Mountain biking is a sport just coming into its own in Baja California. Long a playground for fishermen, surfers and off-road dirtbikers, the Baja Peninsula only recently began attracting mountain bikers to its vast collection of unpaved roads.
The operative word when describing Baja biking conditions is "harsh." The original Spanish settlers of this harsh desert land dubbed Baja the land "accursed by God." Chances are the modern-day mountain biker struggling up a sandy road amidst 105 degree heat and 90 percent humidity will utter his or her own choice epithet. Then again, such conditions are merely the price of admission to a region where a day's worth of hard riding can be washed away by a night's worth of lime-soaked mariscos and ice-cold cervezas--all for the average price of a movie rental back in the states.
Mountain Biking on Vancouver Island
Located 20 miles across the Strait of Georgia from the Canadian metropolis of Vancouver, British Columbia's Vancouver Island offers a veritable playground for adventurous and semi-adventurous mountain-bikers willing to make the 20 minute plane trip across the strait.
Bikers, who find themselves whizzing past giant cedars and ancient Douglas Fir trees, might feel a bit like Hans Solo and Princess Leia in the famous Endor forest chase scene in 1983's Return of the Jedi. For those less-willing to risk life and limb, the island offers plenty of fire and park trails to enjoy the scenery.