On Friday, November 11, Louise "Swedish Express" Kobin (X-Fusion Shox) will begin her quest to win La Ruta de los Conquistadores for the third year in a row. While La Ruta has been dominated on the men's side by Costa Ricans, the Swedish-American Kobin has won the women's race two years running and is poised to do it again.
La Ruta covers 199 miles (320km), climbs over 29,530 feet (9,000m), and achieves a maximum elevation of over 10,000 feet (3,100m) in just three days. On top of all of this, the weather will certainly be a major factor this year. A prolonged wet season due to hurricanes has soaked the area and rain continues to fall. It is likely this will be the most difficult La Ruta to date.
Kobin takes it all in her stride though. "The rain is something everyone has to deal with so I will just focus on my race," she said on Tuesday evening while packing her bike. "I have been training since 24 Hour Worlds for La Ruta and I feel good. Now it's time to race."