PRESS RELEASE: Santa Cruz Andes Pacifico
We do not know our limits until we begin to challenge them. To challenge them is to play with the impossible. It involves passion, courage, persistence. It involves dreaming and trying to really articulate who you are and discover what you are capable of. And then you will challenge yourself, again and again, seeking to go one step further.
If Enduro is your thing, surely at some point in your life you will feel the call of a unique challenge which takes place on spectacular terrain for mountain biking. The call of the Santa Cruz Andes Pacifico. In less than three months, from February 17 to 23, this Enduro race will be held for the seventh consecutive year. A competition that in five days takes some of the best riders in the world to travel Chile from the mountains to the sea.
This year there will be important changes, with new routes and other surprises. We do not want to reveal all the details yet but we do share some clues from Ignacio “Nacho" Barbosa, race organizer and the man behind it all.
Do not miss one of the best enduro weeks of your life. Registration is still open and there are only 100 places in total. www.andespacificoenduro.comFrom the mountains to the sea: What is the Santa Cruz Andes Pacifico?
Santa Cruz Andes Pacifico is a blind enduro race, which lasts five days with liaisons and stages that cross the entire Chilean geography. The trails are world-class, as are the riders that arrive every year. The mission is to discover Chile and challenge the infamous #antigrip, travelling through ancestral singletracks made by the pre-Columbian civilizations and the later cowboys from the Andes to the Pacific Ocean. It is a race that tests you both physically and mentally, it takes you out of the comfort zone, it challenges you.
Pedro Burns, the current champion and first Chilean to win Andes Pacifico, considers this competition one of his favorites and comments:
Just as it is hard, it is also wonderful: breathtaking landscapes, hidden trails, great people, everything seems to collude to give you strength in difficult times and motivate you to continue.
Part of the dynamic that makes this competition a unique experience is the community that is around the bike. All riders share in a nomadic campsite that advances from the mountain range to the sea. The tents, food and all the infrastructure is always ready for the arrival of the riders, who only have to worry about having a beer or taking a swim in the river.
Although it is not only sharing the passion for sport, but also enjoying the local cuisine. Travelling along with the riders, a team of professional chefs who prepare amazing dishes, fusing Chilean specialities with ingredients from around the globe. Each dish is accompanied by a premium wine or a cold craft beer. And at night there are those who do not miss the opportunity to smuggle a bottle of Pisco, the national drink which has already gained some fame among the riders. After all #NoPiscoNoDisco!
Andes Pacifico has a tremendous infrastructure to make it happens as it should, among them we highlight the medical support of the highest level that has accompanied this adventure since the beginning. They are doctors and other specialists who advance with riders along the route at specific points, with a full equipped medical tent and special rescue vehicles.
The challenge is big but not impossible. We are not going to lie to you, it is a tough race, but an average level rider who intends to challenge himself can do it. They are many kilometers, much anti grip, many hours on the bike. But the liaisons have extra time and are largely assisted by pickup trucks and lifts. The characteristic gravity approach of the race is maintained, but the great pressure is the one you put on yourself. Andes Pacifico is a race but also an experience that goes far beyond the competition.
Pepe Molina, a local rider from Chile who was encouraged last year to enter the race for the first time, invites all the riders to accept the challenge:
Join us in February 2020!
More information at www.andespacificoenduro.comAbout the organizer:
Montenbaik is responsible for introducing enduro races in South America and is recognized worldwide for being the organizer of three Enduro World Series in Chile (2014, 2016, 2018 ) and the Santa Cruz Andes Pacifico that had 6 editions every summer on the best trails of the region. In addition, Montenbaik received the award for the best enduro event for the 2014 Enduro World Series in Chillan, and was once again nominated with the 2018 Enduro World Series in Lo Barnechea, winning the 2018 Trail Of The Year award with the iconic Parvazo.