<b>Day 1 of the inaugural Andes Pacifico started with a chairlift from La Parva to 3200m. Then riders hiked to 3600m for the start.</b> -Sven Martin
<b>Racers make the final push to the start just as the day's first light broke over the ridge.</b> -Dave Trumpore
<b>The Andes Pacifico gets underway from the top of La Parva in all time conditions! #TodaysOfficeDidNotSuck</b> -
<b>Sven, Dave & I aren't the only ones shooting on the mountain. Jerome Clementz snaps some memories of his beloved Pauline Dieffenthaler. #JeTaime</b> - photo by Gary Perkin
<b>Sven had a day to forget or remember depending on how you look at it, so I took this as another Steve Peat homage. #1Beer.</b> - photo by Gary Perkin
<b>Dark cloud crew Jon Cancellier, Paul Smail, and Chris Ball make their way to Stage One. </b> -Sven Martin
<b>Nicolas Prudencio is leading the Chilean charge on Day 1 of the Andes Pacifico, 2nd overall on the day.</b> - photo by Gary Perkin
<b>As we all know, it's definitely in the hips. Jerome Clementz snakes his way through Stage 2 of 4 today.</b> - photo by Gary Perkin
<b>Amateur geologist, Adam Brayton, took lots of soil samples today, but none bigger than this one when he used his visor to extract half an acre of topsoil and rock. #StrataOrStrava #iambullethead2flat </b> - photo by Gary Perkin
<b>Always a team player, Lars Sternberg clears the track of Chilean land mines for the rest of the American riders.</b> -Dave Trumpore
<b>Wanna feel like a rockstar? Climb out of a helicopter at 3400m above sea level after using the multi-million dollar machine to 1/60th pan Dylan Wolksy of the Nomads. #LikeABoss</b> - photo by Gary Perkin
<b>Even with one-minute intervals, the dust on track was still a bit much to manage if you happened to catch the rider in front of you. #LaParvaFilter</b> -Dave Trumpore
<b>Coming down the massive Stage 4 (bottom left), you were greeted by the camp site that is home for the Andes Pacifico for the first night under the stars! #CampAsARowOfTents </b> - photo by Gary Perkin
<b>Anka Martin leads the women here at Andes Pacifico. Not quite the same dirt and vegetation of what she is used to coming straight in from New Zealand. The girls also missed a turn and added an extra 4 km climb to an already-huge liaison on for Stage 4. </b> -Sven Martin
<b>There's an in house bet going between Santa Cruz's Engineering & Marketing departments. Product Manager Josh Kissner leads Marketing Director Will Ockelton after Day 1's 4 Stages. #RedWineDoping</b> - photo by Gary Perkin
<b>It's wild and a big outdoors here in Chile. Riders push up past some oxygen starved campers. </b> -Sven Martin
<b>There are lots of "new," unreleased products here in this photo of Jon Cancellier. One is on his handlebars, another on his knees and the last hidden out of sight behind his back. </b> -Sven Martin
<b>How many new and rare parts can you spot on Jon Cancellier's bike now?</b> -Dave Trumpore
<b>Rene Damseaux of Somerset West actually went to primary school with Anka Martin. They meet up again for first time since then here at Andes Pacifico! He was a little dirtier than she remembers. #SmallWorld #NextLevel</b> -
<b>Jerome enters the 27.5 club.</b> -Sven Martin
<b>SAFE! Joey Schusler sliding into home plate for his clock in. He is a little unfamiliar with international stage enduro rules. The timing bezel is not burried under the pole, Joey. </b> -Sven Martin
<b>Today took one for the Dark Cloud team. Broken pedal yesterday, snapped chain on the long Stage 2, flat on Stage 3 (that I'm plugging here) then another flat on uphill liaison. Capped off nicely with an OTB, concussion and mild AC separation. My double duty as racer and photographer for this event is looking pretty grim. #givesmetimeformoreproductphotos</b> -Sven Martin
<b>Stage 4 was long and gnarly. Preceeded by a 1200m climb and hike-a-bike, it was brutal. After my crash I decided to get the mandatory cactus shots and help a few of the marshals on motos out of the ditches.</b> -Sven Martin
<b>The lack of grip in Chile does not suit the timid. Pauline Dieffenthaler gets it sideways right out of the gate on Stage 1.</b> -Dave Trumpore
<b>It was foot out, flat out for Sven on Stage 1 while he still had a chain on his bike and air in both tires.</b> -Dave Trumpore
<b>4th place Pro after day one, Chris Johnston, about to battle through the smoke screen being laid down by local legend, Felipe Vasquez.</b> -Dave Trumpore
<b>Francois Bailly-Maitre of France doesn't seem to be having any trouble with the 100-degreee heat, moon dust or cactus thorns in Chile. He's currently sitting in 3rd after day 1.</b> -Dave Trumpore
<b>After spending more than a month in South America to kick off 2014, Jose Schusler has a new nickname.</b> -Dave Trumpore
<b>Shower time for the Nomads Chris and Dylan. Bikes bodies and salmon farming the river was a welcome end to the day. </b> -Sven Martin
<b>Jon Cancellier of SRAM reminded me a few times today that he's a race mechanic and not a pure racer. He sure knows how to use the tools available to get the job done! #BeerBottleRacing </b> - photo by Gary Perkin
<b>True to form, Jerome Clementz came down track like a missile on the rough and gnarly Stage 4, solidfying a 1-minute lead going into day 2. #totalstagedomination</b> -Dave Trumpore
Day 1 at the Andes Pacifico! The first thing everyone asked in the morning was how did you sleep...obviously no one slept because everybody was anxious.
From 7:30 am competitors began with the first liaison to the Aguila lift La Parva Ski Center at 2800 meters, which led to the sector called Piuquenes on the way to Valle Amarillo.
SS1 began with a fast section that enters a singletrack with no grip or #antigrip as the locals call it, before reaching a rocky area with more than a few little drops where a few riders had crashes without even realizing it. The track ended with a sector of more than 30 switchbacks that boil the brakes. This gave the riders a preview of what was in store for the rest of the day. Very loose terrain, dusty and long descents on singletrack mainly used to carry goods.
SS2 began with a very flowy trail which was open and allowed riders to go very fast. In this special our friend Chris Ball told us that he loved the area and had been enjoying the flow of the trail and the open views allowing you to take in the immensity of the Andes.
SS3 is a classic and a favorite of every Enduro or downhill rider in Chile. Today for the second time in the history this single track was used for a competition. We are talking about the famous curve 16 with the curve 14. These two singles connected to create a special that last almost 7 minutes which included the infamous uphill on turn 14. The circuit as always has lots of stones and ditches that have become larger of late – all of which made the riders sweat even more than just the heat.
At the end of this special stage, it was the food supply area supply was where Santa Cruz and Mountain Works gave mechanical assistance, supplied parts, and where riders could enjoy the food brought by the organization – fruits, sandwiches, nuts and Red Bull.
Then came the longest liaison and uphill pf all the race. Sven Martin opined that bikes should have a motor to do that type of climbs [where's your e-bike, Sven?]. 1200 meters of climbing was enough to make all competitors suffer. But all this had an award which was the special SS4 Nido de Condores - Santuario that would take the last sparks of energy from the riders to complete. Unanimously all riders categorized this SS as the most complex of the day as 1,100 meters of vertical and over 16 minutes – safe to say it left everyone exhausted.
The end of the special stage was in the picnic area of the Nature Sanctuary where the river was used to relax the muscles and clean the dust off the bikes.
The big winner of the day was the World Champion Jerome Clementz who took the lead with a 45:29 minutes, ahead of Chilean National Champion Nico Prudencio with 46:23 minutes. Third place went to François Bailly-Maitre with 47:27 minutes.
For complete results Check: http://montenbaik.com/Resultados/
Photos by Sven Martin, Gary Perkin and Dave Trumpore.