On Sunday, Feb. 17th, the Trans-Mexicana mountain bike race gets underway, departing from Veracruz, Mexico, on the Gulf coast. The seven day event is a stage race that will cover a 700km course ending in Huatulco, Oaxaca on the Pacific coast, passing through some very remote and challenging regions in the process.
The course will vary greatly, starting off with a mostly flat, fast track over approximately 100km. But the following stages will move up into the hills, increasing the challenge and distances. Course designer and race director Luis Canseco has designed a route that will accentuate the culture and natural beauty of Mexico, highlighting the local flora and fauna that will be on display as the riders pass through.
It looks like it will be a really great race and hopefully will become an annual event. I like the concept and more races like this one with a mix of an endurance event and cultural immersion, would be fantastic. Mexico is a perfect venue with a diverse culture, unique terrane, and very remote regions. It should be fun to read the reports on this one.
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