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About San Juan

When you visit San Juan, you find that it is a combination of sensations. Climates, flavors and unforgettable landscapes.

The history of San Juan includes many transformations that have resulted in a province that combines a unique style and idiosyncrasy.

Let’s start at the beginning: On June 13 in 1562, the City of San Juan was founded by Juan Jufré in the Huarpe Valley of Tucuma.

In 1594, San Juan had its seat in what is now known as Concepción, a district located in the Capital. But at the end of 1593, a flood of the San Juan River swept the city, which was moved 25 blocks from its original location. The city began to grow again and more strongly into what we know today as the Province of San Juan, composed of 19 departments.

At the beginning of the 20th century, important works were carried out, such as the Cathedral, the Episcopal Palace and the Santo Domingo Church, the Government Palace, the Social Club and Casa España.

Currently, the city of San Juan has modern buildings such as the Bicentennial Theater that is the icon of the Cuyo Cultural Center.

Geography

Many things make San Juan a different, attractive and unique province. One of those things is its particular geography, which leaves us with mental pictures that will never go away.

San Juan is located in western Argentina and is part of the Cuyo Region. Its landscape offers snow peaks, mountains, rivers, valleys, and an open sky, which is the best way to light up all these.

Humans have transformed the landscape, making the mountainous relief coexist with flat and habitable landscapes. The province is guarded by three large mountainous structures: the Andes Mountain Range to the West, the Pre-Mountain Range, and The Sierras Pampeanas to the East.

The Andes Mountain Range is always present and extends, longitudinally, from north to south and to the west. In the center, next to the Mountain Range, is the Pre-Mountain Range, which goes along the province of San Juan.

San Juan has protected areas made up of more than 2 million hectares, including: San Guillermo National Park – San Guillermo Biosphere Reserve, Ischigualasto Provincial Park – Natural Heritage Site.

The Course

The course of GFNY San Juan will take the cyclists through the spectacular and diverse lands of the Argentine northwest. Both routes start in the center of the city.

The long course 96-mile (154 km), with a total ascent of 4,265 feet (almost 1300 m), will crown the winners, after two laps in the Ullum Valley, up to the Punta Negra dam, crossing the spectacular Interlagos route. The cyclists will pass from the plains and small hills to the mountains of San Juna. They will end in the center of the city at the same starting point.

The medium course of 57 miles (91 km) presents 2,200 feet (670 m) of total ascent, with a single return to the valley of Ullum, also crossing the incredible Interlagos route and enjoying the plains and hills of San Juan. This route is perfect for beginners and ends at the same starting point, the center of the city.

The Jersey: All riders receive the official GFNY San Juan jersey, which is mandatory attire for the race. The jersey is designed in NYC and made in Italy.

Finisher Medals: Every GFNY San Juan finisher receives a medal. All finishers also earn a “Finish” towards their 3x2019 GFNY medal or the 10x medal. Go to gfny.com/medals.html for more information on GFNY’s multi-finisher medals.

The Camp: You will have the unique opportunity to prepare for the race during our six-day camp that will take place from October 28 to November 02. The guided tours will vary from an easy 40k warm-up to acclimatize and get rid of the jet lag (if applicable) up to 80k through the Ischigualasto Provincial Park and the Pampa del Leoncito. On most days, you will have plenty of time to also explore all the places outside the bicycle. Stay tuned for more details and camp registration.

Long Route


Medium Route

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