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Rosarito-Ensenada ride in April . . .(6 posts)

Rosarito-Ensenada ride in April . . .morrison
Jan 14, 2002 2:25 PM
Anyone done this before? I almost went last year, but was turned off by the reports of 10,000 anticipated participants. This year, I'm seriously considering it. Do they stagger the start based on abilities? Is the ground transportation back to the cars reliable? Is there a safe place to park your car in either Ensenada or Rosarito? Would it be too difficult for my wife to drop me in Rosarito and pick me up in Ensenada? Any info greatly appreciated!
re: Rosarito-Ensenada ride in April . . .mr_spin
Jan 14, 2002 2:44 PM
I've never done it, but my best friend and his wife did. Here's what they had to say:

1. It's not a ride, it's a party. Don't go looking for pacelines and don't time trial it the whole way. Unless you are an idiot.

2. The pavement is terrible. Bring a beater bike if you have one (remember, it's not a ride, it's a party!).

3. There are a lot of novice riders out there. They don't have the slightest idea what "On your left" means. Don't try to brush shoulders with anyone. Take a wide berth.

4. Towing a cooler of beer is too much. Get a dual-sided beer hat instead.

5. Get a friend to meet you in Ensenada to drive you back. It gives you so much more freedom.

6. By all means, have fun. (remember, it's not a ride, it's a party!).

6. Hussong's Cantina is a dive. (That's from me.)

When I lived in L.A. we used to go down to Rosarito a lot. That was back before it became "popular." I haven't been in at least ten years, so I'm sure it's changed a lot. There is a town a little further south called Puerto Nuevo which was a big lobster place. There were twelve restaurants there and not much else. They all served the same thing for the same price, so you went solely by "ambience." You could get lobster and steak and margaritas really cheap, and it was really good. I'm sure it's still there.
Thnx. Maybe I'll pass. :-) nmmorrison
Jan 14, 2002 2:51 PM
Don't passmickey-mac
Jan 14, 2002 5:39 PM
It's really a fun ride. I've done it on road bikes with 700x23 tires each time and have had no problems. The roads really are in decent shape and they're closed to traffic so you're not relegated to the shoulder. There are many inexperienced (dangerous) riders, but you don't have to ride with them. If you're in decent shape and want to hammer through it, you'll find some like-minded people with good handling skills who will join you. The last time I did it, we hooked up with a couple of tandems on the early miles on rolling hills along the coast. Once we hit the climbs, the tandems fell of and we went after it. If nothing else, the climbs inland will shake out those whose training consisted of a ride to the local 7/11 to pick up a 12-pack. If you enjoy watching drunk people make fools of themselves, the post-ride party is a blast.
Jan 14, 2002 2:50 PM
I've done it three times. The start is a bit of a mess, but it's really not so bad if you work your way up to the front, which is immediately in front of the Rosarito Beach Hotel. Most of the faster riders push up to the front to avoid the crush, but as far as I know they don't officially stagger the start. I've kept cars parked in Ensenada and have never had problems. Your wife should have no problem dropping you off in Rosarito and picking you up in Ensenada. The ride uses the old road, leaving the new (toll) road open for motor vehicle traffic. I definitely would not trust my bike to the people who charge to take riders and their bikes back to Rosarito. They stack them about four high and twenty across (bikes, that is) in the back of a beater pick-up truck. It's a fun ride; just be prepared for the overwhelming smell of rotting fish corpses as you pass the fishery just outside Ensenada. If your lucky the wind will be blowing offshore and it won't be so bad. Have fun.
gosh, that sounds like a lot of fun.... ;-) .... nmCT1
Jan 14, 2002 10:30 PM