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