La Ruta organizers to explore possible changes for 2008

Organizers of La Ruta de los Conquistadores have announced some route changes for the 2008 event,...

Organizers of La Ruta de los Conquistadores have announced some route changes for the 2008 event, set for November 12-15. Course Director and Race Founder Román Urbina, together with Race Director Luis Víquez and Marketing Director Luis Rueda, are exploring some options to modify the first and final section of day two's route.

"We had some little problems while trying to get out of El Rodeo, at the start of this year's new stage. A bunch of vehicles [were] parked outside of the race venue along the main road, which complicated the pass of the cyclists at the very beginning of the stage."

"We will see if there is 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 in racing terms. We don't want to make this day even harder," Víquez explained.

As for the final muddy-climb section of the same second stage, the organizers will look at an option that might turn the "Camachón" cross into a trail through nearby coffee plantations.

"Most of the people told us about the beauty of the "Camachón Hill" and that's very important for us, since our race is not only about winning but knowing our country's most stunning places. Nevertheless, we still have to see if this coffeetrail is a good-looking scenario as well and an easier pass too," Rueda said.

The other three stages will likely remain the same. Day one will begin at the Best Western hotel in Jacó Beach and will finish at El Rodeo. Day three will start at the Terramall Shopping Center, and will end in front of the Aquiares' Church in Turrialba. Day four will keep the changes implemented for 2007, which turned part of the train tracks into a seven kilometer fast, paved highway, between Matina and Estrada. It will also take out the "Puente Negro" train-bridge, over the Matina River. On the final day, there may also be a new segment from Siquirres to Indiana Dos, going over the Pacuare river bridge, on the main highway to Limón (National Route #32).

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