DISCOVER THE MEANING OF MARAVILLA
En español, “maravilla” describes something that produces wonder and amazement…a thing whose extraordinary qualities are something to marvel at.
It’s the perfect adjective for Bucerias – a quiet village on Mexico’s west coast that’s now coming into its own as an easygoing resort town.
Just 25 minutes from Puerto Vallarta’s International Airport – a direct flight away from many cities across Canada – Bucerias is a fantastic (and fantastically affordable) destination not only for sick-of-winter sun-seekers but for adventurous cyclists eager to explore some roads less travelled.
As anyone who’s had the pleasure of biking in the Bucerias area and the nearby Sierra Madre will tell you, the terrain is varied, the roads are well maintained, the traffic is light, the drivers are patient and respectful, and the climate is a winter-weary Canadian’s dream.
For an expert introduction to cycling in Mexico, nothing beats supported tours with experienced guide at Bici Bucerias.
Learn more: BiciBucerias.com
maraVilla: The place to stay Bucerias
Starting at just USD $500 a week, maraVilla is a brand new collection of private, bike-friendly villas and residences just steps away from great food, a great beach and great fun right in the heart of Bucerias.
For details: maraVillaNayarit.com
Where do I go for a winter vacation?
Challenge your expectations with an active Mexican Vacation
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Mexico? Montezuma’s revenge? Pushy timeshare salesmen? An all-inclusive bonanza of burritos, Tequila cocktails and sunburn?
Maybe it’s time to discover a whole different side of Mexico – the side that’s perfect for the active adventure-seeker.
After three years of pursuing our vacation rental and cycling tour business in Bucerias and Puerto Vallarta Mexico, we’ve seen a big shift in who’s vacationing here. More and more, it’s “active” vacationers who’ve discovered there’s far more to Mexico than meets the eye. Opportunities for adventure – and some of the best cycling you’ll ever experience – abound here!
If you find yourself in Puerto Vallarta, Bucerias, Punta Mita or Sayulita, join us for a road ride complete with bike and guide. If you’re looking something more all-encompassing, here are four vacation ideas to immerse you in a side of Mexico you never expected! For more details, visit www.BiciBucerias.com
Four Active Vacation Ideas Puerto Vallarta Mexico
The Gran Fondo Riviera Nayarit and Time Trial is the perfect way to cap off your 2016 cycling season - a fondo weekend in paradise!
The new route for 2016 has over 1800 meters of elevation gain. The 15.2 km time trial circuit, while short, will put you to the test. For more details visit: GranFondoNayarit.com
Absorb the ocean breeze and mountain air of Nayarit, Mexico during a week long retreat combining adventurous road cycling tours and recharging yoga practice
Hosted by Randelle Lusk and Bici Bucerias, this retreat is open to all levels and ability for both yoga and cycling. Visit: BiciBucerias.com
From the start of November until mid April, we run regular weeklong cycling tours. Our tours include accommodations, airport transfers, breakfast, five amazing
guided rides and more. Looking to come to the Gran Fondo? Join our pre fondo tour from Nov 26 to December 5, 2016 to fully prepare for the big event. Visit: BiciBucerias.com
Just when the snow is starting to fly, you can get away from it all and do one of the most popular and well organized half-marathons in Mexico. Visit: BiciBucerias.com
Whether you choose the traditional charm of Victoria Villas with its large shared pool, comfortable loungers and covered palapa or the new and more contemporary maraVilla Bucerias, you will enjoy all the comforts we have to offer. Our developments are more than just vacation properties – they are immersed in the local neighbourhoods. All of our locations are within a block to the awesome Bucerias beach, coffee shops, restaurants, local shops and the Art District. Come see and feel the magic!
Road Cycling in Mexico - A Gran Fondo in Paradise
Our second annual Gran Fondo is approaching and will take place on December 4th. As a special surprise, we will soon be releasing details of a new Individual Time Trial and Team Time Trial to take place the day before on December 3rd.
The Velo Bike Time Trial course will have incredible views and challenging roads. There will be an Individual Time Trial (ITT) and a Team Time Trial (TTT) category to choose from. The course is a 15.2 km loop that starts and finishes in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. This challenging loop has a total elevation gain of 189 meters. It will be especially challenging for those who opt to do the 4 up TTT as it will require teams to stay together over several up and down sections along the coast as well as a final climb and descent back to La Cruz.
Bici Bucerias Puerto Vallarta KOM Competition
In addition to the time trial, we will be offering prizes to the top climbers during the Gran Fondo. Sponsored by Bici Bucerias Puerto Vallarta, male and female riders in the Gran Fondo distance will received points for reaching the top of the initial climb on each and every lap. Points will be awarded as follows:
- 10 Points - First
- 5 Points - Second
- 3 Points - Third
- 1 Point - Forth
Prizes - Top male and female rider
- Bici Bucerias Puerto Vallarta KOM Jersey
- One week accommodations at Casa Victoria Villas in Bucerias
MaraVilla p/b Bici Bucerias KOM (Segment) Competition
Sponsored by MaraVilla, a spectacular new vacation rental property in Bucerias, all competitors in both the Gran Fondo and Medio Fondo will be eligible for two KOM awards. Riders must record their own ride rides and upload to STRAVA. We will be awarding prizes for any competitor who takes away the existing KOM records on two climbs (segments) during the actual event. Both segments are named "MaraVilla p/b Bici Bucerias KOM". They are the north and southbound climbs leading to and out of Sayulita. Riders will have until NOON following the day of the event to upload their data to STRAVA.
Prizes - Available for each segment
- Bici Bucerias KOM Jersey*
- One week accommodations at MaraVilla in Bucerias*
For more details visit the website at www.GranFondoNayarit.com
Tour de Bowness 2016
Bici Bucerias Hill Climb - Tour de Bowness 2016
We were honoured to be a part of the 2016 Tour de Bowness this year. While we were originally to have sponsored the KOM and QOM competition for the hill climb at the Canada Olympic Park, the drastic weather caused the event to be cancelled shortly after the CAT 5 competitors finished.
Well, after packing up and getting in the car, it seemed like pizza and beer was in order. So off we went to Ripe Tomato in Marda Loop to pick up a few pies to go and have a beer while waiting and watching the rain.
Tour de Bowness 2016 - CRIT - Sunday Aug 1
Bici Bucerias KOM Moves to the CRIT!
All was not lost. As I woke up at 6:00 am Sunday morning, the sun was shining and it was looking to be a perfect day for a bike race. Since we the KOM competition was canceled the day before, we decided to move our prizes to the CRIT. The winner of the CAT 1/2/3 women and the CAT 1/2 men won a week at the amazing maraVilla in Bucerias, a weekly bike rental, gran fondo #GFRN2016 entry and the KOM jersey and shorts sponsored by Bici Bucerias Puerto Vallarta. A big congrats to Meghan Lemiski and Amiel Flett-Brown for taking the big wins.
In addition, all the other category winners received a Gran Fondo Jersey & entry, $250 credit toward a stay at maraVilla as well as a discounted bike rental with Bici Bucerias. Congratulations to all of our winners! Here are the results of the CRIT
Cycling in Puerto Vallarta, Bike Rentals & Tours
We recently relaunched our Puerto Vallarta services (Bici Bucerias Puerto Vallarta) with a new location within the Specialized concept store located by the Marina. Are you travelling to Puerto Vallarta and staying in the PV area? We got you covered. Check out our list of tours available in all three of our locations HERE.
Getting to Puerto Vallarta from most Canadian and American cities is a snap. Once there, you have your choice of cycling tours and bike rental options with Bici Bucerias with locations in Bucerias, Sayulita and Puerto Vallarta.
Gran Fondo Riviera Nayarit 2016 - #GFRN2016
All of our winners won an entry to the #GFRN2016 which takes place December 4th. In addition we will be putting on an individual and team time trial on December 3rd. See the event website more details
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Bucerias Bike Tours
Mexican Bike Tours with Bici Bucerias
Check out the write-up on Bici Bucerias by Impact Magazine!
Seat Sales to Puerto Vallarta Cycling Paradise
Every year there are great seat sales to Puerto Vallarta. Whether you are staying in PV or north in Bucerias, Sayulita, Punta Mita and San Pancho, we have you covered! Come see why we are the number one reviewed cycling tour company in the entire area! Check out some of our amazing reviews HERE
PUERTO VALLARTA CYCLING VACATIONS
PUERTO VALLARTA BIKE TOURS
PUERTO VALLARTA BIKE RENTALS
I stumbled on road cycling last fall when the hybrid I used to scoot between yoga studios and tour the river on was cut from its lock outside of my house. Being as it was end of season when my beloved bike disappeared, I managed to snag an amazing deal on a demo TREK Emonda SL from Ridley’s bike shop in Kensington.
Road bike vs hybrid
The difference between the two bikes was remarkable. I could ride longer and faster with much more comfort in my body. As a yoga teacher/nerd, this was huge. I’ve become so accustomed to moving painlessly throughout the day that though I loved riding my hybrid, I would often top out at an hour-long ride due to discomfort and fatigue. Being equipped to ride longer and with more ease encouraged me to discover more parts of the city and to move beyond the city limits.
Something else began to happen. I started to develop a strength and endurance that complimented my mat practice. Having been practicing yoga for over ten years and teaching for a little over 6, I’ve spent countless hours in studios as a teacher and student. I’ve always loved movement and expelling energy. Admittedly, in the earlier years my practice I leaned into a dangerous territory of hypermobility. With experience and a lot of trial and error I started to develop my practice and teaching style to incorporate strength and stability in order to provide a more rounded approach to the practice. So when I started to feel tightness in my hips from riding, I was thrilled because I could see that balancing the two activities could optimize my pelvis/hip health.
Fast forward to now my practice is much more balanced but adding cycling into the mix has opened up a whole new avenue for strength development and endurance, as well as new way of syncing my mind and body. Yoga is still my first love but cycling has taken me out of the studio and back into the elements of ever shifting environments. In yoga I speak to being present with ones body, watching how it moves and responds, about how the body speaks a language of instinct and intuition. When I get on my bike, this language is further refined to interact with the mechanics of the bike and the conditions of the pavement. The movement has it’s own meditative quality plus there is opportunity to sincerely experience scenery and surroundings you miss while racing by in a car.
Yoga takes away that back pain
In speaking with avid cyclists who include yoga in their training programs, I’m told that yoga has been key in returning mobility to their bodies, eliminating chronic back pain and enhancing comfort to their ride. Additionally, flexibility is essential for optimal positioning on a bike and breath work can help with mental focus.
Road cycling has caught me a fever
I love alternating between my yoga mat and the saddle, so much so that I’ve decided to combine the two in retreat-style camps, or camp-style retreats – depending on what world you’re coming from – and create a vacation offering that I would seek out. The first collaboration is happening this Winter in Bucerias Mexico, I’d love it if you came!
Bucerias Yoga and Cycling - www.MaraVillaNayarit.com
Last week we had the pleasure of Randelle Lusk of Calgary joining us for a bike tour and some poolside yoga. Stay tuned for more information on our first ever comprehensive yoga and cycling retreat coming this November 2016. Here is a little video of one of our favourite rides in the quiet countryside as well as some excerpts of a yoga session and Casa Victoria
Gran Fondo Riviera Nayarit 2016
#GFRN2016 Course Preview
Bici Bucerias Sunday Fun Ride
Check out the video from our fun ride and #GFRN2016 course preview. Great time! Come see what all the fuss is about!
I have always wanted to ride La Bufa which is a climb in of itself out of San Sebastian del Oeste in Jalisco Mexico. The elevation chart really puts things in perspective. We started just north of Guayabitos. The first 5 km is on nice pavement and is basically a gentle steady climb to Alta Vista. From there, we crossed over 20 km of gnarly cobble including some sharp 12 - 18% gradients to zap the legs.
Now that we were good and warmed up, we crossed the Ameca river and road several km of gravel before entering the cobble streets of Las Palmas. From Las Palmas, it is a steady 28 km climb to La Estancia. It is easy to put too much effort in this part of the ride. We road smart and we rolled steady.
The climb to San Sebastian starts in La Estancia. While this is not a long climb, there are around 3 km of double digit paved grades to deal with before you finish with a leg busting final section completely made up of Mexican Cobble.
Words really do not describe what you are to expect on the climb to La Bufa. Now, if you showed up on a mountain bike with some low gearing, you could eventually spin yourself to the top. We electected to do the entire ride on cross bikes. The best gearing we had was a 39 on the front and a 32 on the back. While this would be ok on 12 - 15% paved grades, try mashing that gear ration on 25% sections of cobble! My goodness... there were times we just could not peddle and had to walk the bikes to a more gentle section of 18%!
I have to admit, the last few km I found myself actually being angry at this climb - It was so demoralizing. That being said, once we reached the summit, there was such an amazing sense of accomplishment. This is definitely one of the toughest non-racing rides I have ever done. I will be back!
Video of our ride to La Bufa
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Sayulita Bike Tour?
This is a great clip to get a feel for the ride from Bucerias to Sayulita. The awesome things is that it can also be done in reverse if you are staying in Sayulita! From Bucerias we head out of town to La Cruz and then ride around 8km on a coastal road with almost traffic and new pavement. Amazing coffee and a lemonade awaits you in Sayulita before we return. Three short but challenging climbs makes this a great ride to prep for the big mountains!
Wow... who would have thought that right outside the city of Puerto Vallarta that there is such amazing riding? If you like to climb, we have a ride for you! If you don't consider yourself a pure climber but you are relatively fit, this is the perfect profile. We start off with a nice 16 km rolling ride along the coast. Once we pass Boca de Tomatlan, we head up into the jungle from sea level to around 750 meters. This is a steady but gentle climb. At the top, you move into another eco system and will be surrounded by a beautiful pine forest (pinos). Below is a video of some of what to expect!
This is one of our favourite rides. We start in Las Palmas at around 150 meters above sea level and then ascend to just under 1900 meters over the course of 40 km. The last 7 km of the climb to the pass of the Virgin is incredibly tough. 8 - 18 % grades with a 6.5 km final average at just under 10%. This is a long ride and the video is condensed into 5 minutes...
Bucerias Food Tour on Bikes!
Are you a non-cyclist but love food and a cultural experience? Look no further! This is a fun and informative 3 1/2 hour tour that takes you to the four corners of Bucerias where you can try all of our favourite places and see some sights you might not see had you not been on a bike!
Hardcore cyclists rejoice! This is a perfect recovery day and a chance to "calorie up" for your next big day in the saddle!
Mexico Cycling Tours with Bici Bucerias
Puerto Vallarta Bike rentals and Tours
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Bucerias Bike Rentals and Tours
This is one of our favourite rides that leaves right outside Bucerias. This is perfect for those just arriving and wanting a longer acclimatization ride. Fairly flat with a little bit of climbing near the end - including a sharp little cobble climb to the town of Fortuna.
This bike tour is available from our Puerto Vallarta location as well.
Sayulita Bike Tours and Rentals
Bike Tours and Rentals Sayulita with Bici Bucerias
Yes! Check out the video of this awesome ride from Bucerias to Sayulita. This route is available in both directions. Sayulita to Bucerias or Bucerias to Sayulita! Check it out!
Puerto Vallarta Bike Tours
Puerto Vallarta Bike Rental and Tour to el Arroyo
YES! Mexico road cycling is AWESOME and SAFE!
Road Bike Rentals Palladium Vallarta
As you can see by the video, looks like these cyclists are not nuts! Amazing new ride available along fresh repaved road along the coast!
Bike Tours Punta de Mita
A little tongue and cheek below :) .... This is how the drivers treat us around here... slow down, wait until it is safe to pass and they give us a lot of room.... this SUV was behind our group for around 3 minutes, patiently waiting until I waived him through.
Bike Rentals Sayulita
Top 10 Reasons - Cycling Mexico
We have had held some amazing tours in 2015 and now we are looking forward to an amazing 2016 of riding with our guests. The one resounding thing that we hear from all of our guests is that Mexico is one of the best places that they have every cycled. This got us thinking that we should send out a newsletter with the top 10 reasons to hope a flight to Mexico and make us your destination for your spring cycling training for 2016.
#1 Proximity to Canada and the US
Many cities have direct and non-stop flights with total travel time well under 5 hours. I know a lot of people that go to Hawaii, Europe or even drive to the Okanagan from Calgary. A direct flight to Puerto Vallarta cuts a lot of hours off the travel time. Flights have been as cheap as $500 return from Calgary!
The cost of living in Mexico is dramatically lower than in the US or Canada. Everything from accommodations, transportation to food can be quite a bit lower. For example, a mid range hotel in Phoenix (using the Homewood Suites in Phoenix/Scottsdale) will run you $1,267 for one week.
Bucerias Vacation Rentals - www.MyMexicanVilla.com
A fabulous one bedroom garden villa in the heart of Bucerias (see www.MyMexicanVilla.com) is only $654 including all fees. Another good example for cyclists is massage which is great to pair with training. A one hour massage in Canada or the US will usually cost between $75 to $100. There are lots of options for qualified massage therapists here in Bucerias that will cost you under $30
#3 Quiet Safe Roads for Mexican Cycling
Contrary to popular belief, there are some amazing secondary roads that can provide you hundreds of kilometres of cycling options. We have several amazing rides that we put on our schedules. Some of our rides include nice easy flat country farm roads just east of Bucerias, beautiful rolling terrain from Punta de Mita to Sayulita, an epic cobblestone climb to the town of San Sebastian and so much more
Stay tuned for numbers 4 - 10
Punta de Mita Road Cycling
Bike Rentals Punta de Mita
Bici Bucerias has expanded it's service options to Punta de Mita. Whether you are a roadie or just looking to rent a cruiser to get around the St. Regis or Four Seasons, Bici Bucerias can help! Check out all the options for road tours and bike rentals for Punta de Mita
Four Seasons Bike Rentals Punta de Mita
Beach Bike Rentals Four Seasons
If you are staying at the Four Seasons and you are looking for an awesome beach bike or cruiser to explore the resort and the town of Punta de Mita, check out our options HERE.
Road Bike Rentals Four Seasons
If you are staying at the Four Seasons and you are looking to do an amazing guided road bike tour, then you really need to contact us. Bici Bucerias Punta de Mita is the your premier choice for an amazing road bike tour. We have several options now out of Sayulita, Bucerias, Puerto Vallarta and now Punta de Mita. Contact us for more details
Sayulita Bike Rentals
Sayulita Bike Tours - BiciBucerias
Bici Bucerias has arrive in Sayulita! We are now servicing this amazing town...offering road bike rentals and tour as well as cruisers and our amazing bike and food tour. Check out our new location