These are the gps routes and tracks I’ve created for the Rundown 2016. I made these with the 2012 Bici Maps Mexico (sold by Garmin) and the 2015 E32 using either Base Camp or Map Source for use on my Garmin Montana. If you use different map versions, different software, or a different GPS then the routes may not display the same on your computer or GPS as it does on mine. For that reason, alway remember that a GPS is just a navigational tool. A GPS is not infallible (because maps are guaranteed to be inaccurate to some degree) and can never replace your brain. Do not rely solely on a GPS to find your way because you will get lost. Don’t blindly trust a GPS to lead you to your destination. Think about what the GPS is advising, question the directions, check it against your paper maps, and decide for yourself if the route makes sense.
Bici Maps makes a very nice GPS Mexico map. For the paved roads, it is reasonably accurate and complete and it is routable. Unfortunately, it lacks detail on the dirt roads. It misses many dirt roads and the dirt roads it shows are not always accurately shown on the map.
E32 is the other choice for a Mexico GPS map. The great strength of the E32 is the amount and accuracy of dirt roads it displays. It is noticeably better than Bici Maps at showing dirt roads (it shows about 5x as many dirt roads at Bici) and the accuracy with which those roads are shown on the map (i.e. the roads are shown on the map at the same location as the roads actually exist on the land).
If you are only riding pavement, then the Bici Map is the best choice. If you will be riding dirt and can only afford one of the maps, then the E32 is the one to go with. However, if you can afford it, I recommend buying and using both maps on your GPS. Being able to switch between using the Bici on pavement and the E32 on dirt is very convenient and helpful.
The Rundown – proven dual sport routes and tracks (right click and download to your computer)
This file consists of both routes and tracks.
There and Back: I have created a two day route to get from Reynosa to Jalpan (Days 1 and 2) and a different two day route to return to Reynosa (Days 7 and 8). Note that day 7 includes a few dirt roads that are not proven (i.e. I have not personally ridden them). Based on my research I believe the roads are there but since I haven’t ridden them I am not able to guarantee that they are dirt or that they are actually passable.
Day Rides: I have included some suggested dual sport loops for your consideration. These routes are a mix of both proven (i.e. I have ridden them personally) and unproven routes. Based on my research I believe all of these to be good routes but cannot guarantee it since I have not ridden all of them.
These routes are suggestions only. There are 1000s of miles of dirt roads in this part of Mexico and we have only begun to explore the full possibilities so feel free and be ready to improvise, adapt, and overcome.
The Rundown – pavement only routes (right click and download to your computer)
These routes are all pavement. Some are proven, some are not. Based on my research, I believe all to be pavement only but I cannot guarantee it. The distances are long for many of them in order to make loops rather than out-and-back. These routes are suggestions only – feel free to explore your maps and come up with new, interesting combinations.
Proven Tracks (right click and download to your computer)
For those interested, I have included the tracks from the recon we completed of the Sierra Gorda region in May 2015.
Maps (right click each individual map below and download to your computer)
I have included six Mexico topographical maps covering the area we will be riding. I recommend that you print each one in color at a minimum size of 11×17. 12×18 or 13×19 are even better but unfortunately, they aren’t of high enough resolution to be printed larger. than that. Bring at least one copy with you. You might even consider laminating them to protect them from the weather. Or have them printed on waterproof paper.
- F1402 Ciudad Victoria
- F1405 Ciudad Mante
- F1407 Guanajuato
- F1708 Ciudad Valles
- F1410 Queretaro
- F1411 Pachuca
Unfortunately, the topo maps, while they are the highest resolution maps that Mexico has produced, are not particular high resolution. This makes smaller prints of the maps harder to read.
I have had several conversations with Mark Walker of MexicoMaps.com about topo maps for the area we will be riding during the rally. I explained the issues we were having printing the INEGI topo maps. Mark told me he has the same maps but using his plotter and software he is able to produce a much higher quality (i.e. prints that are actually readable) color map using those same files. He printed one of the maps at 24×34 inches and shipped it to me today and I found it to be of acceptable quality. I can read all the places names and the roads are all very visible.
Mark has agreed to print a mapset of all 6 topo maps at 24×34 inches each for a flat fee of $75, which is a 22% discount from the normal $95.70 cost for 6 topos. Contact Mark at MexicoMaps at 1-805-687-1011 and place your order for the Rundown mapset.