Around the world... the hard way...

Daylong Challenge South America

 

Logo_Daylong_A3_orangeSouth America - focused - Route

From 1 October until 10 November 2014, Natalia and Ben cycled over 3,600km from the city of São Paulo in Brazil to Santiago, Chile, via Buenos Aires in Argentina, in the Daylong Challenge South America. This journey across South America proved to be a fantastic challenge and really helped the team further prepare for the challenges of cycling massive distances in the main expedition.

The whole journey took the team forty days. They cycled through temperatures ranging from as low as -2ºC up to +43ºC; experienced variable conditions from wind and rain, thunder and lightning; mechanical problems; heavy traffic and endless hill climbing. The Challenge gave the team further high altitude experience as they travelled up and over the Andes as they crossed over them into Chile, near Aconcagua – plus of course the breathtaking views of the peaks around them, and a spectacular descent from the border down to Los Andes and then Santiago. The team managed to reach the end of the journey in accordance with their planned timetable, still feeling in great condition and ready to start their next training project in Canada…

The cycle ride was sponsored by Galderma, and the team used Galderma’s Daylong sun protection cream to ensure protect themselves against the extremes of the sunshine in the exposed regions they will be going through, using their Daylong Extreme SPF 50+ lotion, which is perfect for protecting against extreme UV exposure. In the 40 days of the journey, in spite of cycling through intense sun conditions – even around the midday hours when the sun is at its highest and strongest – the team experienced no burns whatsoever. A top dermatologist in Chile who examined their skin at the end of the journey was, considering the conditions the team went through, amazed about the effectiveness of the Daylong lotion and how good a condition Ben and Natalia’s skin was in when they arrived in Santiago.

Galderma_Logo_RGB_SCREEN_OK

Blog posts from the Daylong Challenge South America

The Daylong Challenge South America: A few words of thanks

The whole Daylong Challenge South America journey, covering 3,600km across four different countries and one of the world’s most amazing mountain ranges, would not have been possible without the support of first and foremost Galderma and Daylong, so we do really want to thank them for this. It has been amazing having their backing and […]

Posted in Daylong Challenge South America, Journal | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Daylong Challenge and LEJOG

The last three years since we began the 360 project, and indeed, the last forty days of the Daylong Challenge South America are already turning into a bit of a blur. It is great being here in Santiago, able to relax, get to meet Jean Pierre who has been our main contact in the country, […]

Posted in Cycling, Daylong Challenge South America, Journal, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Day 40: To Santiago and the final day of the Daylong Challenge!!

We have done it!! So ends the Daylong Challenge South America!! Now resting and enjoying the sites, sounds, food and drink of Santiago in Chile with the Andean mountains behind us – it’s incredible being here and it has been quite a journey. It feels strange that it is over – at least for now!! […]

Posted in Cycling, Daylong Challenge South America, Journal, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Day 39: Exhilaration

Our last day in Argentina started off a little cold –2C as we packed up our tent and headed off higher into the mountains, ever closer to the Chilean border. When we left the ghost town of Penitentes at around 7am, the mountains in the east still cast their long shadows over us, denying us […]

Posted in Cycling, Daylong Challenge South America, Journal, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Day 38: Final night in Argentina

We’re almost coming to an end of the Daylong Challenge South America, and I write this just as we have set up our tent at a place called Penitentes, around 30km away from the Chilean border and 2,500m or so above sea-level. It’s a bit of a ghost town here: almost everything is closed as […]

Posted in Cycling, Daylong Challenge South America, Journal, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Day 37: Into the Andes…!

One word to describe today: spectacular. It was by no means easy: 125km from Mendoza to Uspallata, climbing a cumulative total of 1,763metres and reaching an altitude of 1,841m above sea level; having to escape a pretty busy city with lots of heavy traffic; dealing with sudden strong winds, lost of dust and intense sun; […]

Posted in Cycling, Daylong Challenge South America, Journal, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Day 36: A bit of respite…

A day in Mendoza was always something we were looking forward to, though it didn’t work out exactly as we imagined. We wanted to visit some vineyards, but time was against us in the end. We did manage to clean our bikes and change our brakes – nothing more worrying than the thought of going down […]

Posted in Cycling, Daylong Challenge South America, Journal, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Daylong Challenge South America: A summary after over a month of cycling

Days on the road: 35 Distance travelled: 3,255km Distance until Santiago: 355km Longest distance travelled in one day: 206.3km (Day 23: Durazno to Colonia) Accumulative total of metres climbed: 26,243m Most climbed in one day: 1,865m (Day 4: Itapetininga to Itapeva) Number of sunny days: 28.5 Number of rainy days: 4.5 Number of overcast days: […]

Posted in Cycling, Daylong Challenge South America, Journal, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Day 35: Mendoza

   A reasonably short ride today – just 110km to Mendoza city, the capital of the main wine province of Argentina. It seems strange writing “short” now to describe such distances – in Brazil, we considered anything above 100km to be a hard day. Cycling this far is a long way, but as everything is […]

Posted in Cycling, Daylong Challenge South America, Journal, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Day 34: A day of two halves

Where to start?! Quite a day, to say the least, and another day of two halves. The first half was absolutely miserable. The second was beautiful and also quite exciting. Getting up in the morning and we could see that it was wet and cloudy outside. Not pleasant at all and did not bode well […]

Posted in Cycling, Daylong Challenge South America, Journal, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Day 33: Getting closer

  The start of the day was as cold as yesterday, with a fresh 4C. The wind was not as bad as it had been but still strong enough to chill anyone stood still in the open. It was with this that we left Vila Mercedes not too thrilled to be leaving the warmth of the […]

Posted in Cycling, Daylong Challenge South America, Journal, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Day 32: Cold.

Today the temperatures plummeted to 5C (4.9C to be precise!) and we felt the difference. This was coupled with strong wind of around 35kph and a constant drizzle. Fortunately for us, for the most part we were cycling with the wind in our favour so we were able to maintain an average moving speed of […]

Posted in Cycling, Daylong Challenge South America, Journal, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Day 31: Another day, another province…

And another 160km cycled… leaving just 823km more of the Daylong Challenge South America to go…! Our stay in Santa Fe Province was over almost before it really started as within an hour of heading out from the guest house in Rufino, we passed the sign saying that we were entering into Cordoba. Slowly making […]

Posted in Cycling, Daylong Challenge South America, Journal, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Day 30: Into Santa Fe Province

Well and truly into the heart of Argentina now as we left Buenos Aires Province behind us and entered into our second province in the country. A lovely day, with few clouds in the sky and an average temperature of 24.1C (min. 12C and max of 32C). The road was largely flat to the eye, […]

Posted in Cycling, Daylong Challenge South America, Journal, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Day 29: Frustrated by weather

The thunderstorms that broke out yesterday afternoon persisted throughout the night and entire morning as we stayed in Junin. While every now and then there was a pause in the rain and it looked like it might be clearing up, more lightning flashed and thunder rolled within five seconds, indicating that the strikes were occurring […]

Posted in Cycling, Daylong Challenge South America, Journal, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Day 28: What a difference a day makes…

Same road, same level profile – completely flat for the entire time – but what a difference! Yesterday we struggled, with the wind in our faces and blast furnace conditions, to make just over 73km in 5hours 20 minutes as we first went on to the Ruta 7 highway. Today we managed 122km in 6 hours. […]

Posted in Cycling, Daylong Challenge South America, Journal, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Day 27: Ruta 7 – Not for the faint hearted

Flat, scorching and windy. These are the best words that describe the conditions today, though of course to this we need to add the ever-so important ingredient of heavy traffic…. We did have big plans. To ride from Lujan to Junin, a good couple of hundred of kilometres away. Of course, being flat it would […]

Posted in Cycling, Daylong Challenge South America, Journal, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Day 26: Back on the bike

A good day today: not exactly how we imagined it, but a good day all the same. Leaving the hotel a little late as we needed to re-pack all of our bags again, we took what I would now like to call a tour around Buenos Aires… What in fact had happened was that I […]

Posted in Cycling, Daylong Challenge South America, Journal, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Days 24 and 25: Resting in Buenos Aires

It was good to arrive here, on time and according to plan, after that ride from the middle of Uruguay. To describe it as a full rest though would be slightly inaccurate: on the Friday we met with the Buenos Aires Galderma team and went to an adventure park just outside of the city – […]

Posted in Cycling, Daylong Challenge South America, Journal, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Daylong Challenge South America: Summary after 24 days on the road

A summary of the Daylong Challenge South America cycle tour after having reached Buenos Aires, 24 days after leaving São Paulo Total distance covered: 2,175.4 km Total distance left to ride: 1,481.9 km Cumulative number metres climbed: 24,206 Hottest day: Day 12 (Irani to Erechim: 43C max) Number of rainy days: 2 Number of overcast days: 2 Number of sunny days: 20 […]

Posted in Cycling, Daylong Challenge South America, Journal, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Day 23: Marathon to Buenos Aires (in depth…)

“A cruel day to cycle!!!” Today was really when the Daylong Challenge South America truly lived up to its name of being a challenge. This is not saying, of course, that the other days hadn’t been challenging (anyone following may have noted me highlighting some of our difficulties every now and then!). Today, however, was […]

Posted in Cycling, Daylong Challenge South America, Journal, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Day 23: A marathon to Colonia del Sacramento (intro!)

206.3km!! Over lots of hills! with over 30kg of bags on our bikes, each…! at least 50km more than either of us had ever done at all before in our lives! … Almost 14 hours of cycling, all in a race to get to Colonia del Sacramento in order to get the last boat to […]

Posted in Cycling, Daylong Challenge South America, Journal, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Day 22: Not always according to plan…

Well, if yesterday was great, today was a bit of a nightmare. It started off very well, from where we left off on the previous day. Beautiful weather with a nice fresh but sunny start to the day at 8am, feeling good for a 173km ride, and the first hour was great – riding 20km, […]

Posted in Cycling, Daylong Challenge South America, Journal, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Day 21: Firm progress

Such a good day! The weather was great and the hills were relatively flat. Again the sun came out with no clouds to be seen at all and while it did (eventually) get hot in the afternoon – again it reached around 33C – it always seemed quite fresh, with a pleasant breeze behind us. […]

Posted in Cycling, Daylong Challenge South America, Journal, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Day 20: Into the unknown…

Okay, we were already in to the unknown for us after we left Sorocaba on Day 2, with every step through the interior of Brazil presenting new challenges and new highlights; showing us sides to the country that we had never really imagined. However, I guess it is the whole idea of going into a […]

Posted in Cycling, Daylong Challenge South America, Journal, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Day 19: To the frontier and beyond!!

We are about a couple of hundred metres away from the Uruguay-Brazil border at the moment! It has been a good day. As always, quite tiring, but good. We started in Rosario do Sul, where we arrived very late last night (not nice arriving after dark, but we had to get our bikes fixed as […]

Posted in Cycling, Daylong Challenge South America, Journal, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Day 18: Penultimate day in Brazil

We have now travelled over 1,540km – more than we cycled through the entire Land’s End to John O’Groats winter tour, though not quite half way through this current adventure. As we approach the Brazil-Uruguay border, I have to admit that the Daylong Challenge South America has, so far, been much tougher than I imagined. […]

Posted in Cycling, Daylong Challenge South America, Journal, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Day 17: Weather day

Not too much to report from today aside from the fact that we had to take an enforced rest day because of the weather. We had heard about the weather forecasts showing that it won’t be very nice in the south of Rio Grande do Sul: 100mm of rain, destructive winds, very bad visibility, and […]

Posted in Cycling, Daylong Challenge South America, Journal, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Day 16: Through the wall…

Another long and tiring day today, as we covered over 136km from Cruz Alta to Santa Maria. It was a good start: we leave Alexandre and Tiele’s place, and Tiele helped us find a bike shop where we were able to have our brakes looked at. Though we left the town an hour later than we […]

Posted in Cycling, Daylong Challenge South America, Journal, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Day 15: No such thing as an easy day

Our day off scheduled for four day’s time has already been consumed due to the fact that we had to split the journey to Cruz Alta into two days due to the heavy rain storm when we were in Passo Fundo. With this in mind, we only had to cycle 55km from Ibiruba to reach Cruz Alta. […]

Posted in Cycling, Daylong Challenge South America, Journal, Training | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Daylong Challenge South America: Summary of week 2

A summary of the Daylong Challenge South America cycle tour after two weeks of cycling: The journey so far… Number of days: 14 Total distance covered: 1218.7 km Total distance left to ride: 2032.2 km Cumulative number metres climbed: 16,752 Hottest day: Day 12 (Irani to Erechim: 43C max) Number of rainy days: 1 Number of overcast days: 2 […]

Posted in Cycling, Daylong Challenge South America, Journal, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Day 14: A short long day…

The rain calmed down over night and we woke up with just cloud to greet us as we left the hotel in the morning. We felt that we would try to complete 148km to the town of Cruz Alta to stay on schedule, though as this would be further than we had ever gone in […]

Posted in Cycling, Daylong Challenge South America, Journal, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Day 13: Unlucky for some?

And it was all going so well…!! As it has been so many times during the Daylong Challenge South America so far, it was very sad saying goodbye to the Ferreira family, our hosts from last night. As with so many people who have helped us, they showed incredible generosity and kindness to us, and […]

Posted in Cycling, Daylong Challenge South America, Journal, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Day 12: Back on the bike, to Erechim

The day off yesterday definitely helped. We both felt refreshed and any aches and pains that may have been building over the last week and a half or so had been eased. Today we would be travelling 101km, leaving the state of Santa Catarina and entering Rio Grande do Sul, the southernmost state in Brazil. […]

Posted in Cycling, Daylong Challenge South America, Journal, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Day 11: A little break

We decided to take our day off (which was scheduled for tomorrow) today. We were a little worried about my bike and the clicking noises it was and also felt tired in general from the heat and all the hills, so we figured we deserved the rest. With hindsight, we probably should have taken the […]

Posted in Cycling, Daylong Challenge South America, Journal, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Day 10: No respite

 Another day and another ride through intense sun and up steep hills with little respite as we progress to complete over a quarter of the Daylong Challenge South America. Knowing we would have another tough day of 119km ahead of us, we had to say our farewells to Amanda and her parents Armando and Analia […]

Posted in Cycling, Daylong Challenge South America, Journal, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Day 9: To Caçador…

We started the day a little later than the time we wanted, though it is always hard saying farewell to people we meet on the way; who host us for the night and who give us a taster of life in their city. It was like this again with Adriana and her family in Porto […]

Posted in Cycling, Daylong Challenge South America, Journal, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Day 8: Intense day of hill climbing

The sun really did have it in for us today. Aside from a foggy and cloudy morning, it tried to fry us during midday and the afternoon, and then as it went down in the evening and our route turned to the west, it tried to blind us! The intense heat – something that we […]

Posted in Cycling, Daylong Challenge South America, Journal, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Day 7: Daylong Challenge South America – a slightly shorter day…

Yesterday, Day 7, was meant to be a short day on the route of the Daylong Challenge South America: Only 91km in total from Ponta Grossa to Irati. After saying goodbye to Manuel and Monica in the morning and leaving Ponta Grossa, we managed it and managed it well: getting to Irati a good hour […]

Posted in Cycling, Daylong Challenge South America, Journal | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Daylong Challenge South America: A week of steady progress

A summary of Daylong Challenge South America cycle tour after one week of cycling: Number of days: 7 Total distance covered: 621.9km Total distance left to ride: 3051km Total metres climbed: 8362 Hottest day: Day 1: Sao Paulo to Sorocaba (35C) Suncream used: Daylong Extreme 50+ Any sunburn? No! Number of different towns stayed in: 6 […]

Posted in Cycling, Daylong Challenge South America, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Day 6: Report from the road!

No internet last night, but thanks to David for being able to take our calls in the middle of the night with the progress! So following that, here is the belated report from Day 6  of the journey, on 6th October… Jaguariaíva (the name of which I still have great difficulty in pronouncing) was more […]

Posted in Cycling, Daylong Challenge South America, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Day 6: Jaguariaiva to Ponta Grossa – Daylong Challenge South America

Another great day on the Daylong Challenge South America! Severely reduced mobile phone and internet coverage now, so getting an update out is a little more challenging. Despite this we have been able to get an update on today’s progress. Question: How far have you travelled today? Ben: 123km from Jaguariaiva to Ponta Grossa. Q: […]

Posted in Daylong Challenge South America | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Day 4: And hills became mountains…

Our fourth day of the Daylong Challenge South America was ultimately enjoyable, though it was not without its frustrations and difficulties. We arrived in Jaguariaiva well after dark and it was nice coming down from the hills and seeing the lights of the place in front of us. On the previous day when we cycled […]

Posted in Cycling, Daylong Challenge South America, Journal, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Day 3: Hills and more hills

Leaving Itapetininga to cycle to Itapeva and we knew it would be a long day. 120km, along which the route planner showed that we would have plenty of hills. It wasn’t kidding. These were some of the longest hills we have ever cycled up and there were just so many of them. At least it […]

Posted in Cycling, Daylong Challenge South America, Journal, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Day 2 to Itapetininga…

I think we deserved to give ourselves a minor celebration with a pizza and a solitary ice-cold beer at the end of the day today! It was tough, but much better than our first day when we left São Paulo and was a good second day of the Daylong Challenge South America. We left our […]

Posted in Cycling, Daylong Challenge South America, Journal, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

No Comments Yet

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *