Andes Pacifico Enduro 2016 - To The Beach

Feb 17, 2016 at 9:35
by Sam Needham  



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.


Time goes slower in Chile which is no bad thing. Wake up calls were at 7 30am giving riders two hours to get ready for the day ahead and stock up on breakfast.
Time goes slower in Chile, which is no bad thing. Wake up calls were at 7:30 am, giving riders two hours to get ready for the day ahead and stock up on breakfast.

To keep friends at the Andes Pacifico it s important you air your clothes day to day.
To keep friends at the Andes Pacifico, it's important you air your clothes day to day.

Golden morning light and post coffee smiles.
Golden morning light and post coffee smiles.

Riders made the journey from the mountains around Santiago to the lush wine valleys of Santa Cruz on day four. After a long and hot day in the saddle what better way to refresh than head to a local winery for a tipple or two.
Riders made the journey from the mountains around Santiago to the lush, wine valleys of Santa Cruz on day four. After a long and hot day in the saddle, what better way to refresh than head to a local winery for a tipple or two.

Vino. Vino. Vino. Water.
Vino. Vino. Vino. Water.

Andes Pacifico Enduro 2016

Matias never fails to impress when it comes to good grub. Morning noon and night the food provided is on point.
Matias never fails to impress when it comes to good grub. Morning, noon and night, the food provided is on point.

Fran ois Bailly-Ma tre one step closer to the coast.
François Bailly-Maître, one step closer to the coast.

The start of day four was incredibly humid thanks to some cloud cover. As demonstrated here by Sven Martin.
The start of day four was incredibly humid, thanks to some cloud cover. As demonstrated here, by Sven Martin.

Camp vibes.
Camp vibes.

The wine valley and the end of day four s stages.
The wine valley and the end of day four's stages.

The further towards the coast we got the smaller the hills became. The trails changed from expansive single track across mind blowing mountains to shorter sharper stages.
The further towards the coast we got, the smaller the hills became. The trails changed from expansive single track across mind blowing mountains, to shorter, sharper stages.

Fewer mountains. More trees. Day five provided some welcome shade on route to the Pacific.
Fewer mountains. More trees. Day five provided some welcome shade on route to the Pacific.

Mark Scott hauling down the dusty speedways to second place overall.
Mark Scott, hauling down the dusty speedways to second place overall.

Fran ois Bailly-Ma tre no stranger to multi-day racing and no stranger to speed. On route to first place overall.
Francois Bailly-Maitre, no stranger to multi-day racing and no stranger to speed. On route to first place overall.

Jerome Clementz. Battling it out to third place.
Jerome Clementz. Battling it out to third place.

A light dusting.
A lgiht dusting.

Andes Pacifico Enduro 2016

Michael Brown between the tree of day five .
Michael Brown, between the tree of day five.

It was no surprise that Tracy Moseley made the beach in first place.
It was no surprise that Tracy Moseley made the beach in first place.

Andes Pacifico Enduro 2016

Andes Pacifico Enduro 2016

Andes Pacifico Enduro 2016

The grip between Santa Cruz and Matanzas was totally different to the anti-grip of the Andes. Here the dirt is more predictable and less likely to catch you off guard. Although it s the cross-ruts you have to be wary of nearer to the coast.
The grip between Santa Cruz and Matanzas was totally different to the anti-grip of the Andes. Here, the dirt is more predictable and less likely to catch you off guard. Although, it's the cross-ruts you have to be wary of nearer to the coast.

Andes Pacifico Enduro 2016

Iago Gary. Style for miles.
Iago Gary. Style for miles.

Andes Pacifico Enduro 2016

The fruits of labour. After two stages and 1500m of climbing a bunch of these were just the ticket.
The fruits of labour. After two stages and 1500m of climbing, a bunch of these were just the ticket.

Andes Pacifico Enduro 2016

There s something pretty special about a beach finish especially after five long and tough days on the bike under the soaring Chilean heat. To see the Pacific coast and make our digs for the night in the sand was the perfect end to the Andes Pacifico.
There's something pretty special about a beach finish, especially after five long and tough days on the bike under the soaring Chilean heat. To see the Pacific coast and make our digs for the night in the sand was the perfect end to the Andes Pacifico.

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20 Comments

  • + 22
 Sam, Sam, Sam.. what a epic photo shoot. I started to stop and comment on a few individual pics, but I just kept coming to more and more.. until my glass runneth over. Hats off to the riders. Big bottle of Vino toast to Mr. Needham for bringing it home!
  • + 2
 Hell yeah! And as much as the mountains of the first few days were mind blowingly epic the terrain on todays stages looks just flat out awesome fun to ride Big Grin
  • + 15
 "In victory, you deserve Champagne. In defeat you need it"
  • + 6
 29" clean sweep.
  • + 2
 XC checked, Enduro checked...
  • + 5
 such a great work, i call this ART
  • + 3
 Yeah holy crap, @SamNeedham can shoot MTB! Fantastic shots! Some of the best work I've seen! Makes me just want to go ride my bike!!! Big Grin
  • + 1
 Nice. Amazing photos! Just looks like such a fun place to ride. I even like the Vineyard pics. And I'm from Northern California l so I've seen a billion vineyard pics. And I grew up across the street from a vineyard, where I worked. And my grandfather also had a vineyard. So nice!
  • + 5
 I'm confused about T Mo's retirement
  • + 0
 she will run a few races only
  • + 2
 Aren't we all.
  • + 5
 Amazing photos! More of this please!
  • + 4
 Great photos, especially those dark ones. Fantastic!
  • + 3
 Excellent photos...!
  • + 2
 Savage photos.. Top quality!
  • + 2
 These make me want to buy an expensive camera that i can't afford.
  • + 3
 Nice work Mark!
  • + 2
 Nice!
  • + 1
 I spy a 2016 D3 on Allan Cooke.....shhhhh
  • + 1
 2 helmets on the beach.

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