I’ve ventured to Tucson, Arizona 6 of the last 7 winters to get in some warm base miles, but this year I decided to mix things up. After racing the Trans Andes Stage Race, I ventured to Bariloche, Argentina where I would be basing for the next 6 weeks. I travelled with my friend DJ, another fellow cyclist, but while in Bariloche we both had slightly different objectives. For him, it was an opportunity to vacation in a new place and get in some good rides and adventures. For me, the trip was a bit more focused as I needed to continue training and preparing for the upcoming race season. 

Our small and quite village a bit outside Bariloche proper.

Our small and quite village a bit outside Bariloche proper.

It was a bit of gamble to head down to an area with little beta regarding the quality of riding. I reviewed several maps and it seemed like there were plenty of options for dirt road rides and a fair amount of singletrack. Strava’s heatmap tool is a great source for seeing common areas to ride in an area and was an incredible resource, but nothing is better than trail information from the locals, assuming they are willing to share their secrets. Over the course of 6 weeks, I hardly had to repeat a ride and left with still several rides I wanted to do. 

My early season consists of primarily long rides mixed with some intervals throughout the week. I like doing big road rides typically this time of year and having SRAM Eagle down there was a huge benefit as it allowed me to bust out the miles on the road, but also climb steep climbs on dirt the next day.

One of the few "bad" weather days. Notice the snow?

One of the few "bad" weather days. Notice the snow?

We had good weather for almost the entire duration of our stay, met great people and formed new friendships, ate plenty of carne and empanadas, and had a good time exploring a small part of the world on two wheels. Below are a collection of some of my favorite images from training and exploring around Bariloche.