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La Ruta

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Location:
Costa Rica
Event type:
MTB Stage
Entries open:
Event dates:
1 Nov 2019 - 3 day event
± 49 weeks until event
Race Organiser:
Adventure race
Race Director:
Email:
info@adventurerace.com

La Ruta de los Conquistadores

LA RUTA DE LOS CONQUISTADORES

La Ruta was possibly the world’s first MTB stage race ever. Mountain Bikers race across Costa Rica, from the Pacific Coast to the Atlantic Coast, a feat that took the Spanish Conquistadors 20 years, and they do it in 3 days!

Every year, hundreds of the very best mountain bikers and endurance racers from around the world come to Central America to test themselves in this unique odyssey of distance, geography, climate and culture. La Ruta, the only bike race that traverses the American land mass from coast to coast — from Pacific to Atlantic —is no easy day at the beach. Between its sea-level start and finish, the 161-mile route crosses 5 mountain ranges that force you climb a cumulative 29,000 feet! The daunting terrain is so harsh that half a millennium ago it took Spanish conquistadores led by Juan De Cavallón 20 years to cross the land of Costa Rica from the Pacific to the Caribbean Sea; today, following almost the same trails they blazed, modern-day explorers racing on mountain bikes will do it in 3 days.

The Toughest Race in the World
LA RUTA DE LOS CONQUISTADORES is Costa Rica’s premier mountain bike race and one of the most difficult athletic events on the planet. The world’s original multi-day fat-tire stage race, La Ruta is the “Grandfather” that created and inspired this now-worldwide genre — and still the most loved, feared, and respected.

Every year, hundreds of the very best mountain bikers and endurance racers from around the world come to Central America to test themselves in this unique odyssey of distance, geography, climate and culture. La Ruta, the only bike race that traverses the American land mass from coast to coast — from Pacific to Atlantic —is no easy day at the beach. Between its sea-level start and finish, the 161-mile route crosses 5 mountain ranges that force you climb a cumulative 29,000 feet! The daunting terrain is so harsh that half a millennium ago it took Spanish conquistadores led by Juan De Cavallón 20 years to cross the land of Costa Rica from the Pacific to the Caribbean Sea; today, following almost the same trails they blazed, modern-day explorers racing on mountain bikes will do it in 3 days.

But the legendary difficulty of La Ruta is just one reason why this adventure will take your breath away. Its setting is one of the most special places on earth. Costa Rica has been called “the most biodiverse place on the planet” by National Geographic because it packs a full 5% of the Earth’s species of birds, plants and animals onto just 0.01% of the planet’s land mass. La Ruta riders get a chance to see and hear many of them as they travel through nine of the country’s twelve different microclimates. As the route snakes through tropical rain forest, 12,000 feet volcanoes, banana plantations and tiny farm towns, it alternatively drenches you in rain and freezes you in high elevation. Over every imaginable riding surface— singletrack and fireroad trails, gravel, hard-packed dirt, pavement, thigh-deep mud, sand, volcano ash, and more — the route will have you making endless granny-gear chugs, hike-a-bikes, and white-knuckle descents through and over rain forests, sweltering jungle, steaming volcanoes, breezy coastline, suspended bridges and deep river gorges.

Be forewarned: La Ruta It is not a race for novice mountain bikers. Even professional riders often roll their eyes in disbelief when they recount what they have done. This race is a test of everything you’ve got — your riding abilities, physical endurance, mental strength and equipment durability. In this struggle of joyful adversity, you may even learn something new about yourself. That’s why many who experience the grueling terrain that bedeviled the original Conquisadores nearly five centuries ago often describe it not merely as a “race” — but as personal growth journey.

Weather conditions

Hot

Season: Summer

Route Information

Distance:
230km
Ascent:
6868m

Terrain

Single track and fire road trails, gravel, hard-packed dirt, pavement, thigh-deep mud, sand, volcano ash.

Technical Rating: 10

Stage details

Day
Distance
Ascent
Route
1:
95km
4000m
2:
76km
2609m
3:
59km
259m

Entry Fee details

Entry pp R18000 to 37700 / USD: $1350

Includes: 3 Lunches. Bike Race Numbers. Race Medal (for finalists). Digital Race Book and Maps. Red Cross support during the race. Private security throughout the race. La Ruta´s Official racer jersey. La Ruta´s Official racer t-shirt. Racer Bag. Racer Bag transportation from each start point to each finish line. Aid stations every day throughout the race with drinks & food. Basic racing insurance. Lodging included 3 hotel nights. Transportation. Bike transportation and storage.

Race reviews

http://velonews.competitor.com/2012/10/news/la-ruta-de-los-conquistadores-serves-up-adventure-aplenty_263022
JACO, Costa Rica (VN) — When the notion of racing a mountain bike across Costa Rica was conjured up 20 years ago it was about more than riding a bike; it was about the adventure to be had between the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea.
Read more at http://velonews.competitor.com/2012/10/news/la-ruta-de-los-conquistadores-serves-up-adventure-aplenty_263022#Ak79YRUdcVJ4wsxS.99
http://quickdirt.com/2013/11/24/la-ruta-de-los-conquistadores-costa-rica/
La Ruta de Los Conquistadores is en epic 3-day stage race that crosses Costa Rica from the Pacific Coast in the west to the Caribbean coast in the east. This 310 km race is made up of gravel, jeep roads, asphalt and singletrack. Riders travel from the beaches, through coffee fields & jungles, over volcanoes and more.

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