Rooted MTB: Transierra Norte - A Trip of Firsts

Go on a little trip to Mexico with the Rooted gang as they get after it in the Transierra Norte, a four-day enduro race.

Rooted MTB: Transierra Norte - A Trip of Firsts


This new adventure had us all a little nervous. Some downhill racing gringos driving with expensive bikes across unknown highways in Mexico, to race our first blind four-day Enduro... We were out of our element to say the least. When talking to our friends and family prior to our trip, we were met with plenty of skepticism of our plans. “Oh, you’re driving from Mexico City to Oaxaca? It’s 6 hours? I guess you might live, just don’t drive at night?" Expectations and stereotypes are a bitch though. Mexico was incredible and so are the people. We had nothing but the best treatment from the Mexican people, and the hospitality was unreal. On top of it, as Mexican food lovers, we were not disappointed. Good food everywhere you looked, and priced in a manner that made us gorge ourselves. The people selling snacks in highway traffic jams is something that needs to be adopted in more places. Moral of the story, go race your bike in other countries, and go in with no expectations. It's more fun that way!

Mexico City has grit. It was cheaper to fly into than Oaxaca and added some good adventure to our trip.

Dropping in to race runs with your friends is a strategic and more entertaining way to keep up the pace during the 4 days of the Transierra Norte.

Beautiful landscapes and foliage added another worthy element to the race.

On the last day of the race you end up back in town for the Day of the Dead festivities, a sight worth seeing alone.

Cheers to another year of racing bikes with friends. Cheers to everyone that put on the Transierra Norte and built an epic network of awesome trails. Thanks you so much to Specialized, The Fix Bike Shop, Great Divide Builders and Dirtlabs for keeping this going for us. You are the best. See you next season!

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