XTERRA Argentina, the second stop on the 2016 XTERRA Pan American Tour, is just two months away on March 26.
It’s been nearly 10 years since the last XTERRA was held in Argentina back in 1997. That year home country hero and former Olympian Oscar Galindez took the tape, and he’ll return to the dirt once again to defend that national title.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve done the technical riding on the mountain bike, but I’m excited with the opportunity to do this race at home where it is always great to reconnect with the love of the people,” said Galindez.
Several of the Pan Am regions best racers are scheduled to take on Galindez, including current XTERRA World Champion Josiah Middaugh, Costa Rica standout Rom Akerson, and Mexican Olympian Francisco Serrano.
Jose Arancibia, one of the organizers from Argentina Tri Events, explained that the race will be held at the magnificent setting of the Ullum Dam, near the province of San Juan at the foot of the Andes Mountains.
Blessed by nature, San Juan boasts magnificent mountains and is surrounded by two mountain ranges whose mountains reach heights of six thousand meters above sea level, which is higher than even the highest mountains in Europe.
“We’re very excited to join the XTERRA World Tour and show people from all over the globe how beautiful this part of Argentina is,” said fellow organizer Juan Carlos Guevara. “It’s also great for our local athletes, as we have a large group of mountain bikers, trail runner and triathletes who now have the chance to be part of the XTERRA Tribe.”
Guevara said a great attraction to visit is the Provincial Park of Ischigualasto, also known as “Valle de la Luna” (Moon Valley). The geological formations at this site have been calculated to be between 200 and 250 million years old. In the entire region adventure tourism is a way to enjoy these landscapes while practicing extreme sports such as trekking, kayaking, mountain biking, 4x4, horseback riding, and zip-lining.
In San Juan, the event will bring together four races during the same weekend: one which is purely Mountain Bike (50 km), another which is Trail Running (5k, 10k, 21k), another which is open-water swimming, and an off-road triathlon (1.5k swimming + 30k MTB + 9.5k Trail Running). Also, children will have the possibility of participating in the Kids Race, which makes it an ideal event for the entire family.
Learn more at http://xterraargentina.com/