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THE WORLD’S TOUGHEST MOUNTAIN BIKE RACE!
Embark on the ride of a lifetime as we celebrate three decades of adrenaline-pumping thrills and cycling excellence at the 30th edition of La Ruta, the world’s toughest mountain bike race. Picture this: Three heart-pounding days, 160 miles of challenging terrain, and an unrivaled journey from the Caribbean Coast to the Pacific. La Ruta isn’t just a race; it’s an epic saga of conquering peaks, navigating dense jungles, and pushing your limits against the backdrop of Costa Rica’s breathtaking landscapes.
This milestone event is not just about the trail; it’s about the legacy. Join a global community of cycling enthusiasts, from seasoned La Ruta veterans to those eager to etch their names in the history books. Now is the time to commit to the ultimate mountain bike challenge. Are you ready to be part of La Ruta’s 30th Anniversary? Don’t just ride; ride into history. Register now and become a conqueror!
Challenge Yourself: Conquer the world’s toughest mountain bike race, featuring three days of intense competition and breathtaking scenery.
Scenic Routes: Traverse gravel roads, single-track sections, banana plantations, dense jungles, and picturesque valleys—all in one epic race.
Elevation Gains: Experience the thrill of climbing from sea level to over 3,000 meters, testing your endurance and determination.
30 Years of Legacy: Join La Ruta veterans and newcomers to commemorate the event’s rich history and celebrate its 30th milestone.
Basic La Ruta Entry: Secure your spot in the race with access to the stage competition, an exclusive event t-shirt, and participant insurance.
La Ruta Premium Package: Elevate your experience with additional perks, including Lodging, Mechanics Package, Finisher Medal, Massage Package, and more.
La Ruta Course | The Caribbean Coast to the Pacific.
Day One: The route will consist of gravel roads and single-track sections, making for a fast day. As the easiest of three stages, the competition will be fearless, and riders must be careful. Participants will experience various small banana plantations throughout the village towns. There will be two aid stations providing hydration and nutrition at each location. Expect a sweltering, humid climate with a lot of sun exposure and chances of heavy tropical showers.
Day Two: CATIE in Turrialba to Ochomogo in Cartago. It will start at approximately 600 meters and climb to 3100 meters on the first 37 km of the course .. there will be 80 km in total 3650 meters of climbing. The day will start hot and get very cold, windy, and possibly rainy. It is essential to bring rain jackets and cold weather gear.
Day Three: Santa Ana to Playa Jacó, Puntarenas 108km. Considered the most demanding day, the course is a series of steep, relentless climbs crossing valleys, rivers, and jungle sections. The most rigid jungle section will start at 70km, where riders may need to hike their bikes as part of the course. This section is historically known as the most challenging part of La Ruta, with riders climbing over 3,000 meters! The views are breathtaking, with the coastline at approx 20km from the finish in the mountain of Bijagual at 500 meters above sea level. The course consists of gravel, single track, 4×4 – double track, mud, and steep hills.
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OPEN CATEGORY (18-29) (30-39) (40-49) (50-59) (60+)
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