RACING TRANSCORILLERAS ON SCARAB BIKES
Beyond question, nowadays, every bicycle on the Pro pelotons is made of carbon fiber. Racing on a steel bike has become a rarity since the 1990s when Miguel Indurain took the victory on 1995’s Tour de France. More recently, attention was drawn to Oliver Naesen when he raced the last stage of the 2019 Tour on a modern steel frame. Carbon fiber has taken over, but is racing on steel bikes completely out of the picture?
INSPIRED ON A JOURNEY
Dreaming of new journeys, one can spend endless hours pored over a map studying the elevations, the ridges and waterways figuring out a route. And don’t forget about the early explorers that set out into the unknown and traced the contours of the topography to make those charts. But perhaps most overlooked, is that maps can make us relive trips from the past. One glance can freshen the memories. A deeper look will revive the journey: the route, the places visited and the people met. It becomes an unsuspected journal to document a trip that others can retrace.
THE MAGIC OF THE EJE CAFETERO
Cycling around Colombia has always been the perfect excuse to join and pedal together. In the fourth edition of Scarab Adventures we decided to go full tarmac, since the previous 3 editions had been gravel-specific (Pacora, Villa de Leyva, Barichara). This time our destination would be the coffee region, our headquarters Casa du Vélo, a cycling hotel in the heart of the coffee mountains.
Days before the adventure, we all fantasized about the different landscapes, the color of its towns, the folklore of its roads, the aroma of coffee and nature. This adventure began as soon as we landed in the Colombian coffee lands…