Representing Ecuador Age 40 Hometown Quito, Ecuador Occupation Biciecuador director (www.biciecuador.com), cycle touring guide
22 years as an athlete, 12 in athletics (half distance and marathon), 13 years as mountain bike cyclist and cycle touring; 1 year as ultrafondo establishing records of non stops rides in Ecuador.
Tell us a bit about your background
I am a cycle touring guide and bike tours organizer. I own BICIECUADOR (est in 2005). As a cyclist, here are few challenges that I have completed so far:
– 120 days of cycle touring around Ecuador in 2006.
– 540 days of cycle crossing South America (26 000 km and 10 countries), between 2011 and 2012.
– Personal records in ultracycling: Nonstop Costa 400km in 18h; Nonstop Amazonía 535 km in 30h; Nonstop Spóndylus 700km in 34h (between 2016 and 2017).
Why did you sign up for IncaDivide?
I like the route, especially the idea of cycle crossing the towns of the Incan Empire. I feel ready for this long distance race and confident about high altitude cycling and important climbing. The most important reason is because the Race starts in my home country (Ecuador) and I can represent Ecuador in the Race!
What bike/equipment are you planning to use ?
Ciclocross bike RUSH in aluminum, sleeping bag, specific clothing for cold weather and basic spare parts (tubes mainly)
You have completed several ultrafondo challenges such as cycle crossing South America, Ecuador in 35 hours…Can you tell us when your passion for long distance cycling started ?
The long distance bike trips I have completed in Ecuador and South America are a big part of my life. I have published two books about my travels, sharing the most I could about how it feels to discover this continent on a bike (photos), the contact you have with local people and their culture. Lately, I have put aside my travels to focus my training on ultrafondo / long distance cycling where I mostly push my body to the limit. I started slowly by completing 200km rides, without resting/sleeping. Little by little, training worked as I rode 270km, 320, 400, 535 and finally 700km in 34 hours without sleep on the Ecuadorean coast. I feel strong, like never before.
I hope to complete IncaDivide in 18 days maximum. I would like to be back in time in Ecuador for july 23rd as my daughter will celebrate her first birthday…