The next Rosarito to Ensenada Bike Ride will be on May 3rd, 2014. Some have worried that the closure of the toll road south of La Mision would mean the event would be canceled: It is not; Although the course has been moved, (March 2014), from the old free road through a newly paved section of the Scenic toll road, which is being repaired and now has a paved lane suitable for bike traffic. This change removes the large hill from the bike course, and keeps the free road open for cars.
There has not been much reported in the media about repairs to the toll road, except that the road should be ready for auto traffic in the summer; The closure was caused when a caldera of an ancient, significantly eroded volcano collapsed, which was under the highway, following earth quake activity.
2013 Bike Ride
The yearly, (Official Site), Rosarito Ensenada Bike Ride is held twice a year the next ride is being held on May 4, 2013 - 10:00 a.m and Sept 28, 2013 - 10:00 a.m. The Finish Line Fiesta is located at Hotel Corona, on Boulevard Lazaro Cárdenas.
The May bike ride was a great success, with 6,500 participants plus supporters and spectators.
The event is a ride but for those who want to race they can start in the Elite Start group, (there are no official ride time keepers that you would have in actual race). Everybody who finishes gets a medal. The ride takes you on a tour from Rosarito Hotel down the coast to the finish line fiesta located at Plaza Ventana al Mar, on Boulevard Lazaro Cárdenas, under the giant Mexican flag.
The finish line party will be packed not only by bikers that entered the race, but there is always spectators, friends and family that join the celebration. It is estimated that over 25,000 people will be at the finish line waiting for the party to start.
The hard part of the bike race about a 5 mile section is where there is a huge hill called El Tigre, (mile 24 and 27). El Tigre starts at almost sea level and climbs to over 800 feet. If you decide to walk up this hill instead of riding you wont be alone. It is all downhill from El Tigre to the celebration in Ensenada. The huge party has food from Ensenada's finest restaurants live music and sponsors Corona provides the beers. The Tecate girls are always in full force as well. At the finish line you can get massages, posters, T-shirts and other souvenirs. Medals are ONLY given to cyclists that start the ride from the official Start Line.
Rosarito Beach Hotel (the official hotel for the ride in Rosarito) offers visitors a special package deal for the event: Oceanfront room, Daily getaway dinner for two adults, Two children 12 and under stay free (room only), Resort activities for the entire family, 15% discount on sport massage, A Fast Pass for easier border crossing on your way back., Secure parking