Bikes of Across Andes 2023

Bikes of Across Andes 2023

18 November, 2023

In this edition of Across Andes, riders head further south than ever before to take in some of Chilean Patagonia’s most iconic gravel roads. Notorious amongst cycle-tourists in South America, the Carretera Austral is the chosen route when riding the length of the Andes due to its vistas and varying landscapes.

Riders' bikes were weighed at the registration earlier today and we can confirm the heaviest bike totals 22kg, whereas the lightest is Isidora Solari at a mere 13.75kg (without water). Only 500g heavier was Juliet Elliott's bike, also dry.

While most of Chile is littered with tiendas and minimercados making resupply relatively easy and reliable, this isn’t so true of the remote Carretera Austral and the offshoots riders will be tackling, especially out of high season. They will need to restock plentifully wherever possible. The forecast is so bleak they should have enough space for food as they’ll be wearing most of their warm and waterproof gear at all times! Riders could be forgiven for hoping for warm weather to wrap up their northern hemisphere season or some sunshine if coming out of a southern hemisphere’s winter training, but the forecast is not looking kind to our riders; heavy rain, cold wind and unseasonably low temperatures during the day and night are predicted.

The outdoor shops of Coyhaique have been raided for their winter gloves, towels and waterproof socks which have been converted into winter overshoes. It’s unlikely anything that gets wet during the race is going to dry out, except for next to a fire in a hostel. The weather has altered many riders’ kit lists and a few race plans.

Our very own Beccy Waters will be following the race from the ground so be sure to follow along as she brings the dots to life at our commentary here.

Jamie Nicholson

Name: Jamie Nicholson

Age: 37

Cap number: 262

Location: United States

Bike: Open WI.DE with SRAM Force AXS groupset, Enve AG25 Wheelset, Schwalbe -g-one allround 45mm tires and a redshift stem for a bit of extra comfort. I'll also be using Profile Designs Aero bars for another hand position (not pictured).

Key items of kit: I'll be taking a mix of Outershell and Tailfin bags, on the electronics front I'll be using a garmin edge 1040 and using a exposure six pack and Petzl Actic core light. For my sleep system I'll be using a Z-packs Soloplex tent, z-packs sleeping bag and a Big Agnes airpad. A rainshell and rain pants and an insulated jacket are likely going to be highlights for this one.....

Andrés San Martín

Name: Andrés San Martín

Age: 34

Cap number: 101

Location: Correntoso, Región de Los Lagos, Chile.

Bike: Se llama "Yulimar Rojas"; una Specialized Diverge Carbon Comp 2021 talla 52 con GRX 810 biplato 48-31T y piñón Deore XT 11-40. Ruedas DTSwiss G540 y neumáticos Schwalbe G-One bite 700x40c en tubeless. Sillín Specialized Power Mirror. Aerobarras Profile Design Sonic Ergo 4525a con alzadores. Un porta-caramagiola para 500ml y pedales de MTB para zapatillas con las que pueda caminar.

Key items of kit: El equipamiento de bolsos es en configuración "aero" privilegiando la alineación al eje del cuadro. El seatpack es un Ortlieb 16.5L donde llevaré toda la ropa de cambio, frío, lluvia e implementos para hacer vivac. El framebag es un Apidura Racing 4L; de los pocos del mercado que entra en el cuadro. En este irá el kit de herramientas, botiquín, comida y algo de electrónica. El toptube es un Choike TT bag de 1,2L donde llevaré comida, cargador externo, cables y pastillas de sal, además de unas cuantas cosas varias. Como punto clave llevo una mochila de hidratación de 2l. En navegación usaré un GPS Wahoo Elemnt Roam.

Alney Correa

Name: Alney Correa

Age: 32

Cap number: 214

Location: Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil

Bike: Bike Republica Pantanera (custom chromoly build), SRAM GX Eagle/Force AXS w/ hydraulic brakes. Crank 34 x Cassette 10-50. Wheels Mavic Allroad S. Tires Pirelli Cinturato Gravel M 700x45 Tubeless. Stem Redshift Shockstop.

Key items of kit: Bags: "Afora" custom bags on frame and handlebars and Apidura Explorer Saddle bag. Front Lights Ravemen PR2400. Rear light Specialized Stix Elite 2. Navigation Garmin Edge 1030 plus.

Alexander Vesga

Name: Alexander Vesga

Age: 50

Cap number: 315

Location: Santiago de Chile

Bike: Kona Jake the Snake 2021

Key items of kit: BikePacking Zefal

RJ Bast

Name: RJ Bast

Age: 49

Cap number: 223

Location: Wisconsin, USA

Bike: Specialized Crux. The 2022 Crux is a lightweight race machine that I also race Cyclocross on. For Across Andes, I will be running a SRAM 1x GX AXS Eagle with a 40 T Front Chain Ring and a 10-52t at the rear. My tires are the Pathfinder Pro at 42mm. My lighting system is from Outbound, The Detour light, which can be charged with an external battery while riding. I will be using the new Garmin 540 for my cycling computer.

Key items of kit: My seat bag is from Revelate Design Designs and will carry a lightweight sleep system. I have a custom made full frame bag from Rockgeist made in North Carolina, USA. The bottom half will carry the Apidura Frame pack 3L hydration bladder.

Moacir Carvalho Dias

Name: Moacir Carvalho Dias

Age: 45

Cap number: 307

Location: Poços de Caldas Mg, Brazil

Bike: BMC URS customized with Sram Red, Rival, Gx. Crankset 40 x 10-52. Tires Continental Terra Trail TRL 45mm, saddle Brooks C17 carved.

Key items of kit: For my first participation I will use of lot of bags for a lot of things 🤭. I prefer to go heavier, but arrive.

Francisco Guerrero (Pako)

Name: Francisco Guerrero (Pako)

Age: 57

Cap number: 256

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Bike: Megamo West FB22120323 WEST AXS 05 (23), Specialized Tracer 42m tires.

Key items of kit: Specialized x Fjallraven frame bag, 16L seatpack and harness. Rockbros Bolsa Cuadro de Bicileta 3L. Ubors Bolsa Botella de Agua para Manillar. Garmin Luz Delantera and Trasera. Platt Manillar de Bicicleta de Triatlón 3K Carbono Tri Bar apoyabrazos TT.

Paola Martinez

Name: Paola Martinez

Age: 55

Cap number: 172

Location: Chile

Bike: Usaré una bicicleta de Gravel, Canyon Grizl, transmisión Shimano GRX Di2, RX815 11X2, ruedas DT Swiss GRC1400, cubiertas Schwalbe G-ONE Bite 45mm, ruedas 650b 2XS.

Key items of kit: Seatbag, Frame Pack, Downtube pack, Apidura; en los cuales llevaré recambio de ropa para el crudo clima Patagónico. Saco Vivac SOL Escape Bivy, Liner Reactor Sea to Summit, Garmin Edge 1030, Luces PowerBang Knog, Fenix BCR30, Blinder Road R70 Knog, Luz frontal Petzl, PowerBank Anker 20.000Mah.

Idan Nunes

Name: Idan Nunes

Age: 37

Location: Rondônia, Brasil

Bike: Winspace G2 56 with SRAM Rival + GX Mullet + SRAM Blips. 40 x 10-52t. Wheelset Speedsafe carbon with tires Gravelking 700x50. Seatpost Carbon Audax 31.6mm. Saddle Fizik Adaptive. Handlebar Ritchey Beacon + Redshift pads + Wolftooth Grips. Redshift Stem. Aerobar Profile Design + SRAM Blips AXS. Pedala Shimano ES600.

Key items of kit: Apidura frame and toptube Bags. Riverside by Decathlon Seatpost Bag. 4 Elite Bottles 950ml. Garmin Edge 540 Solar.

Vinicius Martins

Name: Vinicius Martins

Age: 42

Cap number: 193

Location: Iturama, Brasil

Bike: My bike, my dear companion for another adventure. It is a Corratec AllRoad Carbon, with 9th Wave Anath 735 carbon wheel set, Goodyear Connector 700x50 tires (with tan), TRP Hylex brakes, with SRAM Blips Wireless and Blip Box shifters, SRAM AXS Eagle XX1 rear derailleur, cassette (10-52) and chain, Rotor 2InPower crankset (40 oval).

Key items of kit: I've been at Across Andes in 2021 and it was dry and moderate. However, completely different weather is expected for this year: cold, windy and some rain. Good challenge! I'll go with a combination with Woho, Ortlieb and Blackburn bags, all waterproof, Ravemen PR2400 (from light) and TR500 (backlight), Garmin Edge 1040 Solar for navigation and Magene L508 radar for additional safety, Brooks Cambium C17 comfortable saddle, and no sleeping system, just Cabanas and Posadas!

Steven Espinosa Montoya

Name: Steven Espinosa Montoya

Age: 34

Cap number: 143

Location: Santiago de Chile

Bike: Scott Addict Gravel 30 Disc - Grupo Shimano GRX 2x11 (50-34) / (11-42) - Neumáticos Pirelli Gravel Cinturato Gravel M - Set de Ruedas Syncros.

Key items of kit: Top Tube - Down Tube Pack (Apidura) / Seat Bag - Frame Bag RhinoBags / Luz Frontal MagicShine 400 - Traseras Knog plus.

Christian Ahumada Beltrán

Name: Christian Ahumada Beltrán

Age: 52

Cap number: 128

Location: Santiago de Chile

Bike: Triban 520 RC aluminio, orquilla de carbono, endurance 700x38 arisun gravel plus, transmisión 105 cassette 11-40, volante grx 46-30, frenos trp hr semihidráulicos, tee redshift con elastómeros.

Key items of kit: Seatbag impermeable de 12L, TTbag plasmo, TTbag trasero y framebag de choike y portabotellas al manillar.

Sami Sauri

Name: Sami Sauri

Age: 31

Location: France / Spain

Bike: YT industries - Szepter, SRAM Eagle, Zipp wheels, Hutchinson tires, Fizik saddle and Tailfin bags.

Key items of kit: Suunto watch and navigation. Lots of food, water and legs 😂

Manuel Mococain

Name: Manuel Mococain

Age: 28

Cap number: 141

Location: Santiago, Chile

Bike: Mendiz G11 with SRAM Force AXS 46-33/10-36, Zipp 303s wheelset tubeless with Schwalbe G-One R 700x45c + Cushcore inserts, Controltech Sirocco aerobars, Specialized S-Works Power Mirror, Spank Wing Vibrocore 12 handlebar with Spank Wing bar tape.

Key items of kit: Apidura seat bag (jackets and bivvy + liner), long top tube (food) and frame bag (food and electronics) - USWE camelback for extra water and tools, Garmin Edge 1040 Solar, Front lights: Specialized Flux 1250 + Petzl Iko Core in the helmet.

Raquel Parizi

Name: Raquel Parizi

Age: 32

Cap number: 189

Location: Campinas, Brasil

Bike: Sense Bike Impact carbon. SRAM GX AXS 1x12V transmission, Ictus crown 38T. SRAM GX 10-52t cassette.

Brakes: STI and Rival calipers with 180mm rotor at the front and 160mm at the rear. FOX 32 PERFORMANCE SC 100mm suspension. Wheels: Yoeleo carbon - 29ER XC932 STD. 700x47 Rhombus front tire and 700x42 rear, both tubeless. Shimano Pro Discover 400mm 20° flare handlebar.

Key items of kit: Saddle bag: GIVI adventure 17L. Top tube and frame bag: Marlene Bags, customized. Head and bike light: Fenix. Garmin Edge 1040 solar.

Nicolás Raposo

Name: Nicolás Raposo

Age: 35

Cap number: 215

Location: Temuco, Santiago

Bike: Para AA23 voy con una Canyon Inflite talla M de Ciclocross con una transmisión Ultegra de 11x2 velocidades, un plato de 36-50 y un cassette de 11-40. Para compatibilizar se usó una extensión para el cambiador trasero. Las ruedas son unas Zipp 303s con un diseño personalizado al igual que el marco de la Canyon. Voy con un neumático Schwalbe Allround adelante y un Bite atrás ambos 40c. El sillín es un Selle San Marco Shortfit 2.0 Racing Supercomfort de 155mm. Además voy con unas mini-aerobarras Controltech Sirocco con 60mm más de acoples Profile Designs. Los pedales son XTR y el manillar cuenta con doble cinta para mayor confort.

Key items of kit: Además del kit obligatorio y considerando que el kit definitivo se definirá el día previo a la largada, tengo predefinido lo siguiente; voy con una calza corta Gore de larga distancia, una calza larga sin culote para el frio, cubre calzado para frío y otro para agua (silicona), llevo dos parkas de pluma una sin mangas, dos chaquetas para lluvia (ligera y fuerte), dos guantes (una para frío extremo). Voy con una tricota larga del Tour de Los Ríos, un primera capa de lana merino Gobik y un cortavientos Specialized. Voy con un casco Kask Valegro, lentes Oakley fotocromáticos, voy con Cap AA21 y un pasamontañas para el frío extremo. Voy con 3 calcetines, dos de lana merino y uno técnico (pensando en que vamos a estar mojados mucho tiempo). Los periféricos son un ciclocomputador Wahoo Roam con un Garmin 945 de backup, audífonos Shokz OpenRun, celular, dos luces delanteras de 1.000 Lm, tres luces traseras mini, un kit con medicamentos varios, en esta edición llevaré hielo en spray además de diclofenaco en gel para mis dañadas rodillas. El Chamois y bloqueador son casi obligatorios. Llevo algunos un productos de emergencia desechables (saco de dormir, poncho impermeable, manta térmica, guantes de latex, calentador de manos y pies). Llevo herramientas básicas además de 4 cámaras de latex con parches y bombín. llevo un powerbank de 1.000mah y los cables necesarios. Todos estos artículos irán en un seatbag Zefal, un framebag Choike, un rollbag de fabricación propia y un toptube Btwin. La mochila Uswe la tengo en observación y estoy tratando de prescindir de ella. Llevaré dos caramagiolas de 800cc y 500cc además de dos botellas de agua plegables de 500cc.

Eric Zepeda

Name: Eric Zepeda

Age: 34

Cap number: 275

Location: Santiago, Chile

Bike: Giant Revolt Advance 2, Shimano Groupset GRX 810 2x11. Crankset Miche Graff 46x30 (170mm) and Cassette 11-36 Ztto.

Key items of kit: Seatbag 7lts Rhino, Framebag 1,2 lts Plasmo, Camelbag Uswe 2lts, Topbag Choike and cycling raincoat.

Javier Fuentes

Name: Javier Fuentes

Age: 42

Cap number: 276

Location: Santiago, Chile

Bike: Cannondale Super Six Evo SE. Transmision: Piñon Eagle X01 10/52, Pata de Cambios, Eagle X01, Volante Force 40T manillas y Frenos SRAM AXS Rival. Ruedas DT Swiss CR 1600, Neumaticos Maxxis Ravager.

Key items of kit: Bolso de Cola: Choique 12 LTS. Framebag Top y Down Recta. Luces delanteras x2 Trasera x1. Caramagiolas x2.

Tomás Baeza | The Good

Name: Tomás Baeza | The Good

Age: 36

Cap number: 138

Location: Santiago, Chile

Bike: Giant Revolt X, SRAM Red Axs, Kogel Kolossos. Tires - Schwalbe G One R 45c, Copkit and aerobars Rideshift, Fizik saddle, Dynamo wheel and Lizard Skin bartape 4.6mm.

Key items of kit: Fidlock bottles, Apidura bags, Camelbak Backpack and a looooooot of food.

Diego Alejandro Andreoli

Name: Diego Alejandro Andreoli

Age: 39

Cap number: 237

Location: Tigre, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Bike: Cannondale Topstone 2019 with 700x40 tyres tubeless.

Key items of kit: Halawa bag kit, GPS Garmin Edge 1040, Power Bank 15.000 mAh 2x front light 5000mAh and 3 rear lights. First aid kit and emergency blanket. Winter / rain clothes. Multi tool / inner tubes / tire700x35 / pump. Salt / painkillers / chamois / sun cream.

Juan Manuel Cruz Fernandez

Name: Juan Manuel Cruz Fernandez

Age: 36

Cap number: 290

Location: Chile

Bike: Mendiz

Key items of kit: Toptube, Handlebag, framebag Apidura. Seatbag Giant. Vivac, tons of food, and my key element is the speaker.

Leonardo Brasil

Name: Leonardo Brasil

Age: 28

Cap number: 274

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

Bike: Salsa Cutthroat. SRAM AXS drivetrain with 36t chainring 10-52 cassette + 2 spare Axs batteries.

Key items of kit: All clothing by Rab Equipment, all bags by Revelate Designs, Rene Herse Fleecer Ridge tires and Ergon Sr saddle. My nap system consists of an emergency bivy, a cutout sleeping pad that fits my torso, an inflatable pillow and down booties. For lights, I'm rocking a Fenix bc26r + extra battery in the front and a cheap AAA powered in the back that has been with me for years. All my electronics will be charged via 2 10,000mAh powerbanks (no Dynamo) I'll be carrying 3l of water (with capacity for 5l if needed). Wahoo Elemnt roam for navigation.

Carlos Jose Ossa

Name: Carlos Jose Ossa

Age: 34

Cap number: 167

Location: Santiago, Chile

Bike: Giant Revolt

Key items of kit: Garmin Edge, Luces Delantera, Luces Trasera, Cinta Reflectante, Linterna frontal Parka Pluma. Cortavientos, Manguillas, Anteojos Power Bank 10.000 x 2, Casco, CO2 x 2, Bombin, Tarugos, Kit Parches/ Reparación Postiza. Camaras x2, Aceite, 4 pilas AAA and Bolsos Birzman.

Welson Alves

Name: Welson Alves

Age: 28

Cap number: 166

Location: Brazil

Bike: Specialized Diverge Carbon 2019, Shimano Ultegra RX 2x11. Hydraulic Brakes Shimano 105, Crank 48-32/ Cassete 11x40, Wheels Axis Elite, Tires tubeless System with Front Specialized Pathfinder 42 and Rear Pirelli Gravel M 40. Saddle Specialized Power saddle.

Key items of kit: Bags: Saddle bag Zefal 17L, Framebag Custom full Afora, Pouch bag Afora and Toptube bag Draisiana.

Lucky item: Girlfriend’s picture

Andred Arias

Name: Andred Arias

Age: 38

Cap number: 137

Location: Santiago, Chile

Bike: Cannondale Topstone 3 2021. SRAM Rival AXS Gx Eagle. Single plate 40T and 10-52 cassette 10-52. Tires Challenge Grinder 700x42t.

Key items of kit: Apidura 13Lt seatbag, Apidura toptube 1Lt and Decathlon framebag. Halawa small bag “Tamal”.

Isaac DeLong

Name: Isaac DeLong

Age: 48

Location: Santiago, Chile

Bike: Fezzes Shafer Elite Rival

Key items of kit: Choike 16L seatbag, Choike top tube bag, two-wheel gear frame bag, Revélate Design feedbag (2), Almsthre handlebar bag.

Cristian Huentecura Liencura

Name: Cristian Huentecura Liencura

Age: 33

Cap number: 212

Location: Santiago de Chile

Bike: Bicicleta: Mendiz G4 - Gravel Shimano GRX-400 2x10. Frenos: GRX Hidráulicos. Neumáticos: Schwalbe G-ONE AllRound S/Ground 700x40.

Key items of kit: SeatBag Gravel 12,5L, TTBag 1,2L and FrameBag R. Caramagiola Gobik 500cc (2 unid). Ciclocomputador Wahoo Elemnt Bolt v2. Luces delantera Bontracker. Luces traseras Bontracker.

Francisco Sepulveda

Name: Francisco Sepulveda

Age: 43

Cap number: 114

Location: Santiago, Chile

Bike: Cube Nuroad Pro Gravel 2022, Grupo Shimano GRX RD-RX400, 10-Speed. Neumático G-One Bite Schwalbe and Manillar Ritchey WCS VentureMax.

Key items of kit: Equipada con bolsos Choike. Wahoo Elemnt Bolt V2 and Mochila Chase Chaleco de bicicleta 50 oz Negro.

Max Raddatz

Name: Max Raddatz

Age: 37

Cap number: 116

Location: Santiago, Chile

Bike: Orbea Terra H30. La Terra, Shimano Grx 2x11, Specialized Pathfinder pro 38.

Key items of kit: Decathlon aptonia aerobars, Choike Toptube 2L, Choike Framebag R 3.1L, Seatbag Rhinowalk 13L. Camelbak Chase 1.5L.

Cristián Ugalde

Name: Cristián Ugalde

Age: 37

Cap number: 110

Location: Santiago, Chile

Bike: Mendiz G10 SRAM Rival AXS 1x12. Ruedas DT Swiss GRC 1600 y Neumáticos Specialized Pathfinder Pro 700x38 Tubeless con Tannus Armour Gravel.

Key items of kit: Equipamiento Ciclista: Ropa BioRacer, Zapatillas Fizik Terra Artica X5, Casco Kask Protone. Equipamiento Bicicleta: Seatbag Blackburn, Framebag y TT Bag Choike, Garmin Edge 830, Garmin Varia UT800, Magicshine Allty 600 y Seeme 60, Lezyne KTV Drive Stvzo.

Daniel Bahamondes

Name: Daniel Bahamondes

Age: 30

Cap number: 149

Location: Llanquihue, Región de Los Lagos, Chile

Bike: ROSALIA Canyon Grail 6. Frame: Canyon Grail Al Disc (aluminium). Fork: Canyon FK0070 CF Disc (carbon). Rear Derailleur and Front Derailleur: Shimano GRX RX400. Brakes: Shimano GRX RX400. Wheels: DT Swiss Gravel LN. Tyre: Schwalbe G-ONE R 700x40. Saddle: Ergon SMC Men. Pedals: Shimano PD-T400.

Key items of kit: Bags: Seatbag, framebag and TT bar bags are from Choike bags. Lights: Magicshine RN3000 (Front) and threes Lezyne Femto Led red (Rear). Cycle computer: Garmin Edge 530.

Marcos Magalhaes

Name: Marcos Magalhaes

Age: 53

Cap number: 222

Location: Brazil

Bike: Factor Ostro Gravel. Crank SRAM Red Front Derailer 2x 48/35. Rear derailer Force XPLR 12x 10-44. Wheelset BlackInc 20. Tires Specialized S-Works 42mm.

Key items of kit: Bags: Saddle - Topeak 9L, mixed of brands in top tube and cup holders (Amazon rules :) )

Aru Corral

Name: Aru Corral

Age: 37

Cap number: 306

Location: México City

Bike: Cannondale CAAD 13, Shimano 105 groupset, Hollowgram crankset 46-30, 11-34 cassette, Columbus Futura Gravel fork, Schwalbe X-One Allround 700x33 tires, Hunt All Road wheel set, prologo scratch M5 saddle, Garmin Rally pedals.

Key items of kit: Apidura down tube, frame bag, handle bar, saddle bags. Key items: Albion ultra light insulated jacket, Gore Shake-dry jacket.

Raymundo Rosas

Name: Raymundo Rosas

Age: 32

Cap number: 305

Location: Mexico

Bike: 3T Exploro, GRX 800 1x, 38T Easton crankset and 11-48t cassette. 40c Pirelli Cinturato tires. Mavic All Road wheels. Garmin Rally pedals and Garmin Edge 1040 head unit.

Key items of kit: Apidura top tube bag, Apidura mini frame bag, Apidura saddle bag 7L and Apidura down tube bag. Musette 4L. Small stuffed dog as reminder of my dog and hair ribbon from my girlfriend.

Eduardo Elizalde

Name: Eduardo Elizalde

Age: 40

Cap number: 244

Location: México

Bike: Mash All road (steel is real). Gear Shimano GRX 48/51t cassette 11-34t. Wheel set Hunt 650b. Front tire Reneherse 42mm. Rear tire Pirelli Cinturato 45mm.

Key items of kit: GPS wahoo Roam. Fork bags Apidura, top tube bag Restrap, seat bag Apidura and down tube strap Wolfthoot. Lights full Knog.

Victor Avaria

Name: Victor Avaria

Cap number: 199

Bike: Kona Rove AL. Shimano 50/34, cassette 11-34. Schwalbe 700x45 G-One Ultrabite.

Key items of kit: Seat bag Topeak 14L and framebag Topeak 4L.

Juan Pablo Baron

Name: Juan Pablo Baron

Cap number: 224

Bike: DeVinci Hatchet Custom Carbon 2021. Praxis crankset 52/36. Cassette shimano 11v 11-42t. Tires Schwalbe G-one Overland Evo 700x45.

Key items of kit: Choike 14 Lt seatbag. Plasmo 1 Lt toptube. Rhinobags 3 Lt framebag.