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La Ruta de los Conquistadores 2008

The legendarily-tough Costa Rican stage race claims to be the toughest mountain bike race in the world, and with over 300 miles and 30,000ft in this years edition, we’re not going to argue the fact.

And despite the 2007 event only coming to an end last month (read about it here), plans are already in place for next year, with registration open the places are rapidly filling up – over 20% so far.

Course Director and Race Founder Román Urbina, together with Race Director Luis Víquez and Marketing Director Luis Rueda, will explore a few options to modify the first and the final section of day 2’s route.

“We had some little problems while trying to get out of El Rodeo, at the start of this year’s new stage,” says Víquez. “A bunch of vehicles parked outside of the race venue along the main road complicated the passing of the cyclists at the very beginning of the stage.”

“We will see if it’s there an alternative that allow us to avoid the traffic and at the same time to eliminate the first climb to this day’s first check point, however this is not secured yet.
First of all, we have to see if it is doable, logistically speaking, and then if it is acceptable inracing terms. We don’t want to make this day even harder.”

Other changes include taking in the beauty of Camachón Hill, a stunning part of the countryside. At the time of writing these are the only changes, with the race starting in Jacó Beach and
finishing at El Rodeo.

We’ll keep you updated on this event, but also check out the website at


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