Every year Gravity Bolivia organizes one of the premier international mountain biking races in Bolivia and the world: The Jacha Avalanche Race! This takes place in the beautiful village of Sorata, just 3 hours away from La Paz, and it is an extreme avalanche style race at high altitude with beautiful scenery you can only find in the Andes.
Sorata comes from the Aymara word “Shuru-Ahta” which means glowing peak, refering to the snow covered peaks of the Illampu Mountain at 6424m. This race is full of diversity, from giant skree slopes and alpine ridges to technical rock chutes and forested tracks, all in a gorgeous valley and through small communities where life maintains its traditional essence.
The Jacha Avalanche takes its name from the Aymara word “Jacha,” which means big, so this quite literally is the big race! And in the Andes, big means starting above 5000m and riding downhill over 2000m on each sweet, sweet trail. It’s easy to see why riders come from all over the world to race this 2-day epic. — and most come back for more as soon as they can. We have had racers from Canada, Brazil, Peru, USA, Germany, Australia and New Zealand all astounded at the trails and the fantastic race vibe. (Though we ride hard, we are more about having a good time than pushing people off the trail!)
We have 1- and 2-week options that build up to the competition and feature most of our favorite rides in Bolivia. With this package you can join other riders and see the diversity of the Bolivian landscapes and her amazing people. This is the event of the year for riders in Bolivia, and it is easy to see why!