THE BAJA DIVIDE

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A full documenting, self filmed movie (produced by OSM films) will premier at the Berliner Fahrradschau 2017 on March 3rd to 5th, and released soon after on our Vimeo channel. So stay tuned, and until then enjoy this beautiful lookbook! //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// In 2012 the German couple Franzi and Jona (“Tales on Tyres”) quit their jobs and went for a global hiking tour starting in New Zealand before crossing to India and Nepal. Soon they got tired of walking, organised some bikes and continued on two wheels through Iran and Mongolia. After working in Canada for a year to replenish their funds, they started their current trip zig-zagging from Alaska to Patagonia. After completing “The Great Divide” they realised the bikes they were using couldn't withstand the conditions they were encountering – and that’s how we came on board. We met up with Franzi and Jona in the Sierra Nevada in September last year and provided them 2 of our Beyond+ bikes. After getting them loaded up Franzi and Jona headed south, to take on the famous “Baja Divide” – an offroad bikepacking route down the length of the Baja Californian peninsula leading from San Diego (USA) to La Paz (Mexico). With a video-documentary of their trip due to be released early March, we thought we could just wet your appetite a little with some stunning images taken during their incredible journey.

The full documentary will premier at the Berlin bike show “Fahrradschau” on March 3rd to 5th, and released soon after on our Vimeo channel. So stay tuned, and until then enjoy this beautiful lookbook!

More information about TALES ON TYRES: http://www.tales-on-tyres.com
More information about the BAJA DIVIDE: https://bajadivide.com
More information about the BEYOND+ bike: http://bombtrack.com/bikes/beyond-plus/ /////////////////////// (editorial design by www.mtttt.it)

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THE BAJA DIVIDE

The Baja Divide is a new established 2735km long off-pavement

bikepacking route, starting in San Diego, USA and following

the length of the Baja California Peninsula all the way to

San Jose del Cabo, Mexico.

It crosses the Peninsula several times, connecting the Pacific

Ocean and the Sea of Cortez. On it’s way cutting through

beautiful backcountry deserts and major mountain ranges.

Using already existing roads and tracks, of which more than

95% are unpaved, the Baja Divide leads into the remote

wilderness of Mexico’s Peninsula. This often requires the

rider, to carry 2-3 days of food and up to 12liters of water.

The condition of the route varies, between graded dirt roads

to rocky or sandy jeep tracks and this makes the riding tough

and sometimes technical. It’s essential to pack light and make

use of the warm, dry climate between November and March.

When we heard about the Baja Divide, we immediately

knew that we wanted to ride it. Finishing the Great Divide

in the USA, we not only wanted to explore more bike packing

routes on our way to South America, but also to ride something

even more challenging. Excited to test out our comfort zones

and physical boundaries, we started the Baja Divide at the

beginning of November, as one of the first ones ever riding

the route. It took us more than seven weeks to ride from San

Diego to La Paz, the covered daily distances varying between

50 and 80km.


AREA: BAJA CALIFORNIA / BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR

San Diego

SAN DIEGO USA


SAN JOSE DEL CABO MEXICO

2735km +95% unpaved

bikepacking route

La Paz


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The riding was tough, beautiful and breathtaking in every

way. We enjoyed being surrounded by vast desert landscapes

and days, passing without coming across towns or many

other people. The Baja Divide is mainly about being in the

backcountry, but nonetheless specially in the south part of the

route, we passed through small Spanish mission towns, with an

abundances of history, palm trees and charm, basic fishercamps

or bustling highway towns, Which give you the opportunity

to refill your resources and enjoy some worldy comforts. The

Baja Divide felt raw and bold to us and we can only recommend

to take on the challenge and ride it. Be aware, that this Route

requires special equipment and some previous bikepacking

experience, for more detailed information head over to...

www.bajadivide.com

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www.tales-on-tyres.com

www.instagram.com/talesontyres

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“After a while you get used to

all the prickly plants in the desert

or at least you try.”


“The camping opportunities

where plentiful and suberb”.


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“Despite Mexicos‘s bad media

coverage, we felt always safe

and welcome.”


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“The quailty of Tacos, can vary

between dry with hardly any filling

to juicy and stuffed to it‘s limits.


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“Officially it‘s recommended to be

able to carry 10Liters of water per

person on some stretches. We often

carried more, running out of water,

in our opinion, is absolutely no fun.


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“At some point we bummed into the preruns

of the Baja1000, an off-road race.

We were not too excited sharing the road

with those monster trucks but after getting

handed an ice cold coke and water,

we decided it had some advantages too.”


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ROADSCAPES


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“Daily drivetrain maintenance is a must!”


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“Steep but never hopeless.”


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“ The Route is pretty remote and often

leaves you having to deal with mechanical

problems or sickness on your own.

A wasp stung Franzi‘s eye and an allergic

reaction, let it swell up completely.

For a while she had to ride one-eyed.”


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“Sometimes we were swearing out

load and other times we pushed

on in silence. This is not an easy

ride across Baja California. It has

challenged us as riders and personally.”


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“Sometimes, we caught ourselves glancing at

the elevation profile, thinking it was flat and

so somewhat it should be an easy ride. That was

never the case, because when it was flat, it was

sandy. And believe us, that‘s sometimes even harder

than being confronted with some steep climb.”


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“Bringing enough limes is essential.

Even if the water we drank was purified,

it sometimes had this weird taste...”


“The most stores are small and only offer

limited food options. It requires some

creativity and we can promise you, after

this you will not eat fried beans and

tortillas for along time.”


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