Andes Pacifico Enduro Day Four: It's Not Over 'Till It's Over

Feb 16, 2015
by Dave Trumpore  
The fourth and final day of the Andes Pacifico Enduro would see riders leave the wine country of Santa Cruz and make their way to the rolling hillsides above Matanzas and the Pacific Ocean. In stark contrast to the rugged and steep Andes Mountains where the race started, the Chilean coastline is relatively flat so racers know the day would be more about burning legs rather than burning brake pads.

Coming into the day Fabien Barel held a 38 second lead over Nico Lau but knowing that Lau had taken back large amounts of time in any of the previous pedally stages, Fabian knew there was still no room for error. So while Fabien had to do his best to match Nico's power, it was Lau who knew he had to push himself physically to the absolute limit.

Of course there is always a bit of luck involved in a race as long and grueling as this, with crashed and mechanical inevitable at some point for everyone involved. Sadly for Fabien his time would come at the worst possible moment during stage 3 when course tape would become tangled in his brakes and drive train. The melted rubber in his rotor made the rear brake useless, sending him over the bars in a massive crash and he was unable to push any type of hard gear as the tape was also wrapped around the bottom half of his cassette.

Of course none of this was known to Nico Lau who had chosen to start the day about 30 minutes ahead of Fabien, and for all he knew the race was still his to chase down not defend. It wasn't until the two arrived at the beach and turned in their timing chips that Fabien would let his misfortune be known and informed NIco Lau that he was indeed the winner of the 2015 Andes Pacifico.

In the Women's race, Florencia Espineira was beyond dominant, winning every stage and beat many of the men in the process. Rachel Walker of the UK slowly adjusted from the mud of home to the anti-grip of Chile to take second, while rounding out the international podium was Sarah Rawley of the USA.

Of course rules are rules and before any type of celebration could begin one very important one had to be enforced. No Pisco No Disco was a resounding theme of the evening as one by one riders began to celebrate. Some eased their way in, some jumped in with both feet and others fell flat on their face as the sun began to set and the grill was fired up to serve a bbq and party of epic proportions.

A 6 30am wake up call and the Chiliean sun is already making good head way into the sky.
  A 6:30am wake up call and the Chiliean sun is already making good head way into the sky.

Riders woke at dawn once again to make one final push from the vineyards down to the Pacific Ocean
  Riders make one final push from the vineyards down to the Pacific Ocean.

Andes Pacifico Enduro 2015

For many riders there was really only one thing on their mind today. The celebration waiting for them at the finish line in Matanzas
  For many riders there was really only one thing on their mind today. The celebration waiting for them at the finish line in Matanzas

Andes Pacifico Enduro 2015

Andes Pacifico Enduro 2015

Sam Flannigan admitted to being in survival mode through the final day with his only real goal to hold onto his top 5 position. In the end he would prevail to take the final podium spot with his brother Joe in 6th.
  Sam Flannigan admitted to being in survival mode through the final day with his only real goal to hold onto his top 5 position. In the end he would prevail to take the final podium spot with his brother Joe in 6th.

Coming into the final few corners of stage 3 it was apparent that something was quite wrong with Fabien s bike as he was unable to push any type of big gear down the straightaways. As you can see here course tape wrapped up in his cassette and melted to his brakes was to blame.
  Coming into the final few corners of stage 3 it was apparent that something was quite wrong with Fabien's bike as he was unable to push any type of big gear down the straightaways. As you can see here course tape wrapped up in his cassette and melted to his brakes was to blame.

Fabien Barel lost a massive amount if time today when course tape became wrapped in his cassette and melted to his rotors on stage 3.
  Fabien Barel lost a massive amount if time today when course tape became wrapped in his cassette and melted to his rotors on stage 3.

even on the final day and with 4rth position almost a certainty Iago Garay was still lighting it up in every corner.
  Even on the final day and with 4rth position almost a certainty, Iago Garay was still lighting it up in every corner.

There was A LOT of pedally and high speed sections today. Seb Kemp demonstrates speed tuck method number one to conserve energy.
  There was A LOT of pedally and high speed sections today. Seb Kemp demonstrates speed tuck method number one to conserve energy.

Nate Hills would choose a more conventional option which may not have been as aero as Seb s but provided much better pedaling efficiency
  Nate Hills would choose a more conventional option which may not have been as aero as Seb's but provided much better pedaling efficiency.

Andes Pacifico Enduro 2015

In quite a contrast to the rugged alpine peaks of the first few days the final stages en rout to the ocean were filled with dense forest.
  In quite a contrast to the rugged alpine peaks of the first few days, the final stages en rout to the ocean were filled with dense forest.

Andes Pacifico Enduro 2015

Andes Pacifico Enduro 2015

Andes Pacifico Enduro 2015

With a 3rd place in the overall here Chris Johnston walks away with the result and piece of mind he came here for. A year ago his season was ended during the Andes Pacifico and today revenge sure tasted sweet.
  With a 3rd place in the overall here Chris Johnston walks away with the result and piece of mind he came here for. A year ago his season was ended during the Andes Pacifico, and today revenge sure tasted sweet.

Not one to give up Fabien Barel dug deep in each stage to try and claw back the massive time gap he lost in the first half of the day due to a mechanical.
  Not one to give up, Fabien Barel dug deep in each stage to try and claw back the massive time gap he lost in the first half of the day due to a mechanical.

Nico Lau decided to go off early in each stage in order to do his own thing and not worry about what the other fast guys were doing. Unaware of Fabien s mechanical he just kept pushing as hard as he could knowing he was the stronger rider in the pedally and physical sections
  Nico Lau decided to go off early in each stage in order to do his own thing and not worry about what the other fast guys were doing. Unaware of Fabien's mechanical he just kept pushing as hard as he could, knowing he was the stronger rider in the pedally and physical sections.

Andes Pacifico Enduro 2015

Andes Pacifico Enduro 2015

With the racing done and 3rd place all sealed up Sarah Rawly Rawley heads for la playa.
  With the racing done and 3rd place all sealed up, Sarah Rawly Rawley heads for la playa.

Usually it s surf boards stacked up along the beach in Matanzas but today the Andes Pacifico was in town.
  Usually it's surf boards stacked up along the beach in Matanzas, but today the Andes Pacifico was in town.

Rules are rules and they must be enforced. NO PISCO NO DISCO
  Rules are rules and they must be enforced. NO PISCO NO DISCO

Andes Pacifico Enduro 2015

Andes Pacifico Enduro 2015

A broken kneecap on day 2 sidelined NIco Prudencio so fellow racers were sure to give him the podium shower he surely would have earned had better fortune prevailed.
  A broken kneecap on day 2 sidelined NIco Prudencio so fellow racers were sure to give him the podium shower he surely would have earned had better fortune prevailed.

Andes Pacifico Enduro 2015

Florencia Espineira was a dominant forced in the women s race winning every stage and beating many of the men on her way to the top step of the podium.
  Florencia Espineira was a dominant forced in the women's race, winning every stage and beating many of the men on her way to the top step of the podium.

Women s Andes Pcifico Champion Florencia Espineira
  Women's Andes Pacifico Champion, Florencia Espineira.

Nico Lau had no idea that Fabien Barel had a mechanical early in the day and it wasn t until the two riders turned in their timing chips that Fabien broke the news and congratulated his fellow countryman on a victory hard earned.
  Nico Lau had no idea that Fabien Barel had a mechanical early in the day, and it wasn't until the two riders turned in their timing chips that Fabien broke the news and congratulated his fellow countryman on a victory hard earned.

Andes Pacifico Enduro 2015

As is tradition at Andes Pacifico the winner is marched through the crowd and thrown into the Pacific Ocean.
  As is tradition at Andes Pacifico, the winner is marched through the crowd and thrown into the Pacific Ocean.

Andes Pacifico Enduro 2015

Andes Pacifico Enduro 2015

Once again another day in Chile totally exceeds all expectations
  Once again, another day in Chile totally exceeds all expectations.

From the rocky and jagged peaks of the Andes Mountains all the way down to the soft sand and cool waves of the Pacific Ocean the 2015 Andes Pacifico Enduro was quite a ride that none involved will soon forget.
  From the rocky and jagged peaks of the Andes Mountains all the way down to the soft sand and cool waves of the Pacific Ocean, the 2015 Andes Pacifico Enduro was quite a ride that none involved will soon forget.

Thanks again Chile for playing host to yet another incredible event. We will be booking our flights back for the 2016 version tomorrow
  Thanks again Chile for playing host to yet another incredible event. At the end of the event my Garmin reads 9700 meters (just over 32,000 feet) of descending. About the same height an airplane flies and equivalent to about 30 runs down the average DH race track. We will be booking our flights back for the 2016 version tomorrow.

Day 4 Results


MENTIONS: @Montenbaik, @davetrump, @SamNeedham




45 Comments

  • + 82
 To clarify for those that want to make assumptions. The racer in front of Fabien went through the tape and left it accross the track in Fabien's way. I was at the finish when that racer felt so bad he even offered to give Fabien his brake pads so he wouldn't have to race the rest of the day on ruined ones. Fabien of course declined and admitted it was his own fault for making this mistake.
  • + 8
 Thanks for that info!
  • + 2
 Don't understand though why Fabian is taking off the Brake Caliper .. ? Back wheel out , Pads out , clean it up and put everything back in. Not nice when a race is decided like that :-(
  • + 11
 @davetrump way to cut that off before the rumors start! Great post, love the pictures.
  • + 5
 Good that you cut it Dave, I have never ever got why EWS organizers, onlineople, and some riders had those dumb accusations against Fabien in the past but... you of all must admit that this is still funny in terms of how ironic this is Big Grin
  • + 24
 speed tuck method number one looks incredibly painful...
  • + 2
 I've done something similar goofing around and it pretty much smashes your junk.
  • + 9
 you obviously have only mastered 1 kind of tuck.....
  • + 1
 @wuzupjosh I finally get that joke. Hehehe, that's funny.
  • + 11
 Fabien is such a modest dude! Much respect for his attitude toward Nico taking the win after four days of intense riding. Much respect!
  • + 6
 I would like to see more races and more coverage like this!
Thanks @davetrump for the stunning pictures!
  • + 4
 Great pics and write up guys. It's really interesting seeing almost identical shots from 2 different shooters processed differently and placed side by side!
  • + 5
 is it just me or is that blue/ orange nomad stunning?
  • + 2
 yup, saw it somewhere else with an off white balance thought it might have been a bronson/ nomad love child. pity, but if i do go with a santa cruz this year it'll be getting a custom paint job for sure!
  • + 1
 yeah, i agree. One of the nicest nomads i've seen for a while.
  • + 2
 He must have tried one of Eddie Masters idea in ‘The Spirit of Enduro' but failed!!!!
(It's a joke by the way)
  • + 1
 ‘He' meaning Fabien
  • + 1
 Great work @davetrump. Glad to see your expectations were exceeded. See you on 2016 at the Andes Pacífico and Nevados de Chillán EWS 2016.
  • + 3
 Everything about that race looks amazing!
  • + 3
 Nico Lau. Enough said.
  • + 1
 @davetrump - wonderful pix, mate! You def nailed the vibe... Me veery envious!
  • + 2
 excellent pictures, and the stack of bikes on the beach is porn
  • + 1
 looks like fabien ditched his new sponsored mitchelin tyres for that race
  • + 1
 there not sponserd by mitchelin
  • + 0
 Neither Michelin.
  • + 1
 im sure i read an article sayin g both him and JC were both running mitchelin
  • + 1
 Way to go Chapin! Solid race!
  • + 1
 @davetrump you're my hero, keep up the amazing work!
  • + 1
 All these pics scream neee - ownnng!
  • + 2
 tremenda carrera ctm!
  • + 1
 "Racing wasn't over. It's only over when you say it is, isn't it?"
  • + 0
 Mmmmmm how do the rules apply when a crayon bike can shap shift its travel ?
  • - 1
 I find it interesting Fab runs a magic mary in the front and still uses the alloy Fatbar. Guess that says something about his sponsors??
  • + 1
 Which elbow pads are fabien rocking?
  • + 15
 Fabien only wears pads to protect the stones!
  • + 2
 Either the 7iDP Covert/Index elbow.
  • + 1
 These shots are killer!
  • + 1
 Nice pics!
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