With vast network of almost hidden trails and a crew of deeply committed local riders, Mexico’s Baja Peninsula is a Mountain Biker’s Paradise!
Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, is becoming a not-so-secret mountain biking paradise, with 40 miles of trails in the foothills and up Mexico’s Pacific coast. And it’s growing. At first glance, it seems like just one of many stopoff towns along the coast, a place to get lunch, but then you wander into the bike shop and get directions to several systems of trails that you could have easily missed entirely. The whole experience feels word-of-mouth—like if you didn’t take the time to chat with the locals, you’d miss out on the best tacos, the best hidden beach, and these perfectly laid-out trails up the cliffs and through the sandy brush.
Ann Patsy greets people by name as they pass by our outdoor table at Doce Cuarenta Cafe, a new and impressive cafe and meeting space on the north side of Todos Santos. People know Ann and like her. She’s easy to like—it’s easy to feel as if you’ve known her for years.
Ann and her husband, Dave Thompson, have been in the bike business for a long time; they own a Todos Santos bike shop called Over the Edge, or OTE. And they’ve invested in the community in a way that’s permanent. They build trails, support local racing, and rally excitement about bikes for all ages.
Of course, it’s not always easy. As Ann sips a double espresso, she turns the blue saucer over to see where it’s from. “I always want to know where items are sourced. It’s tough to get certain things here.” Import laws and taxes make getting bikes, bike parts, and everything else more complicated than it was when they owned a shop in the States.
And while Ann and Dave are fully part of this place now, getting to Todos Santos took a bit of trial and error—and the realization that sometimes you’ve got to attempt life several different ways before you find the best line.
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