Registration closed for La Ruta

The 16th edition of La Ruta de los Conquistadores will feature 430 participants including racers,...

The 16th edition of La Ruta de los Conquistadores will feature 430 participants including racers, companions and local and international media. 384 riders from 30 different countries will be racing.

"Now we have the final start list," said Erick Esquivel after registration closed last week. "More than 400 people are registered for the event so I think we will have a nice edition of La Ruta with plenty of emotions and hard competition," Esquivel said.

There will be 143 local racers and 261 foreigners. Approximately 85% of the riders are male with 15% female - the usual split for the event.

90 of the racers will contest the elite men's category while the masters comprise the most popular category, with 130 entrants.

Last week, organizers also finished marking the course, completing 386km in seven days.

"The course is ready and waiting for the Conquistadors. Although it has been a really rainy season, the muddy sections seams to be in pretty good shape. However, that's something about La Ruta… You never know! It might change from day to another," said Checkpoint Coordinator Hugo Alvarado.

La Ruta de los Conquistadores 2008 will kick-off at the Best Western Jacó Beach resort on November 12.

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