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La Vuelta Al Huascaran

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Event type:
MTB Stage
Entries open:
Event dates:
21 Sep 2019 - 2 day event
± 39 weeks until event
Race Organiser:
Skyline Adventures
Race Director:
Jenn Hrinkevich

La Vuelta Al Huascaran

La Vuelta Al Huascaran – MTB epic

Inspired by one of the most illustrious bike-touring routes on the planet, La Vuelta al Huascarán – MTB epic is Peru’s most distinguished stage race, designed to challenge and charm cyclists of all levels.  The route of the race passes through the highest mountains of Peru’s Cordillera Blanca, circumnavigating the countries highest peak – Huascaran (6768 meters high). It meanders through landscapes so striking that you quickly understand why these peaks are considered to be gods in the local legends. It cuts through small, picturesque towns that remain largely untouched by all the banter we hear on the news each day. You see people and places that leave you fantasizing about how to simplify and beautify your own life… after you finally get your bike around Huascaran that is! And with tremendous elevation gain that takes you across the Andes mountains from west to east & back again, you’ll feel as though you’ve touched the sky, while you challenge your body and mind on a whole new scale and live an adventure that you’ll never forget.

The La Vuelta Al Huascaran – MTB epic is a mountain bike challenge of colossal proportion, as it’s namesake implies.  It is open to individuals and 2-person teams, with an ELITE route that covers 190 km and a SPORT route that covers 96km, and four different categories available – mens, womens, mixed, ebike – taking place in the stunning Huascaran National Park in Peru’s ‘White Mountain’ range. The riders will complete a circuit around the countries highest peak with 3000-5000 meters of ascent (depending upon your category) during 2 days with one night of camping between the two stages. The camp is set in a lush, low valley and equipped with hydro-electricity, full-service meals, massages, mechanical support for you bikes, and more.  The majority of the route takes place on dirt roads, with glorious single-tracks scattered throughout (some of which are optional for those not interested in technical riding) and one long, serpentine descent on a paved mountain road from the clouds to the finish line below on the final day.

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Season: Spring

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Entry pp from R2700 / USD: $215


  • Competitors Kit
    • Numbers for bicycles & camp duffles
    • Socks or a Buff with the event logo
    • Energy Chews, Energy drink
    • Alimetry & Route info for Racers
  • Camp Logistics
    • Meal tent with tables & chairs, light and sound (for presentations of results & briefing of day 2)
    • Food:
      • Lunch on day one from 1pm-5pm
      • Dinner on day one from 6pm-9pm
      • Breakfast on day two from 5am-6:30am
      • Water requirements of cyclists for day two of the route (no containers, each cyclist must have their own bottles or bladders to fill)
    • Trash Disposal
    • Bathroom area (pit toilets, body washing stations)
    • Bike washing station
    • Mechanical Support Tent (with basic repair supplies, tools and staff)
    • Medical Tent
  • Control Stations & Assistance Tents (two+ per day strategically placed along the route)
    • With hydration, snacks, access to bags prepared by cyclists for resupply during the route
  • Medical Services at the event start, control/assistance tents, campground, and event finish, plus ambulances en-route for more immediate medical needs
  • Transportation for participant’s camping equipment from Huaraz to the camp (day 1) and the camp to the finish line (day 2)
  • Daily Transport to the Elite Finish Line (Camp Wecroncocha, Carhuaz) - for participants in the Tourism Category
  • Sweep vehicle and transport to the day’s ending point for cyclists and bicycles in case of abandonment or disqualification due to exceeding time limit requirements
  • Finishers Medal
  • Closing Ceremony with awards for the first three places in all categories, music, food & drink stands (available for purchase)

Not Included:

  • Travel from Huaraz to race start
  • Travel from race finish back to Huaraz
  • Lodging before or after the race
  • Food not mentioned above
  • Repair or replacement parts for bicycles
  • Clothing for the race or the night of camping
  • Sleeping tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mattress
  • Personal camping equipment (headlamp, hygiene kit, etc)
  • Services for companions of races (there are companion meal packets available for purchase as requested)
  • Any extra costs associated with evacuations or extraordinary abandonments from the race, advanced medical services or any services not mentioned above

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