“But more than physical changes, I would say that when I spend a lot of time pedaling, like I have for these climbing challenges, when I go back to the mountain bike I feel a bit awkward at first. But then, after a day or two on the trails, I’m good to go. Also, since I stopped downhill racing, I haven’t done much sprinting. So maybe if I did a test, I’d be a little slower in the sprints.”
When climbing to altitudes topping 10,000 feet in Colombia, the weather can be unpredictable. On his ascent of El Crucero, Marcelo faced rain, wet roads, and cold temperatures. Still, he pressed on. As usual, he had a goal: finish in less than 5 hours. In the end, he met that goal with time to spare, finishing in 4:44:44.
Putting that in perspective, Marcelo said he was pleased to break into the top-10 on the Strava leaderboard but, more importantly, he’s happy to share his adventure and highlight a climb in his home country that most people don’t know about.