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|The Original Party on
10:00 a.m. Fun Ride
9:45 a.m. Elite Start
"Best Cycling Event"
The Rosarito Ensenada Bike Ride was voted #1 again by readers of LA
Sports & Fitness Magazine.
Head south of the border with 10,000 of your closest amigos for this fun
ride along the Pacific Coast and inland through rural countryside from
Rosarito Beach to Ensenada, Mexico.
New Elite Start
If you will average 15+ mph on our 50 mile course, you can now register for
the self-seeded elite start and join the platoon of faster riders up front.
Everyone will have more fun with the recreational cyclists riding safely
50-MILE RIDE FAST FACTS:
Bicycling West, Inc.
10 a.m., at the south end of Rosarito's main street. Start line fills before
8:30 a.m. It takes about 45 minutes for the main body of bikers to cross the
Most Southern California bike shops have entry forms, and many can pre-register
you. Call Bicycling West for the location nearest you. Day-of-event registration
in Rosarito from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m at Festival Plaza Resort at the south
end of Rosarito.
The Rosarito-Ensenada Free Road from the Rosarito Beach Hotel to Ensenada. (The
Free Road runs parallel to the toll road south from Rosarito to La Mision, then
cuts east into the mountains. It rejoins the main road north of Ensenada, just
past the end of the toll road. Rosarito and Ensenada police will keep the entire
route clear of motorized traffic and provide escort and support.)
200 yards before the jetty in the marina area south of El Sauzal. No activities
at the finish line. Rehydrate, cruise into town slowly, and meet up with your
biking companions, friends or support people at the Finish Line Fiesta in
$30 if postmarked by April 3; $35 after. Entry fee includes full medical
support, en-route water stops, sanitation and refreshments stations, bike check
before the race, minor bike repairs and a free beer or soft drink at the Finish
Line Fiesta. Emergency medical transport includes ground, sea and air services.
Support also includes pickup wagons. Nobody gets left on the road.
Finish Line Fiesta:
12:30 pm to dusk. Free admission. Pay-as-you-go food and beverage stalls.
Manzana Ocho park on Blvd. Costero, across from the Rivera del Pacifico
Convention Center in downtown Ensenada.
Shuttle bus return for bikes
and riders: Ensenada-to-Rosarito return
shuttle service for bikes and riders from 2 to 8:30 p.m on race day.
Transportation by vans with trailers. $19 in advance of race; $21 in Ensenada.
TIPS FOR FIRST-TIMERS
Do a 50-miler first. You wouldn't run a 10K run
without knowing you could handle 10 kilometers.
Bring the right equipment and make sure it's in
good condition. Road bikes, mountain bikes and tandems are all appropriate.
Don't over-inflate the tires of racing bikes
before the ride. If it's a hot day, the sun can heat up the pavement while
waiting for the start and pop them.
Ride with your ability level. Since bikers will
fill a dozen blocks of the main street of Rosarito, position yourself in the
appropriate part of the lineup. The fastest and most experienced bikers ride
to the front, those who want a more leisurely experience ride in the middle,
and the inexperienced, less able and those who just want to party ride to the
Stay to the right unless passing. Yell "Passing
on left" as you overtake another rider.
Monitor yourself. Don't dehydrate. Drink before
you're thirsty. Eat when you're hungry. Rest before you're exhausted.
Bring sunscreen and use it frequently.
After crossing the finish line, re-hydrate and
cruise slowly into Ensenada for the Finish Line Fiesta.
Slow down for the speed bumps entering downtown
Ensenada. They have popped many a tire, spoiling an otherwise great day.
– Ensenada 50 Mile Fun Bike Ride
Twice a year, in
April and September, 10,000 maniacs converge on Baja California just south of
the border in order to drink, participate in a bicycle race, and drink some
more. Actually, some clarification is in order. There are 10,000 participants
but another few thousand who go to Mexico just to party. They leave their
bicycles at home and never venture farther down the road than Papas and Beers.
It's the Rosarito
to Ensenada Bicycle Race.
There are two ways
to approach the event. One is to load up a bicycle and actually participate. The
second is to load up the cooler and just party. Either way, it's a rewarding
weekend. The bike race is 50 miles in length, traveling from the beachside town
of Rosarito, where the movie "Titanic" was filmed, to the port city of Ensenada.
It's not an easy ride and will take between 3-4 hours to compete. The people in
the logo-heavy silk shirts and color-coordinated helmet, shoes and pants on
their $3,000 bikes complete it in two hours.
It's both scenic
and challenging. There's a fiesta afterward but its mainly a subdued affair.
The party is
mainly just scenic. The day begins shortly after the night before at the same
spot, Papas and Beers in Rosarito. From noon until sunset on Saturday afternoon,
this sand-filled oasis is host to about a hundred daytime revelers whose only
goal is to empty the bar's liquor supply. By late afternoon, the scene turns
Rosarito Beach is
located approximately 45 minutes South of the United States border in Baja,
California. The nearest International airport is in San Diego; from there, it's
about a one-hour journey. The drive from Los Angeles takes about three hours.
Driving in Mexico requires Mexican insurance ($30USD), which can be purchased at
San Ysidro, the last United States exit off Interstate. It is also advisable to
fill up on gas here; some stations also sell insurance.
Accommodations fill up quickly, so it's best to make reservations in advance.
Those Who Race
Make no mistake
about it. Riding a bicycle from Rosarito to Ensenada is not an easy task. It is
a true physical challenge and should not be attempted by anybody who has trouble
making it to the corner gas station.
It's not the 50
miles that's the problem. It's something known as "the hill." For anyone who has
participated in the event, this needs no explanation. For others, suffice to say
that while climbing "the hill" it would seem to make navigating the Swiss Alps
like a Sunday afternoon ride through a park. It goes up and up, but never away.
Officially, it's only listed as two miles long, but it seems to last for 25
The ride starts at
10 a.m. from the front of the Festival Plaza Hotel. Cyclists cruise south along
the rugged Baja California, It travels all to briefly along the beautiful Mexico
coastline on the free road (Mexico 1). The route turns east heading inland for
two miles through rural countryside before going south to "the hill." It then
continues south over rolling hills for 8 miles, then drops 8 miles downhill for
the final 8 flat miles along the ocean to the finish line just outside of
Then it's another
mile through town before reaching the post-event reception, known as the "Finish
Along the way,
there are several places to stop and refresh with water and fruit, provided free
by race organizers. But there are only places to get beer and they are not free
This is a one-way
journey. Fifteen passenger shuttle vans with trailers for the bikes travel from
Ensenada to Rosarito ((7 a.m. to 9 a.m before the event, and after the race
until 7:30 p.m . Tickets are $19 with advance purchase or $21 on the day of the
event. Day of event van tickets can be purchased at either the start line
registration area in Rosarito Beach or at the post-event reception.
The entry fee is
$30.00 USD plus $ Mexican City Tax. It includes the ride refreshments, minor
bicycle repair and full U.S.-based medical support plus a free warm beer or soft
drink at the Finish Line Fiesta. The Rosarito Bike Race link provided at left
provides details and on-line registration.
A $5.00 late fee
applies if purchased less than 15 days before the event. T-shirts (100%
pre-shrunk cotton with a 6-color design) are $12 additional The ride entry
packet, mailed approximately three weeks before each event, includes a bike
number with attached beer coupon, helmet number, registration wristband and an
information sheet that includes a map. Day-of-event registration will takes
place in the plaza area of the Festival Plaza Hotel near the starting line in
Rosarito Beach from 7:30-10:30 a.m.
Those Who Do
There are not many
occasions on a worldwide basis where drinking before noon is morally acceptable.
The Rosarito Bike Race is one of those occasions where its is.
For many, the bike
race is not a bike event or a race of any kind. It's a wild weekend to be spent
barefoot at a bar, beer sprinkled with body shots of margaritas and
For them, the
weekend is all about the party. And the party starts and finishes at Papas and
Beers in Rosarito Beach.
Papas and Beers is
a large bar with a beach volleyball court, dance floor, picnic tables and food
stations. In the daytime, it's drenched in sunshine and the patrons are drowned
in beer, tequila shots and other forms of liquor.
It starts in the
early afternoon and continues until just past sunset, at which time people
either pair up for a quick rendezvous, nap, shower, or a combination of all
three. A couple of hours later, they are back at the same place.
The Night Party
We hate to be
repetitious, but it's back to Papas and Beers. The scene is typically Mexico.
That is to say, wild and uninhibited.
Friday, even bike
riders go out and party hard. Tequila flows like water – it's healthier here,
too – and there is enough beer consumed to empty a brewery. People dance on the
bars, do body shots and eventually remove their own and other people's clothing.
Inhibitions are checked at the border.
Papas and Beers
basically an outdoor beach party. Papas and Beers is open-air with a large sand
volleyball court. Most of the action occurs at the main bar area and on/around
the wooden dance floor. As one might expect, it's a casual affair, with shorts,
t-shirts and sandals the preferred attire. The crowd is largely single, with a
fairly even mix of gals to guys. Sexual encounters are frequent, sometimes even
in the bar itself. Friday is the wilder of the two weekend days. Saturday, those
hearty daytime souls do their best to stir up revelry and some race participants
do make it out again. But for many who rode that day, its a mellow evening of
dinner and maybe a few drinks at the Rosarito Beach Hotel.
Weather is not an
issue. It will be warm and sunny. At night, a cool and satisfying breeze will be
blowing and nights are mild and comfortable.