Focus on checkpoint 4 (CP4), Huaraz to Huancayo
Goodbye eyes and legs…This section of the Race is unforgettable as you will ride into the stunning beauty of the most spectacular peruvian National Parks: Huascaran, Huayhuash and Junin! The icing on the cake? Yanashalla pass, the highest pass of the race.
1. Yanashalla pass
The Yanashalla pass (black mountain in Quechua) is a stunning climb between the arid / “pampa” landscapes of its ascent and the beautiful valleys of its “massive” downhill. It is steep, spectacular and 100% on paved road! To tackle this climb, you’d better be prepared. The summit is at 4720 meters above sea level.
2. Huayhuash Cordillera
Before you reach the top of the Yanashalla pass, you will get one last view over the Southern part of the Huascaran National Park and experience breathtaking views on the Huayhuash cordillera. This mountain range, independent from the White Cordillera, consists of 38 vertiginous summits above 5000 meters. Once you reach the top of the Yanashalla pass, stay focus for a memorable downhill section from 4720 down to 2000 meters!
3. Junin National Park
You will need to climb back (again) to high altitude (4000m) to reach the Junin National Park before Huancayo city. Junin is famous for hosting the biggest lake of Peru: the Chinchaycocha (Lake Titicaca excluded as it is divided between Peru and Bolivia). This region of Peru is also famous for ornithology and its endemic species which can be seen close to the lake. Cover yourself up, it can get very cold at night!
The climbs of this race section are all at high altitude but with reasonable percentage. Equipment for cold temperatures is compulsory in this section as in Junin region, temperatures can easily get below 0°C at night.