Hammer Series continues international expansion, adds Colombia event

The Hammer Series team cycling competition has announced that it will take events to three Colombian cities over the next three years.

2020 will see the Hammer Series make its South American debut with a race in the city of Pereira, including the series’ first ever women’s race. In 2021, the event will move to Quindío, and to Caldas in 2022.

The events will be operated in partnership with the Colombian Sports Ministry, Coldeportes, and the Colombian Ministry of Tourism.

Both men’s and women’s races will be hosted in the established Hammer format, consisting of climb, sprint and chase disciplines held over three consecutive days.

Colombia will become the fourth country to feature in the Hammer calendar, after events in Limburg in the Netherlands, Hong Kong, and the Norwegian city of Stavanger.

“Colombia is the perfect stage for a Hammer race and there’s huge excitement among the teams and riders to race Hammer in such a beautiful, dramatic region of the country,” said Graham Bartlett, chief executive of Velon, the rights-holder which operates the series.

“Hammer racing goes from strength to strength and we’re particularly proud to announce a women’s race in addition to the men’s. For a long time we’ve wanted to offer a Hammer race for women and with such strong backing from our hosts in Colombia we’ve finally been able to achieve that.”