Days 2 & 3 - Andes Pacifico 2018

Feb 16, 2018
by Dave Trumpore  



After a mellow start to get everyone warmed up, the Ande-Grip Pa-Slipico turned things up a few notches on days two and three. Both days featured some massive transfers through the rugged Andes Mountains as racers made their way to the start of 8 timed stages. The total descent would be over 3000 meters on each day, and the temperatures soared into the low 30s. With shade even harder to find than traction, it was brutal.

For the women, there was no change in the running order as Florencia Espineira further extended her lead over Martha Gill. With these two so far ahead of the rest of the field, the only battle left is for third place.

In the men's race, Pedro Burns dropped from the top spot after Jesse Melamed and Mark Scott mounted a charge on day 2. Josh Brycelend had been running strong in 3rd until a mechanical and then a puncture on the week's 10th stage pushed him down the order.

The Andes are now in the rearview mirror, and they have left many a bike and body battered and bloody.

The race now heads towards the coast for the final two days of racing, but anything can still happen before the competitors reach the shores of the Pacific Ocean.

Hot and hazy to kick off Day 2.
Hot and hazy to kick off day 3.

Jesse Melamed has taken quite well to blind racing and sits ahead of the pack.
Jesse Melamed has taken quite well to blind racing and sits ahead of the pack.

Josh was sitting in 3rd until breaking a chain on one stage and flatting on another on Day 3.
Josh was sitting in 3rd until breaking a chain on one stage and flatting on another on day 3.

Even in the foothills of the Andes the trails are loose and rugged.
Even in the foothills of the Andes the trails are loose and rugged.

Rene Wildhaber rides the long ridgeline on Stage 10.
Rene Wildhaber rides the long ridgeline on stage 10.

After a disaster of a start Nicolas Prudencio now sits 12th.
After a disastrous start, Nicolas Prudencio now sits in 12th.

Last year s runner up Milciades Jaque now sits 4th.
Last year's runner-up Milciades Jaque currently sits in fourth place.

Florencia Espinheira looks unstoppable for the win in the women s race.
Florencia Espineira looks unstoppable for the win in the women's race.

Martha Gill is second in the women s race but still a long way back from the leader.
Martha Gill is second in the challenge for the ladies' title, but still a long way back from the leader.

This fuzzy little guy was hanging out on the side of the trail trying to get a view of the action.
This fuzzy little guy was hanging out on the side of the trail trying to get a view of the action.

Allan Cooke was on a good one until a puncture at the close of Day 2 would ruin his day.
Allan Cooke was on a good one until a puncture at the close of day 2 ruined his day.

Pedro Burns lost the lead on Day 2 and is now in a battle for 2nd with Mark Scott.
Pedro Burns lost the lead on day 2 and is now in a battle for 2nd with Mark Scott.

This trail has been used more than a few times and the native bushes are now starting to adapt.
This trail has been used more than a few times, and the native bushes are now starting to adapt.

Dropping into the Valley of Condors.
Dropping into the Valley of Condors.

Proof the race organizers bleed for enduro racing here in Chile.
Proof the race organizers bleed for enduro racing here in Chile.

Jon Cancelier had a big crash that resulted in a trip t the hospital for 15 stiches on Day 2. Not to be deterred he was right back at in the following day.
Jon Cancellier had a big crash that resulted in a trip to the hospital for 15 stitches on day 2. Not to be deterred he was right back at it the following day.

More than a few riders left their blood on the rocks of the Andes.
More than a few riders left their blood on the rocks of the Andes.

Mark Scott down the final meters on another 10 hour day.
Mark Scott down the final meters on another 10-hour day.

Locals out to see the race on Day 3.
Locals out to see the race on day 3.

Nico Prudencio was on a charge to make up for lost time earlier in the week.
Nico Prudencio was on a charge to make up for time lost earlier in the week.

The Rat having a nap in the sun.
The Rat having a nap in the sun.

The last two days have been massive with racers not finishing up until sunset at 8 30pm.
The last two days have been massive with racers not finishing until the sun sets at 8:30pm.

A hike up to 3500 meters was made just a bit easier for race staff thanks to the help of some locals and their mules.
A hike up to 3500 meters was made just a bit easier for race staff thanks to the help of some locals and their mules.


Big terrain and long liaisons were the theme of Day 3.
Big terrain and long liaisons were the themes of day 3.

Iago Garay speed tucks down the final stage of Day 2.
Iago Garay speed tucks down the final stage of day 2.

Rat Boy loving the big long stages in the Andes.
Rat Boy loving the big, long stages in the Andes.

As riders made the slow push to 3500 meters the big birds hovered above looking for signs of weakness.
As riders made the slow push to 3500 meters big birds hovered above looking for signs of weakness.

The 6960 meter summit of Aconcagua as seen from the start of Day 3.
The 6960-meter summit of Aconcagua as seen from the start of day 3.



Pedro Burns navigates the lose rocks on the final stage of Day 3.
Pedro Burns navigates the loose rocks on the final stage of day 3.

Rene Wildhaber rides out the final stretch of a massive transfer stage on Day 3.
Rene Wildhaber rides out the final stretch of a massive transfer stage on day 3.

Jesse Melamed has been pushing flat out here to open up a lead of just over one minute after 3 days of racing.
Jesse Melamed has been pushing flat out here to open up a lead of just over one minute after 3 days of racing.

Jon Cancelier finding the limit of the anti-grip on Day 2.
Jon Cancelier finding the limit of the anti-grip on day 2.

Big efforts from Mark Scott helped push him up to 2nd on Day 2 but some mistakes would see him drop back one spot on Day 3.
Big efforts from Mark Scott helped push him up to 2nd on day 2, but some mistakes would see him drop back one spot on day 3.

Krunk Shox was crushing rocks with his fist n the Andes.
Krunk Shox was crushing rocks with his fist in the Andes.

A motley crew at the bottom of Stage 7 to close out the 2nd day of racing.
A motley crew at the bottom of stage 7 to close out the 2nd day of racing.

Two more days until we reach la playa.
Two more days until we reach la playa.

Women's and Men's overall results after day 3:




46 Comments

  • 54 0
 More of this please ! Keep feeding me those beautiful images while in seating at my desk, waiting for the damp, cold, mud, rainy week-end to come.
  • 15 0
 I would love to see a bike check or at least a tire check to see who is riding what for these sorts of conditions.
  • 13 2
 Thanks Dave for great images !! can only think what these camera men go through with all the extra weight and effort ! up's to Gary Perkin as well !!
  • 1 1
 Don't feel "too bad" for them. Most of them ride COUGHebikesCOUGH. Did I say that out loud?
  • 4 0
 @Boardlife69: no one on ebikes here... Go get your silly cough checked out
  • 1 0
 @Boardlife69: Most of the transfers here are to steep/loose to ride even with an ebike.. So would be a pain in the ass to carry that for 3-4 hours like on day 3..
  • 6 0
 Jeff Beeston is rocking in Masters Men!! What a Guy!! 1st blind race and on 1st place up to day 4 of racing!!
  • 4 0
 It's crazy to have a lead of just 1 minute over three days of racing. I can be 1 minute off the lead of a single strava segment. Tough top group, keep it up Jesse!
  • 5 0
 On Yer Self Mark Scott.!!!
  • 2 0
 The flying Scott!
  • 4 0
 I see Jesse is running the new Smith D3. Why take a helmet sponsor if they don't make the helmet you need?!
  • 6 3
 Because they also make goggles, sunglasses, and open face helmets
  • 4 0
 stoked for jesse and martha
  • 4 1
 Serena vs Maria?

Why are you not stoked for Florencia?
  • 1 0
 @harrybrottman: because I know jesse and martha, have ridden with both of them multiple times whist they stayed with me in Nelson, nz
  • 3 0
 Ratboy not as daft as he look's with his jersey inside out while he has a nana nap
  • 4 0
 Too bad he snapped his chain and had his mech destroy his wheel! He was running in 3rd - now he's out of contention.
  • 3 0
 thank you Dave!! almost like being there! (im hating my guts) ;-)
  • 4 1
 So...only pros were racing? Where's the weekend warrior pics?!
  • 8 0
 seems like all pics are from @davetrumpore so he is just trying to stay up in the front where all the pro action is happening...... there are around 80 people racing .. no chance to wait for all racers to finish a stage and then head back up to the front......
  • 1 0
 go to montenbaik.com
  • 14 1
 The days are amount 8-10 hours so not much time to hang about, and with no real start times or start order people are super spread out. Everyone kind of picks their crew, stays together and watched out for one another. I obviously stay with the front runners and try to cover others as I see them, but definitely can't linger about at an event like this.
  • 1 0
 @JaumeV18: thankx ... i m following both
  • 1 0
 So, do the racers uplift on mules as well or just the bikes? As I’ve come to expect, more first rate event coverage by @davetrumpore!
  • 4 1
 Epic pictures!
  • 3 1
 Great pics as usual, good luck in the final Dave
  • 2 0
 Need some Cedric Gracia helmet cam in my life.
  • 2 0
 Damn, that looks like an amazing experience.
  • 2 0
 astonishing images the tip of South America is a beautiful place
  • 3 1
 Where's the masters results??? We want more Beeston!!!!
  • 3 0
 The peak of male physique!
  • 2 0
 JC, tough as nails!
  • 4 2
 VIVA CHILE MIERDAAAA!!!
  • 2 3
 I thought RM had a recent recall for the rear brake line routed under the BB, correct? Looks like Melamed's frame has that design. Right?
  • 7 0
 It was a voluntary recall. All you have to do is tie the cables under the bb together so they stay in place.
  • 2 3
 Esa es mi tierra Mierda, se ven cansados los cabros. That is my beautiful land Aconcagua, this is real mountain bike endurance...
  • 2 0
 Vote for Pedro!!
  • 1 0
 Nice pics. Big hills down there.
  • 2 1
 POD party right here!!!
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