Posts Tagged ‘cycling’
Bike paths are popping up everywhere here in Guatemala.
As I’ve said before, cycling is the new trend in Guatemala. There are dozens of cycling events every week.
Today I joined a small group of riders and they took me through some rural roads of the province of Sacatepéquez, near La Antigua Guatemala.
Guatemala has an amazing terrain for this sport, there are hundreds of mountain passes and roads made and used by campesinos and they are great for mountain bikes! And the view and clean air is a plus.
Oh, and something that would only happen in Guatemala; this is the only place in the world where you can go mountain biking on one of these campesino’s dirt roads and find an ice cream truck (pickup), announcing ice cream through the loud speakers.
Last night I went to Guatemala City’s night bicycle tour.
An event to motivate people to use bicycles as primary commuting method.
Rain was constant all afternoon and there were rumors that the event would be canceled due to the rains, in fact, a lot of riders left the meeting point believing the ride was canceled.
A few of us, may five hundred riders, remained. The ride was to start at 7 pm, we waited until 7:50 and the ride was on!
I had no chance to take photographs of the ride because the rain did not give us a break, but I managed to take a photo after the event when the rain finally stopped.
I’m glad there are enough people out there who are truly passionate about cycling, no rain would stop them!
Oh, by the way, the sandwiches and apples offered courtesy of the local municipality was a great touch and thanks to one of the sponsor, Eli got several free bottles of iced tea.
I previously showed a gallery of the Naj Tunich cave system. Well, let me tell you the ride to the caves was nothing easy. It was one of the most demanding ones I’ve ever ridden.
The distance is not great, barely 20 miles each way. You ride through remnants of the jungles once covered this province. There is no shade 99.99% of the ride and temperatures did not go below 90f all day. The first mile or so the terrain is not so demanding, and there are a couple of small tiendas were you can stop to get some beverages. After that there is no single soul for about 10 miles until you arrive at Sabaneta, a small village where you can get some more refreshments. After this village, the real challenge begins!
Ten miles of steep uphills, riding under 90+ degrees heat with no shade and not one single time during the ride to the caves I saw a single vehicle! The last two miles are to prove ones determination!
Don’t you love cycling!?
A nightly bicycle tour of Guatemala City is among many recent initiatives by Guatemala’s Municipality and private enterprises to promote the use of bicycles as primary method of daily commute.
I believe I was the person who rode the most to get to the event (anyone out there who did more?). I rode around 16 miles to get to the event, plus the event’s ride which was around 8 or so miles and 15 miles back home. And of course I get a flat a kilometer before getting home at 11:45 pm. Great!