Yes! The bike and our gear made it through the flights and customs without any problems. They never even asked me to open the bike box. I guess Annie is the antidote for the suspicion that I seem to inevitably inspire at border crossings.
I should back up for a moment…the big news is that I just started a 6-month leave of absence from LinkedIn in order to train for and participate in a bunch of bikepacking races this summer. We decided to move down to Mexico for two months, so that I could start training and we could work on our Spanish. Fortunately, Annie can work on her website from anywhere.
Guanajuato is an ideal spot for training. It’s at 6,500ft elevation, has mild temperatures, and offers lots of routes with quad-busting climbs.
So, without any more excuses, I quickly headed off into the mountains to scout out a good training ride. I was going to ask for advice at the local bike shop, but it turns out that the owner recently closed it and went back to Switzerland. (Warning to tourists hoping to rent a bike, Bike Station Guanajuato no longer exists!)
FYI – I’ve only been able to find a small shop that sells tires, tubes, and kids bikes. They have an air compressor and I think they have a mechanic because I think I saw a makeshift bike stand. It’s on Plaza Canatador (see map).
In the spirit of helping the next hapless tourist, the route I’ve been riding the last couple of days is below. Click on the blue markers to see pics of the route.
Right now, it is taking me about 4 hours to complete the loop. Hopefully, I’ll shave some time off in the coming weeks. And, shockingly, it turns out that there are a few locals who actually record their rides on Strava . Enrique de Alba, I’m coming for you! Say adios to your king-of-the-mountain badges!
Guanajuato Mountain Bike Route
Miles ~30; Elevation Gain ~5,000; Max Elevation ~8,400