the tourist section downtown were empty; businesses were sealed shut with steel rolltop doors.
I met the short, wide eyed man yesterday at registration. Huge bar ends protruded from his handlebar and pegs the size of beer cans extended from his rear axle. His chrome bike cost maybe $100 new, and new was a long time ago. Even more improbable than his bike was Brito's right shoe, which had a protrusion of its own: a 3 inch thick orthotic sole, the result of a broken femur 22 years ago that left one leg shorter than the other.
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Yesterday I drove across the border with Chupacabras organizer Carlos Willis to register and interview some riders. Few people walked the streets. Military transports loaded with soldiers roamed the city. Many of the bars and shops in Nike Air Max 95 Boots 2015
"Have you ever been to Juarez?" Willis asked me.
Though this would be Brito's first Chupacabras, the 36 year old spoke confidently about the race. "This bike is my only transportation; I've been riding it every day for 20 years," he said. "I think I have the strength I'm here for the challenge."
What an amazing race! This race will always survive, and when Juarez rids itself of this extreme violence it will thrive as the best race in the southwest. No other mountain bike race in this region can produce the number of participants and volunteers that this event has proven throughout the years. This past year was only my fourth attempt in an event into its teen's, and also my best place (17th). The race is tough and many fail. Last year i felt no threat of violence and the after party is awesome. The best cheladas and tacos. I live in the US(EP,TX) and ride my bike across the bridge due to the long vehicle wait times and close distance to the event. This is the event I train for and will be shooting for top 10. Peace.
We turn right, toward the Benito Juarez soccer stadium and the start of the mountain bike race called Chupacabras 100km.
The 100 kilometer Chupacabras is one of the world's largest single day mountain bike races, attracting as many as 3,600 riders and 45,000 spectators. Unlike most races of this kind, which start in remote mountain towns, the Chupacabras begins in the gritty heart of Juarez, an industrial border city of 1.5 million people. The course rolls along the city's edges for the first 25 miles before heading into the mountains. While hundreds of professionals and club riders contest the event, many at the start today are local residents who have never raced a bike before. I scan the mass of riders, looking for Domingo Brito.
greeting to the Mexican federales standing with black assault rifles slung low around their waists. They wave us through. "Buenos dias," is all they say. Air Max 87 Hyperfuse
We slip across the border on a quiet Saturday morning. The air is moist but heavy with dust in the early light. With the sun yet to rise from behind the Sierra de Juarez, the sky is the gray brown color of the sand below.
Six of us ride from El Paso into Juarez dressed in race kit, our legs wobbly in the morning. We smile timidly and offer a quick Air Max 95 Ultra
The comforting odors of frying tortillas, chile roasted corn, coconut sunscreen and the unmistakable bubble gum scent of a certain chain lube drift through the stadium's grassy fairgrounds. Rock music thumps from concert speakers and vendors sell Powerade and race jerseys. In the parking lot, a thousand riders in colorful team kit fill the narrow start corral.
While Brito and I spoke, his daughter who was about nine or 10 wrapped herself around his leg. They had ridden in together 15 kilometers from their home outside Juarez, the girl balanced on the massive pegs. "It's okay," she said softly, in Spanish. "He's a good driver."
I don't know if I should be doing this either. For years I've wanted to compete in Air Max 98 Supreme For Sale the Chupacabras, drawn to its staggering popularity in Mexico, relaxed atmosphere and unusual course. But that was before a war broke out in Juarez.
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