Mexico City to Toluca by Bike
A mountain ridge called La Marquesa separates Toluca and Mexico City. It’s a several hour drive in a car; therefore a grueling, awesome bike ride.
We left from Naucalpan, not exactly D.F. (Mexico City) but right next to it. First we rode the highways, starting with a big police escort. The police changed as we passed through different states, cities, and municipalities.
Thanks to support vehicles, throughout the 6 or 7 hour trip we usually had the right lane to ourselves. At one point, bombing down an exit ramp that cut through the mountains, we had the whole highway to ourselves.
Luis “El Gallo,” leader of Escarabajos Toluca, plans these trips, invites me on them and drives us all there in his van. Good dude:
Then we climbed high, high, high in La Marquesa, the mountain range the separates Mexico City from Toluca.
We are almost to the top and it’s been several hours of pure uphill. This is me on my heavy pawn-shop mountain bike:
We had our last break on the way down to Toluca. I never realized this before but from the bottom of the Marquesa back up to central Toluca is a gradual uphill:
Almost there! (this is Toluca):
Big thanks to the good people I ride with, Escarabajos Toluca. We do weekly night rides in Toluca and longer trips on weekends. This particular trip on November 28 2011 was organized by Escarabajos Toluca, Ciclismo Para Todos Mexico, and Fundacion Tlaloc. If you live Toluca or D.F. or are even just visiting (you rent free bicycles in D.F.) and are interested in trips like these, write a comment or send me a message. Seeing Mexico by bicycle is an enormous pleasure.