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MTB Mission to Mars - Andes Pacifico Day 2 Race Action

<b>Before any racers, and in this case the motos carrying the start officials, Gary Perkin was already hiking his way to the start of Stage 1. #BOSS. Race organizer Matias in audio.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>Awesome scenery and stages today. A big, long day for all, lots of hike-a-bike today, but it was rewarded with lengthy, high-speed descending.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Stage 3 was something else. Straight out of a Western, some crazy canyons and cliffside-non-benched-off-cambers ending in a poser slalom tree run. Dust powder not snow.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Wagon Wheels are doing just fine here at the Andes Pacifico. The trails are long, rough and fast. Jon Cancellier is clearly NFG in the baby heads.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Red tape on Andes Pacifico means danger. Nowhere more so than near the start of Stage 3 of Day 2. #HuckToFlat #BenderWouldGo</b> -photo by Gary Perkin

<b>Santa Cruz marketing manager, Will Ockelton, may be leaving Chile with a few dozen sharp souvenirs. Hopefully he makes it through security at the airport on the way home.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>After a 2 hour shuttle drive and a 30 minute hike-a-bike, Chris Johnston of The Nomads found this little treasure in his front tire. #NoLeaksNoMessNoFoul! </b> -photo by Gary Perkin

<b>Juan Vincente Brecenio couldn't find his gloves at the start of Stage 1 today so he rode it a la Blenki. Unfortunately it didn't go to plan and in the end, I lent him my lucky gloves! #handy</b> -photo by Gary Perkin

<b>Today was hot and the liaisons were epic hike-a-bikes! Everyone took shelter from the heat where they could. The crew here from Santa Cruz perhaps wishing they were hanging out with Joe Graney back at home right about now.</b> -photo by Gary Perkin

<b>Steve Jones is known to call bullshit on a lot of things. Today I call bullshit on his riding attire. #Euro</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Colorado ripper, Nate Hills, is right at home on the loose Chilean dirt and was foot out flat out right from Stage 1. He pretended he was at SolVista and passed 7 riders in the process.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>This sums up today's liaisons. Although Anka Martin was the fastest women today she was not enjoying all the walking. #NZO</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Dave Trumpore takes his Vital MTB product testing seriously. Crash testing his Bell Super helmet on Stage 1 today. #CrashTestTrumpy</b> -photo by Gary Perkin

<b>Proof that even Mr. Enduro gets tired.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>Typical Dark Cloud Crew action. Although they were 2 hours behind the rest of the competitors, they were clearly having the most fun.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Nicolas Prudencio was flying across the Chilean landscape today, chopping his way through the field, so to speak. He's still hovering in 2nd place overall after a heli of a day. #GetToTheChopper</b> -photo by Gary Perkin

<b>Lars 'n Bars railing the multi-lined, lightning-fast Stage 3. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>When you get as rad as Lars-at-home-on-Mars Sternberg, you get two photos in the slideshow.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>Joey, I mean Jose Schusler getting airborne in Africa. I mean Chile.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Dylan Wolsky getting Scandi on the blind-tree-slalom section of Stage 3 today. #nomads. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>Designer extraordinaire, Jon Gregory, has worked his magic on many of my images over the years resulting in many a Dirt cover or spread. It's only fair I return the favour with this banger! #1Cover</b> -photo by Gary Perkin

<b>Madrid's Iago Galay reflects on the day about to begin on Stage 1 of Day 2 of the Andes Pacifico. #MuyCalor</b> -photo by Gary Perkin

<b>Jerome Clementz with another dominating day. #helipan</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Paul Smail working hard to keep the DarkCloudCrew legend strong. He was pushing uphill so hard, he may have flatted on the hike-a-bike. He did it one more time before Stage 1 was over just to be sure it wasn't a fluke. #ADayOfHotAir </b> -photo by Gary Perkin

<b>Paul Smaildawg smashing blind, loose turns like he knows how. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>The trucks will only get you so far. Rugged hike-a-bikes were the theme of the day once again in the high peaks of the Andes.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>This local started strolling up the trail 10 seconds after Lars had passed. 100% Grade A Andean beef avoiding a massive collision with 100% U.S. Top Choice.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>What? Do you think dust grows on trees? Oh, here it does.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>My Instagram mate, Nico Palacios, shredding for the hashtags on Stage 1 of Day 2 of the Andes Pacifico. #HowManyLikes</b> -photo by Gary Perkin

<b>Scotsman, Chris Ball, may have spotted 100 pesos at the top of one of the climbs on Stage 1 today. He must have been pushing hard because he didn't stop to pick it up. Very unScotsmanlike! #HootsMon</b> -photo by Gary Perkin

<b>My last shot of the day after 9 hours and 59 minutes in the saddle. Some gorgeous sunset light to end another amazing day on the bike at the Andes Pacifico.</b> -photo by Gary Perkin

Day 2 of the Andes Pacifico proved to be a grueling combination of heat, dry conditions, high altitude, epic hike-a-bikes and incredible, worthwhile descents. It's all part of the adventure as Sven Martin, Gary Perkin and Dave Trumpore document this intense MTB stage race in Chile.

Los Andes mountains continues to show off the impressive trails here. Day two in the Andes Pacifico race really showed the area has amazing trails for Enduro riding. With only three liaison and three special stages the race was still harder than yesterday.

The riders were transported to 2,600 m altitude where they began the longest special stage of the race with over 1,500 vertical meters featuring all kinds of landscapes and terrains. From the steppes to the wonderful mountain range forests mixed with cactus and rocks. Jerome Clementz had previously told us that he likes long stages and he took this stage by over 20 seconds ahead of compatriot François Bailly-Maitre . In the women’s category Anka Martin extended her leads with a time of 28:45.

The second special was much more technical and featured many loose turns over a total of a little over 8 minutes. Here again Frenchman Jerome Clementz took the stage win with 8:11 followed by Chris Johnston on 8:31. For the women, Anka Martin again overcame nearest competitor Pauline Dieffenthaler.

The third stage came after a long liaison that ended with a walk that left sweat marks on the dusty soil. This SS was a surprise to everyone because a special kind of very sandy soil turned the stage into a kind of SX track. Paul Smail came down saying that this on this special he took almost every turn with the foot out as if on a motorcycle. Here again Clementz demonstrated his supremacy taking the win with a time of 7:13 and a margin of 20 seconds over Lars Sternberg (whose run was followed by the chopper, shooting a video for Smith Optics).

So The Andes Pacifico day 2 ended again with Jerome Clementz on top followed by Nico Prudencio, François Bailly-Maitre, and Chris Johnston. Anka Martin strengthens her lead in the women’s category ahead of Pauline Dieffenthaler.

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