Off to Chile
Date Posted: December 31st, 1969
Authored by: Macky Franklin, Sponsored Athlete
Photo Credit: Felipe Farias
After racing the Andes-Pacifico Enduro in Santiago, Syd and I headed farther south and spent a month training in Nevados de Chillan, Chile until the first round of the Enduro World Series.
The first round was held in Corral, Chile, just outside of Valdivia. Unlike many of the Enduro World Series, this round had no chair lifts or shuttles during either the race or practice. So between the two practice days, Thursday and Friday, and the two race days, Saturday and Sunday, we ended up riding about 200 km (120 miles) and climbing around 20,000 feet. Needless to say, it was extremely hard! But the trails were super fun and just getting to Corral required taking a ferry, so it was a great adventure. I ended up finishing 71st in the Pro Men and Syd was 19th in the Pro Women.
The second round was held a few hours away in Cerro Catedral, the ski area just outside of San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina. So after we finished the race in Chile, Syd and I loaded up our rented truck and headed across the border. That border crossing between Chile and Argentina is one of my favorite roads. It passes near Volcano Puyehue and the landscape is barren and ashy from the eruption there in 2012.
Since this round was held at a ski area, we had access to the gondola for practice and some of the race stages, but still ended up riding quite a bit and finished the weekend exhausted but happy. I improved over my result from the previous weekend by 12 spots (59th) despite a number of crashes and Syd had another top-20 result (17th).
Then we headed back across the border, packed up our bikes and headed back to the USA!
Check out my vlog from the races:
And get an idea of what each race was like with POV video of one stage from each race: