Day two of the Andes Pacifico really showed how amazing the trails here are for racing enduro. With three liaison and three special stages the race was even harder than yesterday.
Riders were transported to 2,600m altitude where they began the longest special stage of the race with over 1,500 vertical meters and featured all kinds of landscapes and terrain. From the steppes to the wonderful mountain range forests mixed with cactus and rocks. Jerome Clementz has told us that he liked long stages and it showed as he took this stage by over 20 seconds followed by compatriot François Bailly-Maitre. In the women's race Anka Martin extends her leads with a time of 28:45.
The second special was characterized by being much more technical and having many loose curves giving a total of a little over 8 minutes. Here again the French Jerome Clementz won in:11 followed by Chris Johnston took second with a time of 8:31. In women Anka Martin again overcame her nearest competitor, Pauline Dieffenthaler .
The third stage came after a long liaison that ended with a hike that left sweat marks on dusty soil. This stage was a surprise to everyone because a type of very sandy soil turns the stage in some in some type of supercross track. In fact Paul Smail came down saying that the special test had almost all curves with his leg out as if on a motorcycle. Here again, Clementz demonstrated his mastery taking home the stage victory with a time of 7:13 and a margin of 20 seconds over Lars Sternberg who was being followed by the chopper taking a video for Smith Optics.
The Andes Pacifico day 2 ended again with Jerome Clementz on top followed by Nico Prudencio who is followed by François Bailly- Maitre and Chris Johnston. Women continue to be led by Anka Martin who is followed by Pauline Dieffenthaler .Day Two Results.
Pictures by: Gary Perkin, Sven Martin Dave, Trumpore and Claudio Olguin.
The results may be found on www.andespacificoenduro.com