Photo Report: Day 1 - Andes Pacifico Enduro 2019

Feb 20, 2019
by Dave Trumpore  



The sixth edition of the Santa Cruz Andes Pacifico kicked off high in that Andes Mountains looking down on the La Parva ski resort. Anyone who followed the EWS round held here last year might find the first few stages familiar, as they were all included in some form or another at the opening round just under a year ago.

Dropping in from the moonscape on La Parva riders were greeted by dust, more dust, and little to no traction whatsoever. The first stage would be the shortest with just 800m of descending, while the second stage, on the infamous Parvazo trail, would be the longest at 1200m. To close the day racers we're greeted by what race organizers described as a "festival of switchbacks". A steep and long and trail with loose switchback after loose switchback for 1000m that ended just across the river from the campsite, where cold beers and swims in the river closed out the first of five long days.

After one day of racing the top three men are separated by just one second with Chilean champ Pedro Burns leading out Kiwi, Wyn Masters and another Chilean, Nico Prudencio. For the women it is local favorite Florencia Espineira with a big lead followed by Great Britain's Laura Battista and France's Pauline Diefenthaler.

Tomorrow is an early start and another big day in the Andes with four stages and over 3500 meters of descending.

Early morning layers on the way to Stage 1.
Early morning layers on the way to Stage 1.

Early morning camp vibes
Early morning camp vibes

Time to ride some bikes in the Andes off Chile.
Time to ride some bikes in the Andes of Chile.

The Andes
The Andes

The size of thew terrain here is mind blowing.
The size of the terrain here is mind blowing.

The ever common hike a bike when high the mountains.
The ever common hike-a-bike when high the mountains.

The start on stage one was a drift fest down the scree field above La Parva.
The start on stage one was a drift fest down the scree field above La Parva.

Trying to find grip on the dirt in the Andes is a science few have mastered.
Trying to find grip on the dirt in the Andes is a science few have mastered.

Nico Prudencio cutting through the scree and now sitting in third.
Nico Prudencio cutting through the scree and now sitting in third.

The condors always keep an eye out for the weak and suffering.
The condors always keep an eye out for the weak and suffering.

Drink water or else...
Drink water or else...

luckily the cow gave way at the last moment or this could have gotten ugly.
Luckily the cow gave way at the last moment or this could have gotten ugly.

Josh Lewis tries to find some traction on Stage 1.
Josh Lewis tries to find some traction on Stage 1.

Pedro Burns cutting through the dust on Parvazo to take the race lead.
Pedro Burns cutting through the dust on Parvazo to take the race lead.

Race leader Perdro Burns sporting a new Red Bull Helmet as he makes his way to the top of Stage 3.
Race leader Perdro Burns sporting a new Red Bull Helmet as he makes his way to the top of Stage 3.

Florencia Espineira is in form control of the Women s race after day1.
Florencia Espineira is in form control of the women's race after day1.

Paula Jara- Bianchi on Stage 3
Paula Jara-Bianchi on Stage 3

The first two stages of the day started high up in those mountains seen in the background.
The first two stages of the day started high up in those mountains seen in the background.

Leigh Johnson drops into the festival of switchback on stage 3.
Leigh Johnson drops into the festival of switchback on stage 3.

Baking in the hot shade during lunch
Baking in the hot shade during lunch

That fresh fruit though.
That fresh fruit though.

Thomas Lapeyrie smashed his hand in the first stage of the day and was seen icing it down whenever possible.
Thomas Lapeyrie smashed his hand in the first stage of the day and was seen icing it down whenever possible.

It s like the moon on top of La Parva.
It's like the moon on top of La Parva.

Juan Hagn on Stage 1.
Juan Hagn on Stage 1.

Hopefully Thomas Lapeyrie s hand heals up so he can continue tomorrow. He was last seen heading to Santiago for X-rays
Hopefully Thomas Lapeyrie's hand heals up so he can continue tomorrow. He was last seen heading to Santiago for X-rays

Syd Shultz on Stage 2.
Syd Shultz on Stage 2.

Jero Burns shows that speed runs in the urns family.
Jero Burns shows that speed runs in the Burns family.

Remy Absalon is one of a large crew of riders from France here this week to get a little extra winter training in.
Remy Absalon is one of a large crew of riders from France here this week to get a little extra winter training in.


Mud tires cutting through the loose stuff.
Mud tires cutting through the loose stuff.

Francois Bailly-Maitre has won here before and is always comfortable sliding around on the dust.
Francois Bailly-Maitre has won here before and is always comfortable sliding around on the dust.

Iago Garay in the golden light
Iago Garay in the golden light

Wyn Masters was flying today and sits second sandwiched between a pair of Chileans.
Wyn Masters was flying today and sits second, sandwiched between a pair of Chileans.

Tom Grundy rides the one piece of trail on stage 3 that isn t a switchback.
Tom Grundy rides the one piece of trail on stage 3 that isn't a switchback.

Jerome Clementz out there for fun once again this week.
Jerome Clementz out there for fun once again this week.

Big views on Stage 2.
Big views on Stage 2.

Chilean Jose Molina on one of the many off camber switchbacks on stage 3.
Chilean, Jose Molina on one of the many off camber switchbacks on stage 3.

Nico Prudencio is happy to sit third just seconds out of the lead.
Nico Prudencio is happy to sit third just seconds out of the lead.

Sam Dale emerges from a cool down swim in the river next to camp.
Sam Dale emerges from a cool down swim in the river next to camp.

Time to straighten everything out and do it all over again tomorrow.
Time to straighten everything out and do it all over again tomorrow.

Last light on camp to close out the first day.
Last light on camp to close out the first day.

Current results


59 Comments

  • + 77
 Dave Dave Dave. Every year your photos get better( which is remarkable given their great quality already) .... and mine don’t!!( which isn’t) looking forward to seeing your work this year
  • + 26
 Love seeing Juan Hagn racing on a Fox Rhythm fork. Goes to show that budget components are way good too these days!
  • + 6
 That GRIP cartridge is awesome (it was/is fantastic as Marzocchi DBC CR, and was greatly improved with more metal)
  • + 3
 The GRIP damper is awesome. It does suck that it's only available as a heavier Marzocchi(which uses the Rhythm chassis) instead of the lighter Performance/Factory chassis. As far as a set and forget fork goes, it's performance is second to none.
  • + 2
 @Almazing: it is actually available in the lighter Fox 36 chassis, if you are buying OEM. That's what I have on my current bike.
  • + 1
 @neologisticzand: I meant to say aftermarket. I've had a 34 and currently have a 36 GRIP fork and I like it better than the FIT4 because I literally have to do nothing to it after it's been set up properly.
  • + 1
 @Almazing: I have a 36 grip on my Rallon OEM fit. Interested in how you have yours set up because I have been wishing for a FIT4 or grip 2 but perhaps I just need to get mine set up right?? Cheers
  • + 3
 @Finter22: I have it set between 20-23% sag and the compression knob set to the 12 o'clock position rather than full open. Rebound in the middle-ish-fast-ish side of things. Anywhere between 8-12 clicks from full open depending on where I ride. I have it on my hardtail at 140mm with no volume spacers. Also, I cleaned off excess grease in the negative side of the air spring. I saw that there was a lot of excess grease in forums and decided to open mine up to see. Lo and behold, there was a ton of excess grease. Makes a big difference in sensitivity when you don't have a bunch of grease in the negative chamber.
  • + 11
 Props to these guys. I have enough trouble with pre-race shits when i'm at a resort and have my own bathroom. I can't imagine being at altitude, in a tent, and having to use the facilities there and be any sort of race ready.
  • + 2
 I was thinking the exact same thing!
  • + 1
 i thhought I was the only one that is "a bit diffiult" in a way
  • + 2
 I hear ya, try digestive enzymes and a strict diet (basic foods) that matches your training diet. Don't throw anything weird into the mix that you don't normally eat and avoid free samples at food tables at races. That's my fix anyway.
  • + 2
 @map-guy: Mine is all nerves. Good news is that there are plenty of McDonald's around. I figure if its good enough for the guy who has his finger on the nuclear codes and runs the free-world, then it is good enough for me.
  • + 2
 @usedbikestuff: Haha totally! Plus if your body is used to McDonald's then McDonald's works!
  • + 5
 Nice shots!...... people from the northern hemisphere gets mad when they finally met our antigrip....so if I´m going to ride to your trails I´m gonna find some sticky terrain or maybe trails that looks like pavement???? as I´ve rode antigrip all my life??
Hope some day I can race andes-pacifico
  • + 5
 From Vancouver. Did the 2017 La Parva Enduro while on a trip down there and got A@@! handed to me. Lucky to survive....why are all these locals riding flat pedals and on giant tires???
  • + 1
 Yes it's sad that riders all over the N.H. don't seek the anti-grip when building trails, they just make berms all over the place. How I would love to compete on wide, fast and slippery trails like those...
  • + 1
 @dr-airtime: Flat pedals are good for slippery terrain where you may have to take out the foot real quick if it slides too much. The same with large tires.
  • + 2
 @dr-airtime: Because flats are funnyer when you are drifting haha, and the tires because of all the rocks...you cant ride without dh tires here
  • + 5
 The new race season kicks off, again, with top notch photos. Thank you so much!! Stoke level is up
  • + 5
 Epic reporting and photos as always Dave, and new tinder photo for right hand Sam ????
  • + 5
 those pics made me feel like I was right there...now that's what I'm talking about.
  • + 3
 This post has become one of the ones I look forward to each year now. It means enduro racing season is that much closer! Once again amazing pics, keep em coming!
  • + 5
 Bacán!
  • + 1
 whoops replied to wrong post - sorry!
  • + 1
 haha! buena weón!
  • + 2
 Is this just something we can sign up for next year or is it invite only? Or like 100 places and 10,000 people applying? It looks astonishingly good
  • + 3
 You can sign up, no invitations needed Smile just follow andes pacifico’s social media to have the right info ????????????
  • + 4
 Nice to see Jamis back in the mix.
  • + 4
 Looks EPIC
  • + 3
 Incredible images Dave !!
  • + 3
 These photos are amazing. Definitely make for good desktop backgrounds.
  • + 3
 What an awesome event! Also, Iago’s helmet is amazing!
  • + 4
 Looks amazing!
  • + 2
 is it allowed to race this thing without an carbon-bike and which is under 5k?
  • + 2
 Crossing fingers for Thomas Lapeyrie. Broke my wrist on the first day of the AP in 2017 - hope his news are better!
  • + 3
 Photos > video all day. Amazing stuff.
  • + 3
 Amazing photos!
  • + 1
 Wyn Masters is sandwiched between a pair of Chileans? I'm sure he's thrilled, but perhaps not the way he was hoping for...
  • + 1
 Was Sam Dale auditioning for an after shave ad?
  • + 1
 Is Richie Rude competing?
  • + 1
 Yeah Laura, its your Burfday, we gonna party like ...
  • + 1
 What.... was day 2 canceled?
  • + 1
 Check out the vid at GMBN; they all look so miserable.
  • + 1
 Looks hot, dry, sweaty, and dusty. Winter's not so bad.
  • + 4
 Well... in Chile is summer
  • + 1
 Looks like Wyn´s cyclocross training pays off
  • + 2
 great pics! thanks!
  • + 1
 Great photos!!! Great report!!! Thanks!
  • + 1
 Need day 2 report STAT!
  • + 1
 How about day 3. LOL! I'll tell you this.... Masters dropped to 5th.
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