In February, legendary ultra-endurance cyclist Lael Wilcox, Joe Cruz, and the filmmaker Rugile Kaladyte traveled to the Colombian capital of Bogota, in partnership with Conservation International, Wahoo, and Bikepacking.com, to launch the Bikepacking for Conservation Program. The project was designed to explore and scout a bikepacking route that would connect the bustling metropolis of Bogota with rural communities and the Chingaza National Park. The resulting route — Ruta Chingaza — will help cyclists connect to nature and better understand the ecosystems upon which life and livelihoods in this area depend.
The Bikepacking for Conservation Program is a pilot project that aims to harness the power of cycling to support nature conservation. Low-impact, self-driven and sustainable, bikepacking combines mountain biking and minimalist backpacking and this project identified scenic routes through ecologically important areas to connect people to the nature on which we depend.
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Chingaza National Park is currently closed to bikepacking due to Covid-19, with hopes of re-opening to tourists sometime in 2021