To be able to know about and participate in these races comes thanks to the groups of cyclists I have met here in Mendoza and who have initiated me into the local cycling scene. This time it was the “Amigos de la bici” whose motto is “Querer es poder”- to want to is to be able to. I rode with them a few weeks back, via the invitation of the husband of a friend of ours. On that occasion the group honored me with the gift of a club jersey and welcomed me into their fold. Members of the club drove me to the race and back, fed me, etc. The generosity of the bikers here has been great.
On race day, I enjoyed the ideal combination of Argentine culture: a love for physical activity and the outdoors- in this case biking- followed by the undeniable pleasure of the asado, and topped off by the social ritual of drinking mate.