by the Colca Specialist
This mountainbiking raid took place in 2005 and it was a duel between two champions. Downhill champ vs Cross country champion.The participants were two notorious peruvian mountainbikers from Arequipa: Guillermo Rendón Cuadros, 3 times champion of the controversial event Kamikaze Nitro Downhill and Aldo Peña Altamirano , the 2004 national cross country champion. The dream team was called INKABIKERS.
The event was divided in two parts, and the first circuit started in Colca Valley, specifically in Sibayo village, located at 3880 meters above sea level . The arrival was in Costa Inka Camaná on the seashore of the Pacific Ocean, after three days of an incredible adventure. The circuit name was “From Heaven to the Ocean: the Collaguas Route”.
The locals of Sibayo village in the ancient times ,they use to do the Illakuy, a kind of trip in which they traveled from the mountains towards the Pacific Ocean. This trip was done by the preinca and inca people, and on the way, they bartered their products with people from lower places, trying to get what they didn´t have on the mountains. It had a religious purpose too.
The second circuit had as starting point the Condor Cross in the Colca Canyon. The cyclists visited Cabanaconde, Huambo, Lluta, Taya, Huanca and then they arrived to Yura in Arequipa. The trip was done behind the volcanoes Huallca-Huallca,Sabancaya, and Ampato . The circuit belongs to Ampato Corridor, which is a new touristic option and the landscapes are really impressive.
This event was a real success and it was filmed by Destinos TV Program and Pureq Runa which are well known TV programs specialized in tourism and adventure trips.
This raid was so successful that it had to be repeated 15 times on TV and the cyclists received emails and phone calls of people from Colca Canyon and Colca valley, who are residents in other parts of Peru, thanking them for showing not only their homeland ,but also their traditions and culture. It became successful because of the mix of sports and culture. The creator of this raid is Guillermo Rendón Cuadros who is actually an events promoter,tour guide and an active mountainbiker famous for his feats.
The event Kondor Man was done before in 2003 and 2004 and Guillermo Rendón was present in all of them pedaling along with Dante Paz Bustamante , Manuel Vera and Jose Linares which are well known cyclists in Arequipa.
We would like to thank Planet X Adventures for providing us the pictures. Kodak Time my friends!!!!!!
Aldo Peña (left) and Guillermo Rendón (right) the mountainbikers who took part in the odyssey called Kondor Man 2005.
Guillermo Rendón and the one in charge of the broom car Williams Medina giving the last check to Guillermos machine. The mountainbike Guillermo Rendón used is an hybrid that could be used for downhill purposes and uphill.
The cameran was incredible in this trip,he was put on the top of the van to film all the way down.
The writer of Peru Press magazine smiling for the camera.