DATES FOR FIREFLIES PATAGONIA 2019
CORRALCO – PUELO
Thursday, March 7th – Arrive at the Temuco Airport.
We will have Vans for transfers from Temuco airport to the Basecamp at our Lodge in Malacahuello for riders, bags and their bicycles.
Friday, March 8th is Shakedown day – Rest up, fit, bike check and an optional awesome ride. Great morning ride, highly recommended.
Friday, March 8th, Pre Ride Meeting and Dinner – This is a mandatory dinner for Fireflies only. Dinner is at the hotel. We will introduce the crew, talk about road safety, go over the ride itinerary, hand out jerseys and other kit, and cover logistics for the morning.
Saturday, March 9th, Ride starts, Stage 1.
Friday, March 15th, finish in Patagonian lands. Stage 8.
Saturday, March 16th, early flight from Puerto Montt airport to Santiago.
Sunday March 17th, Climbing Challenge day in Santiago.
End of the Fireflies Patagonia 2019 ride.
The tour is over 8 days cyclocross riding with a total distance of 928km. We ride an average of 116km/72mi per day.
The road through Argentina runs east of the Andes and is dry and stark, while the Chile route is exposed to the Pacific fronts and is wet and for the most part more challenging. It’s possible to cross in places and we enjoyed a combination of the two extremes.
Crossing the Andes Mountains is a difficult task, putting all participants to the test. While meandering through uncharted forests, virgin streams and dormant volcanoes, the challenges of these remote locations makes the riders recognize the valiant effort of fighting this disease.
Road to Valle Nevado
This is an optional part of our ride… We propose that we start with a very particular track. It’s the route who gets to the highest point in the outskirts of Santiago. 3100 mts asl between the Andes mountain range. Mixing dirt and paved road between a breathtaking landscape among the Andes.