Pedal to the Medal: A Photo Recap of the 34th Annual Rosarito to Ensenada Bike Ride
In 1979, a group of friends decided it might be fun to ride their bikes from Rosarito to Ensenada. Thirty-four years later, it’s a tradition. This year’s Rosarito to Ensenada Bike Ride was held last week, May 4th, with the usual high turnout of local and visiting riders for the 50 mile fun ride, and a finish line filled with supportive spectators.
As usual, route started along the coast in Rosarito, continuing for about 22 miles through quaint beach towns, with a few rolling hills and fantastic views of the Pacific Ocean.
Then the bikers proceeded inland for some serious hill climbs. At about mile 24 riders reached the base of El Tigre, a mesa that rises up some 800 feet.
The climb up El Tigre was 2 miles long at a 7.5% grade. The scenery then changed as the course plateaued through lovely countryside, albeit with some scenic rolling hills.
Next up was an 8-mile downhill stretch that led back to the coast, before the final “sprint” into Ensenada and the infamous Finish Line Fiesta, where all the finishers receive medals.
In addition to medals, finish line rewards included beer tents, dollar tacos, massages and live music.
The Rosarito to Ensenada course is rated “Moderately Difficult” by the Bike Ride Directors Association of America (BRDAA), and participants are given 6.5 hours to complete the ride.
Craig Rubelius, from Yucaipa, CA, said: “It’s a well supported event with water stops and the organizers are extremely friendly. The scenery is awesome, riding through the coast with the cool breeze in your face – you just can’t beat it! I would recommend this ride for everybody at least once.”
Rubelius, 51, has ridden this event three times and plans on coming back. He’s not the only one. The event has been so successful the organizers now hold two events every year.
The next Rosarito to Ensenada bike ride is scheduled for September 28, 2013.
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Photos by Shelli Read.
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