Baja Divide: A Film by Tales on Tyres

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A stunning new film documenting one couple’s experience while bikepacking the Baja Divide. Plus the route in their words alongside a beautiful collection of photos…

Back in 2012, Franzi and Jona realized that they wanted to see the world more than anything else. So they quit their jobs in Hamburg, Germany, sold all our belongings and took off to New Zealand. After walking 3000km across the country, they worked for five months and backpacked through India and Nepal. Once their feet grew tired — and they were inspired by a few traveling cyclists they met along the way — they took on their first bike touring adventure from Iran to Mongolia. They’ve since ditched the panniers and lightened their load to bikepack off-road through the Americas from top to bottom.

We took note of Franzi and Jona’s photography in our 2016 Bikepacking Awards, and now — in collaboration with OSM Films and Bombtrack Bicycles — they’ve helped release a new film about their Baja Divide experience. Watch the film and then scroll down to see a beautiful collection of photos as well as their words about the Baja Divide.

The Baja Divide is a new established 2735km long off-pavement bikepacking route, starting in San Diego, USA and following the length of the Baja California Peninsula all the way to San Jose del Cabo, Mexico.

Baja Divide Film, Tales on Tyres, Video

  • Baja Divide Film, Tales on Tyres, Video
  • Baja Divide Film, Tales on Tyres, Video
  • Baja Divide Film, Tales on Tyres, Video
  • Baja Divide Film, Tales on Tyres, Video
  • Baja Divide Film, Tales on Tyres, Video

It crosses the Peninsula several times, connecting the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez. On its way cutting through beautiful backcountry deserts and major mountain ranges. Using already existing roads and tracks, of which more than 95% are unpaved, the Baja Divide leads into the remote wilderness of Mexico’s Peninsula. This often requires the rider, to carry 2-3 days of food and up to 12 liters of water. The condition of the route varies, between graded dirt roads to rocky or sandy jeep tracks and this makes the riding tough and sometimes technical.

Baja Divide Film, Tales on Tyres, Video

  • Baja Divide Film, Tales on Tyres, Video
  • Baja Divide Film, Tales on Tyres, Video

Baja Divide Film, Tales on Tyres, Video

  • Baja Divide Film, Tales on Tyres, Video
  • Baja Divide Film, Tales on Tyres, Video
  • Baja Divide Film, Tales on Tyres, Video

It’s essential to pack light and make use of the warm, dry climate between November and March. When we heard about the Baja Divide, we immediately knew that we wanted to ride it.
 
Finishing the Great Divide in the USA, we not only wanted to explore more bike packing routes on our way to South America, but also to ride something even more challenging. Excited to test out our comfort zones and physical boundaries, we started the Baja Divide at the beginning of November, as one of the first ones ever riding the route. It took us more than seven weeks to ride from San Diego to La Paz, the covered daily distances varying between 50 and 80km.

  • Baja Divide Film, Tales on Tyres, Video
  • Baja Divide Film, Tales on Tyres, Video

Baja Divide Film, Tales on Tyres, Video

The riding was tough, beautiful and breathtaking in every way. We enjoyed being surrounded by vast desert landscapes and days, passing without coming across towns or many other people. The Baja Divide is mainly about being in the backcountry, but nonetheless specially in the south part of the route, we passed through small Spanish mission towns, with an abundances of history, palm trees and charm, basic fishercamps or bustling highway towns, Which give you the opportunity to refill your resources and enjoy some worldly comforts. The Baja Divide felt raw and bold to us and we can only recommend to take on the challenge and ride it. Be aware, that this Route requires special equipment and some previous bikepacking experience, for more information, click here to view the route.

  • Baja Divide Film, Tales on Tyres, Video
  • Baja Divide Film, Tales on Tyres, Video
For Baja Divide route details, click here. For more photos, you can view the full lookbook by Bombtrack here. Also, make sure to follow Franzi and Jona on Instagram @talesontyres

Riders, Filming & Voiceover Recordings: Franzi & Jona (tales-on-tyres)
Production: Tina Lagler & Blaž Miklič / OSM Films
Sounddesign: Guido Craveiro at Pork & Rabbit Studios, Pulheim
Graphic Design: Marko Šajn / markosajn.com / cognitive-state.com

9 Comments
  • Roberto Gallegos

    Very nice! video! Just one note.. I kind of disagree on the little stores not having a lot os selection of food! hahahah I mean I have not dons the Divide but I have travelled by bike in the Baja and if I compare it to places like Central Asia or Alaska or Northern Canada… the variety of food well its HEAVEN jejeje. Great job guys your video is awesome!

  • Kurt Schneider

    One more reminder that I should have been in San Diego at the start of the year. Beautiful work, and thank you for sharing.

  • irakvscss

    I love my Baja. Amazing video.

  • Andrew Wracher

    Awesome on so many levels.

  • http://przygodnik.net/ Andrzej Brandt

    uf. a great one!

  • https://www.facebook.com/marko.sladic.3 Marko Sladić

    Great trip.

  • Lanse Fullinwider

    Ai yai yai…

  • Tom G.

    Hope there’s some folks who want to ride it in 2018 with me!

  • Alain Brunet

    We’re planning to do the Baja in october of 2017. Realy excited about it !! We should leave october 21st from San Diego, on the day of 55th birthday!!