15 - 31 October
Overview
Ride Details

Overview

For explorer and expedition cyclist Dr. Kate Leeming, a 4400km altitude journey through the awe-inspiring Andes, the high plains of the Altiplano and the highest, driest non-polar desert on Earth, the Puna de Atacama, was one of the toughest challenges of her career so far. It pushed Kate to the edge of her capabilities.

From the unworldly, treeless landscapes of Bolivia’s Lipez Range to the subtropical rainforest near Salta in Argentina; from tackling corrugated, stoney tracks and water crossings to gliding over perfectly smooth tarmac: from chasing llamas to be chased by dogs – this is an opportunity to experience the spirit of the Andes (virtually), without having to deal with the oxygen deficit, bumps and swirling polar-like mountain winds.

Kate has partnered with FulGaz to produce a collection of spectacular rides to share with members of all standards.

 

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Count the Llamas Challenge

On the Quetena Chico through the Lipez Range route, there is one man, one dog and there are four sheep, but how many llamas?

Simply count the llamas for a chance to win some awesome prizes…

Imagine a FulGaz ride series across Antarctica or Australia’s Simpson Desert!
Increase your chances to win by supporting Kate’s Breaking the Cycle South Pole venture and other exciting projects ($5 = 1 entry, $25 = 10 entries – tbc).

Support future Breaking the Cycle expeditions and projects

The Andes expedition was a part of a series of journeys, one on each continent, to help Kate prepare physically and mentally for Breaking the Cycle South Pole, which will be the first bicycle crossing of the Antarctic continent via the South Pole. 

Kate has also set up Breaking the Cycle Education – using her expeditions and films as a source of inspiration and learning that will help out future leaders to make informed decisions to create a better world. 

Learn more: https://www.breakingthecycle.education/

Ride Details

QUETENA CHICO THROUGH THE LIPEZ RANGE

This is the main route across the Lipez mountains, from Quetena Chico, a village of about 500 people to Turpiza.

The ride features chasing llamas, snow capped peaks, including Uturuncu.

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1:29:50
DURATION
17.26km
DISTANCE
280m
ELEVATION

KLXX/PK DESCENDING TO BARRANCA LARGA

A spectacular descent through a rugged gorge.

The first section is fast as it is on tarmac; the second half is on very rough gravel - stones, corrugations, sand.

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0:21:17
DURATION
7.31km
DISTANCE
9m
ELEVATION

AROUND THE ZAPATA RANGE

The quality asphalt road winds around the base of the spectacular Zapata range, gradually gaining in altitude but there are no significant gradients.

The route ends with a section of gravel.

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0:44:52
DURATION
14.89km
DISTANCE
94m
ELEVATION

KLXX/PK TUPIZA CLIMB

The third continuous climb for the day, from the valley floor to the summit overlooking the valley and town of Tupiza in southern Bolivia.

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1:22:06
DURATION
6.97km
DISTANCE
502m
ELEVATION

ACROSS SALAR DEL HOMBRE MUERTO

Cycling across Salar del Hombre Muerto, starting from the middle of the lake.

About 10km, good speed, then struggling with small climbs and mostly, powerful head and cross winds around the southern shoreline of the lake.

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0:48:55
DURATION
km
DISTANCE
m
ELEVATION

KLXX/PK TUPIZA DESCENT

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1:09:52
DURATION
21.51km
DISTANCE
64m
ELEVATION
New to FulGaz? Here's the quick start guide.

1. Download FulGaz and set up a free account. To activate your extended trial, simply enter the promo code found in your registration email.

Downloading the trial gives you full access to FulGaz with no restrictions on content, or how often or how far you ride. If you’re returning to FulGaz for another go, send us a support ticket and we’ll hook you up with another trial on the house.

2. Connect your devices
When you load up FulGaz and hit Get Started, you’ll be greeted with a pairing screen. Here your smart bike/trainer/speed sensor will be picked up and listed. Select the devices you’d like to connect and click Let’s Ride.

Pro Tip If you can’t see your devices when trying to connect, they are most likely paired with another app (RGT, Rouvy, Zwift). You will need to deselect your trainer from that app’s pairing screen, quit that app, and restart FulGaz.

3. Set your preferences, weight and slope scaling
Click the settings icon to take a moment to set your display preference (metric or imperial). For the most realistic experience, enter your weight and bike weight. There are many other settings here also; it’s best to get a feel for riding FulGaz first before adjusting these. Start at around 60% uphill to get the feel. You can adjust this in ride also.

For the event itself, you won’t be able to adjust your bike weight. Only rider weight so please keep that in mind.

Pro Tip If you find the hills too hard, you can adjust the Slope Scaling, this is essentially the “trainer difficulty”. Adjusting this won’t make you faster, but it will make hills easier!

4. Download a video and ride
We always suggest downloading the video ahead of time. For any event you must download the video.  Before the event, test your set up with something from the Easy collection. These rides will give you a good “feel” for how FulGaz looks and interacts with your trainer or smart bike.

5. Get event-ready
Before you start your event, make sure you turn up at the start line ready.

Here’s a quick checklist

      • Download the ride ahead of time
      • If joining us on Zoom for social rides, download the app and run it on a different device.
      • Stay hydrated – have at least two bottles of water available
      • Have a towel and fan to help you cool down.
What equipment do I need?

To participate in this event from the comfort of your own home you will need some cycling equipment.

PRO Set-Up

  • Road Bike
  • Smart Trainer (e.g Elite Suito,Wahoo Kickr) or a smart bike.

Or

Basic Set-up

  • Road Bike
  • Standard Trainer (Check out some options here)
  • Speed Sensor if using Standard trainer.

Connection equipment

FulGaz works on Apple TV, MacOS or an iPhone or iPad as well as Windows and Android devices. To get started you will need to download the app onto your respective device. For an amazing viewing (and riding) experience we highly recommend using an Apple TV connected to your lounge room TV or monitor.

Please note rides in ‘event mode’ will force you to download the ride prior to starting. This ensures an uninterrupted riding experience so make sure you download each stage well ahead of time to avoid delays.

To find out more about the minimum specs required for your device, click here. 

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