Only in Ecuador, I think to myself as the race director explains that we will be dealing with an active volcano during the competition. Tungurahua Volcano started spewing ash into the sky about a week ago, dumping it across the countryside and piling up in sections of our route.
We are less than 24 hours from the start of HuairaSinchi (Part of the AR World Series), which translates to â€œthe windÂ´s strengthâ€� in Kichwa, but what really worries us about this race is not the wind or even the volcano, but the sustained high elevations throughout the majority of the race.
At the highest point of the 318 kilometer course unveiled last night, the route reaches 14,435 feet and drops to 108 feet in the last 100 kilometers, passing through a tremendous variety of ecosystems. A good 80 kilometers of the race doesnÂ´t fall below 11,482 feet. They promised us that we will be cold and we will suffer. Continue reading