Chasing Summer: Lost in the Baja With Berrecloth, Gulevich and Hayden – Video

May 4, 2017
by Théâtre des Opérations  
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There's nothing quite like a winter riding trip with your buddies to a new warm spot. Recently Ace Hayden, Geoff Gulevich, photographer Steve Riffel and videographer Matt Brooks from Lone Wolf Productions flew to the Mexican Baja, on a “chasing summer” trip. They were later joined by Darren Berrecloth who was already in the area and joined forces part way through the trip.

Photo by Steve Riffel

Come with us while we experience all the trails, people, and crevasses Mexico had to offer.

We chose to base our adventure in San Jose Del Cabo at the tip of the Baja nearly bordering the Pacific Ocean and the sea of Cortez. The plan was to build jumps at the local BMX spot, the “Machin Dirt”, and ride trails in the surrounding cities of Cabo San Lucas and Los Barrilies.

Photo by Steve Riffel

We were lucky enough to have made some contacts before we traveled south and had gotten in touch with Machin Solis from the “Machin Dirt” in San Jose Del Cabo, Dr. Alejandro Grimaldo (Dr. Grim) in Cabo San Lucas and Alejandro Cota Nieves in Los Barrilies. Machin and his crew of young BMXers were a huge asset to the trip and essentially dropped everything to help us build new jumps for mountain bikes. On the day of the shoot Machin and his crew unexpectedly showed up with a tent, fresh ceviche and drinks for us all which made us feel even more welcome.

Photo by Steve Riffel

We had an amazing session that went into the twilight hours and even on into the night a little. One thing we learned about the Mexican people is that they are extremely hospitable and super eager to help out wherever they can. There was always at least a few riders willing to come help dig no matter the time of day. Even despite a language barrier our mutual love of bikes spoke quite clearly to each other.

Photo by Steve Riffel

Dr. Grim was kind enough to guide us around his trails in Cabo San Lucas and take us to his favourite taco spot. The views of the famous Cabo arch rock formation were amazing from the trail in many different spots. Ace began his trip long love affair with a cactus species called the choyo getting several stuck in his arm.

Photo by Steve Riffel

Beside the cactus, the trails were awesome. They had a desert feel to them and were quite rugged. After our day on the trails Dr. Grim took us for a meal at one of his local hang outs. We enjoyed some great food and may have had the best stuffed potato on the face of the earth. Alejandro Cota Nieves is a young rider, trail builder and guide in Los Barrilies. He got us into some otherwise locked up areas of the trail networks he helped create. If you ever need a guide look him up as he knows every pebble of the trail networks in this area.

Photo by Steve Riffel

Their trails all lead back towards the sea of Cortez and were visually stunning at sun set. All sorts of pastel colours would stack on top of each other over top the ocean making a surreal looking landscape. Getting to see Geoff, Ace and Darren flowing through this vast landscape as the light shimmered off their goggles was nothing short of stunning. Besides riding we also were fortunate enough to have Darren take us spear fishing. Geoff and Darren spent a morning and afternoon out on San Jose del Cabo’s empty miles of beaches fishing, much to dismay of one puffer fish.

Photo by Steve Riffel

We also partook in the food and surfing that the area had to offer. We traveled up the Pacific Ocean side of the Baja to Cerritos beach where we surfed and enjoyed the ocean until the sun set. From there we continued up to the small town of Todos Santos and ate at the infamous Hotel California.

Photo by Steve Riffel

Our general consensus seemed to be that anyone who is looking for a warm place to ride, surf, fish or do anything active while enjoying amazing people and food should give the southern Baja a whirl, but bring tubeless tires.

We had the time of our lives Chasing Summer in the Baja…

Words: Matt Brooks
Photos: Steve Riffel

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43 Comments

  • + 24
 Up late packing for Moab and decided to take a quick break and crack open up Tecate, browse Pinkbike and first thing on my feed is this video. Everything is good at this moment. Well done gents!
  • + 17
 Tecate, also known as Mexican Gatorade: the only pre- and post-ride beer of champions
  • + 1
 @SpencerRutherford: try Carta Blanca, its the real deal!
  • + 0
 @SK250: Don't try Carta Blanca, tastes like tortillas. Stick to Tecate, I still do.
  • + 9
 "One thing we learned about the Mexican people is that they are extremely hospitable and super eager to help out wherever they can"

Yet carrot face Trump wishes to deport all Mexicans...
  • + 7
 Sorry for Trump...really, really sorry bro. He makes it hard to say "proud to be an American' - a lot of punks won't admit it though!
  • + 4
 It's always the best thing to do.... spread hatred and bigotry. That way you can distract people while you rob them of health care and any other benefits that may come from living and working in a civilized society. The "other" (the subject of the bigotry) gets blamed and the real perps escape in golden parachutes. Sad really really is.
  • - 4
flag sk133872 (May 5, 2017 at 9:34) (Below Threshold)
 "all" and "illegal" are not the same. not saying i have a problem with either, but lose the hyperbole
  • + 1
 People in general are usually pretty easy going. It's the assholes that stand out. Don't confuse your average Mexican, just living his life in mexico, with those that have chosen to break laws and illegally enter another country. And Trump has never alluded to deporting all Mexicans. It's always been about illegals. Which are a big problem in the US.
  • + 4
 You guys were so close.... Just 1 hour north of Los Barriles you´ll find La Ventana, home of Mexico´s best mountain bike trails according to this google search ¨best mountain bike trails in Mexico¨ www.singletracks.com/mountain-bike/best_trails.php?new_state_id=463 Maybe next time....
  • + 3
 Next time for sure.
  • + 3
 Nice video and trip review! I spend a couple months in Los Barriles on the East Cape each winter riding and building. There is some great trail riding close to town in Los Barriles (my favourite) and 1 other town in the East Cape area La Ventana (great also). Check out Trailforks, many of the current trails are on there and the rest, the local riders can help you out. In Los Barriles check out the local bike shop at: www.facebook.com/eastcapebicicleta and velabaja.com/activities/mountain-bike for full bike rental and vacation/guide package. OH ... AND THE BEER www.bajabrewingcompany.com
  • + 1
 Do you stay at Palmas when in Los Barriles?
  • + 1
 @creativefletch: palmas de cortez, villas de cortez (we stay in a vrbo), and Play del Sol are all good for beach front vacation time and VRBO has homes rentals for larger groups also. yup ride in the morning and hang out at the beach in the afternoon....
Check out kiteboarding and windsurfing also its awesome there.
www.exotikite.com
  • + 1
 @mhatridr: Awesome man. Yeah we've got a condo at the villas. Haven't brought the bikes down yet but planning to this winter.
  • + 6
 I like the song... Good vibe to the vid.
  • + 2
 Agreed. Any idea who the artist/song is?
  • + 1
 Ha' thought the same thing, Nice easy Mexican vacation vibe to it.
  • + 2
 @atekt: Jessica Hart - Soul Phazed
  • + 2
 @dante: thanks!
  • + 2
 Anyway this vid was really really well done. I wish I could spend the rest of my life traveling around the world riding my bike in all these amazing places. Meeting all kinds of people and cultures. What a ride that would be!
  • + 3
 Great video! It really captures the laid back vibe of being in Mexico all the while of have a great time riding bikes with buddies.!
  • + 1
 Awesome video. There is a bike shop in Los Barriles called East Cape Bicicleta where you can rent bikes if you don't want to fly yours. There is a good group of Canadian riders that spend a lot of time in the winter in the east cape and do trail maintenance, big props to them. Very beautiful place to be and it's a good place to slow down and get lost for a while.
  • + 3
 Sick edit as always from Matt. Love these Mexico trip segments, just chill vibes, and sick riding.
  • + 4
 Sweet. Come and check Veracruz out some time!
  • + 1
 Damn, I was at cerritos and todos santos over winter break too! I wonder if I saw any of these guys without realizing it. also its cholla not 'choyo'. Sick video dudes!
  • + 2
 Been going to Cabo for 11yrs. And always wondered about the hills around the city. Now I know!! Guess it a MTB trip now to.
  • + 2
 Here's a little bit of silt that I got to experience when I was in Ensenada Mexico.https://www.pinkbike.com/photo/10030964/
  • + 1
 damn
  • + 2
 I thought that that was a fat bike wheel for a moment!
  • + 2
 cervezas on dirt! muy refreshing.
  • + 2
 good video trip, the after ride with some tekates!
  • + 2
 Anybody know the song at the beginning? I dig it.
  • + 1
 Wondering the same.
  • + 2
 Ace kissed my brother at Bills last summer
  • + 2
 For some reason that doesn't surprise me lol.
  • + 2
 Lol tried that title on my Amazon music and it was like wtf? Big Grin
  • + 1
 man I need to go do stuff like this and get out more
  • + 1
 "Make Mexican mtb great again"
  • + 1
 Fav the video as soon as I read the tittle. Baja rules!
  • + 1
 Chasing summer?? We've been doing it in the UK since 76

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