Cycling in Mexico may not be what you think it is.
That is, unless you think of ocean-view rides, majestic jungle covered mountains, sunny weather, and great food for refueling. If that’s what comes to mind, then cycling in mexico is exactly what you think it is.
I went down to Mexico in November of 2015 initially for a tour of the Patron facilities outside of Guadalajara, however I decided to stay a little longer and enjoy the coast.
I knew the owners of Bici Bucerias, Joel and Jill Goralski, from my hometown of Calgary. I had ridden a bit with Joel in Calgary, and had kept in touch through his move to Mexico.
I contacted him once I knew I would be in his area, and we set up a few days of riding in and around the beautiful state of Nayarit.
I took a four hour bus ride from Guadalajara to Bucerias, and Joel picked me up at the station. I was dropped off at one of his villas in the heart of Bucerias.
Bici Bucerias offers an accommodation package in one of his brand new units only a few blocks from the beach. I took him up on this option, and was taken there to settle in.
The villa was a beautiful little hangout, complete with a pool, air conditioning, and a fridge to keep the beer cold (among other amenities).
Now, the cycling.
Riding in this part of the world is great, especially for us northerners who are used to having snow covering the road for almost half the year. In this part of Mexico, however, it’s the heat that you have to deal with. This meant early morning rides, which left shortly after the sun made its appearance above the Sierra Madres.
We met early each morning, were fit with our Specialized Allez bikes, and were guided off onto the quite country roads around Bucerias.
They have route options for everyone, ranging from flat and easy, to mountain climbs on cobblestone. The one consistent feature of every ride is sweeping views.
My buddies were the guides, and in general someone cycling on their holidays is going to be a good person, so you never have a shortage of companions to chat with while cycling.
In total I got three rides in during the four days I was there. I enjoyed seeing the business that Joel and Jill had built down in Mexico, and was very thankful for their hospitality throughout the trip.
Cycling in Mexico with Bici Bucerias was a great experience. Thanks Bici Bucerias!!!
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