Patagonia is a region that is part way to Antarctica with part of the land in Chile and the other in Argentina. Last week, we were invited to a series of events held in Coyahique, in the Patagonia region of Chile. In this series, we’ll cover a bike launch, the birth of a race series and the mountain biking scene in Patagonia.
Time difference was only five hours from California since it’s not as far west as Europe. It’s just really far down south. The town where we set up base camp is Coyhaique which is the biggest accessible city that far in the continent.
The bonus is it’s summer out there with 80 degree temps. Sunset is very late at about 9:30 pm too delivering plenty of daylight.
We arrived in Santiago Chile and had one and a half hours to get on our connecting flight to Balmaceda. Unfortunately, we had to go through customs and recheck our luggage and go through this line. Can you say mayhem? We made our flight but six other journalists missed theirs and were delayed a whopping 24 hours.
This first post in this Patagonia series will focus on the vehicles of Patagonia. They were so cool and functional unlike the behemoth trucks of the US. Many of the vehicles we saw were 4wd vehicles that weren’t that big. All diesel and perfect for the mountain bike lifestyle.
This particular truck is a Chevy but basically every manufacturer was represented in the segment. They are predominantly diesel 4wd 4-door trucks with manual transmission. Bed is not that big but it fits up to five a bikes perfectly.
Our hosts rented several these trucks and they went up and down the mountain carrying five bikes and passengers each time. The trails were incredibly raw and rough but the trucks had no problems.
So there were a couple of highway paved roads and then the network of dirt roads branched out from there. These dirt roads were legitimate roads with signs, speed limits and guard rails. Thus these wonderful little trucks seemed like the ideal tools for the job.