I just love cycling. I've been riding bikes ever since I can remember, and haven't stopped!
I've been doing Triathlon for the last 5 years, and have been able to compete all around Mexico , and abroad (USA, Australia). Out of the three sports that make up Triathlon, cycling is definitely the one I most enjoy. I've also done some competitive cycling races both in the USA and Mexico (criteriums and road races).
I consider myself a very outgoing, fun and helpful guy. Happy to show you the best routes around Guadalajara, a city best know for being the cultural capital of Mexico (Tequila, Food, and Crafts).
I had a chance to ride with JC during a Thanksgiving Trip to Lake Chapala, which is located just south of Guadalajara. He is the third Veloguide that I've used in Mexico, and like the others he exceeded my expectations in everyway. I recommend booking a ride with him if you are visiting the Lake Chapala area.
In the weeks before the ride, JC responded to all my questions, sent a proposed route, and provided contact information to reach him in Mexico. When I responded that his proposed route riding on the new Mega Libramiento was a bit shorter than I hoped, he gladly indicated that we could add another 20 miles by starting and finishing near my hotel in Ajijic.
On the day of the ride, JC arrived at my hotel promptly at 6:45 AM. We rode out of Ajijic for a short distance on the cyclovia, then headed up the highway about 10 miles to the new Mega Libramiento, where we rode another 18 miles before turning and retracing our route to Ajijic.
The entire ride was 57 miles with 3,150 feet of climbing and moderately challenging. Ajijic sits at around 5,000 feet about sea level. Most of our climbing was up four hills (two on the way out and two on the way back) of about 500 feet of elevation, with moderate highway type grades. Whether he was riding in front or behind, JC always let me set the pace. He warned me of upcoming hazards and traffic. Regarding the latter, there was a fair amount. As is often the case in Mexico, the best pave streets for road riding are often busier highways. Luckily, most of the roadways, including the new Mega Libramiento, had good shoulders. I’m sure that if I had time or desire to drive elsewhere, JC could have recommended routes with less traffic.
But, I’m fine riding on roads with a bit of traffic and had a great ride.
I will definitely ride with JC again when I return to the Lake Chapala area.
We had the opportunity to ride with JC in Guadalajara on January 20th, 2018. JC is a very nice guy, he knows a lot of routes and roads around Guadalajara. JC has access to great bikes and he is very flexible regarding the destination for the day. He took me and my wife to a great route outside Guadalajara, the Agave Fields route. This ride was awesome, difficult and beautiful at the same time. The views are endless and breath taking. The route to the agave fields is difficult as I said, and it takes time and effort from the riders. If you select this ride, train hard and prepare yourself for lots of elevation and lots of climbing. JC stayed with us all the time, and guided us in very professional way. We had a great time with JC, you can chat with him all the time. I definitely recommend JC as guide in Guadalajara, the ride did not disappoint. If you are looking for a good place to get food and/or drinks after your ride, just ask JC.
I have yet to ride with JC out of Guadalajara but road with him in Bucerias. Great guy. Speaks both Spanish and English. Solid rider and good conversation. I am looking forward to booking a ride in Tequila!
One of my favourite rides around Guadalajara is definitely the Santa Rosa Dam ride.
This is a beautiful ride that includes riding through the Tequila region (Amatitán, El Arenal), which are two of the most important Tequila producing cities in the country. This ride has some beautiful scenery, as we make our way down a canyon all the way to the gates of the Santa Rosa Dam. The way up is definitely a challenge that will put your climbing ability to the test! A fun and challening ride, not to be missed during your visit to Guadalajara.
I'm all about sharing what our region has to offer. I usually try new routes every week, so my knowledge of Guadalajara is up to date with new roads around town. Come join me in discovering the best cycling roads around Guadalajara!