It was a big day at the 2019 Baja Bike Race gran fondo in Mexico last Saturday as a record 431 cyclists raced from Tecate to Ensenada on the beautiful Baja California coast.
Having ridden in all five editions of the race, Eder Frayre (DCBank Pro Cycling Team) only needed 2:43:12 to earn his 5th consecutive victory.
Afterwards Frayre told AGP Noticias, “It is a very nice event that I take a lot of importance because the promoters invite me and promote cycling as a ride and as a race promoting the culture of competition and the culture of using the bicycle.”
He used the event as a tune-up race before heading to New Zealand for the Tour of Southland stage race in early November.
Reyes Aguilera from Tijuana was 2nd at 2:46:14, just nipping Carlos Mac Pherson from Rosario who finished 3rd.
With the gran fondo race just across the boarder from San Diego, California USA many American riders participated. The first USA rider to arrive in Ensenada was 33-year old Zachary Labry from Los Angeles who finished 8th at 2:48:13.
25-year old Maddy Ward from San Diego beat Jancy Meraz at the line to win the women’s race in 2:53:19 at 24mph average speed. Liz Ureño was 3rd.