Lael Wilcox Announces Baja Divide Scholarship for Women Sep 16, 2016

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Photos by Nicholas Carman

Lael and Nicholas have just finished the Baja Divide, a 1,700 mile off-road route from from San Diego, CA, USA to San José del Cabo along the Baja Penninsula. They’ve published information including the route, refuel points, and other important intel. This information is provided as a gift to the bikepacking community with the support of Revelate Designs and Advocate Cycles, and is open to ride at any time, self-supported. To celebrate the completion of this journey, Lael has announced a scholarship for women who plan on taking on this endeavor during the 2016-2017 season. Check out the full details below, along with a few more photographs from the trip.

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“In addition to the published route, a women’s scholarship is being offered. Route developers Nicholas Carman and Lael Wilcox have been traveling by bike for over eight years and have recently wondered how to get more women on bikes, and on backcountry routes.  Named in honor of Wilcox’s adventurous spirit, and her recent success in the Tour Divide and Trans Am Bike Race, the “Lael’s Globe of Adventure” Women’s Scholarship is being offered to a woman of any age who plans to ride the Baja Divide during the 2016-2017 season. Applicants should possess an interest in international travel and global cultures, some off-pavement bike-touring experience (or substantive paved touring, backpacking, or travel experience), and must be willing to share her ride on the Baja Divide through writing, photography, visual art, or music. The winner will receive an Advocate Cycles 27.5+ Hayduke (or Seldom Seen), a complete Revelate Designs luggage system, and a $1000 community-supported travel grant. Applications must be submitted by November 11, 2016.

The Baja Divide is a free resource and is open to ride at any time, self-supported.

View the complete Baja Divide route on Ride With GPS.  Learn more about the route at”

  • M H

    What’s up with the guy in a cowboy hat pointing to the Bukowski book?

    • Evan Robinson

      deep discussion about Henry Chinaski in the desert

      • Chris Valente

        Showing her the best spots to find cheap wine south of Ensenada.

    • He grabbed the book out of Lael’s hands and was sounding out words. He said he wants to be a truck driver in Canada.

  • campirecord

    Almost 30 years ago, we landed in guaymas to take a ferry to Santa Rosalia and make our way to LaPaz. It was an epic journey stopping in some of the most pristine beaches of America. Meeting the craziest random folks who forgotten what day it was.

    With a copy of Bonnie Wong’s book, an old Diamong Back and bike bags we encountered so much.
    -Staying in a convent Hotel California while a body was being mourned in the lobby…
    -falling into a ravine on Highway and noticing how many Tecate are thrown out of trucks
    -Getting asked for cocaine by what looked like a cop
    -Going to court (and almost prison) for a two day VW rabbit rental and crash to cross to Puerto Cortez
    -Making late evening miles, arriving at an empty beach, go for a swim, wake up the next morning by hords of fisherman who were pulling out hammerheads from the beach.
    -Learning to pull and ceviche scallops
    -Pitching in 5 bucks for the catch of the day tuna or dorado that the campsite owner would prepare
    -Seeing the ugly growth of Cabo
    -Noticing the slightly French traits of the Santa Rosalita population

    Baja, I must return before my time is up. This is an amazing gift, although slightly more off-road for my taste, I can’t imagine how this would have been possible 30 years ago without huge water support.

    Some of the nicest coast towns are not on the list but I understand why they make the trip less practical.

    I am curious, does every little village still have that welcoming party of rabid guard dogs ?

    • Dogs are common in some places, but most are lazy and do not chase. The route intends as much off-pavement routing as possible– achieving about 95% routing off paved roads– and thus does not visit Loreto, Santa Rosalia, Ensenada and other popular towns. But those places are easy to find and can easily be reached on a paved road. Our resource intends to share routing which is more challenging to discover.

      • campirecord

        Absolutely, Wow, its a vast land, 95% off paved, that is amazing !