Photo Epic: Race Preview - 2020 Andes Pacifico Enduro

Feb 18, 2020
by Dave Trumpore  



The 7th edition the of Santa Cruz Andes Pacifico begins this week, with over 100 racers making the journey to Chile to race from the challenging heights of the Andes to the beaches of the Pacific Ocean. In the past, racers only spent just a few days in the Andes before heading south and west to the coastal range but for the 2020 edition, the Andes will be featured for four of the five days with riders topping out at elevations that will leave even the most fit a bit deprived of precious oxygen. And while this may be the 7th running of the event, the last three days will be run on trails never before seen in any addition and will truly be blind for even the Andes Pacifico veterans.

The long and hot summer days have allowed the organizers to line up some truly massive days in the saddle with big liaison stages and even bigger timed stages. And, while the riders may not finish until nearly dark on a few of the days, they will be greeted by campsites that are often second to none. Complete with swimming holes, delicious local food, beer, and the amazing hospitality of Chilean culture that keeps many racers returning year after year.


Racing will once again be hotly contested as last years champions Pedro Burns and Florencia Espineira line up to go toe to toe with racers from all over the world. Also in attendance for the first time will be Greg Callaghan who will be racing in his new Devinci team colors for the first time, as well as last year's runner up from France, Romain Paulhan.

Racing kicks off shortly from the 2900 meter summit of Quempo, and will end in a few days' time, but not before racers descend nearly 12,000 meters spread throughout 18 timed stages over five very long days.

Then, of course, there is Saturday night's infamous and semi-official Stage 19 that takes place just after the podium presentation. As the saying goes, #NoPiscoNoDisco...

Hold on to your hats folks, and check back over the next few days for race updates and tech reports as the adventure unfolds.

Time to ride some bikes in the Andes off Chile.
Time to ride some bikes in the Andes of Chile.

This week is all about big mountains
This week is all about big mountains

Off trail excursions will be painful
Off trail excursions will be painful

It s hot out here and water is scarce.
It's hot out here and water is scarce.

Many riders arrived early and headed south to sample the terrain in Nevados de Chillan
Many riders arrived early and headed south to sample the terrain in Nevados de Chillan


Pablo Hobon riding csome classic lines in Nevados de Chill n the host of the EWS in 2014.
Pablo Hobon riding come classic lines in Chillan, the host of the EWS in 2014.

Local legend Felipe Vasquez has win the masters class here a few times but this year will be heading up a technical support staff for racers.
Local legend Felipe Vasquez has won the masters class here a few times, but this year will be heading up the technical support staff for racers.

Greg Callaghan fresh off the plane and shaking of the jet lag in time for a classic Santiago sunset
Greg Callaghan fresh off the plane and shaking of the jet lag in time for a classic Santiago sunset

The summer sunsets in Santiago are thing of beauty
The summer sunsets in Santiago are a thing of beauty

tent life for the next 6 nights
Tent life for the next six nights

Iago Garay and Greg Callaghan cooking off before the fist day of racing
Iago Garay and Greg Callaghan cooling off before the fist day of racing

How much chicken does it taker to feed a small army
How much chicken does it take to feed a small army?

Once again the food at Andes Pacifico is a treat. and this was just the appetizer.
Once again the food at Andes Pacifico is a treat, and this was just the appetizer.

Stage 1 will kick off high in these mountains
Stage 1 will kick off high in these mountains

Race leader Perdro Burns sporting a new Red Bull Helmet as he makes his way to the top of Stage 3.
Last year it was all about Pedro Burns

The start on stage one was a drift fest down the scree field above La Parva.
The infamous anti-grip

Sam Dale emerges from a cool down swim in the river next to camp.
The swimming holes at the camps are essential

Iago Garay and friends enjoy some cold beers and natural waterslides next to the campsite as they unwind at the end of a very long day.

Day 4 was the shortest of the week allowing many racers to enjoy a few extra recovery drinks.
Free beers are always on tap

As with every night in camp the red wine was flowing plentifully.
As with every night in camp, the red wine was flowing plentifully.

Florencia Espineira is in form control of the Women s race after day1.
Florencia Espineira returns as the women's favorite once again

Nico Prudencio is happy to sit third just seconds out of the lead.
Chilean Nico Prudencio is on a new bike and looking to leave his mark on this year's event

Time to lick your wounds and push on for the final two days.
If you crash here all you can often do is lick your wounds and push on.

The Andes Pacifico is as raw and authentic as it gets on and off the trails.
The Andes Pacifico is as raw and authentic as it gets on and off the trails.

Loose Dog loving the Chilean sunshine.
Loose Dog back in Chile and loving the sunshine.

Early morning hike a bikes to kick off Day 3
Early morning hike-a-bikes will be a common theme

 rd in the women s race is Pauline Diefenthaler.
The views are often stunning

Pedro Burns is getting it done for Chile after day 1. First place in the standings just ahed of Jesse Melamed.

Pedro Burns lost the lead on Day 2 and is now in a battle for 2nd with Mark Scott.

FBIn Barel lost time to Nico Lau on Day two but was able to match his rivals pace once again on Day 3. With only a handful of seconds seperateing the two it is still anybody s race as we head into the final day.

It s a long way to the bottom of Parvazo.

Chasing gold to close out Day 2
And there is lots of gold to chase

Not one to be on the fence about things Jerome Clementz dropped the hammer on Day 3 to extend his lead to almost a full minute.

Pauline Dieffenthaler took advantage of a crash and flat tire by Casey Brown to move up a spot to 4th.

Just visible on the horizon racers for their first view of the Pacific Ocean from the start of stage15.

Romain Paulhan gave it everything but could not hold off a charging Pedro Burns in the final two stages.
Romain Paulhan gave it everything he had to finish 2nd last year but is hungry to go one better in 2020

All smile for the unstoppable Florencia Espineira.
The seemingly unstoppable Florencia Espineira.

This deep into the race desperate measures were being taken to keep bikes rolling into one last stage.
At time desperate measures are taken to keep bikes rolling into final stages

Krunk Shox was crushing rocks with his fist n the Andes.
Crushing rocks with your fist is not recommended

Tire vs. cactus
Tire vs. cactus

A motley crew at the bottom of Stage 7 to close out the 2nd day of racing.
A motley crew to close out a long day in 2018

The view we have been chasing after all week.
The view everyone is chasing all week long.

After 18 stages of racing the pisco began to flow heavily marling the start of the unofficial 19th stage... nopisconodisco.
After 18 stages of racing, the pisco begins to flow heavily, marking the start of the unofficial 19th stage... #nopisconodisco.

Bikes lined up in camp awaiting the first day of racing
Bikes lined up in camp awaiting the first day of racing



39 Comments

  • 34 1
 A whole shoal of incredible photos right here!
  • 9 0
 Collage, album or diorama could be more suitable as a collective pronoun. But if it was taken using a fish-eye lens maybe shoal is appropriate Smile
  • 6 0
 I reckon we could do a mean stage race across Lesotho / the Drakensberg...
  • 2 0
 @Chilternburt: From Lesotho to Drakenberg sounds insane! I did Helibiking up in Dragons Peak last week and that was absolutely memorable. No real trails, just raw dirt, rock and lots of grass. Would go back if I got the opportunity to.
  • 18 0
 I just wanted to add another South African to the comments
  • 1 0
 @Bologniusmaximus: Who did you do the Drakensberg helibiking with? Been trying to find a company that does it, but the only one I could find seems to have shut down.
  • 1 0
 @Oolex: Chat to Kirk at Rockslide Helibiking
  • 1 0
 @Chilternburt: have you entered into the kingdom enduro in Lesotho? I would recommend this race as a taster for multi day enduros.
A trans Lesotho might be on the cards, but logistics and cost might prohibit it from taking place. It is very difficult to find financial support in South Africa.

These other races have huge financial back up.
  • 1 0
 @Oolex: do you guys know about the kingdom enduro in Lesotho. It’s the only race in Africa even remotely close to the Andes.
You should enter if you are after an awesome adventure.
  • 1 0
 @f387d: I do know about it. Some friends from my local bike shop rode a few stages last year (They were servicing and fixing bikes in shifts, so they didn't race the whole thing) I'm sadly not going to make it there this year, but it's on for next year.
  • 1 0
 @Oolex: awesome. Spread the word far and wide. This is the best, closest and cheapest exposure South Africans can get to multi day races on gnarly trails.
  • 7 1
 #nopisconodisco , simple as that
  • 5 1
 man i wish we could get some sort of live coverage, or at least for the more remote races, film it and edit it together to look like live coverage thats uploaded later
  • 2 1
 I haven't ridden bikes there, but I have hiked around those mountains, and holy mole are they inhospitable. To even finish this race, you've gotta have some mental fortitude, and some serious bike handling skills. Can't wait to see some footage from the race!
  • 4 0
 SO STOKED!! Feels like the start of the race season!
  • 2 0
 I have been following the stories posted in IG. This looked like a phenomenal experience. Looks like you have some dust to clean out of your cameras and lenses though!
  • 1 0
 some pics are not from this year are they?, i had the one with the cows as a desktop background for some time, still amazing pictures
  • 1 0
 It says in title "preview"...
  • 1 0
 Stoked on these images...realllllly making me want to ride. I look forward to the photos and write-up over the next few days, Dave!
  • 2 0
 How was the "The infamous anti-grip" Photo not in the photo contest!!!!!! What a capture
  • 2 0
 Nice photos, I wish I could get theresome day.
  • 1 0
 That tire fix is what I have done sometimes,and it works (sometimes),nice pics
  • 2 0
 David Trumpore: there's no better MTB photographer. incredible shots
  • 1 0
 Just wish we could say the same about his attitude
  • 2 0
 YEEHAAWWW!!!
  • 2 0
 ponganle weno cabros!!!
  • 2 0
 Can I go today?
  • 1 0
 Do not ask. Simply GO! We all love you as our species-mate. Go.
  • 6 5
 Hope everyone here knows that Pisco is actually Peruvian
  • 1 0
 Who cares
  • 2 1
 That's a weird mix of old and new photos, I don't get the point
  • 2 0
 yep weird to see Clementz in full green cannondale kit...
  • 2 0
 The actual race started only yesterday so as title says, its a preview
  • 1 0
 Last years photos , whats up with that ????
  • 1 0
 Event Preview... Means it hasn't started yet ;-)
  • 1 0
 Class
  • 1 0
 Wow!

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