If you live in Southern California and if you happen to be an avid cyclist, you have heard of this fun ride. In case you haven’t, here is what you have been missing.
Let’s begin by answering the “Is it safe to go to Mexico?” question: The answer is yes it is. The people from Baja California understand that the Rosarito-Ensenada ride brings in a lot of tourists and therefore a lot of revenue. Over 8,000 cyclists took part this year, that is a shit load of beer consumed! (I did my part).
Other than trying not to crash at the beginning of the ride, the ride itself is awesome. The route takes us along the “Free road” which happens to be right along the coast. The road is closed to all vehicular traffic so there is no stress about getting ran over by a car.
We then head out inland where we start climbing about 1200 feet. This is the part where you question the “fun” from “fun ride”.
We also met a few interesting individuals, there was this rider that was attempting to ride the entire 50 miles standing up. He actually removed his seatpost and saddle! We asked him why, he said “No pain, no gain”.
Although this was my fifth time doing this ride, this was my first time doing it “bike commuter style”. I rode my Devinci Caribou 1 with Panasonic Gran Bois tires and my ISM PN1.1 saddle.
It took me about 4 hours to complete the ride, not bad compared to last year where I ended up cramping up with about 20 miles to go.
Next Rosarito-Ensenada ride is on September, if you live in Southern California, this is one of the rides that you have to add to your bucket list.