Chili Challenge 2005


At the end of summer 2005 the Chili Challenge took off. Us two, Frans van den Bouwhuijsen and Victor Niemeijer, faced the challenge of cycling from the northern border of Chile with Peru to the most southern point of Tierra del Fuego. A route of 4200 miles in 100 days, biking plateaus of over 4000 meters, through the driest desert in the world, through the wettest place on earth and Patagonia with its ferocious winds, continuously defying the steep slopes of the Andes.



By means of sponsoring of our journey, we try to raise money for a project supporting abused girls in Chile. The foundation that's actually carrying out the project is named Maria Ayuda.

If you are willing to help, but also if you are just interested in our project, you can read all our Chili Challenge stories by clicking on the news, you can see the exact route on satellite maps, or you can view our pictures. You can also leave a message at the forum, we will certainly respond.

The reports of our trip will be published in the Dutch-Belgian mountainbikemagazine O2-bikers. Besides our travelstories some eventual mountainbiketrails in Chile may feature our articles.



4258 miles

€ 3053,34


The latest news!

25 March, 2007

It has been already one year and three months since we came back from Chile. Occasionally our daily routine still gets disturbed by flashbacks of our epic journey through the fabulous landscape of South-America. We obviously will return one day, when and in what way still has to be determined. But maybe cycling trips in other countries will come sooner....
Something noteworthy is that we have finished our project . A couple of months ago we got a message from Maria Ayuda that they received our donation and that they had put it aside for funding the construction of a childrens home in Puento Alto in Santiago de Chile. We are very proud of the amount of money we raised and all the sponsors and more >>>


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