South American Splendor - Andes Pacifico Enduro Recon Day

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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

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  • nateh

    2/12/2014 10:53 AM

    I rode down there almost 10 years ago at this point, and that trail, sketchy as it is, is still in the top 3 for me. So epic. On a DH bike you can go off piste for 1500' above where the trail starts and then ride all the way to the valley. But the hidden rocks... scary.


    2/12/2014 10:48 AM

    im so lucky to born here, #getoutofmyhill

  • shutter2ride

    2/12/2014 9:09 AM


  • Stillmrg Photography

    2/12/2014 8:30 AM

    JEJE, This is my Country Chile. lived there for many years and i know those places.

  • Lucent

    2/12/2014 5:00 AM

    Man I don't envy those riders riding on that first stage!! When we rode there years back it was loose, dusty, and extremely tough to find the right balance of air pressure to give you enough traction without flatting. And they weren't cut a corner off-trail and you're heading for pointy sharp rocks hiding under a few inches of moon dust! Can't wait to see the rest of the coverage!

  • Ian Collins

    2/11/2014 10:50 PM

    wow...great stuff, I can't wait to see what the next few days will hold. wish I was there.

  • sideshow

    2/11/2014 10:00 PM


  • general lee

    2/11/2014 9:32 PM

    Give Gary a raise!

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