<b>Chile and South America are the MTB epicenter for the next few weeks. Urban DH'ing, enduro'ing and test camps galore mean an early start to the 2014 season. Polygon UR with bikes packed, passports in hand and anticipation brimming as we descend on Chile.</b> -Sven Martin
<b>The start of our Andes Pacifico adventure took us through downtown Santiago all the way up the mountains looming on the horizon. #RoamingInChile</b> Photo by Gary Perkin
<b>Jonathan Gregory long time designer for Dirt Magazine now slow roasting coffee in Cornwall giving him time to travel and explore the world while sampling coffee beans.</b> -Sven Martin
<b>James Horan from Nelson NZ tests the #antigrip dirt before the race starts tomorrow. La Parva, our base camp tonight, lies in the background. Tomorrow's stage starts top left on the white dirt cliffs up at 3600m</b> -Sven Martin
<b>After 14 years of shooting mountain bikes I still can't believe that I get paid to travel the world and shoot scenes like this! #NoExcuseForAPayCutThough</b> Photo by Gary Perkin
<b>EWS' Chris Ball takes the Bar Drag Bounty to new levels near the La Parva ski resort on our media recce for Andes Pacifico. #GloveCactusInterfacing</b> Photo by Gary Perkin
<b>Dave Trumpore gets his skid on into the setting sun. </b> -Sven Martin
<b>Ribbons of singletrack leading down towards water.</b> -Dave Trumpore
<b>Stoked to be riding with the Dark Cloud crew's Chris Ball of Enduro World Series and SRAM's Jon Cancellier. The cloud lived up to its reputation despite cloudless skies! #DarkCloudRidesAgain</b> Photo by Gary Perkin
<b>Its erie out here with circling condors overhead. They came within two meters at times, sniffing out Silverback blood. I kept my helmet on just in case.</b> -Sven Martin
<b>The budding bromance of bucking Bronsons Chris Ball and Sven Martin is all but sealed. So much so that even a pack of wild horses couldn't drag them apart. #BrokeBackMountainBiking</b> Photo by Gary Perkin
<b>Jon Cancellier and Chris Ball keep to the trail. Cutting the course here will only lead to flats and crashes. </b> -Sven Martin
<b>Chris Ball getting to grips with the #antigrip dirt out here. Sometimes it looks fine but at other times it is mysteriously slippery. Not just because it's loose but because of the chemical makeup of the soil. </b> -Sven Martin
<b>When worlds collide - fresh off the plane from the jungles of Papua New Guinea, James Horan follows Jon Cancellier who fled the snow in Colorado to rail the Chilean dust! #SteepsOnAntiGrip</b> Photo by Gary Perkin
<b>Gary Perkin can barely concentrate right now. It's hard to focus when all he'd rather be doing is shooting into the sun without a lens hood. #Lensflareho. </b> -Dave Trumpore
<b>La Parva sits in the background. Our base camp for tonight.</b> -Sven Martin
<b>There are not a lot of trees on tomorrow's stages. Not until you get to the bottom of Stage 4 at least. A quick warm up today to get used to the dirt on some other trails from the top of the hill.</b> -Dave Trumpore
<b>#mars</b> -Dave Trumpore
<b>Save your knobs...it's a long way home.</b> -Dave Trumpore
<b>It's like living a watercolor here.</b> Photo by Gary Perkin
<b>Wild horses couldn't brake drag them away.</b> -Sven Martin
<b>Before Mongo went by, this trail was un-rutted.</b> -Dave Trumpore
<b>Otherworldly</b> -Dave Trumpore
<b>#NoFilter, nuff said!</b> Photo by Gary Perkin
<b>The sun sets on an incredible day. When it returns, we'll begin racing in the Andes Pacifico Enduro!</b> -Dave Trumpore
Today was the day 0 of this first edition of the Andes Pacifico presented by Santa Cruz.
80 riders were transported to the Ski Resort of La Parva. Riders registered and grabbed the accomodations that will cover them from the cold Andean Night. After registration our media crew went for a ride to check the terrain where they found some dusty and rocky trails.
After dinner riders had the first briefing where the race's director Matias Del Solar presented the Montenbaik team that will be working on this race. It's the same crew that will be producing the first round of the Enduro World Series on April 18-19, 2014 at Nevados de Chillan, Chile.
Matias summarized the 4 days of this unique event, focusing on the first day of racing.
Day one will feature:
40 kms total length of the day
4 Special Stages
23 kms of Special Stages
3670 meters of vertical downhill
We are looking forward to start the Andes Pacifico tomorrow.
Photos by Gary Perkin, Sven Martin and Dave Trumpore