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    Chef Drew Deckman joins The Legends Rally as Head Chef and Culinary Guide!

    Chef Drew Deckman joins The Legends Rally as Head Chef and Culinary Guide!

    Chef Drew Deckman joins The Legends Rally as Head Chef and Culinary Guide!
    Come experience a one of a kind off-road culinary adventure in Baja October 6th-9th!

    UTVUnderground announced today that Michelin star Chef Drew Deckman will join the The Legends Rally as head chef and culinary guide. Deckman will be cooking select meals as well as sharing a few hidden culinary gems along The Legends Rally route with participants. Deckman is the owner of award winning restaurant “Deckman’s En El Mogor” located in the culinary hotspot of Guadalupe Valley just outside of Ensenada. Dedicated to local, sustainable ingredients, Deckman is a leader in the slow food movement.

    “Introducing people to the food culture of Baja is my passion. We are going to have some fantastic locally sourced food, as well as some of my favorite wine, beer and Mezcal. You are going to get a taste of the awesome food Baja has to offer.  I love off-roading and food so this is the perfect event for me to be apart of!” stated Deckman.

    Don’t miss out on this opportunity to have a unique personal experience with Chef Drew Deckman guiding you through the delicious cuisine of Baja. Only a few spots are left, so register now!

    “Baja is currently going through a serious food renaissance, led by Ensenada and Guadalupe Valley.  The Legends Rally takes full advantage of these great foods, beer, wines and Mezcal to create a one of a kind off-road culinary experience,” stated Legends Rally creator and Mad Media CEO, Matt Martelli.    

    Prior to his arrival in Mexico, Deckman spent a decade in Europe, spanning countries such as France, Switzerland and Germany cooking with renowned chefs such as Paul Bocuse, Jacques Maximin, Gilles DuPont, and Tommy Byrne. He is Brand Ambassador for SmartFish, a Baja-based sustainable fisheries social enterprise and has previously served as culinary consultant for Casa de Piedra Winery, Paralelo Winery, Estacion por Venir Winery and La Contra Vinos.

    His award winning restaurant “Deckman’s” is located in the Guadalupe Valley just north of Ensenada. Set in the magical outdoor allure of the “El Mogor Winery, Deckman's is a must do culinary experience. Reserve your table today.

    Walker Evans to lead UTVUnderground’s Legends Rally in Baja This October 6th-9th

    Walker Evans

    Walker Evans to lead UTVUnderground’s Legends Rally in Baja This October 6th-9th
    Join “The Legend” Walker Evans for two full days of epic UTV riding in the stunning beauty of Baja!

    “The Legend” Walker Evans will be leading a 300+ mile, two day journey through Baja California this October 6th-9th at the UTVUnderground Legends Rally. Off-Road Motorsport Hall of Fame inductee Walker Evans is one of the greatest off-road racers to ever walk the earth. A multidiscipline driver, Walker has amassed more than 142 total victories and 21 championship titles in off-road desert and short course racing, as well as pioneered the sport of rock crawling.

    Throughout his 30 year racing career, Walker was applauded for his exhilarating racing skills and his informal, gentlemanly manner. Walker always felt right at home in the cockpit of his racing trucks where his performance suited his nickname “The Legend”. Walker has won the Baja 1000 nine times in his specially built trucks. He was the first driver in off-road racing history to win that grueling race overall in a truck. His other multiple desert victories include well-known races like The Mint 400, the Baja 500, the Parker 400 and the Fireworks 250. He also has many victories in short course and stadium racing events.

    “I love meeting new people and introducing them to off-roading. I have spent my entire carrier bringing people and business into our great sport. Taking them riding in Baja is absolutely the best way to do it. You will become a lifelong off-roader after an experience like this,” stated Walker.

    Don’t miss out on this once in lifetime opportunity to have a unique experience with arguably the legend of all legends. Only a few spots are left:

    “We are honored to have “The Legend” Walker Evans leading our ride. He is an important figure in our culture and at 78 years young he is still contributing and active. There is a saying in our culture, “Old racers never retire, they just pre-run more!” I am excited to share the opportunity to meet Walker with new people. Our goal with The Legends Rally is to preserve, celebrate and share off-road racing culture. The fact that you will get to ride and hang out with Walker is truly a unique offering,” stated Legends Rally creator and Mad Media CEO, Matt Martelli.

    Named Lazo de Playa (Beach Loop), the October rally will begin at the famed Horsepower Ranch outside of Ensenada and head straight to the beautiful Baja coastline, offering participants an experience only possible in Baja. Come ride and hang out with one the greatest off-road racers of all time, while exploring the beauty and allure of Baja.

    WHAT: Legends Rally Lazo de Playa // Beach Loop
    DATES: October 6th-9th, 2017
    LEGEND: Walker Evans
    MILEAGE: ~350 miles
    ENTRY INCLUDES: All fuel on both days of riding, hotel accommodations (Friday-Monday), all meals, Legends Rally gift bag, photography & video and guided tour, chase support & medical support through Baja, California.

    The Legends Rally features a ~350 mile off-road route suitable for all levels of drivers. Participants can either bring their own UTV’s or reserve one of our Polaris RZR rentals. Regardless, our guides will meet participants on the American side of the border to ensure a smooth, hassle-free crossing.

    The Legends Rally Returns to Baja This October 6th-9th

    The Legends Rally

    The Legends Rally Returns to Baja This October 6th-9th
    UTVUnderground plans two full days of riding with Walker Evans this fall!

    UTVUnderground announced today the return of its Baja, California based off-road event series, The Legends Rally. This October 6th-9th, off-road legend Walker Evans will lead Legends Rally participants on a 300+ mile, two day journey through Baja, California. Named Lazo de La Playa (Beach Loop), the October rally will begin at the famed Horsepower Ranch outside of Ensenada and head straight to the beautiful Baja coastline, offering participants an experience only possible in Baja. Come ride and hang out with one the greatest off-road racers of all time, while exploring the beauty and allure of Baja.

    WHAT: Legends Rally Lazo de Playa // Beach Loop
    DATES: October 6th-9th, 2017
    LEGEND: Walker Evans
    MILEAGE: ~350 miles
    ENTRY INCLUDES: All fuel on both days of riding, hotel accommodations (Friday-Monday), all meals, Legends Rally gift bag, photography & video and guided tour, chase support & medical support through Baja, California.


    Throughout his thirty-five year career, Walker Evans has been applauded for his exhilarating racing skills and his gentlemanly manner. Evans felt right at home in the cockpit of his race trucks where his performances earned him the nickname, “The Legend”. It’s no wonder that Walker has become so admired and respected by so many. With 142 victories and 21 championship titles in short-course and desert racing events, Walker is one of the most accomplished competitors in the sport of off-road racing. Evans continues to compete and share his love with off-road racing culture the masses and will lead our participants on a ~350 mile off-road route suitable for all levels of drivers. Participants can either bring their own UTV’s or reserve one of our Polaris RZR rentals. Regardless, our guides will meet participants on the American side of the border to ensure a smooth, hassle-free crossing.

    The Legends Rally has partnered exclusively with Cervecería Agua Mala as official beer sponsor of the event. Agua Mala has been brewing since 2009 and seeks to offer something new and different with each style beer. Experimentation is a fundamental part of their brewing and they pride themselves on unique combinations of aromas and flavors within each of their beers. Committed to nature and its resources, sustainability is the fundamental value that the core of their brewing, which makes them the perfect fit for The Legends Rally.

    Day 1: Horsepower Ranch (Ensenada) —> Ojos Negros —> Tres Hermanos —> MD Vinos (Uruapan) —> Santo Tomás —> Eréndira —> Punta Colonet—> Camalú —> San Quintín

    Day 1 will begin at Horsepower Ranch, just outside Ensenada. After breakfast we will hit the trails just a couple miles from the ranch. As we make our way slightly east near Ojos Negros, we will cut back towards the Pacific Ocean through the iconic, heavily raced, Tres Hermanos. Lunch will be served at the beautiful MD Vinos before we head to the beach via Santo Tomas, Erendira and Punta Colonet. After more than 60 miles along the coast, we will reach the Bahia San Quintin. Day 1 will conclude with waterfront dining and accommodations at Old Mill Hotel. Click here for information on Day 1.

    Day 2: San Quintín —> Punta Colonet —> Mike’s Sky Ranch —> Valle de la Trinidad —> The Goat Trail —> Cava de Queso (Ojos Negros) —> Rancho el Tule —> Horsepower Ranch (Ensenada)


    Day 2 will begin with more beach time after breakfast at Old Mill, heading north to Colonet before turning east towards a climb to Mike’s Sky Ranch. After traversing through the rugged Sierra San Pedro Martir Mountains, we will drop down in to Valle de la Trinidad for a feast of some of the best Baja tacos. We will then ascend the famed Goat Trail back into the highlands and skim the pine forest as we loop back towards Ojos Negros. Dinner will be served at La Cava de Marcelo (Cava de Queso) in Ojos. After dinner, we will ride one final leg to Rancho el Tule to soak in the sunset overlooking the city of Ensenada. Day 2 will conclude back at Horsepower Ranch for drinks! Click here for more information on Day 2.

    For more information or to read about previous Legends Rally events, click here.

    September 2016 – Lazo de Bosque de Piños (Part 2)

    The Legends Rally

    Click here to read Day 1 from Lazo de Bosque de Piños.

    Sunday morning everybody was limping, shaking off the evident “Baja Hangover”. It’s easy to over do it when you are here when the wine, beer, and mezcal is flowing. The ranch style breakfast at Horsepower Ranch definitely helped. We said our goodbyes to about half our group and then loaded up our UTV’s to head back out towards Ojos Negros.

    I had promised our smaller group we’d take them to the famous “Cava de Queso”, a magic little oasis in the middle of the valley of Ojos Negros. Upon the encouragement of one of our new friends Curtis Belk, we took “Cat’s Tail” which is a much more technical way out consisting of tight rocky ridges, silty valleys, and lots of short quick cut backs. I was sure someone was going end up on their side due to the amount of off-camber rutted sections but we didn’t have any issues.  

    Once we got to blue gate, it was all graded farm roads to the Cava de Queso. As we turned onto the Cava de Queso property the landscape went from dry desert to green lush grass with leisurely grazing cows spread thought the green landscape. We could actually feel the temperature drop and the air moisten as qw entered the property.  After the final turn past the milking and cheese processing barn, we pulled up to a lush grassy area with large trees lined with picnic tables. Everyone immediately jumped out of their UTV’s, eager to take in this gorgeous ranch.

    Cava de Queso

    The more time I spend in Baja off-roading, the more treasures I find like the Cava de Queso. The irony is I have been driving by this place and looking at the “Cava de Queso” sign for more than 20 years. Technically, the real name for the cheese cave is La Cava de Marcelo.  The cave is a 100+ year-old artisanal cheese cellar that now serves as a wine and cheese tasting room.

    Founded originally by a Swiss-Italian immigrant 110 years ago, the ranch is still family owned and operated. They have a variety of cheeses to choose from that are all made on the ranch and aged in the cave. Not only do they have the best cheese in all of Baja, but the have fantastic food and wine, making it an ideal lunch spot in the middle of nowhere.

    The cactus salad, caprese salad, oyster rockefeller, and lengua capacio are all fantastic. If you're in the mood for a steak they have a solid bone in ribeye and many other dishes to chose from. We spent a few hours eating different dishes, drinking wine and talking about the previous day's ride then decided to head back to Horsepower Ranch with one more stop in mind.

    We took the easy way back basically just cruising enjoying the sights in the warm afternoon light.  Once we got to the Pepsi stand we began to head back down the highway to the ranch until we came upon the turnoff on the right hand side to “Rancho El Tule”.

    Rancho El Tule

    Although the largest concentration of wineries in Baja are in Guadalupe Valley, there are little ranch style wineries sprinkled throughout the region as well. Rancho El Tule is a well known local spot that makes very unassuming but good sangiovese wine. We refer to it as cowboy wine because the proprietor Don Heriberto resembles more of a cowboy than some sort of fancy vintner.

    Rancho El Tule is over 100 years old and still fully functional as a working ranch and winery. El Tule is a 100% organic winery that dry farms their grapes, meaning they don’t use any sort of irrigation, only natural waterfall. They serve basic mexican ranch style food cooked in the traditional open kitchen. The wine is sold by the bottle unlabeled and is a perfect unpretentious casual drinking wine.

    After a bit of wine and local cheese, we took a stroll around the old winery buildings laced with rusting farm antiques and ended up walking into the fields of old gnarled and knotted vines to watch the stunning sunset over Ensenada.  Quickly after watching the sun go down we loaded up into our UTV’s with a case of wine and headed back to Horsepower Ranch where we regrouped for dinner and more drinks. After a quick shower we sent one of our guys out to bring back some local tacos for dinner. We closed out the night swapping stores and sharing wine and drinks in the bar. As with most trips to Baja we wanted to squeeze every moment out of it before we had to head back north of the border.

    We woke up monday morning and loaded our vehicles and gear up, said our goodbyes and headed back north towards the border. The entire way up we talked about all the experiences we had just had and shared with an amazing group of people who I am now glad to call friends.

    September 2016 – Lazo de Bosque de Piños (Part 1)

    The Legends Rally


    Pro snowboarder Travis Rice said in Art of Flight, “Experiencing the world through endless second hand information isn’t enough. If we want authenticity we have to initiate it.”  

    Occasionally, in any given circumstance, those moments are initiated with new people and they get to share the same stoke you repeatedly have.  That moment is magical. It is what life’s all about. Experiencing the World and sharing things with new friends and the people you love is just as much fun as discovering its beauty and allure for the first time.  Baja is one of those magical places enhanced by the fact that you have the freedom to travel off-road via trails and roads and find the true beauty and experiences that only come from getting off the beaten path. 

    This exactly why we started Legends Rally;  To share our dream-like days of off-roading, eating, and drinking amongst the hidden spots in Baja with new people and to teach them about our culture, our racing heroes and our values but most importantly to show them how much fun you can have off-roading through the warm embrace of Baja.

    For our first Legends Rally we took 40+ people on two full days of riding off-road in UTV’s just outside of Ensenada. The group varied from seasoned off-road racers, to off-road industry leaders, news outlets and media, to off-road newbies. The group arrived at beautiful Horsepower Ranch just outside Ensenada at our headquarters. If you are not familiar with Horsepower Ranch you should stop in and check it out.  It’s not only safe and comfortable with friendly english speaking staff but the bar/restaurant is adorned with off-road racing paraphernalia celebrating our sports fifty years of racing history.

    The Legends Rally had full support provided by Horsepower Adventures, including full chase support for any type of breakdown including flat tires and belt failures (Miraculously we had none!) as well as full medical support with two American EMT’s and medical evacuation services. Additionally, participants were able to rent custom built UTV’s.

    The Legends Rally is celebration of off-road culture and history. Our legend for this ride was recent Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame Inductee, “Lightning” Larry Ragland. No other professional off-road racer is more revered among their peers than Ragland. Humble and approachable, Ragland has more overall wins than any off-road racer in history.

    There is simply no other way to find the “good” stuff other than getting off-road. It really doesn’t matter what vehicle you use but the UTV platform is so affordable and approachable anybody can buy or rent one. They are super easy to drive and safer than street style off-road vehicles. You can run stock, but we recommended upgraded cages from our partner Cagewrx, upgraded seats and harness, tires, wheels and radios, which are critical when going out into the never never of Baja. GPS is also recommended and we are currently using the LeadNav system running on a IPad 4 in purpose built Mob Armor mount.


    After meeting and escorting our guests on the American side through the border crossing at San Ysidro, we followed each other down the beautiful highway one toll road to Ensenada and made our way Horsepower Ranch just east of downtown Ensenada.  As guests began to arrive, they were greeted with a cold beer and a smile as they registered. After the guests settled in dropping luggage and unloading cars, we lined up all 26 UTV’s in front of Horsepower Ranch. The 26 UTV’s including a variety of Polaris RZR’s, custom Horsepower Adventure Polaris Rentals and two bone stock Kawasaki Teryx’s.

    After a quick welcoming introduction and driver orientation, we sat down for a phenomenal meal on the outside patio near the pool. Dinner on Friday night was Grilled Hangar Steak, Farm Vegetable Lasagna with Lamb Bolognese Arugula Salad with Figs, Ratatouille and topped off with Pineapple Caramel Cake with Allspice Cream prepared by Claudette Wilkins and crew.  The menu was created by Drew Deckman of Deckman’s en el Mogor.  

    We served standard beers and a variety of local wines including Bodegas Santo Tomas Merlot, Cavas Malvar Mezcla de Tintos, Las Nubes Selección de Barricas, Monte Xanic Chenin-Colombard and Las Nubes Kuiiy.  

    We offered mixed Mezcal drinks including El Humo Loco (Tamarind . Cucumber . Mint . Lime juice . Mezcal), a Mezcal Picante (Mezcal . Grenadine . Lime juice . Watermelon juice  Habanero syrup . Soda water) and a Spice Mezcalrita (Mezcal . Lime juice . All Spice Nectar . Orange Juice). All of the Mezcal drinks were made with Pierde Almas Mezcal, an Artisanal Small Batch Mezcal from Oaxaca.

    Perceived as some harsh homemade hooch with a worm in the bottom of the bottle, Mezcal has had a bad reputation with Americans for decades but this complex and diverse spirit has more range and depth than Tequila. With over 30 types of agaves, nine thousand producers and far less restrictions than Tequila, the variations of Mezcal are endless. Just like Tequila you can drink it straight, one the rocks, or mixed into a drink. 

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    Our mixologist Irving Gonzales also brought some Chapulines or (toasted grasshoppers) for everyone to try. Widely consumed in Mexico and Southern parts of Asia as a favorite snack, Chapulines are roasted with garlic, lime juice and salt containing extract of agave worms, lending a sour-spicy-salty taste to the finished product perfect to pair with smoky flavor of Mezcal. Chapulines derived from the Mayan civilization where they were used as high protein snacks for “runners” who ran from town to town to deliver a messages.


    Saturday started at 6:30am with Black Rock (Oceanside) coffee we lovingly refer to as “The Black Crack”.  The nickname says it all. Breakfast was Tortilla Espanola with Wood grilled French Toast and Fruit platters. After breakfast, we loaded up and launched from Horsepower Ranch at 8am covering varied terrain through the rolling hills outside of Ensenada to our first stop at Ojos Negros. We briefly stopped to explain some of the interesting history of this beautiful valley.

    Ojos Negros is an agricultural valley producing some of best wines, produce and cheese in all of Mexico. Some of the vegetables that we eat everyday are from this valley. The valleys name means “Black Eyes” named after two marshes that looked like eyes that have since dried up. The other story is that the name came from the eyes of a beautiful Kumeyaay Indian woman.

    The area was formerly called Real del Castillo and was founded as a gold mining town in the late 1800’s. In fact for a time it was the capital of Baja because of all the gold mining activity.  Somewhere in this valley there is an old trail that connects north to Tijuana and then to San Diego created to transport gold back to the United States.

    From there we headed East across the top of the valley on graded farm roads towards El Compadre Trail, where the course got a bit rough and technical.  Our next stop was “La Huerta” an old Kumeyaay Indian campground that has been turned into a camp for locals and tourist. The Kumeyaay Indians have lived in this area for thousands of years existing on indigenous plants and animals.  Acorns were a major staple of their diet.  The drawbridge pictured above was created to cross when the wash was filled with water during rains that created a riverbed.  

    After the brief stop we started heading North.  The pine forest or Bosque de Pinos is a federally protected preserve named The “Constitution 1857 National Park”. The mountain range we are in is the Sierra de Juárez mountain range that extends all the up to Tecate and is prized for its stunning beauty and multiple lakes. Pretty much only off-roaders and ranchers ever go through this stunning mountain range. We stopped here for lunch on a beautiful private ranch.

    We sat down under canopies on white linen and had lunch prepared by Drew Deckman associate Chef Claudette Wilkens. The lunch started with Oysters with Mignonette appetizers sourced locally in Ensenada.  Our lunch was a Pine Forest taco bar with pork shoulder tacos and all the fixins, cucumber-tomato salad with citrus vinaigrette, and a big ass cookie warmed over a fire of mesquite.

    After an hour and half lunch and rest, we loaded back into our UTV’s and headed south back towards Ojos Negros until we came to Highway 3. As we headed out of the pine forest, the windy sand smoothed forest roads gave way to more technical roads with small rises and high brush on both sides occasionally opening up. As we crossed the highway and went back onto dirt at K77, the freshly graded course (Yes, there’s grading in Baja too) ran for 15 miles or so and quickly turned into to rocky whoops, sand washes and the rougher terrain Baja is known for.

    We stopped near Tres Hermanos in a large open field and took in the beauty of Baja for a few minutes. This area is called Ejido Héroes de Baja where they have been farming cattle since the 1800’s.  Throughout the ride we had been handed out playing cards sealed in an envelope for a poker run with prizes including:

    • $500 gift card from Polaris RZR
    • Set of Cannon lights from Vision-X
    • Horsepower Ranch 2-night stay
    • EZ up from Kawasaki
    • Wired helmet from PCI Race Radios
    • $100 Race-Dezert store gift card

    The riding from Tres Hermanos to Ojos is one of my favorite sections with fast flowing medium rough roads mixing turns and small elevation changes which makes for a perfect Baja race track. We hit the road crossing at Ojos slowed down to cut through the edge of town and went out back through the blue gate.

    Now that everybody had been introduced to Mezcal the night before, they were much more ambitious with trying out the different mixed drinks as well as straight shots of Mezcal traditionally served with an orange slice and sal de gusano (salt of the worm) that is actually made up from ground up dried worms and various spices.

    After a long day of riding everybody was starving and jumped right into the dinner that consisted of a 3 bean salad with chorizo, potatoes al ajillo, pulled pork shoulder, roasted mogor lamb, ensalada mixed greens, local Baja cheese, quince ate, grape flatbread on grill and marinated berries with cocoa crumble.

    After dinner FUNKiachi showed up and kicked it up a few notches. The partying went on into the wee hours of the night with many more shots of Mezcal, beer and wine in the bar at the ranch affectionately known as “Clements Carrera Cantina” named after horsepower ranch’s founder Todd Clement. It’s easy get caught into the time warp of having fun at the ranch when you are surrounded by friends and drinks! The next days ride was a smaller loop so start time was 11:30 which allowed everybody to sleep in a bit.

    Click here for Day 2 of the inaugural Legends Rally ride!