Thirty years after Lucho Herrera put South America on the cycling map, Rapha celebrates Colombia with a special edition clothing collection, documentary film and travel trip. Channel your inner 'escarabajo' and pay homage to the kings of the climbs.
¡VIVAN LOS ESCARABAJOS!
The term ‘escarabajo’, meaning beetle, was first used to describe Ramón Hoyos, who was Colombia’s most feared cyclist in the 1950s. The nickname came from his slight physique and rolling climbing style, but has since been adopted to describe all Colombian cyclists, even today. Emulate the escarabajos with our special edition Colombia collection, which features a design inspired by the beetles and coffee so emblematic of cycling in the country.
Rapha travelled to Colombia in search of the mythical climbs that helped produce the world’s best riders. The journey revealed a culture marked by life on two wheels. These are the stories from the inspiring people who fought a lack of opportunities, open discrimination, and much more, to reach the highest peaks of the sport.
Ride with us in Colombia
In early 2018 Rapha Travel will host its most ambitious trip yet: a week-long odyssey across the mountains of Colombia. With three departure dates to choose from, join us to conquer climbs including the 80km Alto de Letras, and delve into the culture of this tropical terrain.