Most people assume one of the reasons to work in the bike industry is, you get to spend your days riding bikes. That’s sort of true. Certainly there are days when we get to duck out for a quick, lunch ride. But there are plenty more 12 hour days, designing, refining and building the world’s fastest wheels. So, when a chance to ride/race the dusty back roads of Baja California in the middle of January comes up, you better jump.
That’s exactly what wheel builder extraordinaire, Nick Sande, decided to do. Once the Baja Divide planners announced a 2017 Grand Depart at California/Mexico border there was no looking back. The route is the brain-child of Nicholas Carman and Lael Wilcox, two of the most prolific bike-packers, route finders out there. The pair have spent the last 5 or 6 years wandering the globe, tracking routes from Alaska to South Africa. And Lael just crushed the Tour Divide Women’s record and won the Trans-Am race just in the last two years.
Snaking the length of the Baja Peninsula, the “Divide” covers some pretty rough terrain, touching both the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean several times. In between there are jeep tracks, single tracks and no tracks covered with sand, loose rock, cacti and scorpions. It takes a well prepared rider, with a well stocked ride to make through in one piece.
Nick normally spends his days turning spoke wrenches, building your #superfastwheels. But for the next 3 weeks or so, he’ll be slugging it out on the Divide, soaking up the sun, and apparently ‘hackey sacking’ in his down time ( don’t judge…). We thought a look at his set up may inspire you to start prepping for similar adventures in the New Year.
Ride well, Nick. We’ll miss your smiling face. And hurry back. We wanna go biking too.
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Depart starts in 3,2,1…