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La Ruta

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Location:
Costa Rica
Event type:
MTB Stage
Entries open:
Event dates:
2 Nov 2017 - 3 day event
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Race Organiser:
Adventure race
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la ruta

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:
250km
Ascent:
8000m

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:
100km
3400m
Central Pacific Coast to UTN-Atenas, San José (capital of Costa Rica)
2:
85km
4200m
Tres Ríos, Cartago to Turrialba, Cartago
3:
65km
150m
CATIE in Turrialba, Cartago to Playa Bonita, Limón

Entry Fee details

Entry pp R22100 to 37700 / USD: $1700

Includes: 3 days race entrance Breakfast (Nov 7-8) Lunch (Nov 6-8) 2 nights accommodations in double-occupancy. (November 6-7) Transportation to official hotel Official Race Bage transportation to each start point/finish line (It doesn’t include transportation San José to Pacific or Limón to San José) Bike Race Numbers Sponsor Goods Electrolyte drinks Fresh fruit at all checkpoints Race medal Racing Insurance Red Cross/Fire Department support throughout the entire race Support stations every day throughout the race La Ruta de los Conquistadores’ Race Book La Ruta de los Conquistadores’ Bag La Ruta de los Conquistadores Jersey La Ruta de los Conquistadores’ ID

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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