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After receiving the news that Chile will host the first event of the Enduro World Series this 2014, curiosity was at an all time high as to where the race would actually be held.
After considering 5 different locations in 4000 km from the world's driest desert to the glaciers of Patagonia, we found the perfect place for the first race of the 2014 EWS. The place will be in the ski resort of Nevados de Chillan (www.nevadosdechillan.com) in the Bio Bio region, and the race will take place from April 18th to the 20th 2014.
Nevados de Chillan has more than five years of experience as a Bike Park, having hosted very good DH, XC and Enduro races, which has transformed it into one of the epicenters of Chilean Mountain Biking over the last few summers. The trails that will be used for the EWS race will mainly be old single tracks originally made by cowboys and hikers.
Nevados de Chillan has also debuted a new hotel with incredible views of the valley and the mountains this winter, which will have special rates for EWS competitors. The capacity of this hotel combined with existing hotels will board approximately 400 people.
6km away from Nevados de Chillan there is the little town call Las Trancas where there are other options like cabins, hostels and other hotels.
To get to Nevados de Chillan we recommend the following: Fly to Santiago de Chile (SCL)
1. Plane - Car: From Santiago de Chile take a plane to the city Concepcion (45min).
From Concepcion drive along Route 152 in an easterly direction towards Chillan (90min), then take the N55 route east along 80km up to Nevados de Chillan (60min).
2. Car: Driving from Santiago to Nevados de Chillan takes 5 hours. Take Route 5, heading south and drive 400km to Chillan, then take the N55 route east along 80km up to Nevados de Chillan (60min).
Enduro has a long history in Chile, with www.montenbaikenduro.com having run Enduro racing there for the last 5 years. To give you an idea of previous events, check out this video from the 2nd race of the 2013 series in La Dormida. We're looking forward to 2014 already!
Also check out what Matt Hunter thought of Nevados de Chillan when he visited earlier: