In the foothills of the Maule region there are not many inhabitants, but you can see some of the most beautiful scenery in Chile. Even elusive condors fly over the snowy mountains, as if part of our national anthem was written right there.
In this scarcely populated and proudly Chilean area, nearly 300 athletes gather each year to take part in the Gran Fondo Fin del Mundo, a road cycling competition inspired by the great road cycling events that take place around the world, such as the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia. The fifth version of this race will be held in October 2018.
It is precisely the “distant” nature of these southern lands of South America that inspires the name "End of the World", promoting decentralization and held in an area with incredible scenery of lagoons, mountains, and snow-covered peaks, where the brave competitors -professionals and amateurs- face the highly-demanding challenge of reaching the finish line.
Starting in the Plaza de Panimávida, the bicycle race will have a first goal, which, in a 115-kilometer stretch, will end at the start of the Los Cóndores slope. The second goal will be located on the border with Argentina, passing the Pehuenche border complex. In order to reach it, competitors must ride 153 kilometers. These routes, at an average speed of 16 km/h, are run in about 8 and 10 hours, respectively.
Thus, the Gran Fondo Fin del Mundo is undoubtedly an exciting challenge that will put to the test the tireless impetus and great motivation necessary to reach the goal, demonstrating what enthusiasm for cycling can conquer.
If your energy pushes you to the limit, sign up, and on Saturday, October 20, put your passion to the test.