July 22, 2017
Start 10:00 a.m.
El Tigre Highway Km 4
San Antonio de las Minas, BC Mexico
40.7 mile loop with 1,203′ of elevation gain.
Cyclists 12 years and under must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Race for prizes, or just roll through the vineyards!
The Ruta del Vino Bike Ride & Wine Festival is an international cycling event through the wine capital of Mexico: The Guadalupe Valley. Along the course you’ll pass by 25 wineries in the heart of the valley, where the aroma of grapes dances with a cool Pacific breeze and the sun warms the rural landscape.
The entire course is paved and features plenty of climbing. It’s a fun ride, but if you’re an avid cyclist, we invite you to add some fun by competing in the Elite category!.
Celebrate your finish at the Wine Festival! Taste award-winning varietals from the area’s best wine makers and savor cuisine prepared by award-winning local chefs. You’ll be entertained with live, local music. And of course there’s plenty of ice cold cervezas! Entry to the Wine Festival is free and open to the public, and all riders receive an engraved wine glass and free wine tasting!
This event is considered moderately difficult and recommended for any cyclists in good health and physical condition. Minors must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
The route is a fully paved 42 loop with about 1,500 feet of total elevation gain. Avid cyclists will finish in about 2 hours, while casual riders usually finish in 3 to 4 hours.
The event begins and ends at the Rondo del Valle winery, located on the state road from San Antonio to El Porvenir. The official start time is 10:00 a.m. at the. Rondo del Valle will also host the post-ride Wine Festival.
The first part of the course is mostly flat, an ideal time to enjoy the beautiful landscapes be
The first part of the course is mostly flat, an ideal time to enjoy the beautiful landscapes between vineyards and the aromas of the region. You’ll follow 10 miles of the state road through El Porvenir to the intersection with Highway #3 (the Tecate-Ensenada highway) where you’ll turn right and head 20 miles out to the Pacific, passing through San Antonio de las Minas along the way. Please maintain a safe speed as you descend down the big hill to the coast! The course then meets up with Highway #1D (the Tijuana-Ensenada toll road) and continues north for ½ mile through San Miguel to Highway #1 (the old Tijuana-Ensenada free road).
The second part of the course features beautiful foothills, canyons, fun curves and challenging climbs, making this stretch an unforgettable experience! You’ll conquer a 2.5-mile climb with a 1,233 elevation gain! Ride, walk or climb aboard the sweep truck – nothing can stop you! You’ll ride a total of 7 miles to the top of the mesa (including the 2.5-mile climb) to the junction with the road to El Tigre. Here, at mile 37, you’ll cruise the last 5 miles, dropping back down into the valley and on to the finish line at Rondo del Valle, where we’ll be waiting for you at the Wine Festival with live music, gourmet food, and a glass of wine or cold beer!
SUPPORT ON THE COURSE
DO NOT CONTINUE ON COURSE AFTER 3:00 P.M. – FOR YOUR SAFETY, PLEASE BOARD THE SWEEP TRUCKS FOR A RIDE TO THE FINISH LINE.
In order to receive support on the course, you must; register for the event, fill out your personal and medical information on the back of your number, start at the official start time (don’t start early!), and remain on the course at all times. We will provide you with:
*Sweep trucks are only for cyclists who cannot continue due to injuries, physical exhaustion, or broken bicycles. They will transport you to the next aid station if you are able to continue and/or can get your bike repaired there (flat tire, derailleur adjustment, etc.) or to the finish line if you are unable to continue.
|Aid Station||Closing Time|
|No. 1||11:30 am|
|No. 2||12:30 am|
|No. 3||1:30 pm|
|No. 4||2:30 pm|
Cyclists must always stay in the right lane and ride as far possible to the right: ONLY PASS OTHER CYCLISTS ON THE LEFT! DO NOT PASS ON THE RIGHT!!
Stay on the shoulder of the road along the 9-mile section of Highway #3 (Tecate-Ensenada highway).
Watch for staff and signs indicating lane use for cyclists through intersections.
Support vehicles and local traffic is restricted to the left lane only.
The experience is unique, you free yourself from the world and from your very self. You realize that you can do it too, that there are no limits!
The atmosphere that prevails during the ride, going from day to evening while pedaling on the beautiful Baja California and picking up your medal at the end is just the best.