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2016 Andes Pacifico Epic Final Race Report 3

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A hard charge through the arid, rugged trails of the Andes finishes at the edge of the Pacific ocean in Chile. Riders tackled a total of 5 days of racing with over two-hours of timed runs. Mechanicals, crashes and flats plagued the entire field but in the end, Francois Bailly-Maitre won the battle of speed and consistency with a 20-second victory over Mark Scott.

Sven Martin and Gary Perkin share the stories of slaying and praying during this romp through the altitude.

Pro Men's results

Pro Women's results

Official words from race organizer, Montenbaik

Francois Bally-Maitre is the winner of the third versión of Andes Pacifico 2016.

The most consistent pilot of the Andes Pacifico was François Bailly-Maitre that celebrate his first place in Matanzas after completed the 7 stages of the fifth day when the riders arrived to the Pacific Ocean.

In the podium the young Scottish Mark Scott accompanied him from Santa Cruz Bicycles who was everyday in the top three riders. On third place arrived the 2014 World Champion Jerome Clementz. The Frenchman said: “During the five days I went from less to more, I’m happy with the result and I really like the format of these races with a few days and lots of stages”.

The best Chilean was Milciades Jaque in fourth place, who said: “I learned a lot during these 5 hard days, I focus on one objective to finish the race and also I focus on keeping my fitnes during the race” “I end up very happy, this is a very good way to start the year and I’m sure I can improve in the future”.

Women
Tracy Moseley show why she has some many titles, she won Andes Pacifico by a good margin of 12 minutes to Pauline Dieffenthaler that got second place.
In third place arrived the Chilean credit Florencia Espiñeira, how had a really good race despite a flat tire the first day that made lose precious time.

Master
The master class was won by the Chilean legend Claus Plaut who took the lead in the final day over the US Master Champion Michael West. In third Place arrive the three-time Andes Pacifico participant from South Africa Rene Damseaux.

We close Andes Pacifico 2016 with an great feeling that we had a great race in amazing places that show the variety of single tracks and landscapes that Chile has to practice Mountain Bike.
From the high Andes passing to the famous Colchagua Valley full of vineyards and ending up in Matanzas a little town that is the capital of the windsurf and waves.

We want to thank all the riders and staff that were part of this race and especially to our sponsors:

Santa Cruz Bicycles, Volkswagen, Bontrager, Evoc, Kross Brewery, KTM Motorcycles, ODI Grips, SRAM, Motorex, La Parva, Lo Barnechea, Antawaya, Hotel Surazo, Viña Aquitania

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