Nevados de Chillan held this first round of the Enduro World Series with amazing fall colours that stuned everybody with this type of view of the Andes.
This was the first time as Montenbaikers that we had the chance to see the forest in these colours. Each corner was different and brighter. It was a real gift to be there on that weekend.
Iago Garay from Santa Cruz was one of the fast guys on his new Nomad.
Dakar is a Special Stage that was full of volcanic sand on the top part, here a rider mimicked by this huge Andean mountain.
Anka Martin pushing her Juliana Roubion to get to the top of the Fumarolas.
Dylan Wolsky one of the Nomads came back to Chile after the Andes Pacifico to continue shreding the trails in Nevados de Chilan.
Fabien Barel was one the favourites, specially after he did 4th the weekend before in the first round of the Montenbaik Enduro Series in La Parva. But on the first stage he had a huge crash. Dispite that he continue racing the whole day. After a visit to the doctor and lot of pain he decide to don't continue with the race. Finally, he had a fracture on his back and it was very close to his spine. Get well soon Fab!!!
Jerome Clementz in the middle of ancient forests of Nevados de Chillan.
Sven Martin is one of the photographers I admire the most in the world of mountain biking, besides being a genius with the camera, he goes very fast on the bike.
This time in the first turn of the Candonga stage, I wanted to challenge him with my camera, shooting him at the right moment he was next to me. The result of this mission was to clench my finger with his rear wheel causing a blowout on my index finger.
Sven 1 / Claudio 0.
What a Crash!!! Sandy terrain is always tricky...
Ben Cruz full gas before to get to the finish line.
Nico Prudencio (GIANT Chile), the best Chilean, finished 23rd. Very good result for this young man.
Tracy Mosley had a good weekend finishing second after Anne Caro.
Anne Caroline Chausson had a blast on this first round, she mainly won all the stages and beat half of the Elite men. She Rocks our Sport!!
Felipe Vasquez a living legend in the Chilen Montenbaiking scene was able to beat all the dinosaurs that were on the Master category.
There was some hiking involved to get to some stages, but they were worth it. Here all the riders to get to Valle Hermoso stage, that was the favorite, with really good flow on some amazing singletracks.
Yoann Barelli confessed to us that this was probably the best race that he ever been. Thanks Amigo!!!
The last stage "Candado XL" was going to define the race - just two seconds was the gap between Graves and Clementz.
When Jared arrived to the finish line he didn't look happy with his last run... of course... he lost the race against Jerome on that one, after leading the whole weekend.
Jerome on this last stage was on a mission and he did accomplish it.
Fastest mens: Jerome Clementz on the top followed by Jared Graves and on third place, Florian Nicolai
Fastest girls: Anne Caroline Chausson, Tracy Mosley and Cecile Ravanel
Bon travaille Anne Caro et Jerome!!!
Pictures by Claudio Olguin
Video by Omar "Waazaa " Salas