Gallery: Two days in photos at La Ruta de los Conquistadors

La Ruta de los Conquistadores is a unique mountain bike stage race in Costa Rica. In 2012, it takes place over three days, during which riders travel from the west coast of the country on the Pacific Ocean to the Carribean Sea on the east coast.  Plenty of steep climbs and descents and tough terrain await racers, who have come to test themselves. 

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Sue George is an editor at Cyclingnews.  She coordinates all of the site's mountain bike race coverage and assists with the road, 'cross and track coverage.