Exploring the Mexico-US borderlands: 3 days riding among the mountains the border wall blasted through

U.S. policy has quite literally blasted through mountains to build a border wall - the Ruta del Jefe explores the land, with a focus on education and conservation

The Wall along the US-Mexico border
(Image credit: Getty Images)

Sarah Swallow's Ruta del Jefe did not, in fact, start like any other bike race. Sure, the early wake-up to claim a coveted entry felt familiar, but from there on, the journey led us through entirely new terrain.

For example, upon registering, everyone agreed to fundraise or donate a minimum of $300, we then filled out forms for caravans to cross the U.S.-Mexico border together, and I started researching the migrating birds in this part of the world. Cycling comes second here, and that was exactly the intention of Ruta del Jefe

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