Road, Gravel, Food & Fun

Meet Joel

Bucerías, United Mexican States

Joel is the founder of VeloGuide and a dedicated cycling advocate. He fell in love with riding in Mexico and exploring the world class riding that was at his door step for so many years. Joel is focused on bringing each of his customers a unique and fun cycling experience. Whether you are a beginner/recreational cyclist, a semi-pro, or someone in between, Joel can set up a ride that will be perfectly suited for you.

For those looking for a challenge, ask me about conquering three peaks, La Bufa or La Vuelta a Jalisco. World class climbs that will leave you in awe.

Overall Rating / 19 Total Testimonials

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Joel: VeloGuide

5 out of 5 stars
Peter H - August 18, 2018

I met Joel in the Vélo Café in Calgary. I was visiting for a wedding a dropped in on the off chance I could find a bike and some one to ride with, as luck would have it there was a ride and a bike available right then. Thanks for taking the time to show me around and getting me back in time for the wedding.

5 out of 5 stars
Don K - August 14, 2018

My son and I were in Mexico for a short vacation and looking for something to do. He’s not very comfortable on a road bike, so Joel took us out on mountain bikes for a modified hill/food tour. Super safe, very interesting and a great way to spend an afternoon. And a nice cold cervesa to top it all off!

5 out of 5 stars
John S - May 15, 2018

Joel made every ride everyday fun to go out without worrying about logistics and nice to meet other cyclists, especially from Canada for some reason :). Also, I enjoyed great local eats/drinks during and at end of rides. Look forward to riding with Joel and VeloGuide community on my next trips.
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5 out of 5 stars
Dave K - April 09, 2018

I was recently in Bucerias and was able to get out for a one-on-one ride with Joel. It was a great ride with great conversation and we met up with some local riders. We finished it off with a nice espresso. I would highly recommend VeloGuide to any cyclist and I will be back for sure. Dave K.

5 out of 5 stars
Lisa S - March 21, 2018

Riding to El Tuito from Boca was a fantastic experience with Joel as our guide! We were safe on the mountain road. The pace was perfect. He was always taking care of our group, getting us water and delicious pastries and the most amazing ceviche, fish tacos and cerveza on the beach at the end of the ride! I'll always remember what a fun ride it was! Joel's the best!

5 out of 5 stars
Mark D - March 18, 2018

I brought my Gravel Bike to Mexico as I was unsure what the roads would be like. When Joel saw my bike he modified a regular route to add about 10km of Gravel/Dirt road. It was a great ride and one that I would not have discovered on my own. Thanks Joel!

5 out of 5 stars
jas m - March 14, 2018

Great ride, very personalized to my pace and interests. Loved the espresso to start and the craft beer stop!

5 out of 5 stars
Bob V - February 14, 2018

Best way to see the PV area by bike. Ride with Bici Bikes.

5 out of 5 stars
Jerome V - February 12, 2018

Just finished a great week in Vallarta and spent three of those days riding with Joel. He's a great guide and took care of us even with different experience levels.

5 out of 5 stars
Patrick B - January 13, 2018

My third year in a row riding with Joel and the Bici Bucerias team and always an amazing time ! Joel adapts to everyone's needs and provides the level of challenge you are looking for ! Already looking forward to next year's rides !

5 out of 5 stars
Sean N - January 07, 2018

Rode the El Tuito and San Sebastian mountain rides with Joel over the x-mas break. Beautiful rides for those who love steady climbs and stunning scenery. Joel is a very professional guide, who knows these rides inside and out. He is a great judge of his clients capabilities, helping them get the most out of their rides in a safe manner. He is also fluent in Spanish and has a deep knowledge of this part of Mexico. Plan to ride again with him next time I am back!

5 out of 5 stars
Chris B - January 07, 2018

I enjoyed every moment on my ride with Joel. He quickly learns what his clients want and make sure the ride is a world class experience.

5 out of 5 stars
Phil G - January 03, 2018

Joel showed me some great roads and climbs I'd have never found on my own, with fun stops and a great vibe. Thank you!

5 out of 5 stars
Al R - November 28, 2017

Joel is an excellent VeloGuide. He was very prepared prior to the ride, and very knowledgeable during the ride. He knew the route inside and out, and we had a safe and enjoyable ride in the Mexican countryside! He knows all the little out of the way stops

5 out of 5 stars
Jorge d - November 28, 2017

Great experience ! I will return for sure

5 out of 5 stars
Customer S - November 28, 2017

Una experiencia que superó mis espectativas. Muchas gracias

5 out of 5 stars
Customer S - November 28, 2017

I have hired guides and rented bikes in many parts of the world. BiciBucerias was my BEST experience by far. The excellent customer service I received from both Joel and Jillian started well before my trip to Bucerias. I was naturally skeptical of organi

5 out of 5 stars
Sandy L - November 24, 2017

Riding with Joel, and others from the team in Bucerias is always a pleasure. We are well cared for, the riding is as challenging as we would like it to be and we will return to ride in Mexico!

5 out of 5 stars
Bobby H - September 05, 2017

It was great to go on a few bike rides while on vacation with guides that were such experienced and passionate riders. I would do this again in a heartbeat.

My Favorite Ride

 

I have a few favourite rides in Mexico and it is really tough to choose. I love the old road along the coast from La Cruz to Punta Mita. So quiet and when you pop out of the jungle along the beautiful Deistiladeras beach, it really is special. Both a client and personal favourite would be  riding to el Tuito. Simple pleasures like a bakery stop and tranistioning from ocean and jungle to mountain pines to be followed by a smooth descent to the beach where we feast on ceviche, barbeque of fish, and buckets of beer are simply priceless!

More ABout Joel

I really enjoy riding with all levels of cyclists. I believe that we need to make cycling more inclusive vs an exclusive type of sport that only cares about the brand of bike and clothing one wears. Some of my most memorable rides have been with guests who really want to take time and smell the roses. Stopping for photos and discovering delicious local food along our routes are what I live for! That being said, I really do enjoy the challenge of riding with our pro guests and some of the best training rides I have done have been with our Canadian Olympic Speed Skating Team. 

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