Photo Epic: Day 5 - Andes Pacifico 2020

Feb 24, 2020
by Dave Trumpore  



After five days tackling the infamous Chilean anti-grip, the 2020 Andes Pacifico has reached its conclusion on the shores of the Pacific Ocean.  The final day of racing saw three stages raced in the Coastal Mountain Range with a total descent of over 2000m. Once again the sun was blazing, the dust was flying, and with the cool waters of the Pacific within sight riders were extra motivated.

In similar fashion to last year, the two Chilean riders Pedro Burns and Florencia Espiñeira once again took the top spots after winning the final day as well as the four days prior. In the men's racing, Romain Paulhan settled for second position but unlike 2019 where he was withering a few seconds, he would be nearly two minutes off the pace of Burns. By the final stage, Iago Garay was able to secure a solid third-place finish beating out a charging Greg Callaghan for the final podium spot.

In the women's race, Florencia Espiñeira was unstoppable putting over seven minutes into 2nd place finisher, 16 year old Paz Gallo. the final podium spot was snatched up by Kim Harding, whose husband Nick manage to take top honors in the masters category.

After racers had used the ocean to clean their wounds and wash off the dust of the previous 5 days was only one thing left to do was to celebrate  And as always the Andes Pacifico afterparty went off in style with a huge BBQ at sunset, all the beer you could drink, a DJ, and what seemed like a never-ending stream of pisco and wine that lasted until the early hours of the next morning.

Bravo, Chile. We will see you again in 2021.





Getting above the inversion and into the sun on the final day
Getting above the inversion and into the sun on the final day

Early morning fog along Chile s coastal range greeted the first few riders on track
Early morning fog along Chile's coastal range greeted the first few riders on track

Pedro Burns through the dust loose rocks and cactus
Pedro Burns through the dust, loose rocks and cactus

Loose Dag sliding around in the dust
Loose Dog sliding around in the dust

Greg Callaghan made a late race surge but would have to settle for 4th
Greg Callaghan made a late surge but would have to settle for 4th

Nick Hardin took top honors in the masters race
Nick Hardin took top honors in the masters race

5th for Fernando Riquelme
5th for Fernando Riquelme

Paula Jara Bianchi would take 4th
Paula Jara Bianchi took 4th

At only 16 years of age Paz Gallo would take 2nd in the women s race
At only 16 years of age, Paz Gallo would take 2nd in the women's race

Still some big terrain out there even near the coast
Still some big terrain out there even near the coast

All the bushes here want two kill you
All the bushes here want two kill you

American racer Kim Hardin would come 3rd for the pro women
American racer Kim Hardin came 3rd for the pro women

3rd for Iago Garay who has raced every edition of the Andes Pacifico but until now had never been on the podium
3rd for Iago Garay who has raced every edition of the Andes Pacifico but until now had never been on the podium

Just a quick shuttle up to the top of the final stage and the race would soon be over
Just a quick shuttle up to the top of the final stage and the race would soon be over

The tailgate pad says it all
The tailgate pad says it all


The view from the final stage of the day.
The view from the final stage of the day.

Still nothing fluffy here. Not even at the coast
Still nothing fluffy here. Not even at the coast

Notice the hand position on this speed tuck and know that riders were going about 65 kph in this section
Notice the hand position on this speed tuck, and know that riders were going about 65 kph in this section

Romain Paulhan speed tucking his way to second for the second year in a row
Romain Paulhan speed tucking his way to second for the second year in a row

Florencia Espineira just meters away from the finsh line and the Pacific Ocean
Florencia Espineira just meters away from the finsh line and the Pacific Ocean

The finals corner of the final day for Pedro Burns
The finals corner of the final day for Pedro Burns


Florencia Espineira winning once again. This time by nearly 7 minutes
Florencia Espineira winning once again. This time by nearly 7 minutes

And we ve reached the Pacific
And we've reached the Pacific


Racers clean off in the ocean after 5 days of heat and dust
Racers clean off in the ocean after 5 days of heat and dust

Pedro burns makes it two on a row
Pedro Burns makes it two on a row

Rooms with an ocean view at the final campsite
Rooms with an ocean view at the final campsite

A fine night for a barbecue on the beach
A fine night for a barbecue on the beach

Can you smell the steaks cooking
Can you smell the steaks cooking?

The sun sets on the final day of the 2020 Andes Pacifico Enduro
The sun sets on the final day of the 2020 Andes Pacifico Enduro

Star gazing from the beach as the party carried on long in to the night
Star gazing from the beach as the party carried on long in to the night



18 Comments

  • 11 0
 Two comments:
- has Romain Paulhan some non disclosure agreement with the photographers? You're always hard pressed to find a pic of the guy in these events
- interesting how flat pedals seem to be more common on the podiums, top 5s and top 10s of these "trans" races. Maybe related on how pace is not as flat out as shorter formats and riders need to have a bigger safety margin on the blind courses?
  • 6 0
 I run flats here coz its sooooo lose and when going blind i think i can attack more on flats. And makes the offcamber-switchbaks-rockgardens a bitt more easy when not having to clip in..
  • 3 0
 Definitly...I always chance to flats in December here in central Chile, just cause it's so loose...
  • 1 0
 Flat pedals always was a good option for Enduro, since it was a blind race...
  • 10 0
 That tuck photo... 65kmh roadie style with no hands on the brakes! Bold strategy Cotton! Great photos.
  • 10 0
 Přemek Tejchman is the rider
  • 7 0
 Amazing photos but I don't need to see Dave's feet again!
  • 6 0
 Hardin's flying!! Congrats from the Hood!
  • 5 0
 Really enjoyed the pics. Dave Trumpore really is one of my fave MTB photographers. Top work!
  • 5 0
 Awesome photos! I feel the land, and the moment.
  • 4 1
 Or "Sin Dios Ni Ley"... Great pictures and covering. Amazing and epic adventure.
  • 4 0
 Nice job Nick and Kim! Way to represent the PNW!
  • 4 0
 Looks like a blast!
  • 1 0
 Surprised any EWS pro female not taking the start in this event... I guess is one of these trips to be pro and fully enjoy without pressure
  • 1 0
 photos are kinda lame!? overexposed/underexposed. flare,etc...
  • 1 0
 Have not been on PB much lately but I enjoyed the photo story very much!
  • 1 0
 Got SUV?
  • 1 0
 Great photos!!!

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