Started in 2013 with only 29 participants, Gran Fondo Fin del Mundo has grown into one of the most spectacular and challenging events in South America, now with over 500 cyclists racing to the top of the Andes on the Chile-Argentina boarder last weekend at the 8th edition.

Beginning near sea level, the 153 kilometers long gran fondo course with over 3200 meters of ascent finishes above the tree line at 2552m surrounded by glaciers, rugged peaks and stunning blue skies.

After finishing third at the GFNY World Championships in May, former pro Adrian Alvarado, who tested positive for Erythropoietin (EPO) in 2014 and was banned from the sport for two years, easily soloed to victory high in the Andes with a final time of 5:03:16.

Ricardo Pichetta (5:16:27) crossed the finish line in second place with Juan Pablo Alcalde Dominguez (5:20:32) third. Narrowly missing out the podium were Benjamin de Vicente (5:20:42) and Gonzalo Urrejola (5:20:51)

For the women Keyni Urbina earned the victory and Queen of the Andes title in 5:53:44. Just behind was Roma Sepulve(5:54:02) and Emma Shires (6:03:33).

Complete Gran Fondo Fin del Mundo results HERE.

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