For the last seven Canadian winters I have been flying south from Canada to Argentina in search of sun and biking. 2014 proved to be one of my favourite seasons yet.
Argentina is an incredibly diverse country. The main mountain range, the Andes, runs the entire length of the country and changes dramatically from north to south. The south is much like British Columbia, Canada where I live, lush and covered with forests, lakes and rivers. The central and northern areas are much dryer and rockier and the mountains are much higher, mostly barren of trees. Argentina is home to the highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere, Aconcagua, ringing in at a massive 22 837 feet. With this mountainous geography it is no doubt that Argentina is a mountain biking mecca.
Earlier in the season, in late May, I had the opportunity to join a project called Girando, in english it translates to "Turning", which is exactly what our bike cranks would be doing on this trip. The idea of the project was to travel the length and the width of Argentina with our bikes. We would meet up with like minded riders, friends and friends of friends in each place and have them show us all their golden trails. Then, hopefully make it a regular thing and share what Argentina has to offer with the rest of the world.
Our trip started in the south of Argentina in Patagonia and we worked our way north to the famous Andes mountains of Mendoza, and then east to the Sierra mountains of Cordoba.
Here are some of my favourite shots from our journeys.
The next leg of our journey bumped us about 1200 kilometers north to the famous Andes mountains of Mendoza. The Andes are huge in Mendoza and the riding is also huge. It was a very extreme contrast from the Patagonia as there is not a tree in sight in the Mendoza desert mountains.
It was hard to leave the massive descents of the Andes behind but we had some friends in Cordoba that were planning some rides for us and we had to move along. The next stop was the Sierras de Cordoba, much smaller mountains than the Andes but they proved to be equally as technical.
The Girando project will continue every year so if you want to come visit drop them a line, they are always riding!. https://www.facebook.com/girandomtb?ref=br_tf