La Ruta de los Conquistadores - an epic mountain bike race

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La Ruta de los Conquistadores - an epic mountain bike race

The ‘Route of the Conquistadors' is one of the most difficult mountain bike races in the world. Competitors cross the country from coast to coast, cheered on by roadside fans.

The 500 courageous cyclists in this arduous race have three days to cover the 250 kilometres between Jacó on the Pacific coast in the west and Playa Bonita at Puerto Limón on the Caribbean in the east. Between the two cities, they must cross the mountain chain that cuts through Costa Rica running north to south. The first stage involves a cumulative climb of 3,400 metres, the second stage 4,200 metres, and the last a mere 150 metres. The competitors (two thirds of whom are Costa Rican, with the rest being French, Australian, Spanish, South African, American, Colombian or Argentine) and their all-terrain bicycles are put to the test, crossing waterways, going over suspension bridges and speeding through paths in the jungle. Cyclists and spectators alike will have tremendous memories of their feats!

La Ruta de los Conquistadores
From Jacó to Playa Bonita (Puerto Limón)
Costa Rica

From 3 to 5 November 2016

Free for spectators
Starting at 372,000 CRC for participants