The Santa Rita Mountains, in south-central Arizona, are a ravishing serration of peaks poking into the clear desert air close to the US/Mexico border, with 9,453-foot Mt. Wrightson lording over the San Rafael valley and the Sonoran desert under. These mountains are dwelling to certainly one of America’s rarest treasures—a jaguar. As soon as, these cats roamed from Hollywood to Lousiana, however looking and habitat destruction have restricted their numbers to…one? Two? No person is aware of for certain. However there may be no less than one grownup male jaguar, “El Jefe,” born possible in Mexico, however residing within the Santa Ritas.
El Jefe is a part of the inspiration behind the Ruta Del Jefe, a motorbike journey pioneered by Sarah Swallow. It’s a race, certain, however it’s an journey, actually. A gravel-grinding 125 miles, with eight,000-plus toes of elevation acquire, all self-supported (“which implies there isn’t any sag following you in a automotive, and no Mothers or boyfriends handing you Mexican Cokes alongside the route” Swallow explains).
Successful might be superior. Driving these trails with a bunch of like-minded people? Equally superior.
Swallow organized this shindig with the purpose of sharing a spectacular bike route with fellow cyclists, but in addition to focus on—utilizing El Jefe as a type of mascot—the risks mining and a bodily border wall current to the distinctive ecosystem of the Santa Ritas, and that entire stretch of the Sonoran desert. Specifically, Swallow is attempting to boost consciousness concerning the proposed Rosemont copper mine.
The occasion takes place in February. The price of registration? A donation to both Save the Scenic Santa Ritas or No Extra Deaths. Riders deal with the entire thing in someday, although it’s a bikepacking route for individuals who need to take their time, undergo rather less, soak within the surroundings.
Identical to El Jefe.
A brief movie concerning the occasion follows these images.