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.