One of the Most Challenging Mountain Bike Races in Costa Rica!
February 17 & 18, 2018
If you are a mountain bike junkie, you'll be excited to learn about one of the most challenging mountain bike race in all of Costa Rica which surrounds the base of Mount Chirripo, the tallest mountain in the country. Cyclists face multiple inclines of up to 1400 metres (4500 ft) and pedal more than 120 KM (75 miles) in the two-day test of endurance fighting
Starts in the Buenos Aires community of Puntarenas with a prompt departure at 7am. There is a total of 40mi, of which only 3mi will be on asphalt. It passes through three rivers whose courses do not exceed 2ft in depth. It continues on a rough track through pineapple plantations, the terrain being exceedingly dry (temperatures greater than 95F), with an average angle inclination of between 9% and 13% in altitude. It progresses through 3 distinct ascents that reach 25% of AI: Cerro Santa Rosa, Altamira and Cerro Pelón. There is an accumulated total ascent of 2 500 meters until finally arriving at the soccer plaza of Santa Teresa de Cajón in Pérez Zeledón.
Starts at the soccer field of Santa Teresa de Cajón. There is a total of 34mi, of which only the last 4 are on asphalt. The temperature on this part of the trail become increasingly hot as the kilometers pass, until the approach to the foothills of the imposing Chirripo, where the heat should abate to a more bearable level. The race then passes through the property of the Hotel Altagracia, continuing on a rural gravel road, in a terrain swing. You will find yourself on a technically challenging part of the trail on farm roads and passing through San Blas, Cerro Santa Cruz and Cerro Cuchuyo , After a final ascent of 8,200ft, race contestants will reach the soccer field of San Gerardo de Rivas. This is only a few meters from the well-known "kilometer cero" where the trails of the Chirripó National Park begin (the highest point of Costa Rica with an altitude of 12,533ft).