Our Danish friend Peter Weiss has been planning a hard enduro race called “AvandaRocks”, and invited us to visit him and stay for the race. The race consist of three days of riding (Thursday to Saturday). The first day is the prologue, were the riders has to go through a manmade track with obstacles. The fastest rider qualify for the finals, which decides starting orders of the riders on Friday. We will take you through the track:
1. The big jump! A lot of the riders rode over the jump. Here you see Max Gaston from Arizona, US
2. Getting up and over the big tractor tires. In the right picture you see David Knight from Great Britain
3. The rock garden
4. Riding over 8-10 big logs. In the left picture you see Max Gaston from Arizona, US
5. Going over several tractor tires turning side ways and covered with dirt. In the right picture you can see the size of the tires compared to me
6. The big stretch with smaller logs in all kinds of shapes and sizes
All the riders were struggling to get through, which made it a great place for pictures
7. After the log pit the riders again had to pass big logs, and some “smaller” tractor tires.
Here you see Peter waiting for the riders just before the finish line while some of the spectators are crossing the track
8. For the finals several riders were on the track at the same time – it was a bit chaotic! BUT the crowds loved it!
Friday and Saturday the riders started with 30-60 seconds between them. They had to navigate the trail by GPS and by the orange marks made with a spray can. The riders were divided into four classes depending on their riding skill 1. gold, 2. silver, 3. bronze and 4. iron and had to follow the designated trail for their class.
Pictures from the race…
Not all our time went with the race, we also had time to walk around Valle de Bravo and visit the local market. Bought 1 kilos of strawberries for 25 pesos (1,25 USD or 10 DDK)
The local baking goods – bread with colored dough on top to make it more pretty
We also had one of our favorite snacks, which is a corn with mayonnaise, Mexican cheese and chili powder
Meet the taxi traffic in Valle de Bravo. Here in Mexico there is Taxi’s everywhere and the taxi’s goes everywhere. It is also fairy cheap tp take a taxi. The roads are narrow and if you decide to drive through a town during the day, there is a big change of getting stuck in traffic. But don’t worry, motorcycles are allowed to lane split, drive in the wrong side of the road and just zigzag between al the other traffic. All this happen while the police is looking. There is one rule, don’t hit any people walking around the streets!
The dirty and the clean car
In Mexico you meet the Volkswagen beetle everywhere. So we do not play “Slug bug” anymore, it would take too much of our time . The beetle came to Mexico in 1954, but it was not until 1961 that the first 250 beetles were assembled in Mexico. The beetle stood in contrast to the former Mexican car market, which was characterized by American models in large sizes and big engines. In June 1962 the assembly plant in Xalostoc could assemble 10 beetles a day, but the plant was unable to meet the growing demand. The production of the beetle ended on July 30, 2003, when the last beetle (the unit number 21,529,464) left the production line.
We said “Goodbye” and “See you” to our Danish friend Peter, who was flying to Brazil in a couple of days, maybe we will meat him down there. We left Avandaro and Valle de Bravo to go to Mexico City on the way we have planned to visit the volcano “Nevada de Toluca”.