Andes Pacifico Enduro: Days Two and Three - The Long Road to Wine Country

Feb 14, 2015
by Dave Trumpore  
Day two kicked off high in the Andes once again with three stages in the morning and three in the afternoon. The stages were very physical and Nico Lau used these to his advantage, putting considerable time into race leader Fabien Barel. Fabien was strongest on the long and tech stages that play into his strengths as a DH racer and at the close of the day he was able to come out ahead by just 15 seconds.

The race then moved 3 hours south to Chilean wine country, New Santa Cruz for Day 3, which saw racers criss-crossing vineyards throughout the day on their liaison stages. The biggest factor was the heat which would reach 47C (116F) at the peak of the day, and with no shuttles up to stages it was an exhausting affair.

The morning started with a 400m climb and a short tech stage before riders climbed over 1000m in the heat to reach the second and final stage of the day. The effort was worth it and riders where rewarded with one of the best descents of the week down the other side.

Fabien once again proved his technical skills are some of the best in the business and extended his lead once again to almost 40 seconds by days end. In the women's race Florencia Espineira has been no match for the competition an she carries a lead in excess of 10 minutes into the final day.

In the evening to celebrate the final day in the big mountains before heading to the coast, the race organizers surprised racers by organizing exclusive private tours of the three wineries used through the day to link up all of the stages.


As Day 2 started racer could see where the previous day s racing kicked off just below the glacier seen at the top left.
  As Day 2 started racer could see where the previous day's racing kicked off just below the glacier seen at the top left.

The Andes is pretty unique in the way that you can pretty much drive to the top of most mountains. But don t let the trucks make you think the racers had an easy time of it.
  The Andes are pretty unique in the way that you can pretty much drive to the top of most mountains. But don't let the trucks make you think the racers had an easy time of it.

Old mining roads provide access for shuttle vehicals to get riders close to the start of the day but once the roads end riders must pedal the last few kilometers to the start of each stage.
  Old mining roads provide access for shuttle vehicles to get riders close to the start of the day, but once the roads end riders must pedal the last few kilometers to the start of each stage.

Andes Pacifico Day 2 and 3.

The views on the liason stages aren t half bad
  The views on the liaison stages aren't half bad.

Saying one feels small against a backdrop of the Andes Mountains is an understatement
  Saying one feels small against a backdrop of the Andes Mountains is an understatement.

Day two stage one. Flat out dust filled fun to ease the racers into the day.
  Day two, stage one. Flat out, dust filled fun to ease the racers into the day.

Nate HIlls was in the running after Day 2 but would loose 10 minutes on the final stage of Day 3 due to a front flat
  Nate HIlls was in the running after Day 2 but would lose 10 minutes on the final stage of Day 3 due to a front flat.

Sam Flannigan has come to grips with the anti-grip and is now sitting in 5th overall
  Sam Flannigan has come to grips with the anti-grip and is now sitting in 5th overall.

Death to course cutters
  Death to course cutters.

Andes Pacifico Day 2 and 3.

Andes Pacifico Day 2 and 3.

Andes Pacifico Day 2 and 3.

Andes Pacifico Day 2 and 3.

Take time to hydrate and refuel through the day or face the consequences
  Take time to hydrate and refuel through the day or face the consequences.

Nico Prudencio raced half of Day 2 with a broken Knee cap but the pain was too much to carry on for a 3rd day. A real shame for the local rider who had a solid hold on 3rd place.
  Nico Prudencio raced half of Day 2 with a broken knee cap but the pain was too much to carry on for a 3rd day. A real shame for the local rider who had a solid hold on 3rd place.

After two days in the Andes the race moved South to the Coastal Range for the rugged mountains of Chile s wine country
  After two days in the Andes the race moved south to the Coastal Range for the rugged mountains of Chile's wine country.

Andes Pacifico Day 2 and 3.

Sometimes a little extra hourse power is what you really need
  Sometimes a little extra horse power is what you really need.

FBIn Barel lost time to Nico Lau on Day two but was able to match his rivals pace once again on Day 3. With only a handful of seconds seperateing the two it is still anybody s race as we head into the final day.
  Fabien Barel lost time to Nico Lau on Day two but was able to match his rival's pace once again on Day 3. With only a handful of seconds separating the two it is still anybody's race as we head into the final day.

Local vinyards played host to racers between each stage on Day 3.
  Local vineyards played host to racers between each stage on Day 3.

Day 3 was HOT HOT HOT and riders took any water source along the route as an opportunity to cool off
  Day 3 was HOT HOT HOT and riders took any water source along the route as an opportunity to cool off.

Andes Pacifico Day 2 and 3.

Andes Pacifico Day 2 and 3.

Francois Damseaux the genuis behind the enduro-brolly .
  Francois Damseaux, the genuis behind the "enduro-brolly".

An extra set of legs may well have been just the ticket on today s 1000m climb in 47 degrees of hot Chiliean heat.
  An extra set of legs may well have been just the ticket on today's 1000m climb in 47 degrees of hot Chiliean heat.

With Nico Prudencio retiring due to a broken knee cap on Day 2 Chris Johnston has now moved up to occupy 3rd position
  With Nico Prudencio retiring due to a broken knee cap on Day 2, Chris Johnston has now moved up to occupy 3rd position.

tight narrow and twisty would best describe the start of day 3. A stark contrast to the exposed ridges of the Andes
  Tight narrow and twisty would best describe the start of day 3. A stark contrast to the exposed ridges of the Andes.

Andes Pacifico Day 2 and 3.

Andes Pacifico Day 2 and 3.

Andes Pacifico Day 2 and 3.

Florencia Espineira has been dominant in the Women s race all weel and hold a comanding lead going into the final day of the race.
  Florencia Espineira has been dominant in the women's race all week and holds a commanding lead going into the final day of the race.

After a 1000 meter climb and a spectacular 13 minute descent in record summer heat riders reached the close of Day 3 close to exhaustion.
  After a 1000 meter climb and a spectacular 13 minute descent in record summer heat, riders reached the close of Day 3 close to exhaustion.

After spending the day in 47c 116f heat many a cold beer were in order
  After spending the day in 47C / 116F heat, many a cold beer were in order.

Race organizers surprised racers at the close of Day 3 with exclusive and private tours of some of the region s finest wineries
  Race organizers surprised racers at the close of Day 3 with exclusive and private tours of some of the region's finest wineries.

No risk running out of Vino here. Under the glass table of the tasting room lies a cellar containing just a few thousand more bottles in reserve
  No risk running out of vino here. Under the glass table of the tasting room lies a cellar containing just a few thousand more bottles in reserve.

Team Lambrini. Tasting the finest of wines since 2015.
  Team Lambrini. Tasting the finest of wines since 2015.

Andes Pacifico Day 2 and 3.

Andes Pacifico Day 2 and 3.

summer evenings in Chilean wine country are absolutely beutiful
  The summer evenings in Chilean wine country are absolutely beautiful.

The sun sets over the Coastal Range that challanged riders on Day 3
  The sun sets over the Coastal Range that challenged riders on Day 3. Tomorrow will see 6 more stages raced with a finish at the beach on the Pacific Ocean.

Andes Pacifico 2015

Andes Pacifico 2015

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40 Comments

  • 13 1
 Awesome to see Chris Johnston (The Nomads) having a great race, after nursing an elbow injury all last season. He's back on track!
  • 4 0
 Wolsky also doing well, SC's warehouse manager (Chapin) fighting for top ten and their events manager (Cooke) sitting in the top half as well. Killer race for Santa Cruz!
  • 3 2
 47 degres! $700 bucks for a toll! Rich mans sport for sure!^^
  • 1 1
 those aint Canuck dollars bud
  • 2 0
 Sarcasm is truly lost these days...
  • 14 2
 Cannot imagine riding in 47 degree heat
  • 14 0
 don't worry, you live in canada. if you ever have 47 degree heat up there i'll be dead down here
  • 5 1
 you friend in Canada's got -47 deg celcius at the moment Wink hehehee
  • 2 1
 For us Americans, that's pretty nippy
  • 3 0
 Well, the forecast said 37 degrees. direcly under the sun might have reached 47 at some time.
  • 3 0
 @JoseBravo that forecast was good and all but every rider with a Garmin had a reading between 45c and 48c so I'll go with that as being more acurate than a forecast. At 8pm back at camp and in the evening shade it was still 34c.
  • 3 0
 Yeah man I agree with you, since the temperature that the forecast predict is "under the shadow" (I don't know how to properly say that in english)
  • 1 0
 You don't measure air temperature using a dark plastic device sitting in the sun. Nevertheless 37 degrees is pretty damn hot, anything over 35 and it's no longer fun. I have actually ridden in true 47 degree air temperature (check out Leonora, Western Australia, 9th January 2013) and it feels like you're slowly suffocating, getting very light headed and slightly disoriented within 10-15 minutes.
  • 6 0
 Pinkbike, please stop torment me with those pics, I can't stand looking at great bikes, great views (some say epic, but I hate the career this word made), outside my window I can see late winter views and my knees are screaming for medical treatment after (how stupid I was) I overworked them last season. I can't ride, just wait until pills and medical treatment bring relief and I will be able to ride again.
  • 9 1
 Another awesome set of photos. Dave @davetrump you have come up trumps again
  • 5 12
flag miketizzle (Feb 14, 2015 at 6:41) (Below Threshold)
 See what I did there Smile
  • 6 1
 Francois Damseaux, the genuis behind the "enduro-brolly". 33rd, Legend!
  • 4 1
 and if that's his bike (on the right side in the picture) that means he's riding a 26 inch bike ... sick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-)
  • 1 0
 now unrideable 26" stumpy evo, back when 26" was still en vogue a killer bike :-)
  • 1 0
 yes very very unridable since it's not a 29er
  • 5 0
 Seeeeeeeebbbbbo!
  • 2 0
 Mr Skid must have found a groove in the anti-grip.
  • 6 1
 Ya Seb Kemp !!!!
  • 4 0
 Does the "Enduro Brolly" come with a handlebar remote mount?
  • 3 1
 Call me crazy, but after a cold winter here in Montana i would love to ride regardless of 116 degrees!!! =-)
  • 2 0
 And it definitely beats being in an up armored HUMVEE in full battle rattle in a 100+ degrees
  • 4 1
 Nice set of picts!!
  • 3 0
 No kidding! The quality of the photography PB serves up daily is top-notch. That shot by Sam Needham of the rider in the forest with all the motion blur is brilliant.
  • 2 1
 116 F!! Thats dangerous screw riding in that
  • 1 0
 In a full face no less. Surely they didn't have to climb with them.
  • 1 0
 Gimme me some water, I'm dehydrated near the Chilean border...
  • 4 4
 They should make an endurospecific wine!
  • 8 5
 I've seen thousands of enduro specific whines but most of them taste like a really poor joke
  • 3 1
 touché
  • 2 1
 i really hope they don't
  • 2 2
 Fucks sake 'enduro-brolly'
  • 1 0
 Same idea, better execution.
instagram.com/p/zC16DIkIXE
  • 2 1
 Go the Flanagan brothers
  • 1 0
 Yo Chapin!





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