There' something to be said for multi-day racing and the rise of these 'trans' style races. They are much more than just a race, more than a supported adventure. It's an experience that sticks with you for a long time, and the Andes Pacifico is no exception. It's the people that make it as much as anything. Day four and five were very different from the start of the week. With the mountains behind us, we headed further to the coast where the grip became apparent and the landscape became much more mellow, but no less tricky to ride. The final of the race was at the beach of Matanzas and graced with the lapping waves of the Pacific coast. Seven stages made the final day a long one, so riders didn't get to the beach until the sun was on its last glimmer of light on the horizon, adding more so to the achievement of surviving the Andes Pacifico. So, here's to a wild week in Chile.
François Bailly-Maître, one step closer to the coast.
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