Preview & Race Day 1 - Andes Pacifico 2018

Feb 14, 2018
by Dave Trumpore  



Andes Pacfico 2018

More than a race, Andes Pacífico is a project that evolves every year. The goal is to discover, develop, and refine a pristine network of trails that cross Chile from east to west, which means that each new edition of the event brings a selection of new tracks mixed with the best places discovered in previous years. There is definitely plenty for racers to discover in 2018, in what will be the 5th edition of the race.

• 5 days of enduro style stage racing
• 6 nights camping accommodation
• Full medical support and medical field tent by Paris Dakar support crew
• All catering and hydration: breakfast, lunch, arrival picnicking and gastronomic dinners

From the infamous #antigrip dust at high altitudes, through the green wine producing valleys of the central region, to the incredible views of the South Pacific coast, there is no lack of diversity of terrain and landscapes in this intense enduro week that will remain forever in every rider's memory.


32 degrees celsius at 5pm made for a hot evening of setup at the campsite.
32 degrees Celsius at 5 pm made for a hot evening of setup at the campsite.

Andes Pacfico 2018

Josh Bryceland is in Chile for the first time and about to race his first blind enduro adventure race.
Josh Bryceland is in Chile for the first time and about to race his first blind enduro/adventure race.

Andes Pacfico 2018

Previous Master s champs and Chilean racing legend Felipe Vasquez is sitting things out this year. A broken ankle may be keeping him off the bike but he still has two free hands for each day s afterparty.
Previous Masters' champ and Chilean racing legend Felipe Vasquez is sitting things out this year. A broken ankle may be keeping him off the bike, but he still has two free hands for each day's afterparty.

Iago Garay drew up custom top tube protectors that also double as a map of the five day trip from the Andes to the Pacific Ocean.
Iago Garay drew up custom top tube protectors that also double as a map of the five day trip from the Andes to the Pacific Ocean.

There are only a few rules here and of those there is one that is by far the most important.
There are only a few rules here, and of those there is one that is by far the most important.

It takes tents on tents on tents to house all of the racers and staff each night.
It takes tents on tents on tents to house all of the racers and staff each night.

Andes Pacfico 2018

Just read those stats and let the numbers sink in a bit... It s going to be a very long week.
Just read those stats and let the numbers sink in a bit... It's going to be a very long week.

Early mornings in the Andes.
Early mornings in the Andes.

Timing chips locked an loaded for a long week of racing here in Chile.
Timing chips locked and loaded for a long week of racing here in Chile.

No one wants to run into a spider that lives down a hole this big.
No one wants to run into a spider that lives down a hole this big either.

With temps in the 30 s throughout the day it was all about trying to stay hydrated.
With temps in the 30s throughout the day, it was all about trying to stay hydrated.

The liaison to Stage 1 was definitely not short on views.
The liaison to Stage 1 was definitely not short on views.

All alone in the mid-day heat.
All alone in the mid-day heat.

It s a dry one out there this year.
It's a dry one out there this year.

The 85 brave souls about to tackle the 5th edition of the Andes Pacifico.
The 85 brave souls about to tackle the 5th edition of the Andes Pacifico.

Krunk Shox drops into Stage 1 with the glacier of Cerro Plomo visible off in the distance.
Alex 'Krunk Shox' McGuinnis drops into Stage 1 with the glacier of Cerro Plomo visible off in the distance.

Martha Gill came over from the UK and sits second in the Women s rankings after day 1.
Martha Gill came over from the UK and sits second in the women's rankings after day 1.

Believe it or not there was actually some water on Stage 1 in the form of a single puddle.
Believe it or not, there was actually some water on Stage 1 in the form of a single puddle.

Jesse Melamed gets dwarfed by some massive cactus on Stage 2.
Jesse Melamed gets dwarfed by some massive cactus on Stage 2.

Mark Scott has been on the podium here in previous years and is once again right there in the running after day 1.
Mark Scott has been on the podium here in previous years, and is once again right there in the running after day 1.

Milciades Jaque finished 2nd here last year but he is going to have to turn things up a notch if he wants a repeat performance in 2018.
Milciades Jaque finished 2nd here last year, but he is going to have to turn things up a notch if he wants a repeat performance in 2018.

Local favorite Nico Prudencio suffered a front flat on Stage 1 and it will be nearly impossible for him to make up enough time to reach the podium.
Local favorite, Nico Prudencio suffered a front flat on Stage 1, and it will be nearly impossible for him to make up enough time to reach the podium.

The fresh fruit played out at every meal and every rest stop between stages in mouth watering.
The fresh fruit laid out at every meal and every rest stop between stages is mouthwatering.

Andes Pacfico 2018

Drink Water.
Drink Water.

Pedro Burns is getting it done for Chile after day 1. First place in the standings just ahed of Jesse Melamed.
Pedro Burns is getting it done for Chile after day 1. First place in the standings just ahead of Jesse Melamed.

Josh Bryclenad adapted to the conditions well on day one and is right in the mix at the front of the field.
Josh Bryceland adapted to the conditions well on day one and is right in the mix at the front of the field.

Allan Cooke tries to come to terms wit the Anti-Grip soils of the Andes.
Allan Cooke tries to come to terms with the anti-grip soil of the Andes.

Florencia Espineira has a huge lead in the women s race after day 1 and unless something catastrophic happens there won t be anyone with the speed to catch her.
Florencia Espineira has a huge lead in the women's race after day 1, and unless something catastrophic happens there won't be anyone with the speed to catch her.

Rene Wildhaber escaped the Swiss Winter and is hear racing his first Andes Pacifico.
Rene Wildhaber escaped the Swiss winter and is currently sitting 5th at his first Andes Pacifico.

Jesse Melamed tried his hand at racing blind for the first time here at Andes Pacifico and ended day 1 in second place.
Jesse Melamed is trying his hand at racing blind for the first time here at Andes Pacifico and ended day 1 in second place.

Cold swims in the river are an essential end of day activity in the scorching summer heat.
Cold swims in the river are an essential end of day activity in the scorching summer heat.

Ratboy and Mark Scott going for that oh so important first dunk into the chilly water.
Ratboy and Mark Scott going for that oh-so-important first dunk into the chilly water.

Golden light and Golden Beers close out an amazing day.
Golden light and golden beers close out an amazing day.

Pull up a seat and enjoy...
Pull up a seat and enjoy...

It s not just beer that is flowing freely here at Andes Pacifico. The wine bottles seem to be in endless supply as well.
It's not just beer and pisco that is flowing freely here at Andes Pacifico. The wine bottles seem to be in endless supply as well.

Riders listen in as the race directors give the race briefing for the following day. With everyone racing blind even a smallest amounts of intel can come in very handy on the trail.
Riders listen in as the race directors give the race briefing for the following day. With everyone racing blind, even the smallest amounts of intel can come in very handy on the trail.


Results - Day 1

Men
Andes Pacifico 2018 day one results


Women
Andes Pacifico Day 1 women s results 2018


With one day of racing in the books and four more to go anything could still happen as riders make their way down from the Andes and on to the Pacific Ocean. Be sure to check in every few days for more photos and updates from this incredible journey of a race.


89 Comments

  • + 67
 Bryceland!!!!! Yeah Jesse!!!
  • - 92
flag jaame (Feb 13, 2018 at 21:39) (Below Threshold)
 This is all the proof I need. Bryce got dropped by fox if I remember correctly, and he's using a new 36. He must have bought it so it must be the best fork!
  • + 44
 @jaame: Your logic needs more logic
  • + 20
 @jaame: you sure about that?? He's definitely not on Fox Head anymore for gear/clothing/protection as he signed with Royal several weeks back. I hadn't heard anything about being dropped by Fox Shox though. My guess is that he's still with them since I don't see anything SRAM on that bike.
  • - 23
flag jaame (Feb 14, 2018 at 1:48) (Below Threshold)
 @Trudeez: oh shit yeah. My mistake. It was fox head that he packed in with.
  • + 2
 Sitting patiently hoping that the Commonwealth PinkBike community drops an amazing cricket metaphor on this comment thread...
  • + 6
 @OriginalDonk: I'm trying to think of something but to be honest, I'm stumped.
  • + 4
 @GeeHad: I tried to think of something but all I hear are...
  • - 45
flag jaame (Feb 14, 2018 at 6:15) (Below Threshold)
 If people keep down voting me for honest mistakes I'm going to flipper my lid
  • + 8
 @jaame: best way to stop getting down voted is to stop posting dumb comments, even if they where mistakes.
  • + 6
 @jaame: Man, they rat-packed you, the bloodthirsty devils!
  • - 12
flag jaame (Feb 14, 2018 at 17:28) (Below Threshold)
 @Santamtnbiker: It's were not where. Your grammar is terrible and you got +8. My grammar is impeccable and I got -19. Jeez what's happening to the younger generation? I give up!
  • + 1
 @jaame: Do you need grammar while riding? But yes I probrably should pay more attention during English.
  • + 3
 @jaame: @jaame: Don't worry about it, most of the time they don't even know what button they're clicking. Its pretty hit and miss when your fingers are that fat
  • + 33
 the hardest part of this event is starting the race and then getting drunk AF and starting the next day again with a huge hangover, the most skilled guy in alcohol and hangovers is the winner for sure
  • + 1
 THIS.
  • + 5
 you can have a few beers and some wine without getting mortal. cant be easy sleeping in them little tents, id definitely want a few scoops to help me nod off...
  • + 27
 I wish Ratboy would do an EWS season. The guy barely races but when he does he nails it. Him and Sam would be a great face off for this year. Two of the soundest guys on two wheels. On any wheels really.
  • + 5
 Except the whole point of him stopping WC DH and making his own 50/01 program was that the structure of racing was killing the buzz for him. This way he gets to ride his bikes in the way he enjoys best (ie quite a lot of highly skilled farting about) and still earns a living from the industry. Personally I get more joy out of watching him really enjoy his riding than I ever did watching him racing.
  • + 1
 He most likely earns more not racing then he did racing with 50:01 vids and backers wanting his image rather then race results.
Living the dream
  • + 2
 @amrskipro: Man i agree with you. Personally y like racing because in some way you catch your best level riding bikes. But at the end all of us ride because of the sensations that we fell and all the fun that this sport gave us. Ratboy catch the highest level of riding and now is living the dream. I think is important to transmit that even you race or not we have to enjoy the sport in all his facets and push the limits every ride.

Cheers.
  • - 2
 @enduroFactory: I think it is highly unlikely that he is earning anything like what he was earning when he was the world cup champion. Endorsements only vs. The same endorsements, plus salary as a top level racer, plus win bonuses. I bet he is hundreds of thousands of pounds short of what he previously made.
  • + 1
 @amrskipro: I know that. I would like to see Ratboy in everything because he always creates such a buz. Just imagine though the buz created around the EWS if Cedric and Ratboy became the Santa Cruz EWS team.
  • + 1
 @enduroFactory: Probably not. Hes obviously not a materialistic guy and lives in a barge hes already paid for.
  • + 14
 That looks awesome. So by "blind", it means that you don't get any pre-ride on the stage before timed runs?
  • + 11
 That is the proper meaning of the term riding/racing blind
  • + 3
 Also means they don’t reveal the course in advance. At least that’s the approach that they take for Trans-Cascadia so far.
  • + 13
 it means they ride blindfolded. duh.
  • + 9
 Ratboy on a Hightower LT (not a Nomad). Excuse me, but I keep being interested if the pros ride the Enduro bikes of their brand or if they go one "lower" towards the trail/all mountaint category. Same with Rocky Mountain for example.

I "down-sized" from a Capra to a Yeti SB 5.5 (and maybe down-size the DH bike to a Nomad4 or a Transition Patrol).
  • + 2
 I think that you ride better on the bije you get to ride the most, and that makes you feel more confortable than picking "x" bike 'cause THAT one is the proper rig for this bla bla bla..if not on the HT LT he might be on a 5010..
  • + 2
 it was the enduro racers that asked for the HT LT in the first place .. demo'd one last year and its an awesome ride for sure
  • + 6
 High levels of skill need less travel to cover there mistakes.
  • + 3
 I agree.
It seems like the Nomad 4 and Slayer are for the home consumer :-)
  • + 12
 So impressing that Wildhaber is still up there.
  • + 6
 fast in his fourties :-) the swiss muscle
  • + 11
 That river water does look Chile
  • + 7
 I find it crazy the lack of coverage for Pedro Burns. The kid is like 19 years old, beating some huge names in the sport, and he only got one photo and tiny caption, where as the others had 2+ pics and way more attention drawn towards them. The f*cking subtitle before opening the article read: "Jesse Melamed, Josh Bryceland, Iago Garay - a crew of familiar faces are in Chile for the fifth edition of the Andes Pacifico." NO MENTION of Pedro........ I just find it weird
  • + 8
 pink bike hold the photo competition we have a new winner ( the horses and the climbing riders )
  • + 8
 Looks so fun!!!! Stoked on the Rat in 3rd
  • + 7
 The worst thing is living in Chile and not be in th race!!!!!!!!!
  • + 2
 La Visviri-Arica es la luz: 200km en 2 dias y empieza a los 3500, subes hasta los 4400 y al otro dia de 3500 hasta cero.
  • + 7
 Chile Chile Chilele!!! Dale...
  • + 8
 Bike Checks!
  • + 7
 Looks so awesome but 3560m elevation?!? I'd need an oxygen supply!
  • + 8
 Vote for Pedro!
  • + 4
 Who is carrying the Pro's water? Is there water available at every start and finish of a stage?
  • + 3
 Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ......a single puddle..... a ha ha ha ha ha ha.......yeah, I'm from Scotland, yeah, it's winter.....

#hundredsoffeckinpuddles
  • + 3
 #1bigpuddle
  • + 5
 Get 'em Krunk
  • + 3
 Actual standings...

hhttp://montenbaik.com/tiempos/2018/AP_2018/Day_1/index.html#MASTER_MEN
  • + 3
 wait his real name isn't Krunk Shox? Follow Cam Friday has been lying to me all these years.
  • + 1
 Alex is his racing nickname
  • + 2
 Anyone know if Allan Cooke is the ex BMX Allan Cooke? Saw an article in a mag that he had something to do with MTB now, but don't recall seeing anything about racing!
  • + 5
 Yes indeed... It's that Allan Cooke
  • + 2
 These photos...Once again top notch! Excited to see more and more Enduro racing this season!
  • + 1
 Maybe this year I'll go to the 2nd version of Visviri-Arica race: 200kms race cycling, 2 days, starts from 3500asl to 4400 and then to ZERO!
  • + 1
 The photo of Florencia Espineira is wonderful, but I wonder if the photographer understood the pun that he was shooting... ???
  • + 2
 South America its where its at!! Yeaaah!! Best tracks I rode in my whole life(..and Iam old )
  • + 2
 4th photo, third bike up in centre, is that a hardtail without a hydraulic seat post?

Andes pacifico on a hardtail, respect
  • + 1
 No, it`s a Bulls Wild cup full suspension bike
  • + 3
 Rat, Rat, Rat!!! Jesse too! Sick photos!
  • + 2
 Hell yeah this looks awesome! Look forward to seeing more and hearing how it all unfolds!
  • + 2
 Looks awesome man, what a way to prepare for the season.

Serious question though, do the racers drink beer afterwards?
  • + 4
 why not ? most of them are racing for fun and having a good time
  • + 2
 nah it's only for show
  • + 1
 @clemson: no beef just genuine question. Drinking affects performance, negatively. Dunno really just interested
  • + 2
 @howsyourdad: thats right but for most it is just an awesome time aka holiday ... riding bikes, new trails, good food and drinks with your mates ..... who cares if you are 25 th or 69 in the eanking
  • + 1
 @clemson: sponsors? The atheletes themselves ?
  • + 2
 @clemson: tbh id prefer 69th
  • + 1
 @jaycubzz: who doesn`t
  • + 2
 @laxguy: they do, kross beer is served everyday.. plus a a very high quality wine and a huge buffet
  • + 1
 @mae-fr: nah its just for show
  • + 1
 Just like the firsts enduro races wave,take it easy on your selfs and enjoy
  • + 2
 Where are the sick video recaps of each day from the last year?!
  • + 3
 Buenas ondas!
  • + 1
 if we get an article like this every day of the race im gonna be gutted when it finishes...!!
  • + 1
 where the hell is day 2??
  • + 2
 Easy fella... WiFi is non existent in rural campsites in the Andes, and right now I have a single bar of 3g to work with. That's not enough to transfer large data files that make up these reports (and let's not forget the 10 hour days on a bike that happen before a single photo gets edited or a word written). A recap of days 2 and 3 is all set to go and will hopefully be up tomorrow when we move to a camp near civilization again. Also expect a recap of days 4 and 5 the day after things wrap up (Sunday or Monday)
  • + 1
 @davetrumpore: keep up the good work and drink a beer or two .... nowadays everything has to be up right now :-) ....even from the end of the world
  • + 0
 Enduro racing at his best. Maybe there is a life for the pro racers outside the EWS...
  • + 1
 Sad that Lapeyrie had to cancel his participation
  • + 1
 Would I ever LOVE to do one of these....
  • + 1
 Is there any video coverage if this event?
  • + 1
 Where can we look up full results for this 2018 race?
  • + 29
 In the future.
  • + 8
 I like this PhillipJ guy. Seems like he's on to something.
  • + 4
 @OriginalDonk: he's from the future and he fathered his own grand father.
  • + 1
 Need info on all these bikes!

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