IncaDivide Qhapaq Ñan ultra Cycling race …
IncaDivide is a spectacular ultra marathon cycling race, taking place in countries with a strong history. You will be cycling on the legacy of the mythical Inca Empire. By the XVth century, Inca Empire spanned its influence in South America from Peru and Ecuador. It built one of the largest road network in the world (the Qhapaq Ñan) which has become today an outstanding high altitude cycling playground.
Full format starts in Quito (capital city) of Ecuador.
Half format starts in Cajamarca (northern Peru).
Two race formats, One goal: Cuzco, the capital city of the Inca Empire
You will be one of the privileged cyclist to ride on the legendary Incan road network that crosses these two countries. Compulsory checkpoints, along the way, will give you a hard time cycling between them.
// Route planning
You will have to select the best route planning to cycle your way between the checkpoints
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// Team or solo
You can apply as a team (up to 6, everyone has to ride the whole length, before you ask…) or as SOLO rider
// Self-supported, without assistance
No bars, energy drinks and organized refueling here. You will have to refuel on the road by your own means. Mechanical issues with the bike? Good to know you still have your legs to walk your way to the next Andean village to fix this.
Start of the challenge > Start of the [Full] Quito
Quito >>> Vilcabamba
IncaDivide starts in Quito, an historical colonial south American city with its 40 churches! This city is also famous for its “Mitad del Mundo” building (center of the world) symbolizing the limit between northern and southern hemisphere.
Cycling south will lead you on the famous Volcano avenue, in the heart of the Andes Cordillera, where stand giants such as Cotopaxi (5897m), Chimborazo (6268m) and Sangay (5300m). A small detour for cycling adventurers, will show them a glimpse of Ecuadorian Amazonia with its luxuriant flora (and dreadful rainfalls!).
At the gates of Peruvian border, Vilcabamba is a peaceful village with a warm climate. Take some good rest there, fill up some French croissant at a famous boulangerie…
Border crossing between Ecuador and Peru will be a challenging no man’s land area to cross with green landscapes, tough climbing, some gravel riding, a bit of river crossing (don’t be scared of wet feet). A border crossing to be remembered!
Once in Peru, before getting to the astonishing White and Black Cordillera in center Peru, you’ll have to beat your first high altitude uplands to reach Cajamarca (2750m). You won’t believe your eyes cycling on these stunning Andean dirt roads…
Checkpoint > [Full] -> CP2> Start of the [Half] Cajamarca
Cajamarca >>> Huaraz
Inca emperor Atahualpa was being kept prisoner in this city. Should you have already some lactic acid in the legs, we strongly advise you to jump in one of the numerous thermal sources available in Baños del Inca nearby Cajamarca.
Reckless cyclists will then head straight to the Cañon del Pato. Why? Because they will cycle through 35 tunnels built at the meeting point between the monumental Black and White Cordillera. Put your lights on, this is a thrilling section, before reaching central Peru, its white cordillera and its 6700m peaks…
Capital city of international friendship, , Huaraz is also known because of its location at the feet of the Peruvian highest mountain: the Huascaran (6768m, no worries, no checkpoint on top).
Take some oxygen , there and admire the spectacular snowy peaks of the white cordillera. After your first passes at 4000m, this part of the race is a challenging section. You will have to beat the dreadful Yanashalla pass at 4720m, highest pass of the race on a perfect tar. Or maybe not, if you are choosing to go straight through Huascaran national park gravel roads and its passes at 4820m…
After this massive red cells production, you will cross Junin national reserve, its stunning Chinchaycocha lakeand meet some new alpaca friends before arriving to Huancayo in the Huaytapayana Cordillera..
Welcome to the crowning piece cycling section, the last step of your ultra adventure! Before arriving to Cuzco you will test your endurance cycling skills on this “roller coaster” segment with 4 passes above 4000m. Heaven climbers, here is your Grail, welcome to the Peruvian stratosphere.
Don’t scorch yourself in this section! Before sightseeing the Inca capital city, Cuzco, you’ll have to dig deep and beat a “finish-him” small 200m climb.
You’re still there? Uncyclingbelievable ! To celebrate your victory, the brown Cusqueña (local beer from Cuzco) will be awaiting your drained body we’ll pay the first round…
Still some energy left?
Before flying home from Cuzco international airport, come to rest your soul sightseeing Machu Picchu, the mythical Inca sun temple. Reckless finishers will cycle there, wise guys will take a bus or a train…(Note: before you ask, gravel riding the Machu Picchu archeological site isn’t possible)
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