Photo Epic: Days 1 & 2 - Andes Pacifico 2020

Feb 20, 2020
by Dave Trumpore  



Day one and two of the Santa Cruz Andes Pacifico was all about the high altitude, sun, and dust of the rugged Chilean Andes spread over seven stages. With a total descent of nearly four thousand meters bikes were certainly beaten up and brake pads left burning hot.

Day one would be the Gates of Quempo and featured the highest start elevation of the race at over three thousand meters including some stages that had not been visited since the 2015 edition of the race. Day two, Cordon of the Spaniards (once used by the Spanish Conquistadors) would also send riders into a high altitude oxygen debt as they tackled three stages with 500-800m of descent each.

In a repeat of last year's battle, it would be Chilean Pedro Burns leading the charge with Frenchman and last year's runner up Romain Paulhan right behind. Newcomer Greg Callaghan was right there in third on day one but would relinquish that spot to Andes Pacifico veteran Iago Garay on day two. And of course behind them is a host of Chilean pinners.

Florencia Espiniera would dominate the women's race as expected. Fellow Chilean Paz Gallo would hold down second with American Kim Hardin in third. Sadly Alex Pavon, who had started the first day running in second, would be forced to pull out of the race with a wrist injury.

Back at camp, the beers were flowing, ample wine was poured, and after racers cooled off in the river another massive spread of delicious food ensured that everyone went to bed happy and with a full stomach.

With three days left to go on entirely new terrain that has never been raced before, the race to the Pacific Ocean is definitely just getting started.

Raw and Rugged. Welcome to the Andes Pacifico
Raw and Rugged. Welcome to the Andes Pacifico

What a landscape
What a landscape

It s always dry here but a winter drought has made things even worse.
It's always dry here, but a winter drought has made things even worse.

The sanat Cruz boys are back once again and after two days Raomain and Iago are sitting 2nd and 3rd
The Santa Cruz boys are back once again, and after two days Romain and Iago are sitting 2nd and 3rd

Stage 1 off to a beautiful start
Stage one off to a beautiful start

Florencia Espineira crushing the women s race once again
Florencia Espineira crushing the women's race once again

Tiny rider in a big landscape
Tiny rider in a big landscape

Nico Prudencio is another local favorite who could do well this week
Nico Prudencio is another local favorite who could do well this week

Those views though
Those views though

Natural trails as far as you can see
Natural trails as far as you can see

Paz Gallo sits 2nd in the women s race
Paz Gallo sits 2nd in the women's race

Nick Hardin ins Holding it down in Masters men despite fighting some stomach flu on day 2
Nick Hardin is holding it down in Masters men despite fighting stomach flu on day two

Fernando Riquelme Smashing it into the top 5
Fernando Riquelme smashing it into the top five

Pablo Hobon of Chile is racing his first Andes Pacifico
Pablo Hobon of Chile is racing his first Andes Pacifico

After a day of dust riders finished by splashing through the river
After a day of dust, riders finished by splashing through the river

Pedro burns washing of the dust on stage 4
Pedro Burns washing off the dust on stage four

Day 2 was super fast with some of the longest stages of the week
Day two was super fast with some of the longest stages of the week

Grip is a challenge on more ways than one
Grip is a challenge in more ways than one

Chilean Dust is the opposite of the Irish Dust Greg Callaghan has at home right now
Chilean Dust is the opposite of the Irish Dust Greg Callaghan has at home right now

Find the riders
Find the riders

Not Wet
Not wet

Flo Espineira on the first stage of day 2
Flo Espineira on the first stage of day two

Filepe Caldeira through the bottom of stage 6
Filipe Caldeira through the bottom of stage six

Loose Dod doing loose things
Loose Dog doing loose things

Last year s runner up Ramoain Paulette in the same spot this year after day 2
Last year's runner up Romain Paulhan in the same spot this year after day two

Pedro Burns on stage 4
Pedro Burns on stage five

Chilean Enduro Champ Jorge Jorge Verdugo has been hovering around 5th or 6th through the first two days.
Chilean Enduro champ Jorge Verdugo has been hovering around 5th or 6th through the first two days.

Greg Callaghan was running third on day 1 but would slip back on day 2
Greg Callaghan was running third on day one but would slip back on day two

Every day is hard and Andes Pacifico
Every day is hard at the Andes Pacifico

4k meters u and there are snacks. Andes Pacifico always makes sure riders are well fed
4k meters up and there are snacks. Andes Pacifico always makes sure riders are well fed

Nico Prudencio and Pedro Burns fueling up on day 2
Nico Prudencio and Pedro Burns fueling up on day two

Kim Hardin sits third despite a big crash on stage 2
Kim Hardin sits third despite a big crash on stage two

Iago Garay making a splash into 3rd on day 2
Iago Garay making a splash into 3rd on day two

Unfortunately Alex Pavon is out with an injured wrist. her enthusiasm and sense of humor will be missed
Unfortunately Alex Pavon is out with an injured wrist. Her enthusiasm and sense of humor will be missed

with temps in the 30 s and no shade in sight all day long the river swims back at camp are a life saver
With temps in the '30s and no shade in sight all day long, the river swims back at camp are a life saver

The body system here means you always have each other s back
The buddy system here means you always have each other's back

Pedro Burns chilling in a Chilean river
Pedro Burns chilling in a Chilean river

Two down... Four to go
Two down... Four to go

Mechanics working support for the racers have their hands full at the end of each day.

And they will always be the last ones to bed each night
And they will always be the last ones to bed each night



40 Comments

  • 45 1
 This always looks epic.
  • 23 0
 Maybe should be a paralel EWS multistagedays championship
  • 21 0
 It would be cool to have a longer multi day EWS round in the alps/andes/rockies/BC mountains or something, like a mtb version of a grand tour in cycling
  • 10 0
 This race always looks like so much fun. How approachable is it for your average rider? Obviously it's long days and a lot of miles, but assuming you're in shape for that and used to Enduro racing, is ita reasonable race to want to do??
  • 12 0
 Im a local rider from Chile, and i can tell you that its suitable for anyone willing to put the effort, you just need to go on your own pace. Just be ready the antigrip here is real, as the title says its dry as a bone, and its super rocky.
  • 8 0
 Im a decent rider from Kentucky and completed this race a couple of years ago. Physically it wasn't terrible, but riding on the dirt there is pretty hard. Some of the guys from Colorado adapted pretty well who were accustomed to dry and loose. The experience was great though, would recommend it to anyone who is a decent rider and OK with being outside of your comfort zone.
  • 3 0
 As an american you should look into the Trans-Cascadia
  • 3 0
 @carwash123: Thanks for the replies! I think I'm going to shoot for doing it next year. I'm from Utah and regularly bike CO, our dirt get's super dry and blown out like that mid summer as well, so I'm not super worried about it but know the tales of the anti-grip!
  • 3 0
 @islandforlife: Good call, already on my radar, but can't make it this year, maybe next!
  • 2 0
 I'm seriously considering entering next years. Being Aussie, I'm not too worried about dry and loose. What I am worried about is not dying of altitude sickness or being unable to operate without an oxygen tank. I have literally nowhere to prepare near here that is higher than 800m above sea level.
  • 1 0
 @islandforlife: Thx, TIL about it. Note to others, registration for this in a couple days. Looks epic. Wonder if there are multi-day races like this in Southeast US... need to look.
  • 1 0
 @deadflat: Abajo Enduro comes to mind. Not this prolonged, but 2 days at high altitude.
  • 10 0
 Andes Roostifico
  • 6 0
 Imagine a freeride competition rampage style in those mountains, would be amazing.
  • 4 0
 It exists as non competitive event, its called "Parvazo", a freeride route named after the mountain peak Parva. Come to Chile and give a try to our dusty mountains Big Grin
  • 6 0
 Gorgeous photos Need that Santa Cruz Bowie hat in my life
  • 4 0
 "The buddy system here means you always have each other's back"-- Funny thing about my back is... XD
  • 5 0
 Gawdang Dave you are good at clicking that shutter.
  • 3 0
 Is there anywhere that we could follow the results? The Andes Pacifico website doesn't seem to be posting them this year.
  • 1 0
 Thanks for the good Vibes to the Mechanics, i am the one on the last Photo. And being a Stage Race Mechanic its demanding and at the same a huge commitment we do with a huge smile for our riders.
  • 3 0
 That "Grip is a challenge in more ways than one" pic... RIP shin...
  • 4 1
 Awesome photos
  • 2 0
 just one word epic. we have plenty of those trail here.
  • 1 1
 So that's how pros regenerate after gruelling stages and prepare for more of the same - drink lots of alcohol - wow how about that!
  • 8 7
 Wow, climate change really fucked that place up. I remember when it was such a nice green Gondwana land.
  • 5 1
 When was this? When were the Andes green ...
  • 3 0
 @davetrumpore: Well Gondwana land was 500 - 180 million years ago...
  • 2 0
 @davetrumpore: Awesome shots btw.
  • 1 0
 I'd like to know more about what you're mentioning
  • 1 0
 @davetrumpore: Why the weird aspect ratio? why 3x2?
  • 3 1
 It’s funny when climate change folk try to be factual or funny and just pull random shit from waaaaayyy out of nowhere. Bro, it’s happening, maybe we can’t do much about it, but it can’t hurt.
  • 1 0
 @davetrumpore: On the north they still are, and the riding is amazing.
  • 1 0
 Is Christopher Walken making another cameo-this time as someone’s wrench?
  • 1 0
 Look at the brake caliper in the last picture... Magura? Under the SRAM tent?
  • 2 0
 The great folks of the SRAM tent put in incredibly long hours through the night to keep us all rolling. Regardless of brand!
  • 1 0
 @Hastings: I have no doubt. Cheers to all the mechanics!
  • 2 0
 Nuts!
  • 1 0
 Healing Vibes for Alex Pavon-
  • 1 0
 thanks for giving props to the mechanics..respect.

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