So you’ve heard that Jeff and I are going to race a co-ed duo in Brasil. I’ve mentioned it’s 6 days and 326 miles, but I haven’t mentioned much else. Better late than never… but I’m finally getting into the details. We are leaving on Wednesday.
First, here is the race website. I got all this info from here: http://brasilride.com.br/site/Home
I thought I’d break each stage down. I’m not really sure what I’m getting myself into. I expect it to be extremely hot and humid, to feel tired, to put up a fight, to have fun and enjoy the moment, and to never give up.
STAGE 1 – Prologue
The race starts in Mucuge, Bahia.
There wasn’t an elevation profile. This is the shortest stage of the race clocking in at 22km/13.67 miles. Elevation gain is still unknown. I imagine it’ll be more like a TT, and good for openers. I’m glad I’ve been racing cross, because that will help with this short, intense effort.
Distance: 139km/86.4 mi (eeek)
Elevation Gain: 11,063′
Distance: 85km/ 52.82 mi
Elevation Gain: 5,728′
Distance: 96km/59.65 mi
Elevation Gain: 5741′
Elevation Gain: 5629′
Distance: 50km/31 mi
Elevation Gain: 4,836′
Everyone will sleep in tents every night. We are provided with a black duffel bag to haul all of our race stuff for the week which will be driven from location to location. It’ll be fun to sleep in a tent – but it definitely will add extra challenges. No one gets the creature comforts of a hotel which I think makes the race more “organic.”
Where in Brazil are we going? It’s a big place! We will fly into Salvador, Bahia.
The UV index is high in Brazil since we are close to the equator. I packed my sunscreen. It’ll be weird and sweet coming back to what will be the Colorado winter all bronzed from the sunshine.
Tomorrow, I’ll post some photos I found of the area. It looks beautiful, and almost desert-like. I’m hoping to get in a ride or two before I leave. I still have to pack, wrap up some stuff with work, and take an exam tomorrow. I can’t believe I’m actually going to Brazil on Wednesday!