Video & Photo Story: Surfing Trails in Oaxaca, Mexico

May 19, 2020
by transierranorte  

The Canadian Enduro Series winter training camp in Oaxaca

In order to support the riders and promote new winter mountain bike destinations, Transierra Norte 'The Ride' and the Canadian National Enduro Series partner to hold unique training mountain bike camps in Oaxaca, Mexico. All this is designed for people looking into a rad winter escape to ride bikes, meet new people, and discover Mexico in a different way.

When you hear Mexico you already know there are good times ahead and a Mountain Bike trip to Oaxaca isn’t the exception. Since we were flying over the mountains right before we landed I knew this was going to be a special trip.

The terrain in the Sierra Norte of Oaxaca has a rugged topography with diverse ecosystems becoming unique for mountain biking, just in one descent you rip down on three or four different climates passing through a dense pine-oak forest to then fight against the enormous agave plants down into the valley scrub dropping more than 1000 m in just one single run.


The Transierra Norte guys really know how to put amazing daily rides together, from riding hand-built and flowy trails and all you can see on Trailforks to really take you into the backcountry for hike a bike adventures very well rewarded with what they call the Mexican freeride, really steep and technical natural infinite lines that blow out your mind and challenge your fitness and riding skills in a unique way.


Alvin, our head guide mentioned once that his favorite part of riding in Mexico is the post-ride chilling time and now I understand why. Almost every trail drops into a different village where the hospitality of the locals makes you love these trails even more. They welcome you into their home to share some of the most delicious food you can imagine, drink a cold beer right on the street and watch the town lifestyle going by which is surprisingly very interesting, from running into local festivities with music and tons of people to making friends with all the kids and dogs around.


The times of the bike are just like the riding, matchless. The food and drinks in Oaxaca are packed with vibrant flavors, there are delicious, fresh, and fun. There are also colorful, spicy, and use an amazing array of chilies, both fresh and dried. Mezcal tasting and its process its definitely something you can only do in Oaxaca, but be careful more than three can be too much. As the locals say; Mezcal doesn´t create or destroys, it only transforms you.

Also, the coffee culture in Oaxaca city is huge, they grow and roast their own beans and also brew them in different methods accompanied by perfectly baked sweets touched up with traditional Oaxacan chocolate or a Mexican street crepe better know as "Marquesita".

Sunset Ride in Oaxaca

This experience is all you want, world-class riding, great weather, amazing guides and staff, historical culture and traditions, and flexible for all budgets.

If you ever thought about riding in Mexico you should definitely reach out to the Transierra Norte 'The Ride' crew or join one of the Canadian Enduro Series Training camps.

www.transierranorteTHERIDE.com

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All pictures by @nswitalski

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49 Comments

  • 22 0
 This is MEXICO!!! An unbelievable backdrop and world class, technical trails. Alvaro makes this experience come alive! Thanks Alvaroand thank you to Beto, Arturito, Nico, Vini and all the Oaxacan trail builders!
  • 2 0
 Tambien!
  • 2 0
 @mbourget: DESPUES?
  • 11 0
 Me and the dudes were down there the week before these guys and damn what an awesome time it was. And no, this is not dangerous Mexico, get that negative stereotype right out of your head. Very friendly and welcoming. Amazing food, great city, so much cool stuff to see. And holy shit the riding... I think we descended something like 14k on our first day! Alvin and his crew put together one hell of a good time and I can’t wait to go back.
  • 3 1
 I would like to know more about riding and trails in Oaxaca, but that’s just straight up advertising, and it’s not surfing.
  • 9 0
 Come on anytime we can go surfing trails and waves! Oaxaca has it both!
  • 5 0
 “ The terrain in the Sierra Norte of Oaxaca has a rugged topography with diverse ecosystems becoming unique for mountain biking, just in one descent you rip down on three or four different climates passing through a dense pine-oak forest to then fight against the enormous agave plants down into the valley scrub dropping more than 1000 m in just one single run.”

Do you need more ? 1000m descents !
  • 1 0
 You've never heard of the term dirt surfing? Or brown pow? Odd...
  • 4 0
 Oaxaca is fucking awesome
  • 4 0
 Amazing trails, landscape, food, culture and people! 100% Recommended.
  • 3 0
 Was supposed to go there with some friends for my birthday a month ago Damn you pandemic.
  • 3 0
 Tacos, Coronas, badass trails.. what else can you ask for?
  • 4 0
 Coronas? This isn't Cabo! Grab a Bohemia, or Negra Modelo!
  • 3 1
 @Beez177: actually we drink pasifico in Cabo
  • 2 0
 This is going on my bucket list!
  • 4 0
 Anytime amigo lets hope for the best on this worldwide chaos pandemic situation and we will look forward to having you as our guest! Stay safe and fit Wink !
  • 2 0
 I've said it before and I'll say it again; I love Mexico and I miss it.
  • 1 0
 Looks like same long , dry and very slippery pine needle like in Gran Canaria forest , always sideways !!!
  • 1 3
 This is great! Super cool city... I rode there in 2007 and have always wanted to go back. I hope they don't route the course through that marijuana field that we stumbled upon!!
  • 4 0
 It has changed a lot and the MTB scene is huge these days! You are more than welcome to come to stay and ride with us anytime and then we can chat about the old school Oaxaca vs the new,! Cheers man!!
  • 2 0
 Wana go there so much!
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