Annapurna Bike

PELAYO VIDA 2018 CHALLENGE

From 13 November 2018 to 01 December 2018

 

Five women who have suffered from breast cancer will experience the Himalayan adventure in its purest form in this fourth edition of the Pelayo Vida Challenge: they will cover more than 300 kilometres on mountain bikes through the Annapurna Valley, crowned by the tenth highest mountain on Earth (8,091 m). The fourth edition of the 2018 Pelayo Vida Annapurna Bike Challenge against cancer aims to spread the word about the benefits of cycling as a form of physical exercise at a great altitude (4,300 metres) in the deep Annapurna Valley, located in the Nepalese Himalayas.

 

HOW

The fourth edition of the 2018 Pelayo Vida Annapurna Bike Challenge against cancer aims to spread the word about the benefits of cycling as a form of physical exercise at a great altitude (4,300 metres) in the deep Annapurna Valley, located in the Nepalese Himalayas. Annapurna, which means “goddess of crops” or “goddess of abundance” in Sanskrit, is the setting for this new challenge.

WHY

Mountain biking almost 300 kilometres along the Annapurna Valley, the tenth highest mountain on Earth, located in the Nepalese Himalayas, is this year’s great challenge. Five brave women cancer survivors will cycle the distance between the towns of Tatopani and Lo Manthang, the capital of the forbidden Kingdom of Mustang, a place that was closed to foreigners until 1992.

The whole massif and surrounding areas are protected within a 7,629-square kilometre nature reserve known as the Annapurna Valley, the largest national park in Nepal. The conservation area features many hiking routes, including the Annapurna Circuit and its different ascent routes. The different peaks that make up the Annapurna massif are among the most dangerous mountains to climb on Earth, such as Nanga Parbat or K2.

Rather than an illness, I call it my opportunity to change my life and turn it into the perfect place where I want to live.

Begoña, 45, breast cancer

Born in Madrid and living in Las Rozas, Community of Madrid.
Responsible for a technology coaching service for the elderly.

At first, it was hard for me to accept it, but then I saw that the path was full of life lessons.

Cecilia, 45, breast cancer

Born in Zaragoza and currently living in Utebo, Zaragoza province.
Administrative officer.

Falling down, getting up, shaking off the scratches, smiling and saying to life: here I go again!

Silvia, 46, breast cancer

Born in Madrid and living in Valdemoro, Madrid.
Administrative officer.

I decided to face cancer head-on as a brave warrior, discovering the best version of myself. I have fallen many times, but I get up with a smile.

Lorena, 31, breast cancer

Born and living in Cartagena, Murcia region.
Nurse.

You are not what you achieve, but what you overcome.

Noelia, 40, breast cancer

Born in Sabadell and living in Les Fonts de Terrassa, Barcelona.
Insurance agent.

Miguel Silvestre

Head of the expedition

“My work and life go hand in hand. The bicycle has taken me around the world. I have participated in mountain bike races all over the world: Mongolia, South Africa, Morocco, New Zealand, Canada, United States, Chile …”

Miguel Silvestre Iniesta is one of the most popular voices in the Spanish cycling world. He is the founder of Retrocycle Cycle Club, which was established more than 10 years ago.

  • Woman of the Year 2018 Madrid Award
  • Best CSR campaign 2018 Finalist