post by emmea90 » 22/04/2019, 10:32

YellowJersey wrote:
21/04/2019, 21:02
So glad I checked this in time! Love doing GT's, despite having very little knowledge of Colombian roads. I got a question, I haven't really confirmed if it's the case but making the route in highways or such isn't "legal"? What's the situation there?
You can ride on highways
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Re: Contest #1 - Colombia Grand Tour

Post by Ikhoudvanfrikandellen » 22/04/2019, 11:47

Hello all! This is my debut in a tracking contest. Hope you like my Grand Tour de Colombia!

maps/tours/view/11530

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Re: Contest #1 - Colombia Grand Tour

Post by jibvalverde » 22/04/2019, 19:01

Here is my Colombia Tour ! Not so easy to do a nice race in Colombia... I hope you'll like miine.

maps/tours/view/11484

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Re: Contest #1 - Colombia Grand Tour

Post by tomrenm » 24/04/2019, 14:15

maps/tours/view/11425

As it is the first grand tour of Colombia, the start should be in the country.
Since Bogota has been an important city for centuries, as well as the first capital in modern history, it's natural to have Grand Depart here.
I wanted to cover all the five land-provinces, as well as visit both northern and southern areas of Colombia.
This caused some transfers, and starting in the northern area would be easier, but as it's the first tour, it's important to decide an historical area as host of the start.
Simon Bolivar was an important person in the independece of Colombia, and therefor the first and last stage finishes outside Parque Metropolitano Simón Bolívar.

Colombia has a few paved roads, which makes a few alternatives from a to z, during a stage, and sometimes a very few oportunities for start and finish cities big enough to host the race with facilities like hotels, etc. Therefore some stages has to be long, and follow the same road all the stage.

As the Colombian GC-riders mostly prefer the climbs instead of TTs, I decided to have as few TT-km as possible (40 km), as it's important for the home fans that their riders is fighting for the victory.

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Re: Contest #1 - Colombia Grand Tour

Post by PaStKaz » Yesterday, 6:55

maps/tours/view/11370

Grand Tour of Colombia. It's hard place to cycle and it's hard place to create a tour. So tour surely should be hard.

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Re: Contest #1 - Colombia Grand Tour

Post by Xander66 » Yesterday, 14:38

So, here's my Tour of Colombia.

maps/tours/view/11505

It's clear to see that a Grand Tour in Colombia would be very difficult to organize because of the few roads, and when there is a road it often is of bad quality (dirt roads..).
Also the altitude was a thing to keep in mind. You can organize a flat stage in Colombia at an altitude similar to high mountain-stages in Europe. This is why I tried to keep real mountain stages at a minimum in my tour, the altitude will play it's role anyway, mountains or not. And mountains above 3000m are simply insane in a stage race. 2000-2500m is already really high for a cyclist, no need to push it any higher.

Anyways, I hope you like my track.

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