September 15, 2005 – La Ruta is not an ordinary race. Every year, mountain bike riders face the task of following the historical steps of the Spanish settlers across the territory of Costa Rica: a small Central American country touched by God’s hand and blessed with hundreds of natural treasures as no other nation of the continent.
It will have three stages that will cover 200 miles and thirty thousand vertical feet of total ascents, crossing from the Pacific Ocean up to the beaches of the Caribbean Sea (The Atlantic Ocean).
The challenge will be not only the confrontation of the cyclists against their rivals, but also their clash with the natural Costa Rican environment.
It’s a race that is very memorable because it involves climbing in a land of amazing beautiful volcanoes and single tracks in coffee plantations…
From the punishment of more than 32Â° Celsius, up to the edge of the hypothermia that the temperatures produce in the highest points. All in the same day!
“More than a race, La Ruta is a personal growth journey. That’s the difference with the traditional competitions of World Cup” explains Roman Urbina, the creator.
“There are some segments that cannot be travelled even in 4X4 vehicles or motorcycles. Imagine what type of event is the one that we organize!. The competitors will not have any access to the external support and must trust in his their own tenacity and in some cases in the help of other competitors”, adds this “loco” adventure man.
La Ruta de los Conquistadores is like a psychological pressure cooker. Most of the participants accepts that their lives -as their bicycles – are never the same after this challenge.
Every year countless articles are published in newspapers and magazines. La Ruta is a motive of television spots. Examples can be obtained in a dozen of languages. They give a tribute to La Ruta and the heroes who defy its many faces.
Among the riders expected to be at the start line on November 11th are the Swisspower Team, Thomas Frischnekcht, the Spanish Champion Alejandro DÃaz de la PeÃ±a (Maxxis-MSC Team), the 2005 Trans Rockies winners Marty Lazarski and Andreas Hestler, and the local Pizza Hut Team, Federico RamÃrez and IvÃ¡n Amador, who took third place in last edition of the Trans Alp Challenge in Europe.