The 2023 cycling season is already here, and the different teams begin to send their members around the planet to start earning the first UCI points, so necessary and so hard-fought at the end of the year.
Argentina returns to the international calendar this weekend with the Giro del Sol, a race that will serve as a prelude and qualifier for one of the most prestigious cycling races on the continent: the Vuelta a San Juan returns on 23rd January and, among many other teams, will feature our beloved Soudal – Quick Step with Remco Evenepoel, Julian Alaphillippe or Kasper Asgreen.
Taking advantage of the fact that the peloton will be stopping over the next few days in the land of sun and fire, let’s talk about its cycling routes. Although traditionally its mountain passes have not received the notoriety of those that can be found in Europe, Argentina keeps in its interior authentic treasures.
In fact, it seems to us an ideal destination for cyclists of all levels, with routes ranging from beginners to experts.
In this article, we present five segments that you can find in BKOOL and that, with an intermediate degree of difficulty, will delight you when you get on the trainer.
San Martín de los Andes
Undoubtedly, the most emblematic is the Andes Crossing, which begins in San Martín de los Andes and extends along Route 46 up to the Hua Hum Pass, bordering Lakes Lácar and Nonthue. From there, the route crosses into Chile and ends at Puerto Pirehueico, on the shores of the lake of the same name.
In BKOOL you have the most attractive part, but you should know that, in the original route, we are talking about 110 kilometres of circular route…
La Calera Natural Park
La Calera Natural Park is a natural reserve located in the province of Córdoba, in the center of Argentina. The park is located in the Sierra de San Javier and has a great variety of flora and fauna, as well as impressive landscapes.
The Calera Natural Park is, without a doubt, the mountain pass that all cyclists from Córdoba know by heart, with a large number of mountain bike routes. We, on the Smart trainer, will be able to enjoy the complete ascent, and even twice, as it is climbed on both sides.
IRONMAN Mar del Plata
For triathletes we have prepared a special route: part of the cycling segment of IRONMAN Mar del Plata, one of the most important races in the Southern Hemisphere. Do you want to ride fast, coupled, and give your best over forty kilometres? Well, here they are.
An ideal session to bring out the best in you.
Tafi Viejo is a town located in the province of Tucumán, in the north of Argentina. It is known for its beautiful landscapes and warm climate, which makes it a popular destination for outdoor activities such as cycling.
It has a wide variety of routes for cyclists, from easy trails and dirt roads to more demanding mountain routes. Some popular options include the Tafi Circuit, which offers a panoramic view of the valley and the Andes Mountains, and the Tafi Valley route, which follows the course of the Tafi River and offers a unique view of the local flora and fauna.
In BKOOL you have a route inside the Valley that will make your quadriceps warm up little by little, almost without realizing it: 43 kilometres with almost 1,500 metres of accumulated elevation gain.
Ascent of Chubut
In Central Patagonia, cyclists can enjoy a route of more than a thousand kilometres that starts in Esquel and ends in Ushuaia, passing through some of the most impressive landscapes of Argentina.
Of all the points through which it passes, we are going to stay with the area near Los Alerces National Park: a few kilometres to the east we find the Ascension of Chubut. The route is known for its natural beauty and for its challenge, as it includes steep climbs and some dirt stretches.
The Ascension of Chubut begins in the city of Trelew and follows National Route 259 to the town of Sarmiento. From there, the route continues along a gravel road to the summit of Cerro Chaltén, at an altitude of approximately 2,400 metres.