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Video: Celebrating the Day of the Dead - Transierra Norte 2019

Nov 14, 2019
by transierranorte  

Once upon a time, a group of Mexicans had a dream, a dream of making a race right in the middle of the Day of the Dead in Oaxaca, Mexico.

The dream of having people from around the world, from all riding backgrounds and talent to experience the trails in Oaxaca and the unique festivity that "Día de Los Muertos" is!

That dream came true again and for this third edition, and Transierra Norte put on a “Race Party” that will be remembered forever!

This surreal story takes place in Oaxaca, a city of magical energy, in southeastern Mexico. Oaxaca, full of colors, flavors and smells, a city with a soul, in the shadow of the great Sierra Norte.

And in the Sierra Norte, our story unfolds...

This mountainous network houses several small indigenous communities along its many kilometers. Since ancient times, the inhabitants of these communities traveled great distances on foot, to trade or visit their neighbors. With time over time, these paths were used less and less, until almost forgotten.

The roads began to die, the magic disappeared and the communities began to isolate themselves. Something had to be done to restore their connection.

One Day of the Dead, a long time ago, a group of three friends were drinking mezcal on the mountain near a cemetery, when an ancient mythical being known in Mexico as Chaneke appeared to them. The being told them that the mountain was losing its magic because the old pathways were being erased and Death was having trouble going from town to town, getting lost through the mountains. Thus, the balance between life and death was changing.

The three friends understood the message and decided to travel the ancient roads so that Death could travel freely during the Day of the Dead and arouse the joy of life in these communities.
From then on, the Transierra Norte race begins to take place, to ensure that the fastest one carries the death from town to town, loaded on the back, on its traditional path.

Transierra Norte is a celebration of life and ancient traditions, a magical way to immerse foreigners and locals, for a few days, in this passion that many of us share and know as mountain biking. Oaxaca is one of the most spectacular stages in Mexico and why not say it, in the world. A parade of colors that enliven the day with the hustle and bustle of the looms and light the night with thousands of candles, sensations that explode in the yellow of Cempasuchil and rise from the incenses of Copal, saluting the souls that celebrate their visit with cumbia and mezcal.
In the middle of this beauty, our gathering takes place.

We want to thank everyone who made this event possible and we look forward to continuing to keep these roads alive!


Jerome Clementz and Ludo May enjoying the first ride of what would become the "Party Bus"

bigquotesRain or shine,
mud or dry,
we pedal and ride
the paths of life.


bigquotesCertainty is always there
but is named differently,
Death is her name
and this day is her’s!


bigquotesRemember the past ones
and rejoice the present
party all-day
for tomorrow…
we pedal away!


bigquotesTransierra Norte made a party
and we all got rowdy
food and mezcal we had
and we are all dreaming to go back!

We had a damp one this year, nonetheless, the stoke was high all time!

Last minute set ups!

Botsy Phillips an all-time Transierra Norte loyal attendee leading Darrin Seeds


Jerome leading Ludo


ALN enjoing a post stage cerveza

Rain or shine, this dude was hauling!


As in the Tour De France's yellow jersey is carried by the days fastest rider, Transierra Norte adapted this tradition with the "skeleton", the representation of the traditional festivity of "Día de Los Muertos". Jerome carried "La Muerte" for a day being the fastest rider on day 2 but Richie would take the lead later on

Over the 4 days of racing and 17 stages, riders accumulated more than 50km of riding, with more than 10,000 meters of vertical descent

Richie leading Shawn in El Toro


Ariel Lindsley absorbing the sunrays while they lasted

Mexican Ricardo Peredo bombing down, he sprained his ankle on day 3 and couldn't continue the race

Jesse Melamed foot out... following ALN



Cheers Jesse!

Some fast girls from Transierra Norte and... Matt, this year the girls were on another level of riding!

ALN on the steep stuff

Transierra Norte following Trans Madeira

Megan Rose adorned by a small rainbow upper right

El Torito, a Mexican firework common at traditional parties


Though we consider Transierra Norte more a party than a race, in the end, we all like to know times and read results.
This year we had two EWS world champions competing in the pro category, and some extremely talented and fast riders all round!
These are the results by day from each category:

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Total minutes


Jota Ortega
23:56.50 (3)
50:20.52 (1)
42:11.51 (2)
34:16.59 (1)

Noel Bolso
24:49.89 (5)
50:48.72 (2)
41:16.91 (1)
34:21.56 (3)

Felipe Caldeira
23:25.32 (1)
50:51.71 (3)
43:47.99 (4)
34:20.19 (2)

Open 40

Botsy Phillips
23:03.52 (1)
49:17.13 (1)
41:03.22 (2)
32:20.42 (1)

Matt Patterson
25:03.22 (3)
49:38.32 (2)
40:54.94 (1)
33:35.11 (2)

Craig Wilson
25:24.52 (4)
52:29.17 (3)
41:09.14 (3)
33:49.08 (3)

Pro Men

Richie Rude
21:13.98 (1)
44:34.35 (3)
35:55.17 (1)
28:40.38 (1)

Shawn Neer
21:15.99 (2)
44:33.77 (2)
36:04.78 (2)
28:45.96 (2)

Jerome Clementz
21:20.62 (3)
44:03.61 (1)
36:37.65 (3)
29:29.40 (3)


Andreane Lanthier Nadeu
23:47.61 (1)
50:00.86 (1)
41:19.98 (1)
32:39.25 (1)

Emily Slaco
24:38.16 (2)
52:18.23 (2)
42:17.00 (2)
33:53.40 (2)

Megan Rose
26:47.97 (3)
54:57.58 (3)
45:51.00 (5)
38:07.84 (5)
All results can be found here!

We would like to thank the communities of Ixtepeji, San Pablo Etla, San Gabriel Etla, San Agustín Etla, San Andrés Huayapam and Arroyo Guacamaya for letting us have so much fun on their mountains. Also, all the volunteers that make this race possible, without them we could never achieve the dream!

Transierra Norte 2020

We are eager to announce that registrations for next year's Transierra Norte will open early February 2020! Stay tuned so you're not left out of the next party!

See you next year!

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  • 37 26
 Ok I wanna leave some clear. It’s not called the “Day Of The Death” it’s called the “Day Of The Death Ones”. We celebrate death that’s a crazy misconception you all have ab us, we remember and tribute our ancestors and close family who have passed away. We don’t celebrate that they are f*cking death wtf.
  • 3 11
flag lalientoxc FL (Nov 14, 2019 at 3:59) (Below Threshold)
 Don’t* That’s*
  • 11 3
 It translates to "Day of the Dead" and it pretty much reads how you described it, a tribute. Not sure where the confusion is coming from...?
  • 7 7
 Yeah it translates to that if you use google translate @johnnyboy11000:
  • 13 2
 Yo creo en TINDER o en algún otro lado puedes llamar mas la atención!
  • 1 2
 @sbikelogistics: no seas tan delicado. jajaja
  • 7 1
 @lalientoxc: It is correctly translated in this article, by the Mexican race organizers (who also speak excellent English). "Day of the Dead" is neither confusing nor incorrect. "the dead" in "day of the dead" = "los muertos".
  • 2 16
flag lalientoxc FL (Nov 14, 2019 at 11:52) (Below Threshold)
 FYI “the dead” translate to la Muerte. Get your facts straight son. @PeterWojnar:
  • 2 17
flag lalientoxc FL (Nov 14, 2019 at 12:00) (Below Threshold)
 Im not being delicado, I’m just clarifying what your dumbass compadres couldn’t even translate n got my heritage traditions n culture a whole different look from what it actually is @madridphi:
  • 12 0
 @lalientoxc: Dude, get your English right first, is not that difficult. Day of the dead = Día de los Muertos ≠ Día de la Muerte (as that would be Day of the Death). If you are going to correct somebody, get it right first!
  • 4 0
 @lalientoxc: what are you arguing about? Certainly no worse than your English?
  • 3 0
 No one in America calls it "Day of the Death." Or well... I'm sure someone does, but they're an outlier.

  • 1 6
flag lalientoxc FL (Nov 14, 2019 at 16:28) (Below Threshold)
 That’s the whole what I’m talking ab you all are calling it the wrong thing@Hogfly:
  • 1 7
flag lalientoxc FL (Nov 14, 2019 at 16:30) (Below Threshold)
 How dare you tell me to get my English straight when you are the one translating death to muertos which is even plural. Put death on google translate n if it translates to muertos I swear I will never f*cking bitch ab anything on here again@webermtb:
  • 9 1
 @lalientoxc: Look dude, you're arguing with a whole bunch of fluent English speakers (who, at least on a base level, understand what the Mexican tradition is about) about the semantics of the English language, with Google Translate as your main reference point. There is no misunderstanding about Dia de los Muertos here, except for your misunderstanding of English.
  • 7 1
 Take a chill pill man haha! Please have my downvote. I guess I see your point/frustration, but you have to get your english right. As a fellow mexican I would like to say to you: "Bájale 2 rayitas a tu intensidad amigo" Trata de antes de echar tierra tener los pelos de la burra en la mano.

dead: dead adjective BrE /ded/ ; NAmE /ded/
not alive
death: death noun BrE /deθ/ ; NAmE /deθ/
[countable] the fact of somebody dying or being killed

dead: muerto(s)/muerta(s), es un adjetivo
death: muerte, es sustantivo

En México le rendimos tributo a los muertos, no a la muerte... bueno salvo los que adoran a la "Santa muerte", que ni idea de que se trata eso, otra imagen a la cual muchos mexicanos se le hincan me imagino.
  • 6 0
 @lalientoxc: Just stop it. Monta tu bicicleta y se feliz! Ride on dude! Ride on!
  • 2 0
 @lalientoxc: How about you go ride your bike? Your arguing isn't going to go anywhere...
  • 5 0
 @ewikpark: day of the deaf.
  • 2 0
 @PeterWojnar: main take away from this discussion: I have a new race idea called Day of Death, it’s going to be a bug day, steep and deathly.
  • 3 0
 No one wins, but someone dies
  • 1 0
 I think most folks get that, esp after the movie (Coco) Wink

Seriously though, it is a great tradition, sadly young people don’t care about the past and their elders like they once did ... sign of the times.

I would totally love to go to this ride!
  • 9 0
 It is the best terrain to race 4 days on, it's got everything, even if you are seriously injured. An absolutely brilliant, must do event, that gets you mixed in with the pros.
  • 12 0
 The best of times! Can't wait to be back!
  • 8 0
 Done this 3 times now and every year feels better than the last! Thanks Nico, Alvaro, Diego, Beto and all the amazing organizers and volunteers. You guys know how to throw a great party and a legit race! Hope to see you again soon
  • 2 0
 How much is it? Can't see an entry cost on the website. Would be keen to give it a go
  • 4 0
 Thanks for sharing these awesome pictures, textures, colors, context, flavours, sounds etc, all is there. A celebration of life, celebrating our dead ones, remembering them always and honouring them with this magic race... Just awesome
  • 7 0
 Beautiful job as usual, Nico and friends! Saludos
  • 6 0
 Truly an epic event on some of the best trails in the world. Thanks again TSN crew!!
  • 5 0
 best ENDURO race in México. congratulations to the TSN crew and also to Nico for this amazing photo story! looking forward for 2020 Edition!!!
  • 3 0
 Oaxaca is amazing. I went with the wife for a food and drink tour and didn't get to ride. I'll be going back and riding in the near future. Oaxaca City has a vibrant cycling culture.
  • 2 0
 My first time down this year and already scheming on making it back for 2020 -- the vibe was incredible and the trails were so dope. My eternal gratitude to the organizers, volunteers, the hard-working builders, and especially the local communities that welcomed us all so warmly! NO...SHIRTS...ON...THE...BUS! NO SHIRTS ON THE BUS!
  • 1 0
 Well said. Grab as many cans of Modelo as you can carry!
  • 3 0
 Hi, I've emailed Alvaro several times, with no response. Is there a better way to get a hold of him then alvaro@transierranorte.com
  • 3 0
 dude basically lives out of his truck and isn't on the web often. you need to call or text him for best results
  • 1 0
 I have best luck contacting him with Facebook Messenger.
  • 4 0
 This looks awesome, Oaxaca was already on my "bucket list" of places to visit someday, now it's even higher.
  • 3 0
 Beauuuutifulll riding and people for sure, hope to be there next year!... Saludos Alvarito y felicidades por el exito del evento!!! Las mejores vibras pinche brobster!!
  • 4 0
 Congrats Alvaro and Team on a great event!
  • 4 0
 One of the best trails I ever rode
  • 1 0
 I thought it was Dia not D’a, but I’m assuming either way works? I obviously don’t know what I’m talking about, but this looks like a super cool race!
  • 3 0
 I don't think I have ever seen Richie Rude without a hat on
  • 1 0
 he is bald ;-)
  • 3 0
 saluddd cabrones se ve de huevos!
  • 3 0
 enjoyed everything about this. The riding was sick!!!!!
  • 2 0
 Jesse on a Slayer \m/ \m/
  • 2 0
 Those trails looks really inviting!
  • 2 0
 Looks like a tonne of fun!
  • 2 0
 Looks like the mas chingon enduro de Mexico
  • 1 0
 Próximo año ????????????????
  • 2 0
  • 1 0
 Anyone know what the minimum age is to participate in this enduro?
  • 3 0
 Drinking age for sure.
  • 2 0
 viva Mexico cabrones!!!
  • 1 0
 Chingonas fotos, como siempre Nicolas!!

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