Race Report: Transierra Norte Mixes Enduro Stage Racing With Mexico's Day of the Dead

Nov 30, 2018
by transierranorte  
Video: Omar Salas
Text: Alvin Chill Down and Nicolas Switalski

Deep Inside of the Northern Sierra of Oaxaca, Mexico, there is a hidden secret that the Zapotec culture left us to enjoy and take care of, an ancient trail system that connects all the autonomous mountain communities, a trail system that hosts the bike party “Transierra Norte”.
 
The Transierra Norte multi-day Enduro is a one-of-a-kind race that is held right in the middle of the “Day of the Dead” celebration. This is one of the most important festivities in Oaxaca, and what a better excuse to combine these two parties to make one great bike event!

Rider: Adam Craig on "Punta de Piedra" trail

Four days of blind racing over 1000m of vertical descent on long, natural, loamy, rocky, tight and wild tracks challenged the racers of eight different nationalities in 55 km of timed stages. The pedal transfers inside of the deep sub-humid forest were part of the adventure, but who can forget about the "Mexicanstyle" shuttles? Did you get to ride the party bus?

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The mighty sierra in the back, imposing on Oaxaca city!

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Traditional candy sugar skulls
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This year's shuttles were the utility trucks locals used in the sierra, perfect Oaxacan rack design!
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Pick your color

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Party bus all the way... all day!
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Matt Patterson high on stoke!

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All these women deserve a shout out for finishing the race and Keeping the stoke high! From left to right: Natalia Mabarak, Raelene Hodgson, Laura Rankine, Victoria Hunt, Candice Randle, Beatriz Ferragi, Tanya Hanham, Cecilia Campuzano, Demis Vazquez

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Bea fast and strong on day one

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Local, Yefra Ram, or AKA the Chaneke whisperer riding on perfect dirt, with perfect grip!

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Juan Diego Salido, first place Elite podium at "Jardin Secreto" trail

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"Emo" trying hard to keep his eyes on the trail with this view! This trail was freshly opened for this race!

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Morning brew from Loam Coffee
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Yuri Bogner enjoying camp life

The Base Camp vibes this year were something special, with a rad group of racers that never let the party stop, the mobile bike shop helping riders to fix their bikes( or at least have them running to survive one more day), the delicious food and of course the Mezcal seeping around.

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Four little piggies went to...

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What's better than one Tuborg beer?... Twoborgs right Matt?

This event could never happen without the support of our sponsors and especially the advocacy of our volunteers. Hands down to Dave Cohen and his team for such an amazing job with the Medical Plan, to the EON timing crew, our media crew and especially to the support and hospitality of the communities:
 Santa Catarina Ixtepeji, San Pablo Etla, Tlalixtac de Cabrera, San Juan Bautista Guelache.
 
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Happy crew of happy bikers!

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Elite podium: 1st Juan Diego Salido Mex, 2nd Yefra Ram Mex, 3rd Branham Snyder Mex, 4th Botsy Phillips Usa, 5th Vicente Mendoza Mex
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Women's podium: 1st Demis Vazquez MEX, 2nd Candice Randle CAN , 3rd Cecilia Campuzano Chavez Peon MEX, 4th Beatriz Ferragi BRA, 5th Tanya Hanham CAN

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Open: 1st Yuri Bogner BRA , 2nd Dune Casu CAN, 3rd Jose Mauricio Ortega MEX, 4th Homero Diaz MEX, 5th Alejandro Romero MEX
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Open 40: 1st Matt Patterson NZL , 2nd Eduardo Soto MEX , 3rd Alejandro Gomez Ruiz MEX, 4th David Peman ESP, 5th Dominique Drozdz USA

If you think you have the legs to charge down full-on eight km trails as part of this four day Mexi-Party in the woods! 
Registration for Transierra Norte 2019 is open here: www.transierranorte.com  

If you can’t make it to the race but definitely want to enjoy the Transierra Norte Experience, we introduce you to the Transierra Norte Multi-Day Adventures, running year-round for private groups! Bring your friends and join the party:

We’re waiting for you!

"Yes, a party ride we will make and a Mexican bike story we will write." 
  

MENTIONS: @transierranorte @giantbicycles @LoamCoffee @redbullbike
 
Pics by Nicolas Switalski


23 Comments

  • + 9
 So much fun!
The trails look and sound similar to the trails here in Japan, nature provides in beautiful ways!
But these mountains look much longer! Smile
There is something Alive during The Day of the Dead just feeling the energy from the riders and the festive parade in the video! Giving the vibe you wouldn't think this is a race! Awesome!
  • + 7
 The best Enduro multi day race in México! you guys did an amazing job!

Thank you for all those amazing trails to Beto, Yefra, TSN Staff and the Sierra Norte comunities, without them this race wont be possible!

Looking forward to do it again in 2019!!!!
  • + 6
 Those trails look amazing, the energy, the people, the scenery. Mezcal what, have to try that. Congrats for such an amazing event.
  • + 4
 Thank you Alvero, Monica, trail builders, media (for the great photos and edit!), meeeedics and everyone who helped and raced this year. Truly an incredible experience on amazing trails with the best people you are likely to ever meet.
  • + 6
 The Enduro Squirrel! 2nd in men’s open! 1st in our hearts! Killing it out there Dune!!
  • + 2
 You the man DON!!!
  • + 4
 Just AMAZING, thank you Alvaro, Monica, Pedro, Adam, and specially Beto and Yefran for the trail sharing ... also the riders, it was such a great energy going on !!! Highly reccomend it.
  • + 2
 I had to sit out of the race this year due to shoulder surgery, so my wife and I turned the trip to Oaxaca into a vacation. It's incredible there, especially during day of the dead. Awesome people, food, and local history and culture. Also the mezcal... I loved it before I went down, but what we get in America isn't nearly the same level. Great place, I'll be back to do this! Those trails look rad!
  • + 3
 Yeah this looks awesome. With TransProvence finishing up, its so good to see these alternatives popping up to take its place. Putting this on my list for sure. So many cool thinngs about this one, it really sticks out.
  • + 4
 I’ve been blown away by the community you tap into after participating in this race. Such a sick event
  • + 6
 Yeahhhh Mexico Rules!
  • + 4
 one of the most beautiful countries in the world in terms of people and vistas.
  • + 3
 Muito legal essa prova e saber que um Brasileiro ainda levou podium melhor ainda, parabens Yuri Bogner !!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 3
 One of the best trails I’ve ever ridden!!!!
  • + 2
 What an incredible event! Thank you to the organizers and the local trail builders. See you next year!
  • + 2
 Such fun trails. I rode a lot of the same with Hero Dirt Adventures. Glad I didn't have to race a couple of the stages!
  • + 3
 Dave Cohen is the best in the biz!
  • + 3
 Rock Shox not too popular eh?
  • + 4
 so pumped for this!
  • + 1
 Wow! Awesome event and a great recap. Nice job to all the promoters and sponsors. I hope to attend in 2019.
  • + 1
 Would love to take some Psilocybin and be there for Day of the Dead celebration! oh and the riding looks great!
  • + 3
 Great job again guys!
  • + 2
 I need to get to Oaxaca!!!

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