What about the riding in Mexico? I know your desperate to find out what it’s like. Come inside to find out more.<a
Im actually not riding that much. I still ride EVERYDAY, but just less. The morning commute is something i haven’t done in a while. For the past two years my main form of income has been riding my bike, so I would get up, meet the days clients and then ride. Now I have to don a shirt, make my packed lunch and ride to work. It’s fun though because riding the trail you’ve been building when you still have sleep in your eyes really gets you set for the day.
The landscape is low. By that I mean there are very few trees and it is quite flat (compared to my mountain homes) so you can see for miles. There is a mountain range that summits behind the property. Its like a stone sentinel that stretches up for a thousand metres and along for 27 miles. It’s straight up and just scared with canyons along its length. Pushed up out of the earth then eroded by rain and time. The alluvial gravel makes a steady embankment along the footings of the cliffs. It’s good digging along this level. Picks and shovels cut well into the dry dirt but every so often there are giant slabs of bed rock. These are not easy to dig through, but with a little creative line choice make some awesome riding terrain.
This shot is taken on just such a track. It’s a shortish 45 minute loop that climbs up a 150 metres vertical on many many switchbacks then flows downwards over off-camber rocks slabs and through arroyos.
So part of the work is riding. We have to test ride the trails right? This was the morning after a wet day when we decided to take advantage of the moisture to fluff some berms. This one is a rad pump bump to leftie. You can rail the line or cut tight and square it. Here the Tallboy is doing it’s uncannily good impression of a more aggressive bike.
Bit foot out this shot, in a gay way. I hate foot hangers. I blame wearing work boots. Such little traction between foot and pedal.
The riding is dry, dusty, loose dirt alot of the time, then rocky, fierce, cheesegrater, slabby heaven. So far we have built about 18KMs of trail (add to that the 12 km that the previous crew built), but the grand vision is for 250KMs of trail.
I like this photo. Not because the photo is technically good, far from it, and not because it’s a sick shot. Just that it was taken on one of my first days here when the novelty of seeing such a big sky again was striking good vibes into me.
Damn since been out here I’ve really wanted to get back into photography. There’s alot of good light and options for interesting shots if you look really hard. Here is a shot we tried to coordinate with two riders on the ride home from work. I’d love to get out and spend some time actually getting some good shots before I leave.
Like I say i’m not riding as much as usual. It’s been a nice break after non stop riding for 30 months straight. However I am really itching to get back to some serious riding. Next stop California and New Zealand. That beautiful Tallboy and my dirt jumper are going to see some serious action in the next two months.
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Really enjoyed reading your articles! Some of the photos are awesome and it’s great to see you’ve put such hard work into the trailbuilding. I live in Xalapa, Veracruz, México, and have been trying to convince others in the area that trailbuilding is the way forward. We’ve had some good results but part of what deters us from doing more is that the quality of the natural riding in this area is just amaaazing…
If you guys get the opportunity to head south a bit then please let me know and we’ll do our best to accomodate you and make sure your singletrack needs are a lot more than just satisfied!