Like everything else related to the El Diablo Run, details for things like bike show criteria and trophy presentations are pretty informal. What usually happens the last day in Ensenada is this: Billdozer and I ask some friends and respected participants which bikes and riders impressed them, and the three names and machines heard most often get whatever prize we cooked up for their respective class.
As on previous runs, EDR IV honored bikes and riders in three classes: La Cucaracha, Iron Butt and Best in Show. This sweet green shovel was the hands-down favorite for the latter trophy, which this year was a custom-painted bottle of Peligroso tequila. It went to Dave from Vancouver, BC, Canada, a feat that damn near earned him a BIS/Iron Butt sweep.
Iron Butt went to a 20-year-old girl from San Francisco named Cassandra who rode solo a Sportster she inherited from her deceased grandfather. El Diablo Runners often come packed with heavy backstories like Cassandra's, and that's what makes this Mexican adventure so interesting and unique.
Congratulations to Dave, Cassandra and to Ryan from Big Bear, CA, for punishing his elegrantly crusty knuckle all the way across Baja. There's a fine line between "Best in Show" and "Cockroach" on the EDR, and if Ryan's bike hadn't laid down on him the same afternoon as final judging, it damn near could have scooped up our top prize.
Baja is a fickle lady, so it's impossible to say which way she'll blow.
Thanks to Peligroso Tequila for supplying this year's fantastic EDR show prizes.