The city of Hermosillo is the capital of the state of Sonora, located in the northwestern part of Mexico. Hermosillo is home to about
700,000 people and is the main economic hub for the region. The
city had a more modern feel than we were expecting, and surprisingly one of the best hot dogs we’ve ever had. The climate is similar to Southern California, but was warmer than we expected, with
the temperature hitting the mid-90s and even 100 on race day.
Mexican Nationals are divided into several stages, and
Hermosillo was the second stop on the tour, which brought out
almost 500 riders. Unlike the American Nationals, Mexico has a
series of races before a national champion is crowned. Instead of
hosting the race in a park or other venue like in the United States,
it was held in the wealthiest part of the city within the confines of
a large gated community.
Cross-country racing in the United States has had highs and lows over the last couple decades. Right
now the scene is growing, as Mammoth
Mountain has brought back the Nationals
and the Kenda Cup Series has grown in
popularity. Our neighbors to the south in
Mexico have been building their own racing
community that is more than excited about
the potential of mountain bike racing and
is cultivating a community that simply loves
Over the course of an extended weekend we got the chance to visit the city of
Hermosillo and ride the local trails and
racecourse. The trails felt similar to our
native Southern California desert, but
with more intense heat and even drier air.
Combine this with a fast pace and we were
in for an epic weekend of racing.
An unexpected community
Racing Hermosillo, Mexico
One fast lady: Sonia Lopez is one of Mexico’s fastest female racers. In 2015 she competed at the World Cup and seemed to hold
her own racing amongst the fastest women in the world.
European flair: Most of the race felt like our home turf in Southern
California, but to give the course a more technical, European flair,
the organizers threw in a couple of technical rock features to keep
racers on their toes.