DATES FOR FIREFLIES PATAGONIA 2018
THE INAUGURAL TOUR
CORRALCO – PUERTO VARAS
Travel Day: Travel South (Santiago – Temuco): Thursday March 8th
Day 0: Acclimatisation-shake down: Friday March 9th
Stage 1: Tour starts Saturday March 10th
Stage 8: Finish Saturday March 17th
Stage 9: Climbing Challenge
Flight back home: Sunday March 18th
*** There will be a “Climbing Challenge day” close to Santiago at 3.025 Mts
Riders must stay one extra day.
THE PROPOSED ROUTE
We choose not to publish the full route in advance because if you’re a cancer sufferer you don’t know what’s around the next corner and so neither should we.
The tour is over 8 days cyclo cross 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.
For many centuries Patagonia was the limit of the known world. A mythical land, distant and strange, inhabited by giant beings of unknown and unfamiliar customs and habits. The name Patagonia comes from the word meaning ‘giant’ that Magellan used on his 1520 voyage of exploration to describe the natives of this remote region of South America.
Since ancient times, the few sailors who reached this land did so believing they had reached the gates of ‘Terra Australis Incognita’, – the legendary Southernmost continent, hypothesized as far back as Aristotle and placed at the bottom of charts by European mapmakers from the fifteenth century onwards. Today, 600 years later, Patagonia remains, to a great extent, a wild, uncharted territory.
And we will ride it.
CLIMBING CHALLENGE (optional)
VALLE NEVADO ROAD
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.