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For the 2018 La Ventana Classic, we've just added mountain bike racing to our ever-expanding list of events. To kick things off, we caught up with Race Director Warren Bruce to find out more about what's in store for this year's races.
Q: Is this the first time there has been a mountain bike race in La Ventana? 
A: 2018 will be the first time mountain bike racing has been part of the La Ventana Classic. For the past four years, La Ventana / El Sargento has been host to another race which is part of the Baja California Sur race circuit in which racers compete for points on the state level. This past race had 200 riders from all over BCS doing multiple laps of a 7.5 km circuit. One of the three La Ventana Classic races will take place on this course. It was built with a mixture of technical single track, double track for passing and an excellent downhill section with viewing areas for spectators. Race start and finish will be at the palapas on the Hot Springs Beach.
Q: What are the divisions? 
A: Divisions will be determined by the number of participants signed up. 
Q: How many miles will the race be and how will you configure the course?
A: There will be three days of racing on various courses with distances varying from 5 km to 15 km.
Q: Will you be opening any new trails for the event? 
A: La Ventana / El Sargento presently has 59 trails covering 44 km. The majority of these trails are built for the average rider. All trails and their corresponding difficulty are listed on Trailforks.
Q: Will the race favor downhill or cross-country/endurance? 
A: The La Ventana Classic mountain bike race will favor the cross-country rider.
Q: What kind of talent to you expect to come? 
A: I expect to see some great talent in attendance at this event. La Paz has some excellent riders. So does La Ventana for that matter.
Warren Bruce has been building trails in Baja for the past eight years. After taking trail building clinics and participating in construction on the famous North Shore trails (North Vancouver, British Columbia) he brought those skills to La Ventana. In addition to designing a trail to minimize damage from water runoff the protection of the plant life has to be considered. Cardons and biznaga are routed around, vijejito is transplanted. A major inspiration for Warren's trail building efforts is seeing the local kids riding. In 2017, he collected 15 donated bikes for the kids, two of whom now race on a La Paz team!
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