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​After a first day of adaptation that was quite hard for many, the riders began to prepare for the second day of the race.

 

On this second day the riders were moved directly into the Andes mountain range where after two hours in the vans, the time to move the legs came.

The second day of racing took place in a scenario typical of the Chilean Cowboys: The "rucos" are old constructions of stone used by the cowboys when they moved the cows and horses from one side of the mountain range to the other.

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The first special Rucos de Agua was a very natural track, with very fast and technical zones that were marked by a couple of climbs that got everybody’s pulse up. A great special and as Cedric Gracia said: This is Enduro !!!

On this first special of the day the win was fought for by the French compatriots, and it was Francois Bailly-Maitre who took the first place with 11:53.03 followed very closely by Jerome Clementz with 11:53.35 and in third place the Chilean National Champ Guga Ortiz with 11:56.37.

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Among the women the undisputed champion started right back where she left off yesterday. Tracy Moseley took the first place with a time of 13:21.09 followed by Casey Brown with 14:13.70 and rounding up the third place was Emily Slaco with 14:40.79.

The second and last special of the day, Paico Pilar de Piedra, marked a change of pace with respect to the previous circuit. This track requires skills, stamina, and technique for the switchbacks of the final section.

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Jerome won this special with a time of 10:46.82 followed by Milciades Jaque with a 10:47.49 and Yoann Barelli in third with 10:48.68. Tracy did not give up the first place with a time of 12:35.05 followed by Casey with 13:03.64 and third place Pauline Dieffenthaler with 13:05.42.

The race ended early which allowed the riders to rest in the camp and enjoy a good hot-dog post race to recover and share. The general results chart of Day 2 left Jerome as winner of the day followed by Francois and closing the podium after the day was great Chilean national promise Guga Ortiz. This is just beginning and the Chileans are already providing much to talk about, let's see how they continue the next few days.

Among the women Tracy carved out a big lead over Casey, with Pauline in third on the day.

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Results day 2

Men

  1. Jerome 22: 40.17
  2. Francois 22: 46.93
  3. Guga 22: 47.21

Women

  1. Tracy 25.56.14
  2. Casey 27: 17.34
  3. Pauline 27: 57.77

With the results today the overall remains very interesting as Jerome keeps the lead followed very closely, only 9 seconds back for the Milciades Jaque who already last year finished third! And speaking of third place, here we find François Bailly-Maitre less than a second behind Micha, so things are definitely heating up.

In the ladies Tracey Mosley holds a considerable advantage over teammate Casey Brown who in turn has a lot of time to spare between herself and Canadian Emily Slaco.

2017 Andes Pacifico Standings After Day Two (full standings)

Men

1.Jerome Clementz 63: 53.27

2.Milciades Check 64: 02.19

3.Francois Bailly-Maitre 64: 03.01

Women

1.Tracy Moseley 75: 02.42

2.Casey Brown 77.43.95

3.Emily Slaco 82: 12.89


Photos by Jonathan Junge
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