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    Copper Canyon - Mexico

    About three weeks I got back from an incredible nine-day trip to Copper Canyon in Mexico. The riding was some of the best I have ever enjoyed, and this place has to be one of the most beautiful places on our planet. The canyon system is at least seven times the size and 1,462 feet deeper than Arizona’s Grand Canyon.

    Here are a few pictures from the trip


    The Valley on the Monks


    Ridgelines near Creel


    The Sierra Madre Hiking Lodge in Cusarare


    A visit to a Tarahumara village


    Looking down to the La Bufa bridge across the Rio Batopilas


    Some riding around Batopilas


    Relaxing in Batopilas


    The Satevo Mission


    The MTB Crit in the Satevo Mission Courtyard


    Oh yeah, there were no shortage of awesome trails - Some with just a wee-bit-o-technical goodness

    Saying my ride report is a little long would be quite an understatement. I have organized things into a main Copper Canyon Trip page that will take you to the other seven pages of notes and pictures from this incredible life enriching experience.

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    Congrats!!

    More than awesone trip/riding.

    I wish I could go up there some time!!
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    Awesome.
    I have wanted to go there for some time - looks incredible.
    Thanks
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    my mom went down there a few years ago. she had lots of good things to say about the place. i guess she is friends with the guy that runs the helicopter transports down there.

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    Spectacular!

    Spectacular photos and writeup on your site. But I want the video!

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    Beautiful area

    Quote Originally Posted by mtbbill
    About three weeks I got back from an incredible nine-day trip to Copper Canyon in Mexico. The riding was some of the best I have ever enjoyed, and this place has to be one of the most beautiful places on our planet. The canyon system is at least seven times the size and 1,462 feet deeper than Arizona’s Grand Canyon.
    Definitely have to get there now!

    I'm glad to see Blaire's (Kami-Kiwi) got his trips going down there. I went on a trip to NZ with him 2 years ago (dang, that long ago?) after he regrouped from his buddy John's passing. He really spoke highly about this CC trip.

    Perfect Passion hit to start the morning, not sure if I can read the whole write up & concentrate on the day to day trivials before my next trip...THANX Bill!

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    wow that looks awesome.

    that's another on my list...
    Only boring people get bored.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wherewolf
    Spectacular photos and writeup on your site. But I want the video!
    That is the next project. I have not even stuck the tapes back in the machine since the trip.

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    Great report and great website Bill!

    I'm hoping to go up to Copper Canyon for Semana Santa, trying to convince my wife that we should take our bikes. As we live here in Mexico, I'm wondering if it's possible to find guides in Creel.

    Great info on San Diego area too, funnily enough I'm going there on Wednesday. No time for riding, but doing a little bike shopping

    Matt

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    Totally Awesome. Thanks for this post. I have been wanting to hit Copper Canyon for years and this is really inspiring.

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    Wow

    Amazing write up and pics man.

    Truly amazing.

    Thanks.

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    I want,....to be,.....a

    Cabellero.
    I think I could swing going on a trip like this now. Let me know when you have leave again.
    I'll ask la jefe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noslogan
    Cabellero.
    I think I could swing going on a trip like this now. Let me know when you have leave again.
    I'll ask la jefe.
    Excellent passion hit! I've read the write up on your site as well, this is now on my short list of must do road trips. Thanks for sharing!

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    Spectacular photos....very nice
    the trick is ENJOYING YOUR LIFE EACH DAY, don't waste them away wishing for better days

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    Gasp!

    Those are incredible pic's. Is there a gathering there soon?

    jps

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    How does you get to Copper Canyon with bikes? It was my impression you can do it via Arizona on train?

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    Quote Originally Posted by baycat
    How does you get to Copper Canyon with bikes? It was my impression you can do it via Arizona on train?
    There is a train that runs to the area from AZ. I don't know much about it. Our tour group was picked up in El Paso and traveled via the Van-O-Fun. I was for the most part blissfully unknowning what laid ahead for most of the trip. Where we stopped, I rode

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    Your desciption on your site sounds great, as do the other tours on kamikiwi.
    What do they do about mech problems on the tour--like the broken fork valve you mentioned? Is there a mini shop in the support van? Do you bring lots of spare parts?
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    Oh...My...God! A friend of mine just emailed this thread. This is definitely going on the list of things I do before I die! I have the link saved, along with the company you booked the tour with.
    Thanks for the great pictures and your comments.
    MM

    Quote Originally Posted by mtbbill
    About three weeks I got back from an incredible nine-day trip to Copper Canyon in Mexico. The riding was some of the best I have ever enjoyed, and this place has to be one of the most beautiful places on our planet. The canyon system is at least seven times the size and 1,462 feet deeper than Arizona’s Grand Canyon.

    Here are a few pictures from the trip


    The Valley on the Monks


    Ridgelines near Creel


    The Sierra Madre Hiking Lodge in Cusarare


    A visit to a Tarahumara village


    Looking down to the La Bufa bridge across the Rio Batopilas


    Some riding around Batopilas


    Relaxing in Batopilas


    The Satevo Mission


    The MTB Crit in the Satevo Mission Courtyard


    Oh yeah, there were no shortage of awesome trails - Some with just a wee-bit-o-technical goodness

    Saying my ride report is a little long would be quite an understatement. I have organized things into a main Copper Canyon Trip page that will take you to the other seven pages of notes and pictures from this incredible life enriching experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuruAtma
    Your desciption on your site sounds great, as do the other tours on kamikiwi.
    What do they do about mech problems on the tour--like the broken fork valve you mentioned? Is there a mini shop in the support van? Do you bring lots of spare parts?
    They had a "bike box" full of all sorts of stuff, as well as a stand that appeared from somewhere when needed. I did not dig to deep in the box so I don't know the inventory, but we had a guy trash out his fork and they had a loaner they put on it.

    Spare parts - I would bring the normal stuff you carry on a ride, which for me includes a derailer hanger. I would bring an extra set of brake pads. I had a shock pump as well but that was just to reassemble the bike after the flight.
    Last edited by mtbbill; 11-22-2005 at 07:55 PM. Reason: Engrish

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    wow man

    Those are some crips pics. what kind of camera do you use?

    I actually use your site (i live in the LA/OC area) , and always wondered if you posted here. Thanks for the passion!
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    Unbelievable!

    Man, I am sooo jealous. That was spectacular!

    Those guys should be paying you for that kind of advertising exposure.

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    I've been reading

    about Copper Canyon now for about 5 years. I did meet some people who were at the most novice riders and they just couldn't say enough good things about the experience. They are going again in 2007 and I plan on going with them.
    I may not be as good as I once was.
    But I'm as good once, as I ever was.
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    looks awesome like everyone else I want to be there
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    New question here.

    Quote Originally Posted by mtbbill
    There is a train that runs to the area from AZ. I don't know much about it. Our tour group was picked up in El Paso and traveled via the Van-O-Fun. I was for the most part blissfully unknowning what laid ahead for most of the trip. Where we stopped, I rode
    what tour group did you go with? sounds like you would recommend them, got a website?




    edit ** found it, thanks!
    Last edited by Bill Payer; 11-24-2005 at 08:46 AM.

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