Subject: Challenge to the River Pinto
Place: La Cumbre, Sierras de Córdoba, Argentina
Date: Sunday May 4, 2014
The opportunity to come and run one of the most popular MTB races in the world, in a dreamlike landscape at the ends of the earth, surrounded by the South American mountain bike elite and feeling the adrenaline of sharing the road with other 4,500 bikers being passionately cheered on by their fans.
Starting and arriving in La Cumbre, in the Sierras de Córdoba, Argentina (https://maps.google.com/maps?q=La+Cu...ntina&t=m&z=14), it is approximately an 82-kilometre-race through the Pinto River valley, going past San Marcos Sierras town, the lake of the El Cajón Dam and San Esteban village.
La Cumbre is a beautiful mountain place 1,200 metres above sea level, in the center of the Argentinian territory, 800 km from Buenos Aires and 75 km from Córdoba, the second city of the country. It is a small village situated in the upper part of the Punilla Valley, on the hillside of the Sierras Chicas, with big English-style houses from the mid-20th century; it has also got the oldest golf club in the interior of the country and it is well-known for being a center to practise Paragliding, Parachuting and other extreme sports. (Official Web of La Cumbre City La Cumbre - Sierras de Córdoba)
The Race: Mountain Bike Marathon (XCM), 82 km point by point
The circuit is a gravel-and-soil track, with great difficulties on the terrain and varied floor, which is frequently used to run primes of the World Rally Car. La Cumbre is both the starting point and the winning post. The fast-flowing Pinto River is crossed twice, the San Esteban Stream six times together with five fords over water courses in the descent towards the valley. Two steep slopes are climbed and descended, the first in the km 10 of the race in a vertiginous 7-km-descent until the Pinto River and later in the km 45, a 7-km-slope to climb and an average 6-percent-slope until the San Marcos Viewpoint. The whole circuit has upward and downward slopes and at the end of the circuit the accumulative upward unevenness is of approximately 1,500 metres. The winners do the circuit in approximately 2 h 30 min, and the largest group of runners do so between 4 h and 4h 30 min. You can take a look at the route here: (Map of the Route) Club Amigos del Deporte : Hoja de Ruta.
The Challenge to the Rio Pinto Valley is a race that brings together more than 4,500 runners. It has been run nonstop since 1996, the current year 2014 being the 19th edition. It is the most massively attended race in South America. The start is divided into categories and made every 15 minutes since 8.00 am until 10.15 am, with 600 bikers starting at the same time in the most numerous categories. The main representatives of MTB and Ruta de Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia and other neighbour countries take part in this race. By the roadside,in a Tour-de-France-and-WRC-fashion, cycling fans gather to cheer the competitors on, becoming a real show in itself.
The runners’ safety is guaranteed by the race’s organizers through more than ten toilet facilities, paramedics, ambulances, helicopters and 5 provisioning posts distributed along the route.
Follow this link to get more information about the race: Desafío del Río Pinto If you want to see pictures, you can visit this site:
The services we offer are the following:
·Transfer from the Aeropuerto Internacional Ambrosio Taravella (Córdoba, Argentina) to the accommodation (and back to the airport) for the runner and their bike.
·Accommodation in a premium Big House/Hotel in a place near La Cumbre (from Wednesday April 30 afternoon until Monday May 5 midday- 5 nights). The place is surrounded by roads and areas where you will be able to do your training before the race.
·Full board: Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Snack and Dinner.
·Race Registration, including medical insurance and race kit (chip, race number badges and T-shirt)
·Transfer to the race venue for a technical talk on Saturday May 3.
·Guided Reconnaissance of technical areas of the circuit, including car transfer from and back to the accommodation. (Friday May 2 and Saturday May 3).
·Transfer to the start of the race and after it finishes, back to the accommodation.
·Provision of beverages and gels for the race.
·Massage after the competition.
·Checking and Mechanical Adjustment of the bike before the race, performed by experts.
·Medical assistance during the days not including the race.
If you wish to come and live this experience in the Sierras de Córdoba, Argentina and run the Challenge to the River Pinto Valley, don’t hesitate to contact us and we will provide you with more details so that you can take part in it.
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