From Andes Pacifico:

Andes Pacifico 2016 kicked off yesterday at La Parva Ski Resort, beginning 5 days of pure mountain biking from the Andes Mountains to the Pacific Ocean in Chile. More than 32,000 feet of drop in the 21 special stages await riders competing in this adventure.

The Special Stage Valle Amarillo that started at 11,000 feet was the initial test of the "Dakar of mountain biking.” After this and four other stages, the Chilean rider from team Extreme Zone, Nicolas Prudencio, stands as leader with a total time of 41:26, followed by the Scottish rider Mark Scott. 

Very close in third position is the Frenchman Francois Bailly-Maitre with 41:33. In fourth is the Chilean Milciades Jaque from Curico, who, despite breaking his chain in the fifth special Lomas del Viento, is less than 1 minute from Prudencio.

Meanwhile in the ladies category, Tracy Moseley leads after the first day, followed by the French Pauline Dieffenthaler with a time of 51:22.

Tomorrow promises five specials on rocky, loose tracks which will push riders to their technical limits.

Full results.