Huairasinchi this year took on a new lease when it decided to host the race across the border in Colombia. Having been held for many years in Ecuador and hosting the World Championships in 2014, it will now alternate between Ecuador and Colombia where both countries share the Pacific Forest – an ideal location for adventure racing.
The race was the 7th different country to host a World Series Qualifier race this year and the entry comprised the top South American Adventure Racing teams, all vying for the title and the prize of a place in the World Champs in Australia in November.
They raced in both the cities and countryside of Colombia, and had the opportunity to try some new and unusual race disciplines thanks to the creative course design of Jorge Deigo Llano.
In the prologue teams had the chance to ‘ride the rails’ on a “brujitas”, a motorbike cart driven on the railroad tracks, and the race began with teams running to the river carrying inflatable tubes so they could ‘tube’ downstream on the Dagua river. Towards the end of the race they also had a huge abseil off the roof of the Torre de Cali Hotel, a 45 story descent that tested racers nerve to the limits!
The race took place in the area around the Calle Valley and in the regions of Buenaventura, Cali, Yumbo, Restrepo, and Vijes. It included a visit to the The San Cipriano Nature Reserve which is a beautiful tropical forest with trails, waterfalls, and pools of crystal clear water. Parts of the route climbed up into the Andean foothills and on one mountain bike ride teams climbed to an altitude of 2225m – a breathtaking experience.
As the race progressed it developed into a contest between two teams from the races’ home nations; ‘Bosi Adventure’ from Colombia, and ‘Fairis’ from Ecuador. It was a very close contest over much of the course, but although Bosi Adventure lead for much of the way it was Fairis who finished the stronger and took the title.
The team was lead by one of the world’s best known racers Urtzi Iglesias, a member of Columbia Vidaraid, the second highest ranked team in the Adventure Racing World Series, and team mates were José Bernardo Vintimilla, Jorge Brito and Yeimy Cadena.
They finished the 390km course in 67 hours of continuous racing and were 4 hours ahead of Bosi Colombia. Their win earns them a place in the AR World Championships in Australia in November where they will join those already qualified to represent Ecuador at the pinnacle of worldwide adventure racing.
You can find out more about the AR World Series at www.arworldseries.com and see the news, photos and videos Huairasinchi at https://www.proyectoaventura.com/site/3/section/2912/en-vivo .