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Frequently Asked questions - information about mountain biking tourism travel experiences South America Argentina

 

1. How do I start with mountain biking trip expeditions?
2. How do I train for a bike tour?
3. What is like a normal cycling day like?
4. What kind of bike do I need
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5. Who can participate?
6. Cycling in high altitude
7. What do I carry on my bike?

 

1. How do I start with mountain biking trip expeditions?
Biking tourism is a sport, recreational and non - competitive kind of activity that can be done alone or with a group. When on your own you are able to enjoy the views at your own pace and maybe take time to meditate. We provide options where adventure and the challenge to access beautiful and inaccessible regions, are part of the game. We coordinate our tours in a way that will allow our tourists to go back home with the feeling of having achieved harmony with nature while experiencing a great adventure without to much effort. No previous experience is required. All that you need is a good physical condition and a positive mental attitude.

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2. How do I train for a bike tour?
To be a 100% efficient your training should be personalized and set up according to your experience and goals as a cyclist. It is important to develop resistance and a proper aerobic condition. There is no need to train only on a bike. If your daily rate is 100 km per day, we recommend that you ride close to 100 km twice a week, Its advisable to cover this distance with a minimum of breaks or none at all, if possible. During our trips we do take breaks so you will be able to rest. Other sport such as swimming , jogging or fixed bike are recommended to enhance your stamina. Riding a shorter distance but at a higher speed or uphill is also an option. If this is not possible, a gym bike is advisable. In all cases we encourage people to tell us about their previous sporting experience and how they train in order to help and advise accordingly.

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3. What is like a normal cycling day like ?
We have organized our tours for people who are in good physical condition without the need to be a professional athlete. Motivation and a positive attitude towards team work is essential . The guide establishes the maximum and minimum speed rates so as to accommodate to all the cyclists within the group. This is very important when cycling in high altitudes where there is a risk of high altitude sickness (apunamiento). On flat ground the speed rate is approx.. 17 to 25 km/h. On mountain rides, where the slopes are too steep, walking part of the road has been considered an option. After breakfast we start cycling until lunch (approx.. 4 hs), short breaks along the road have been organized so you can enjoy the view and rest and also allow the party to regroup. Lunch takes about 1 hour. In the afternoon we carry on following the same pattern as in the morning. During the breaks water, juice, hot drinks, snacks and energy boosters such as energy bars, fruits and sweets are served. Those who feel like it have the option to use the support vehicle.

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4. What kind of bike do I need?
Depending on the route, you can use a mountain bike or a hybrid (wheel nbr 27 or 28). It is important that it has gears and that it is in perfect mechanical conditions. A thorough check up service is recommended. Also it is important that it is comfortable and that the cyclist gets used to the bike before the trip. Never try adding new gear or changing parts without testing them with enough time prior to the tour. There is no need for competition bikes nor shocks. If your bike does have shocks we recommend that you avoid cheap ones otherwise it is best not to have them. A steel frame bike is more than enough. We always recommend that you ask about the road conditions so you can have the correct tires and avoid extra strain.

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5. Who can participate?
No age limit has been established. We have had men and women of all ages from 13 to 70 years old. Although we do ask for a previous medical check up and certain specific tests for the high mountain tours The average age is about 50 years old.

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6. Cycling in high altitude
When you are above 2000 m.a.s.l you may feel the lack of oxygen and suffer what is commonly known as " Apunamiento or Soroche " ( high altitude sickness). If you have planned to visit high altitude areas and you have no previous experience, we recommend that you do it slowly so your body can adapt. We have organized our tours so cyclists can adapt without any inconveniences. Prior to departure we recommend that you consult your doctor, have a blood test to check if you are suffering from anemia and an electrocardiogram.
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7. What do I carry on my bike?
Although the equipment depends a lot on the geography and climate, we suggest that you bring what is essential and no more. We have seen cyclists on the road that were traveling only for a week and were loaded with gear that was heavier than ours ( and we were traveling for months). The best is to use common sense and to organize our sidebags or trailer in such a way that it will not be to heavy to carry up a hill but also there is no point in traveling so light that when you need that much needed item you do not have it. A very important factor is WATER
: always carry what you need and no more for it is heavy. Finding out if you can get more water along the road is extremely important. Unless you are in areas where there is no population, the best is to buy your food in towns and to carry only energy boosters and dehydrated food..

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