La Nueva Vuelta Antigua (The New Old Tour) is a throwback to a simpler times in bicycle racing. One person, one bike, one gear, and the road ahead of them.
2017 sees the inaugural race leave from Mexico City on the 2nd of December and crosses through the State of Mexico, Puebla, and Morelos, before returning back through the State of Mexico to Mexico City on December 4th. Riders will take part on track bikes and will have to be self-sufficient during each day of riding. The race is held on open roads, though avoids main driving routes, thus taking in the quieter, pastoral, and the often forgotten side of Mexico
Over the three days, competitors will complete almost 350 km of riding including 4,700 metres of elevation. Mexico City lies at 2,250 m (7,382 ft) above sea level and the route reaches its highest point at 3,221 m (10,568 ft) on stage 1, descends to a low of 1,189 m (3,901 ft) on stage 2, before inevitably climbing back up to the finish on a tough stage 3. While the long climbs test riders' legs, and the high altitude burns their lungs, the varying micro-climates will need to be kept in mind as they can change multiple times per stage.
There will be those who come with victory in mind, others to challenge themselves, and some just for a holiday and to be a part of the journey, but all will experience the joy that comes from pushing body and machine through the beautiful scenery and challenging hills of an ancient and historied land.
- Date: December 2-4, 2017
- Start/finish: Mexico City
- Distance: 345 km
- Elevation gain: 4,744 m