Photo Epic: Final Days - 2019 Andes Pacifico

Feb 24, 2019
by Dave Trumpore  



The final two days of the Santa Cruz Andes Pacifico Enduro kicked off on Valle Hermoso after riders moved down from the Andes and into the mountain of the Coastal Range. While these mountains may pale in comparison to the Andes in scale, they are still big enough to challenge riders with descents anywhere between 600m - 1000m. The dirt also has a bit more grip towards the coast, which, after sliding about in the Andes, is always a welcome change.

Day 4 was a truly massive day that saw riders leave camp at 9 in the morning and not return until nearly 9 at night. Starting in De Varas and ending in Pulmachuen, racers would face nearly 2700m of descending spread over three stages and long liaisons under the hot sun. With nearly 10 hours of time on the bike and limited time at night to make various repairs or to rest, the decision was made to cut a stage from the final day of the race to ensure there was ample time to enjoy an afternoon at the beach.

The 5th and final day would begin in Pullalli and end at the beach in Cachagua right on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. The shortened schedule was welcomed by all and the day had a relaxed and casual atmosphere about it. For almost everyone other than the riders still battling out front, it was a stress free ride to the end of a very long week.

In the women's race the top three spots were pretty much locked in, barring any kind of major mechanical or injury, and the finish order would remain the same as it began on day one. Pauline Diefenthaler would come third behind Laura Battista, while Florencia Espineira would take home the win for Chile with a time that would make the majority of the men's field jealous. The Men's race however was far from being decided as Romain Paulhan starts the day with just a 6 second lead ahead of Pedro Burns, a margin quite remarkable in its own right after nearly 2.5 hours of racing. Pedro however put it all on the line though through the final two stages, digging deep in the physical sections of track as the race approached the ocean to pull back a considerable amount of time. And as riders stood on the shores of the Pacific his effort would pay off as Pedro would be crowned the first ever Chilean winner of the Andes Pacifico. Paulhan would slip back to second while fellow Frenchman Francois Bailly-Maitre would round out the podium in third.

With Chileans on top of the podium in both the men's and women's races for the first time in the 6 year history of the Andes Pacifico, as well as a win in the master's race by Felipe Vasquez, the pisco poured even more freely than previous years. The now infamous afterparty had something a little extra special to celebrate.

With the Andes oil the rear view the race headed for the Coastal Range.
With the Andes in the rear view, the race headed for the Coastal Range.


A little banged up and bruised on the way to
A little banged up and bruised on the way to the coast

15th for Fernando Riquelme.
15th for Fernando Riquelme.

Local Eynard Engber helped helped cut many of the trials used in the closing days.
Local Eynard Engber helped helped cut many of the trials used in the closing days.

The dust was strong on some of the work roads used for liaisons.
The dust was strong on some of the work roads used for liaisons.

What a week for Frenchman Romain Paulhan as he battled with Pedro burns each and every day with only seconds ever separating the two from the lead.
What a week for Frenchman Romain Paulhan as he battled with Pedro burns each and every day with only seconds ever separating the two from the lead.

One more day until we reach the Ocean.
One more day until we reach the ocean.

Loaded up for the final stage of Day 4.
Loaded up for the final stage of Day 4.

Dust life on the liaison to the final stage of day 4.
Dust life on the liaison.

A brush fire rages below the start of Day 4 s final stage.
A brush fire rages below.

The dust on the final stage of Day 4 was next level in some spots.
The dust on the final stage of Day 4 was next level in some spots.

Day 4 started early and needed as the last light of the day began to set over the mountains. The second to last day and easily the longest day on the bike of them all.
Day 4 started early and needed to as the last light of the day began to set over the mountains. The second to last day and easily the longest day on the bike of them all.

A beer in the pool for same Dale to end the day in yet another perfect campsite.
A beer in the pool for Sam Dale to end the day in yet another perfect campsite.

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Flat and dusty corners challenged riders at the bottom of Stage 13

one third of team France enjoys a shade break before mid way through the final day.
One third of team France enjoys a shade break before mid way through the final day.

It s safe to say every rider ate their weight in free fruit during the lunch stops this week.
It's safe to say every rider ate their weight in free fruit during the lunch stops this week.

This deep into the race desperate measures were being taken to keep bikes rolling into one last stage.
This deep into the race desperate measures were being taken to keep bikes rolling into one last stage.
Florencia Espineira still untouchable.
Florencia Espineira, still untouchable.

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

As the trials approached the coast the underbrush became a bit thicker.
As the trails approached the coast the underbrush became a bit thicker.

But still definitely not fluffy.
But still definitely not fluffy.

5th for Wyn.
5th for Wyn.

Not the way Wyn wanted to end the pedal bottom of a stage.
Not the way Wyn wanted to end the pedal bottom of a stage.

Wyn Masters had the speed to win this year but too many crashes and poorly timed mechanicals pushed him back to 5th. Perhaps he will return next year for some revenge.
Wyn Masters had the speed to win this year but too many crashes and poorly timed mechanicals pushed him back to 5th. Perhaps he will return next year for some revenge.

So much dust found it s way onto every part of the bikes this week.
So much dust found it's way onto every part of the bikes this week.

6th for Jerome Clementz.
6th for Jerome Clementz.

Masters winner Felipe Vasquez made it a clean sweep of wins in all categories for the Chileans

The top of the final stage. Above the clouds with the Pacific Ocean just below.
The top of the final stage. Above the clouds with the Pacific Ocean just below.

Paula Jara-Bianchi would end the race in 6th.
Paula Jara-Bianchi would end the race in 6th.

Francois who has won this event before and landed on the podium for his third time.
Francois, who has won this event before, landed on the podium for his third time.

podium hopeful Nico Prudencio would end his week in 7th.
Podium hopeful Nico Prudencio would end his week in 7th.

A very tired Nico Prudencio on a physical final day.
A very tired Nico Prudencio on a physical final day.

Sam Dale kept it consistent to take 4th just under a minute off the podium after over 2.5 hour of racing.
Sam Dale kept it consistent to take 4th just under a minute off the podium after over 2.5 hours of racing.

Pauline Diefenthaler riding through the golden light to take 3rd.
Pauline Diefenthaler riding through the golden light to take 3rd.

Romain Paulhan gave it everything but could not hold off a charging Pedro Burns in the final two stages.
Romain Paulhan gave it everything but could not hold off a charging Pedro Burns in the final two stages.

Francois Bailly-Maitre pushed hard the last two days to land on the podium in 3rd.
Francois Bailly-Maitre pushed hard the last two days to land on the podium in 3rd.

Pedro Burns became the first Chilean man to ever win the Andes Pacifico.
Pedro Burns was on a mission the final day to pull back time and become the first Chilean to take home the pro men's win in this event.

Pedro Burns was on a mission the final day to pull back time and become the first Chilean to take home the pro men s win in this event.
Mission accomplished.

La Playa
La Playa



43 Comments

  • 82 2
 WYN OR LOOSE WERE ON THE BOOZE! GO WYN!
  • 28 1
 Is it me, or does Wyn look like Thoren Oakensheild in that pic with the hair in his face? (And coincidentally Peter Jackson is a Kiwi...)
  • 5 1
 more like robert from meet the feebles (also directed by peter jackson)
  • 1 0
 no its junior gorg from fraggle rock! got it mixed up
  • 3 0
 Nah man, it's the Rob Machado of MTB.
  • 1 1
 One day Peter Jackson was having his coffee and he saw Wyn wheelied passed him.
  • 13 1
 Watermelon is my crack, I'm glad the riders are being well hydrated and fed. The pictures are amazing, the riders are amazing, everything is amazing, 11/11
  • 3 0
 You're amazing too! :*
  • 2 0
 The watermelon pic has a very Georgia O'Keefe thing going on there...just sayin'
  • 11 0
 The Chileans have certainly upped their game recently. I hope we see both Pedro and Florencia on the podium on an EWS. And maybe someone can get factory sponsorship for the very fast chilena as well.
  • 1 0
 How much does it cost to sponsor a rider for a race season? Anyone have any ideas?
  • 2 0
 @Naturel: would be a fraction of that for developing riders. Travel and a modest salary/liveable wage isn't some massive number BUT... The sponsor budgets get stretched quite a lot to cover the men and women at the winning end of the WC and EWS. So often not much left to support riders further down the line.
  • 9 0
 pretty rad for the chileans to get a full sweep!
  • 3 11
flag spaceofades (Feb 24, 2019 at 15:55) (Below Threshold)
 You and I have different definitions of a full sweep.
  • 7 0
 @spaceofades: yeah, I just meant sweep of the top spots. I was referring to this caption: "Masters winner Felipe Vasquez made it a clean sweep of wins in all categories for the Chileans"
  • 5 0
 Such a nice set of pics again!
  • 5 0
 Fantastic photo coverage! Well done as always,Trumpore!
  • 1 0
 Bloody beautiful.
  • 3 0
 I really liked the different photo angles and close ups. Keep These coming!
  • 4 0
 HUGE congrats to the Chileans! Nicely done!
  • 1 0
 I dont get why mechanicals are always made to seem like the rider has nothing to blame for. Yeah sometimes it cna be the case... but getting to the bottom without destroying your bike is surely part of the game!!!!!
  • 2 0
 Sam Dale bike check please

tup
  • 2 0
 Outstanding pics- really captured the harshness of this race..
  • 1 0
 This race looks like the best adventure and fun ever, hats down to the organisers and the riders too of course
  • 2 0
 I know what I would draw on a dust car bonnet
  • 4 0
 That was drawn on plenty of other cars haha
  • 1 0
 Love these Photo Epics. Great photography paired with a good narrative. Screensavers to inspire!
  • 1 0
 Oh my bad, I kept trying to find the voting buttons for best photo, who knew this was not the photo of the year contest!
  • 1 0
 Looking forward to the new Lapierre Spicy review.
  • 3 3
 Any more into on Wyn's broken crank? Such a charger.
  • 6 1
 think the crank wasn't broken, by the look of the pic^^ his chain got jammed in the chain guide.
  • 5 0
 @ColquhounerHooner: if you look closer, you'll see the spider arm is seperated from the chain ring, at the point where the chain is derailled from the ring
  • 6 0
 @adespotoskyli: I think his front derailleur got destroyed and fell off.
  • 2 0
 @adespotoskyli: and isn't that a ONE Up logo on the chainring?
  • 1 0
 @pads: it is indeed
  • 2 0
 @ColquhounerHooner: this pic was from a different stage where the chain derailed. His left crank did come off the spindle in the final stage a day later... It did not snap though.
  • 3 0
 @ColquhounerHooner: this is on Day three not the final stage, my crank didn't break. It was possibly damaged from clipping a rock with my pedal earlier in the week or from the bolts being too loose.
  • 1 0
 @wynmasters: Too loose is the common reason of many disasters Smile Congrats Wyn!
  • 1 0
 SAMBOOOOOOOO
  • 1 0
 No pisco?
  • 1 0
 no disco...
  • 1 0
 Nicework Sambo!
  • 1 0
 Nice!

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