On Saturday night, there was a fire in Corral which affected much of the flora and fauna in the area, but by morning firefighters still had not managed to extinguish it completely. In the picture you can see them dump sea water by helicopter on the the last of the fire. Logan Osborne helping along his brother Marco Osborne before starting the race. Colin Bailey tweaking tires for Josh Carlson.Flo, one of the mechanics for the Devinci team. Here he is thoroughly reviewing Damien Oton’s wheels until they’re perfect.After talking to Flo for a moment I asked him to show me a notebook he had in his toolbox, to my surprise it contained all the data on the regulations and setups that Théo Galy and Damien Oton are running in this race.Dennis Tondin was one of the two Italians who participated in this EWS round.Dennis usually confuses which shoe is left and which is right, so one of his friends wanted to help and wrote him a message.Peter Burns of Chile took third place in U21 and this year he’ll race all of the EWS rounds… Andre Bretas from Brazil in unrivaled and luxurious local flora and fauna.Josh Lewis attacking in the first stage.The Copihue is the national flower of Chile and can only be found in damp places like Valdivia, the rainiest city in Chile where even in summer you can expect rainfall.Spectators gathered watching the racers. Pictured you can see Jerome Clementz who is practically a local in this country by now.The view is something that never ceases to amaze in Corral, this stage ended a little less than 30 meters from the Pacific ocean.Tunnels upon tunnels everywhere. Pictured is Nicolas Prudencio, on the hunt in Chile.Adrien Dailly took first place in U21 today.Isabeau Courdurier stayed third place – here she is winding her way through one of the more spectator friendly zones.Thomas Lapeyrie camouflaging between vegetation .Jared Graves pinned and looking to win.After losing his chain, Jared had to run up and grab it, then re mount it. Fortunately he knew where it went.
.…Then he had to put it on. He still pulled out a top 10. Amazing.Frenchies on the last big climb of the day.Cedric Gracia fighting with the rocks on the last stage of the day.Justin Leov at 1/40th of a second. Watching from this view at the top, it really is impressive to see how boats move through the sea as if the water was a cement road.Florence was the fastest Chilean racer in this first round. On the straight and narrow and headed to the beach. Anneke Berteen and a view of Corral below, with the Pacific ocean Valdivia in the background.Well, a selfie with the winning female Cecile Ravanel can’t do any harm.The poise, speed and force that Nicolas Vouilloz possess are all beyond impressive. Podium finish for the 40 year old legend today. Martin Maes finding his limit and crushing it with second place today. Richie Rude carrying his momentum over from last year and taking a very decisive win today.Unique landscapes, amazing racing and free beer, this can get any better?This was the team that designed the track.Women’s Podium.