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Friday, October 29, 2010

ROSARITO BEACH - The Baja Epic Mountain Bike Race


The Baja Epic Mountain Bike Race
November 4-6 2010

The appetite for off-road stage races is still growing. The Trans Alp challenge in Europe, Cape Epic in South Africa and Trans Rockies in Canada are a few that have continued to grow over the last few years. Response to the concept of The Baja Epic has been overwhelmingly positive. 26 International mountain bikers showed for the inaugural race and more pro and amateur racers have given positive RSVPs for the second edition in 2010. The mountain bike community is technically savvy, with an active internet community that creates buzz for new events. Word about the Baja Epic will travel fast. The State of Baja California is 100 percent behind the event and is cooperating in every way for another flawless event.

Preparations are underway for the 2nd edition of our mountain bike stage race in the most beautiful trails of Baja California. By popular demand from the Pioneers of this inaugural race in 2008, this year the event it's back, and it will include an almost 40 mile loop within the surroundings of Hacienda Santa Veronica in Tecate, with almost 90% of the course will be single trails.

The Baja Epic Mountain Bike Race is a 3 day Mountain Bike Stage Race that starts right on the beach, Thursday Nov. 4th with a stage from Rosarito Beach to the Hacienda at Santa Veronica, and covers a total of almost 250 miles and 14,000 feet of climbing on single-track and dirt roads.

"The Baja Epic will be a little more fun than most existing stage races," said Armando Carrasco, president of Too Much Fun Promotions, the race organizer. "Racers and guests will have the opportunity to stay at host hotels every night. We will pick up participants from the San Diego and Tijuana Airports and transport them back and forth to the start of the event.

With strong connections to the cycling world, Carrasco will draw past, present and future stars to the Baja Epic MTB Race. It will start and finish in Rosarito Beach, but will definitely include the City of Tecate. The course will highlight Baja's diverse geography—from beach to high alpine terrain.

The Baja EPIC has many allures: a chance to race in an exotic locale; a destination that's easily accessible for American athletes (racers will fly into San Diego and be shuttled to the start by organizers); an epic physical test for everyone from world class racers to accomplished amateurs; and the organization of a company that has earned a reputation for excellence over the last 25 years.

There are three packages of registration for the event: full package, economy package and the new JUST RACE package. The full package racers will be transported by bus from the San Diego Airport to the start on Rosarito Beach, and from stage to stage, the economy package entrants will provide their own transportation and lodging at each stage, and includes all the breakfasts and some goodies, while the just race package it's just the entry to race.

Get ready. The 2nd editon of the Baja Epic starts at 7AM in Rosarito Beach on November 4th, 2010. See you there.