Preview: 2019 Andes Pacifico Enduro

Feb 19, 2019
by Dave Trumpore  






The sixth edition the of Santa Cruz Andes Pacifico begins this week, with 120 racers making the journey to Chile to race from the challenging heights of the Andes to the beach of Cachagua on the Pacific Ocean. In the past, racers only spent two days in the Andes before heading south and west to the coastal range but for the 2019 edition the Andes will be featured for three of the five days with riders topping out at elevations that will leave even the most fit a bit deprived of precious oxygen.

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 past champions Francois Bailly-Maitre and Jerome Clementz line up to go toe to toe with the Chilean champ, Pedro Burns. Also in attendance for the first time will be Wyn Masters, Thomas Lapeyrie, Remy Absalon and Sam Dale, four riders who could definitely shake things up at the front of the pack. And let's not forget a few other South American riders who could very easily come out on top such as Chileans Milicades Jaque and Nico Prudencio, or Brazilian Andreas Bretas. In the women's field racers will be hard pressed to knock Chilean Florencia Espineira off the top step, but the remaining podium spots will certainly be up for grabs for riders traveling from across the globe such as Pauline Dieffenthaler, Syd Shultz, Laura Battista, and Paula Jara-Bianchi.

Racing kicks off shortly from the 3600 meter summit of La Parva, and will end in a few days' time, but not before racers descend nearly 16,000 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.


Neil Dognahue decided to escape Winter in the UK for a place where the sun shines more thsn once a month.


Hacienda Las Varas just above Santiago is always a popular spot for racers looking to stretch their legs after a ling flight and a long winter in North America.
Hacienda Las Varas just above Santiago is always a popular spot for racers looking to stretch their legs after a ling flight and a long winter in North America.

Sunsets in Santiago are some of the best you ll find in the middle of a city anywhere.
Sunsets in Santiago are some of the best you'll find in the middle of a city anywhere.

Jerome Clementz drifts into yet another epic Chilean sunset on the eve of his first big race in 2017.

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.

The view from the start gate.
This will be the view from the start gate.

This is what we get to call home for the next few days.
This is what racers will get to call home for the next few days.

The sun sets on the tent city that has formed in a valley just below the Andes. When it rises again in the morning rcaers will head into the mountains for the first day of racing.
The sun sets on the tent city that has formed in a valley just below the Andes. When it rises again in the morning racers will head into the mountains for the first day of racing.

We might be csmpung but the organizers of the Anders Pacifico always pull out all the stops the keep things classy.
It might be camping, but the organizers of the Anders Pacifico always pull out all the stops the keep things classy.

Fresh fruit for days every where you look in camp.
Fresh fruit for days every where you look in camp.

Day Zero and everyone kicks back to settle their nerves before the first of 4 big days that lay ahead.

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.
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.

Riders listen in as the race directors give the race briefing for the following day. With everyone racing blind even a smallest amounts of intel can come in very handy on the trail.

Golden light and Golden Beers close out an amazing day.

It s not just beer that is flowing freely here at Andes Pacifico. The wine bottles seem to be in endless supply as well.
It's not just beer that flows freely here at Andes Pacifico. The wine bottles seem to be in endless supply as well.

Mark Scott opted for full submersion in an effort to cool down.

Andes Pacifico 2017

So epic that this bunch stopped at least 5 times for group selfies.

It might look pretty from afar but the cactus lining the trainils here and Chile are not something you want to get up close and personal with.
They might look pretty from afar, but the cactus lining the trails here and Chile are not something you want to get up close and personal with.

Andes Pacifico 2017

Cedric Gracia had more bad luck on day 3 slashing open his shin on a sharp rock that required stitches trackside.

It s been a hot one here in Chile.

Beat up and tapped up riders have one more day until they can relax at the beach.

Proof the race organizers bleed for enduro racing here in Chile.
Proof the race organizers bleed for enduro racing here in Chile.

Drink Water.
Drink Water.


Hot and hazy to kick off Day 2.

As riders made the slow push to 3500 meters the big birds hovered above looking for signs of weakness.

This fuzzy little guy was hanging out on the side of the trail trying to get a view of the action.

Big terrain and long liaisons were the theme of Day 3.
Big terrain and long liaisons will lead to some incredible trails.

Camping or Glamping You decide.
Camping or Glamping? You decide.


For many riders there was really only one thing on their mind today. The celebration waiting for them at the finish line in Matanzas
For many riders there is really only one thing on their mind this week. The celebration waiting for them at the finish line.

Two more days until we reach la playa.

The view from the top of the final two stages. So close but still so far.

The view we have been chasing after all week.
The view everyone will be chasing after all week.

From the high jagged peaks of the Andes Mountain to the cool waters of the Pacific Ocean it has been one heck of a wild week here in Chile.

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



29 Comments

  • + 25
 And now I want to go to Chile, but here I am in my office looking at all there amazing pictures and realising it's not going to happen this year(starts crying)
  • - 1
 Or next year
  • + 5
 I've been to Chile, if that helps at all?
  • + 6
 "Wished I was at your office" says the tearless cow.
  • - 5
flag RedBurn (Feb 19, 2019 at 4:27) (Below Threshold)
 @AlexS1: go vegan mate
  • + 3
 @RedBurn: WTF, why
The cow was hunger striking against slaughters?
heheheheh
  • + 10
 Best of luck to everyone except the guy holding the selfie stick
  • + 16
 The shuttle driver? What to you have against him?
  • + 4
 And here I am in the windy rain and sloppy muck on a cliff walk on the east coast of Ireland trying to emulate Chris Akrigg/Danny Mac telling myself "it's fecking mild today!" ;-)
  • + 3
 Great pics. Love the terrain. Sounds extremely hard. I'd love to ride that with lifts and shuttles to the top, no long liaisons.
  • + 2
 Man, this is the most jealous invoking article. That looks like one awesome trip. I guess I’ll go back to riding the same trail I ride every week...
  • + 4
 No pisco no disco, No Cedric no party ...
  • + 2
 If it weren't for the second part of the article, I would think it's a nice time with friends but after seeing people bleed, it seems a bit harsh.
  • + 21
 If blood scares you then youre into the wrong sport bud.
  • + 1
 @nug12182: I just wanted to have some decent holidays when I looked at these fellows but the blood isn't the sign of nice holidays.
  • + 6
 @mihauek: come, you won't be disappointed!!
  • + 3
 @dicky1080: one day I definitely will!
  • + 4
 @mihauek: blood is the stuff, everlasting memorys are writen with!
  • + 2
 next year, next year... *cries*
  • + 2
 If i'd be younger... This looks so epic!
  • + 2
 On this kind if terain I'll take the donkey over any yeti...
  • + 1
 great event, great photos!!!
  • + 1
 Chili is on my bucket list for travel. This moves it up a few spots.
  • + 1
 @mihauek: come, you won't be disappointed!!
  • + 1
 Come, you won't be disappointed!
  • + 3
 Ufff! Opera mini and Pinkbike don't play well together!
  • + 1
 Awsome pix!
  • + 0
 @davetrumpore you killed it. Again.
  • + 0
 Epic!

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