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MAY 26-28, 2022

Playa Herradura, Garabito, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

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The world’s toughest mountain bike race!

La Ruta is the original mountain bike stage race that has been dubbed the world’s toughest mountain bike event due to the route's incredible elevation, treacherous jungle terrain, and 20 microclimates while crossing Costa Rica. In addition to the rugged stage race, riders who are not ready to conquer the entire crossing can get a taste by taking on the La Siesta one day ride. Whether you are an experienced rider or amatuer looking for a quality mountain bike experience the event should be on your bucket list!

La Ruta has returned for the 28th annual event in 2022! La Ruta is the original mountain bike stage race that has been dubbed the world’s toughest mountain bike event due to the route's incredible elevation, treacherous jungle terrain, and 20 microclimates while crossing Costa Rica. In addition, to the rugged stage race, riders who are not ready to conquer the entire crossing can get a taste by taking on the La Siesta one-day ride. Whether you are an experienced rider or amateur looking for a quality mountain bike experience the event should be on your bucket list!

The Course

Conquer your limits at the original mountain bike race that traverses the continental landmass from coast to coast-from Pacific to Atlantic-is no easy day at the beach. Between its sea-level start and finish, the 275K route crosses five mountain ranges forcing you to climb an elevation gain of 12,000 m! The daunting terrain is so harsh that half a millennium ago it took Spanish conquistadores led by Juan De Cavallón 20 years to cross the land of Costa Rica from the Pacific to the Caribbean Sea; today, following almost the same trails they blazed, modern-day explorers racing on mountain bikes will do in 3 days.
Graphic map of La Ruta mountain bike stage race, La Ruta 3-day and La Siesta 1-day
Explore each stage race
To download the course GPX files, please view them from a computer.

Categories and Awards

Categories
Open Category(18-29)(30-39)(40-49)(50-59)(60+)
Elite (all ages)
Awards
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Elite Category
Position
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
Male
$6,000
$3,500
$2,000
$1,000
Female
$6,000
$3,500
$2,000
$1,000
*Amounts in US dollars
Open Category
Position
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
Male
Free Entry 2022 + La Ruta Merchandise Package + Sponsor Gifts
Free Entry 2022 + La Ruta Merchandise Package + Sponsor Gifts
La Ruta Merchandise Package + Sponsor Gifts
La Ruta Merchandise Package + Sponsor Gifts
Female
Free Entry 2022 + La Ruta Merchandise Package + Sponsor Gifts
Free Entry 2022 + La Ruta Merchandise Package + Sponsor Gifts
La Ruta Merchandise Package + Sponsor Gifts
La Ruta Merchandise Package + Sponsor Gifts

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

May 21
Location: Motores Britanicos de Santa Ana
8am - 7 pm:Packet pick up and registration zone for costa ricans and residents
5pm - 6pmMeet & Greet
May 25
Location: Hotel Marriott Los Sueños
8am - 7 pm:Packet pick up and registration zone for international racers
5pm - 6pmMeet & Greet
May 26
Location: Hotel Marriott Los Sueños
4:50am -- 5:05amLineup Time
5:15amStart
Finish: Parque VIVA
Awards: As soon as the third place of each category arrives at the race finish
6:00pmEvent Close
May 27
Location: PRICE SMART, Tres Rios
4:35am-4:50amLineup Time
5:00 amStart
Finish - CATIE, Turrialba
5:00 pmEvent Close
May 28
Location: Polideportivo Siquirres
8:35am - 8:50amLineup Time
9:00amStart
Finish - Polideportivo Siquirres
1:00pmAwards
4:00 pmEvent Close

MTB MERCHANDISING

Back view of an exclusive La Ruta mountain bike jerseyFront view of an exclusive La Ruta mountain bike jersey
Purchase Select La Ruta Apparel when registering.