My name is Alejandro Jiménez (but everybody calls me
Macu), I was
born in Madrid, in 1975, but I moved to Marbella (The
south of Spain)
when I was eight years old. I lived there for more
than eight years and
there was where I met Jordi at the age of 11 or 12. I
got my first"real" bike when I was seven years old and that fact
changed my life...
Jordi and I were not very close friends until I came
to California, six
months ago. We knew each other for almost 15 years,
but our friendship
has become stronger since I went to his Santa Cruz'
house, where I
started to know what really means BIKING...
I am going to ride with him during the trip for about
two months and
that makes me very excited, because I am going to be a
part of a dream,
the dream of a friend that is going to be in my heart
for all my life.
Hi, my name is Jean-Paul Cane. I met Jordi last Spring
through a mutual friend and within three weeks we had
done an overnight bike trip to Monterey together. Now,
I am lucky to have Jordi and his wife Ama as friends
here in Santa Cruz.
As a kid in L.A., I rode on practice rides with a
local racing team and participated in a youth program
at the Cal State Dominguez Hills velodrome and have
always dreamed of taking a long-distance ride. I guess
destiny has caught up with me.
My other passions include surfing, climbing,
back-country skiing, cooking and thinking up
hair-brained idea/adventures. This Spring I climbed
the Zodiac on El Capitan in Yosemite with two friends
and was lucky enough to witness the Huber brothers
break the El Cap speed record by climbing up the
Zodiac (and right past us) in an hour and 51 minutes.
I hope to join Jordi for the Andes section of the trip
perhaps staying in Patagonia to climb afterwards.
Hello! I was born in Madrid but have been living in
Santa Cruz, California for a few years now. I worked
as a corporate lawyer and economist in Spain, but soon
became tired of ironing shirts and wearing ties. So
I quit my job, came to California and started an
Besides being a business owner, I'm a freelance
writer and photographer specializing in mountain
biking and travel. I'm the US correspondent for El
Mundo de la Mountain Bike magazine.
Apart from mountain biking, I love hiking,
mountaineering and sailing. I've done a few major
outdoor adventures both on foot and with a bicycle and
I have sailed throughout the Americas for a year
aboard the Spanish four-masted schooner Juan Sebastián
I met Jordi in santa Cruz through a common friend and
became interested in his project. My goal is to help
Jordi carry out his dream journey and, hopefully, join
him for a few stages in the Andes, while gathering
materials for a magazine article.