What is a BiciMapa?


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BiciMapa or BikeMap

A BiciMapa or BikeMap is the format we developed to publish the trails. The best way we can think of to clearly describe a mountain biking route is by means of a map. You know “an image says more than a thousand words”. In a BiciMapa you will find the information needed to follow a route using a topographic map, a compass and although not necessary but desirable, a GPS. 




Following we describe all the sections that a BiciMapa has.  As you will see the  BiciMapas of the Spanish Edition, in parenthesis we provide you with the  Spanish translation of each section's tiltle for your  reference.


Name of the BiciMapa (Nombre del Bicimapa).

It is the name with which the route is known. For the most part we have attempted to use the names that local riders have given them to make it easier to get further directions.

Issued by (Emitido Por) 

This is the name of the person or group that provided the information to publish the route. We invite mountain bikers to publish routes within Mexico.

Reference Maps (Mapas de Referencia)

These are the INEGI topographic maps needed to follow the route. We will use 1:50000 scale maps for most of the routes but it is possible that in very long routes we use the 1:250000. scale.

Description (Descripción)

In Spanish this is the description of the trail’s  characteristics and highlights. The equivalent in English will be placed at the index.


Difficulty Level (Nivel de dificultad)

To provide a clear idea of the difficulty level of the routes we have created a scoring system based on:

  • Bike handling skills

  • Ascent level

  • Distance

The combination of these factors will tell us in a very clear way how easy or hard the route might be. Each factor is measured in a scale from 1 (easiest) to 4 (hardest). We then combine the 3 of them for an overall classification.

Bike Handling Skills

It’s the degree of  bike handling skills required to successfully complete the route.




Beginner level. Easy trails that do not require special bike handling skills.


Intermediate level. Trails that have a moderate technical level. A beginner will probably have to walk some sections.


Advanced. The trail requires special skills such as bunny hopping, wheelies and lots of balance, strength  and control.


Experts. Requires a lavel of bike handling skills that very few riders have.


Ascent Level

It is the overall amount of climbing during the route and in a way is a measure of fitness level required to complete it.




Mostly flat or downhill. Climbs are almost inexistent.


Mostly flat with uphill that do not require a great effort to climb.


Very steep climbs. The level of effort to get up is high.


Long trails that are mostly uphill and that require constant effort and a very good fitness



Total distance from start to end. It is another means to assess the fitness required to finish the route.




Less than 15 Km (about 10 miles)


From 16 Km to 30 Km (10 to 20 miles aprox.)


From 31 Km. to 45 Km (20 to 30  miles aprox.)


More than 46 Km. (30 miles)


The final difficulty level is obtained by combining the 3 factors in the same order as the were explained:  Handling, Ascent and Distance.


Example. A route classified as 142 would: 

·         Be easy to ride, no special handling skills required

·         Lots of climbing in the route. Very good fitness is required.

·         It is a route between 16 and 30 total Km in length.


Photos showing highlights and special places along the route.

Access (Acceso)

How to get to the trailhead.

Track and waypoint files

Links to download the track and waypoint files in  Oziexplorer format.

To download the track and waypoint files,  RIGHT CLICK  on the link and select the “Save Target as” option. The “Save As”  dialog box will pop out for you to choose the directory where you want to place the file.

Reference Points (Cuadro de Puntos de Referencia)

A table with the waypoints shown on the map and their coordinates in the UTM system. The datum used is also shown.

Important note about waypoint tables

Starting April 2004, the new trils published will not have this table. If you want to see it, just click the waypoint link with the left mouse button and the table will show in text format. You may now print or save it as you prefer. If you want to download the file, proceed as indicated in "Track and waypoint files" above.

Map (Mapa)

Is the track and waypoints of the route plotted over the topographical map. Usually the track will be in blue and the waypoints in black over a yellow background.



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