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The Cold Start, an Off-Road Riding Clinic and Culinary Experience February 4-8

If you’re an ADV or dirt bike rider, you probably know about Baja, Mexico, and its incredible winter escape possibilities. Well, Baja just got even more enticing with The Cold Start, an Off-Road Riding Clinic and Culinary Experience organized by Kyra Sacdalan. I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of anything better than spending the first part of February riding bikes and eating gourmet food in Baja. And I can certainly vouch for the benefits of off-road training, no matter how experienced you are.

All photos courtesy of Westx1000.

cold start motorcycle course

The Level 1 and 2 clinics run February 4-8, and include two days off-road, with skills training and trail rides in the Valle de Guadalupe and Ojos Negros. The skills training will be covered by Donni Reddington at Skool of Moto.

donni reddington skool of moto

On the culinary side, you’ll enjoy meals from chefs Roberto Alcocer and Chido Man.

cold start culinary experience 1 cold start culinary experience 2

Lodging is provided by Lost in Baja.

If this warm getaway with delicious food and the chance to improve your riding skills sounds like a plan, email Kyra at braap@westx1000.com to register.

cold start registration

Registration is open now and ends January 31, 2022.

When: February 4-8, 2022 (clinic February 5-6)
Where: Ensenada, Baja California


  • Two-day Level 1 and 2 off-road clinic
  • Sub-600cc bikes suggested; rentals available
  • Two days of trail riding in beautiful Valle de Guadalupe and Ojos Negros
  • Pro instruction by all-star Donni Reddington, founder of Skool of Moto
  • Fantastic meals with celebrated chefs
  • Sampling of great local beer, wines, and mezcal
  • Stays at some of Ensenada’s coolest lodging
  • Optional wine tour

cold start wine tour


  • Valid driver’s license
  • Vehicle insurance
  • Travel insurance
  • GPS and Spot, Inreach, or other satellite safety device encouraged
  • Signed waiver
  • Tourist visa

Cost can be found out in the PDF link below, but for a quick gander:

Full send: $1800-2000—This package takes out all the pain of planning an adventure with all logistics handled and crafted to your needs, plus a two-day off-road workshop, and trail rides, bike rental, moto fuel, full motorcycle coverage, gourmet meals, snacks, and water at the clinic, wine tour, recovery assistance and more. And of course, this option comes with discounted pricing.

Counterbalance: $850-1000—Opt for this well-rounded package if you just want us to cover the essentials—clinic, rides, safety, snacks, and water on the trail and moto fuel—while you cherry-pick the add-ons or secure your own logistics, transport, and insurances.

Coasting: $600-750—The no-fuss, a la carte option. Our most basic package will handle your two-day clinic and trail ride with snacks, and water, all safety measures in place.

cold start baja scenery

Click here for The Cold Start PDF brochure.

Additional highlights in Ensenada:

  • Centro Cultural Riviera
  • Incredible sunsets
  • Valle pizza
  • Mercado Negro and Boardwalk

For more info, email Kyra at braap@westx1000.com.

cold start baja scenery

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Heather Lea has traveled to over 60 countries, 40 of which were on a BMW F 800 GS during a 708-day round-the-world motorcycle adventure with now-husband, Dave Sears (Trip Blog: Riding Full Circle). Heather has been a freelance writer for over twenty-five years and a book and magazine editor for more than fifteen. Aside from Expedition Portal, her stories can be found in Overland Journal, Canadian Geographic, Kootenay Mountain Culture, and Canadian Alpine Journal. She loves doing anything in the backcountry, including backpacking, four-wheel-driving, ski touring, and climbing. Heather is a Canadian now living in Bellingham, WA. Find her on Instagram @writer_heather_lea or on Facebook @heatherleawriter.