Photo Epic: Days 3 & 4 - Andes Pacifico 2020

Feb 22, 2020
by Dave Trumpore  




With a focus on new stages and new regions for this year's Andes Pacifico, racers were treated to some never before ridden stages for both day three and four.

Day three, called Los Libertadores, started off on trails that were originally developed by dirt bikes and featured plenty of loose ruts and dusty bermed corners. Racers navigated through rock gardens and tried to avoid the sharp cacti that lined the sides of the trail. After lunch riders then went for a massive pedal up what was once a race stage in previous years to access an entirely new ridge not used in previous editions of the race. Fast and flowy was the name of the game as racers descended nearly two thousand meters spread over 15 kilometers.

A long drive to a new camp would have racers getting to bed quite late before day four which would offer up the highest elevations, the longest stages and a quick visit into Argentina. The first stage of the day, Los Leones, would straddle the border high in the Andes at nearly four thousand meters, and racers waiting to start actually lined up on the Argentinian side before dropping into Chile. At nearly 10 kilometers in length and with a vertical drop of 1,400 meters this would be the most physically demanding stage of the race. It was made even more special by the fact that all four of the stages had been built from scratch just for this race and had never been ridden by anyone other than the Andes Pacifico trail builders.

Of course, there was plenty of dust and sunshine, and when things settled down Pedro Burns and Florencia Espiñeira extended their already strong leads as the race heads into its final day. Behind them, the podium battles are still up for grabs with Romain Paulhan and Iago Garay quite close in the men's race and Kim Hardin and Paz Gallo almost too close to call in the women's.

The race will roll to the coast tomorrow for a well-deserved swim in the Pacific Ocean, but not before racers battle it out on another three long stages.


Dry as can be
Dry as can be

Mixed in with the dust is a whole lot of loose rock
Mixed in with the dust is a whole lot of loose rock


be mindful not to drift to wide in the dusty corners
Be mindful not to drift too wide in the dusty corners

Nothing trail side is soft here
Nothing trailside is soft here

Fernando Riquelme with his signature aggressive style on day 3
Fernando Riquelme with his signature aggressive style on day three

Big cactus... little rider
Big cactus... little rider

Florencia Espineira is miles ahead in the women s race
Florencia Espiñeira is miles ahead in the women's race

Chilean favorite Nico Prudencio on stage 8
Chilean favorite Nico Prudencio on stage eight

Greg Callaghan has slipped from podium position but still in the hunt
Greg Callaghan has slipped from podium position but is still on the hunt

Day 3 s stages were super fast and flowy many of which are normal ridden on dirt bikes.
Day three's stages were super fast and flowy, many of which are normally ridden on dirt bikes.

Pedro Burns is very much in command of the race with just one day to go
Pedro Burns is very much in command of the race with just one day to go

Josh Lewis dropping a foot and having fun in the slippery conditions
Josh Lewis dropping a foot and having fun in the slippery conditions

Jorge Verdugo smashing rocks rocks to start of day 3
Jorge Verdugo smashing rocks to start day three

Drifting about in the dust and loose rock
Drifting about in the dust and loose rocks

Day 3 was the longest and hottest of the week. Racers were definitely feeling the fatigue by the end
Day three was the longest and hottest of the week. Racers were definitely feeling the fatigue by the end

Feed zones done right
Feed zones done right

Special permission was given to ride some special trails for this years race
Special permission was given to ride some special trails for this year's race

Headed to the top
Headed to the top


Beautiful views into Argentina
Beautiful views into Argentina

a few months ago this trail didn t even exist. No riders can drop in from the border with Argentina and ride almost 10 kilometers down into Chile.
A few months ago this trail didn't even exist. No riders can drop in from the border with Argentina and ride almost 10 kilometers down into Chile.

Loose Dog visiting Argentina for the first time
Loose Dog visiting Argentina for the first time

How s that for a start gate
How's that for a start gate

Greg Callaghan skipped the long hike a bike and just flew in on his Red Bull wing suit
Greg Callaghan skipped the long hike a bike and just flew in on his Red Bull wing suit

Iago Garay loves the loose surface here in Chile and currently sits 3rd
Iago Garay loves the loose surface here in Chile and currently sits 3rd

A lone spectator on stage 13
A lone spectator on stage 13

Livin aint easy out here in the scorching sun
Livin ain't easy out here in the scorching sun

Romain Paulhan through some rare color in the Andes
Romain Paulhan through some rare color in the Andes

3 kilometers down and 7 to go on an amazing stage 12
Three kilometers down and seven to go on an amazing stage 12

Rock and roll
Rock and roll

Former masters winner Felipe Vasquez on track and providing neutral race support for SRAM this year.
Former masters winner Felipe Vasquez on track and providing neutral race support for SRAM this year.

Paz Gallo is in a close battle with Kim Harding for 2nd place with one day to go
Paz Gallo is in a close battle with Kim Hardin for 2nd place with one day to go

Pablo Hobon on stage 12
Pablo Hobon on stage 12

the anti-grip
The anti-grip

Serious dust requires a serious hose to clean things up
Serious dust requires a serious hose to clean things up

Romain Paulhan cooling off in the kid pool
Romain Paulhan cooling off in the kid pool

Another beautiful night for tent life
Another beautiful night for tent life



26 Comments

  • 16 1
 I have a question that's not specific to this event, but as Santa Cruz is a big sponsor, it made me think of it:

Anyone know why Santa Cruz doesn't really seem to care about EWS? They seem so committed to poaching/retaining the very best with the Syndicate, but generally don't have anyone in the top 20 at EWS races. There has been plenty of mobility on EWS teams lately. Anyone know why they haven't tried harder to reinforce theirs? Seems like being close to the top would be good publicity now that they've launched the Megatower.
  • 3 0
 hmmmmm that is a very valid question, unfortunately of which i dont have the answer, i look forward to seeing the answer from someone who does , anyone?
  • 9 0
 Mark Scott (Santa Cruz | SRAM Enduro Team) 9th in the overall in 2018? That's pretty good
  • 5 1
 Actually 8th overall in 2018
  • 2 0
 @noahol31: yeah, but with the intensity they stand in UCI DH, they could be putting the same preasure on EWS, this is a great question btw
  • 1 0
 @noahol31: I admit that I had forgotten that Scott had such good results prior to last year. Still, as their top rider he's had four Top 10 finishes in 4 years/26 races with the team and has never finished higher than 5th.

So Scott is obviously a really talented rider, but he's not someone you'd be expecting to be the lead rider on a team that's anything like the Syndicate where you have a Top 5 and multiple Top 10 riders every year. The DH team has more riders in the WC Top 20 most years than the EWS team has members.

Don't mean to criticize Scott/Garay as riders, but it seems that as some makers with active race teams have amped up their enduro presence, supposedly hyper competitive Santa Cruz has not.
  • 5 0
 Is there anywhere we can see the results table?
  • 12 0
 Results can be found here.
  • 4 1
 So proud of our Hood River, Oregon citizens. Nick Hardin, winner Masters Men Division and Kim Hardin, 3rd place Women’s Open Division. ???????? ????????
  • 6 2
 Trek slash with "old"geo winning
  • 1 0
 Pedro Burns winning... The rider counts I gess
  • 2 0
 Can't say I think the landscape over there is beautiful, but impressive, it sure is. Would love to ride those trails, but only with good support and enough water.
  • 2 0
 My nerves would be shot riding those trails. Loose rocks? I'm going to die. Cactus with lung puncturing needles? I'm going to die. Bigger rocks? Obviously there are rattle snakes under them. I'm going to die. Yup, I'd be a mess.
  • 1 0
 @rrolly: Sorry man... No rattle snakes here in Chile... Only some black widows can be dangerous.
  • 4 1
 This race is actually pretty scary !
  • 4 3
 That tent field looks horrific.
  • 1 0
 How come greg callaghan has dropped to the bottom of the reuslts?
  • 2 0
 He's 4th??!!
  • 2 2
 Oh man these photos are so sick
  • 4 6
 The photos make this look beautiful. Riding dirtbike trails in an area an area with loose substrate? Hard pass. I’ll enjoy the scenery.
  • 5 2
 Poor life choice... Those trails were amazing ;-)
  • 1 2
 Looks badass this race!!
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