2019 El Diablo Run: Everything you Need to Know

2019 El Diablo Run Schedule
Updated Feb. 20, 2019

El Diablo Run 2019

THURSDAY, MAY 2


Noon – 10:00PM
Old Rose Tattoo Pre-Party
29073 Overland Dr. Suite J, Temecula, CA
$20 tats from special EDR flash sheets. There will also be some bigger designs for a few more bucks.


FRIDAY, MAY 3


6:00 a.m.

Breakfast at Mo’s Egg House
27405 Jefferson Ave. • Temecula, CA

Nothing official—doors open at six, and Mo’s fills up fast

7:00 a.m.
Kickstands up at Mo’s Egg House
We lead an informal group ride from Mo’s every year. You can get breakfast there or just show up ready to roll before 7:00am. We don’t have road captains and all that, so make sure to have the route on you so you know where to go when you get separated. (Consider printing the map posted below.) We leave on time, every time, so don’t show up with an empty tank—gas up BEFORE breakfast. We will stop once for gas in Santa Ysabel and again at the Yuha Cutoff where S2 hits the 98. We will to top off again in Calexico and then kill some time and let riders catch up here. We usually cross the border a little after noon when it’s nice and hot. The border entrance has been changed a little since 2017, so expect to get a little lost in town. Just keep heading south and you’ll hit Mex 5 at some point. We’ll stop for gas about 20 miles south of the border and then there won’t be gas for about another 100 miles.

3:00 p.m.
Tacos and beers at Ruben’s Camp
When you roll into Ruben’s Campo there will be free tacos and beer while they last. If you don’t have reservations somewhere, you can camp on the beach for free or grab a palapa at Ruben’s (most will be full by midday on Friday, so be early and prepare to share). Ruben’s will be serving drinks all evening or you can roll to town and party all ya want.


El Diablo Run 2019

SATURDAY, MAY 4

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
El Diablo Run merch for Sale at the 
Biltwell EZ-UP
San Borja Hotel • 
NW of Ruben’s Camp, west of Kiki’s Hotel
Come early—merchandise will sell out fast. US dollars only.

10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Yard Games & Circle of Death Registration
Next to EDR merch tent 

Circle of Death Open Practice (You must register to participate)
Number plates from Registration must be on your motorcycle

2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Track Closed

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Yard Games in Circle of Death Infield 
(You must register to participate)

• 2-Up Slow Race

• Balance Beam

• Kickstart Race

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Circle of Death Race 
(You must register to participate)

• Rigid Class Qualifiers

• Swingarm Class Qualifiers

• Rigid Class Main Event

• Swingarm Class Main Event

Trophy presentation on infield after main events


El Diablo Run 2019

SUNDAY, MAY 5

Noon to 3:00 p.m.
El Diablo Run merch for Sale
San Felipe Beachfront Road—the Malecon (this is the beach-front road downtown with the big San Felipe letters shown above).

Come early—booth will close when we sell all gear. US dollars only.

3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Choppers Magazine Bike Show
San Felipe Beachfront Road—the Malecon

• Best Chopper

• Best Modern

• Best Sportster

• Best Metric

• La Cucaracha

• Hard Ass Award

Must be present to win.

5:00 p.m.
El Diablo Run Bike Show Winners Presentation
San Felipe Beachfront Road—the Malecon


El Diablo Run 2019

MONDAY, MAY 6

Ride yo’ ass home


How the Yard Games, Circle of Death and Bike Show work:

YARD GAMES

The fun begins 4:00 p.m. Saturday on the Circle of Death infield across the street from Ruben’s Camp. Registration is mandatory, and you can sign up 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Biltwell tent behind Kiki’s Hotel.

2-UP SLOW RACE

• One woman steers, one man rides passenger any way he can fit: on the tank, the P-pad, riding spider monkey, piggyback, your call

• Put a foot down, you’re out

• Fall over, you’re out

• Crash into another competitor, you’re out

• Last team across the finish line without dabbing a foot is the winner

BALANCE BEAM

• Ride across a 24-foot-long 2×6 with both tires on the plank

• Start with the front tire on the board, at least one foot on the ground

• When the flag drops, accelerate down the board, any speed you feel comfortable

• Fail to keep both tires on the full length of board, you’re out

• Fall off the board, you’re out

• If more than one rider succeeds in first round, all riders repeat the challenge until other riders are eliminated

• Last man or woman to ride the plank correctly is the winner

KICKSTART RACE

• This event limited to kickstart motorcycles only

• With their bikes parked on the start/finish line, participants line up 50 feet back

• When green flag drops, participants sprint to their bikes, kick them to life and take one lap around the track

• First man or woman to cross the line is the winner

RULES & REGS

1) Participants must display number plate assigned at registration on the headlight of their motorcycle

2) This shit is for fun. Anyone who takes things too seriously may be disqualified

3) All decisions by the Yard Games Referee are final

CIRCLE OF DEATH

The Circle of Death is a four-lap dirt sprint from a standing start on pavement. The makeshift course features multiple turns and straights marked by tires, traffic cones, checkered pendants, etc. There are two classes:

• Rigid (no rear suspension)

• Swingarm (rear suspension mandatory, any style qualifies)

RULES & REGS

1) All participants MUST be registered BEFORE entering the track

2) Race registration is 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Biltwell tent behind Kiki’s Hotel

3) Open COD practice for registered riders is 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday

4) Participants must display number plate assigned at registration on the headlight of their motorcycle

5) Mandatory rider’s meeting 5:00 p.m. on paved starting area behind COD track (see cones and signage)

6) Number of qualifying races required for each class to be determined by number of registered participants. Example:

• Five riders or fewer—no qualifiers, one 4-lap Main

• 6-11 riders—field split into two 4-lap qualifiers;

  top-2 from each qualifier advance to 4-man/4-lap Main

• 12+ riders—field is split into 3 or more 4-lap qualifiers; the top-2 from

  each qualifier advance to two semifinal rounds; top-2 riders from

  each semifinal advance to 4-man/4-lap Main

7) Green flag signals start of race

8) Red flag signals termination of race, possible re-start

9) White flag signals one lap to go

10) Checkered flag signals end of race. First racer to see checkered flag is the winner

11) Race is four laps, meaning racer(s) on the lead lap will cross the finish line FIVE times

12) This shit is for fun. Anyone who takes things too seriously may be disqualified

13) All decisions by the Race Official are final


EL DIABLO RUN BIKE SHOW

For the first time in its history, we’re hosting the EDR Bike Show on San Felipe’s downtown beachfront road—the Malecon—for Diablo Runners and San Felipe locals to enjoy. Our buds at Choppers Magazine are going to pitch in $500 and so are we, so the rider with the Best Chopper is gonna go away with grand in their pocket. More than enough to pay for the whole weekend. Bike Show hours are 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., with winners selected and prizes presented immediately following. Classes for the Bike Show are as follows:

• Best Chopper
• Best Modern
• Best Sportster
• Best Metric
• La Cucaracha (biggest roach on the ride)
• Hard Ass Award (longest trip, least roadworthy machine, etc.)

RULES & REGS

1) Entry is free. If you have questions, please see Bike Show Master of Ceremonies Mike “Otto” Deutsch at the Bike Show and EDR souvenir tent in front of the SAN FELIPE sign on the boardwalk

2) Your bike has to have been ridden to the event. No trailer queens.

3) Your motorcycle must be parked in the designated show bike area on the Malecon between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Sunday to qualify for judging and prizes

4) While you’re parked on the Malecon, please do some shopping and enjoy some cocktails at the stores and restaurants—that’s we moved it to town

5) If you see a sticker on your headlight at 4:55 p.m., it means you’re a winner. Stick around till 5:00 p.m. to claim your prize

6) Otto and McGoo will announce winners starting 5:00 p.m. Bike Show participants must be present to claim prizes


The Basics

WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT

Here’s the deal. The EDR is a unique event in that it’s designed for people who ride older, home-built, custom motorcycles. Sure, you can ride a stocker or modern machine, but it probably won’t be as fun. No one on the El Diablo Run is going to give you shit for what you ride as long as you have a good attitude. If you show up with an extra car battery to power your bike’s stereo, neon lights, and think you are a tough guy because you bought a motorcycle… well, we can’t guarantee your safety. Seriously, there are a bunch of events for you and this ain’t one of ’em.

This run is a challenge for man and machine no matter how you slice it. The miles don’t sound that far sitting on your computer. Mexico miles are a little different, so be prepared. If you haven’t ridden on an EDR in the past, please thouroughly read all the information on this site and subscribe to the blog or follow Biltwell on Instagram or Facebook, as important details will be published throughout the months leading up to the event. You will be expected to pull your own weight and be self-sufficient. In the words of our friend Walt, “Douchebaggery will not be tolerated.”

CAMPING & LODGING

You can stay anywhere you want in San Felipe but this is where the action is going to be:

Ruben’s Camp
No Reservations Required. Get in where you fit in.

All 30 palapas will be available on a first come, first serve basis and are free to riders. These palapas WILL fill up quickly on Friday. You can gang up in one of these rustic tree forts, or pitch your tent on the beach (free!). You don’t need any reservations or anything here, and it’s all been paid for in advance by Biltwell and our generous sponsors. The outdoor bar area and taco stand will be at the massive palapa at Ruben’s. Please no fireworks inside the camp. Be advised, there will be adult activities going on, so don’t bring kids or hand-wringers.

As an alternative, our trusted friend JC can help with a palapa or hotel room if you don’t want to camp on the beach or take your chances on the first come, first serve palapas at Ruben’s. Here is his contact info:
jcbajavoyager@gmail.com
facebook/bajavoyager
www.bajavoyager.com

  • Demitrix Waller

    Hrm is there a sign up sheet? Just watched the amazon prime video and definitely want to participate

    • Biltwell

      Hi Demitrix, there are no sign-ups for anything. Just show up and have fun. If you need more details hit up http://www.eldiablorun.com

  • lordvlad1981

    Do you have any advice for someone driving down in a truck with us? My friend is thinking of following in a truck and was wondering if its a hassle driving to san felipe

    • Biltwell

      Absolutely no guns and no weed. Bring empty gas cans and not full ones. Fill them up after you cross the border. Otherwise they sometimes turn you around or at least hassle you for bringing in gas. Have registration and get insurance from bajabound.com. That’s about it!

  • lordvlad1981

    Do I need a motorcycle license to cross the border on a bike? I just have my drivers license.

    • Biltwell

      Technically, yes. It might be important on the way back in to the US.