Dia de los Muertos. The Day of the Dead. When spirits rise to meet the living, Mexico takes to the streets to celebrate the dead. This past fall, enduro racers rose to the occasion as well with the first annual Trans Sierra Norte three-day enduro race, traversing Oaxaca’s ancient backcountry singletrack and festively finishing in fireworks within the city’s bustling center.
The video follows local shredder Yefra Ram, who was born and raised in Oaxaca, Mexico. Ram builds and maintains trails that were once a network of donkey-trodden trade routes. He worked with local villages and race crews alike to turn Trans Sierra Norte into a singletrack glutton’s paradise, bringing indigenous footpaths to world-class competitors.
Celebrations during the Day of the Dead change from village to village in Oaxaca. In Ram’s village, the celebration invites the dead into their homes with an altar and offering of bread for those who have passed. It is a sacred and exciting time for the people of Oaxaca. For Ram, to be able to ride his bike during the Day of the Dead is a new experience for him. “In all of Oaxaca, maybe this is the best season for celebrating something.” During Trans Sierra Norte, Ram took that celebration to the trails.
The Trans Sierra Norte three-day backcountry enduro based in Oaxaca City, Mexico will take place October 31st to November 4th, 2018, with a field limited to 80 riders. An entry price 0f $750 USD buys riders daily transportation, lodging and meals for the event. Feeling festive? Registration is currently open, so check out more at transierranorte.com