"This is a dream race! A dream big enough to make even a professional cyclist,
with no swimming or running skills, venture into triathlon just to be part of it."
José Luis “Puma” Rodriguez.
Pan American Time Trial Champion
Pan American Road Cycling Champion
PATAGONMAN course runs point-to-point, or fjord to lake. It starts before sunrise in the Aysen Fjord, where the athletes must jump from a ferryboat into the icing cold water, to swim 3.8 kilometers toward Puerto Chacabuco where they can exit the water and find their bikes in the first transition area (T1). From there, they ride 180 kilometers into the windy, winding and hilly road of the famous Carretera Austral to Cerro Castillo, one of the most scenic postcards of Patagonia where they can leave their bikes in the second transition area (T2). From there, they run 42.2 kilometers of dirt trail and rubble road following the Ibanez River through forest, next to beautiful lakes and waterfalls all the way to the General Carrera Lake, another landmark of the region.
PATAGONMAN is an unforgettable journey through one of the most amazing natural setting of the world. The weather is 100% unpredictable but the price at the finish line is absolutely worth it. When crossing the finish line the athletes will receive not only a medal but also the biggest sense of accomplishment that a triathlete can feel.
Along the course you may expect to see: sea otter, sea lion, whale, dolphin, seal, fox, all type of cattle animals, condor, eagle, the very rare South Andean deer and even puma. This is the place where documentaries are filmed, so be sure to look around and forget about your aero position every once in a while. Mountain peaks will still have snow, while the valleys are green and the lakes are blue. Remember this is more about the journey than about the time it takes you to complete the race. This is the type of race where you find yourself like you really are. It is as much of a physical race as it is a spiritual ride.
This is a triathlon for the ones who have found their real love for the sport, for those who have endure in "full iron" or at least "half iron" distance triathlons. This is not an event for rookies, newcomers or freshmen in the sport. It will be tough and it will be beautiful but it will require self-discipline, determination, strength, courage, resilience, and an indomitable will.
At last, this race requires you to show up with a support person. You can bring more family and friends with you to join you at different parts of the race and at the finish line, but support will be just one. They will there with you and for you, so be sure you choose the right partner because you will work together as a team and that person you choose will back you up so you can reach the finish line in the best possible conditions!