Monthly archive February, 2015
Two breaks for the border

Two breaks for the border

North of Mexico City lies a string of pretty old cities, settled by the Spanish in the 16th century as they mined the region for silver. Of those we visited, the most personable is Santiago de Querétaro, a checkerboard of squares and churches connected by immaculate residential streets. The most captivating is Guanajuato (pictured above),...
Barriga llena, corazón contento

Barriga llena, corazón contento

In 2013, Mexico jiggled ahead of the USA as the developed world’s fattest country, with 70% of the population overweight and a third obese. The UN report pointed the finger at the usual all-you-can-eat buffet of poverty, urbanisation and the industrialisation of the food supply. We haven’t been left unscathed by this epidemic: despite cycling...
Month 19

Month 19

10 January – 9 February 2015 Countries Mexico (total 16) Distance 1,390.06km (total 23,747.04km) Climb 14,346m (total 219,331m) Longest day 111.03km, San Luis Potosí to El Huizache in Mexico (longest so far: 160.11km) Top speed 60.7kmh (fastest so far: 68.8kmh) Punctures 3 (total 37; Will leads 26-11, and suspects it might be time for a...
The fat of the land - Touring the Sierra Gorda

The fat of the land – Touring the Sierra Gorda

For all that we’ve enjoyed our time in Mexico, the cycling here has sometimes been a little utilitarian. There have been fine rides along the way – the two-day climb from the Guatemala border to San Cristobal de las Casas, the three-day oceanside stretch west of Salina Cruz, the up-and-over ribbon road connecting the coast...
Snaps - January 2015

Snaps – January 2015

The first 31 days of the year reduced to a few indifferent snapshots. Previous months can be found by clicking here.     In the Parque de los Fuertes, high above the city of Puebla, the city turned on the fountains to celebrate New Year’s Day. Cuatro Veces Heroica Puebla de Zaragoza, Puebla, Mexico 1...