Video: Akerson learns a lot at La Ruta

Rom Akerson (Specialized) finished second at La Ruta de los Conquistadores this weekend in Costa Rica. It was his best-ever finish in the race of a total 10 times participating. Only Todd Wells (Specialized) beat the 27-year-old Costa Rican, who has spent several years racing adventure races, triathlon and on the road.

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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.