Today on BCpov Our 17 year old guide sends it on a cheap hard tail with bald tires Nice I could barely keep up! That was pretty good! Today is our first ride in Mexico We headed down from Tucson and we’re visiting an area called Copper Canyon Four times bigger than the Grand Canyon And over a thousand feet deeper in some spots it certainly is a sight to be hold We’re visiting a place called Copper Canyon Adventure Park A park perched on the edge of the canyon They’ve installed a Gondola The pink line on this map Which will return us to the top after we descent The blue line, which follows the rim Is called Ruta Panoramica and it’ll be our first trail After trying to figure out how to ride here we finally meet Luis and Ronaldo Two brothers who guide at the park After discussing our situation We went to get our bikes from the van and return to meet them Are you ready? Hello Here is my poor attempt at trying to introduce myself Hello Eric My name is Yuka Yuka Nice to meet you and you? Ronaldo Luis and Luis It seems that the older brother Ronaldo is doing the talking While Luis will be our guide today Since we speak next to no Spanish We’ve been using Google Translate to communicate And I have a request Ya? But then Ronaldo has a question for us They want… It doesn’t translate that well I’m not quite sure what he’s asking But I think he’s wondering if we want to go fast Yes Okay With that out of the way Lewis gets off to a very rapid start Alright we’re getting started on our ride here With Luis From my internet research Believe Lewis is riding a 2012 Jamis Trail X3 Off to a quick start Damn, he’s hammering up the hills as well! I’m working hard to keep up But the elevation and cold temperatures are not helping! Nice! Good! You ready, or you wanna break? No, good Good? Okay Luis is killing it! The air is cold here But it’s not just the climbs! He’s going fast on the descents as well! Sweet! Sick! Eventually we make our way to what seems like a little village along the cliff Hello! The copper canyon area is inhabited by the Tarahumara A group of indigenous people renowned for their long distance running I imagine much of the trails we’re riding today were originally Tarahumara routes Are Luis and Ronaldo Tarahumara? I didn’t get a chance to ask them He’s pretty fast! Ya! He sure is! Good? Ya Okay Divertido What do you mean?
Divertido What do you mean? It means fun Loose corners It’s amazing how good he is On that bike with bald tires So cool here Sweet Sketchy! How was that bridge, honey? I was a little bit nervous Ya? Ya, it has a big a hole! Ya Ah, sick Nice Did you pedal up here? Uh, no We tried Picture? Photo Nice, wow That’s going to be sick I asked Luis if he built this trail Did you build this trail? Yes?
Did you build this trail? Did you build this trail? *points to bridge in distance*
Did you build this trail? *points to bridge in distance* Ya? Wow I suspect a few details are lost in translation here I think he’s trying to tell us that he built the bridges and I’m sure he’s doing trail maintenance as well. Yuka is wondering how old Luis is How old are you? Seventeen Ten.. Ten oh Seventeen? Sev – en – teen? Yes, Seventeen Sev – en – teen Sev – en – teen? We are very… stupid Yes Yes, very yes That’s so cool Ya, you wanna go ride it? Ya! Wow This is the bridge that Luis was pointing to earlier Nice So rocky in here Sick Sweet Wow Holy sh*t With the first lap pretty much over We’ve gotta get on top of that big rock in front of us It’s not easy! Want me to help you? Another trail Another trail Downhill Good? Yes You wanna go Lets go Okay Sounds like he says there is another route here that is really good Downhill Oh, good! With the handy dandy gondola We can get back to the top for our next lap With the plan to ride the downhill trail Luis changes his bike a 2004, Kona Coiler We start off on the same trail for a moment But we quickly switch to a trail called “Ruta el Lomo” Which means, the backbone route I guess, because it follows the ridge line Good From this point on, the trail becomes super raw and gnarly Nice So hard! How do you say “So hard” Difícil? Difícil Muy dificil Muy dificil Technical trail Trail The next part gets even more tricky Switchbacks filled with baby head sized rocks It’s super unpredictable to ride That was pretty good! Oh, into the creek And now it’s time for a hike a bike back up to the gondola We didn’t know this park existed As it didn’t come up on English google searches We found out about it because a Mexican told us about it and I’m glad he told us These trails were good, especially the first one and it felt like a truly Mexican experience and how about Luis? What a shredder! He really proves that the rider is more important than the bike! Some serious bike handling skills there It’s probably important to mention The the park is located within the state of Chihuahua Which currently has a level 3 travel advisory Though we had no problems traveling in the area It’s important to remember that the risk is higher here anyhow, we still thoroughly enjoyed the experience and everybody was super friendly to us But anyways Thanks for watching and stay gnarly Good morning