January 23, 2009 (San JosÃ©, Costa Rica) – The organization of La Ruta de los Conquistadores have decided to maintain the 4 days format for this year’s event. Besides, the course will see no major changes for the coming 17th edition of the race, held for November 11-14.
“We have analyzed the current situation and our options, so we decided to stay on the same configuration for one more year”, said Race Director Diego Viquez. “This 2009 will represent the opportunity of making the proper arrangements, the best race designing and to have the necessary time for the staff and potential participants to prepare themselves for the big changes that will be introduced for next year’s La Ruta”.
A fifth day was to be added to the race this year, as well as a new course development. However, after a first exploration, the organization determined that more coordination and resources would be necessary for such purpose.
“We want to do it right and the current situation would not allow us to make it that way. We better postponed these major variations for the 2010 event and look forward to have more time to achieve the desired results. Nevertheless, we still promise a great adventure and the coolest experience for this year’s entrants”, added Diego Viquez.
Despite this, other improvements announced one month ago will indeed be featured for the coming edition of La Ruta, next November.
“We will improve the lodging and the services by using better hotels at the Pacific and San JosÃ©. Besides, the mechanic care is granted for all the bikes at no additional cost. Catering at the hotels and finish venues, as well as the support at the aid station, that has been traditionally two of our highest rated services, will be even better this time”, explained PR Director Luis Rueda.
Other highlight of the event is the appropriate registration fee of $1299 USD (+ 15% taxes), which is arguably one of the lowest fees of all the most recognized multistage races around the world.
“This is something that really matters nowadays. To have the possibility of being part of the most demanding race on the planet, with some of the best services offered among the world’s epic events and the most amazing sceneries on earth at such reasonable cost is definitely a plus that all our conquistadors also receive. The smiles, the handshaking and the hugs are also a bonus!”, further commented Rueda.
The website of La Ruta de los Conquistadores www.adventurerace.com is about to be re-launched over the newt days, including a new face and more details about the course and the registration packages. However, the online registration is currently enabled.