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La Ruta Kicks Off on Wednesday

From the Pacific to the Caribbean, La Ruta de los Conquistadores will serve up four days of suffering.

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The Irazu descent in the La Ruta. Photo by Don Karle
The Irazu descent in the La Ruta. Photo by Don Karle

The 17th edition of the La Ruta de los Conquistadores rolls away from Costa Rica’s Pacific shore on Nov. 11 with a finish on the country’s Caribbean coast Nov. 14.

Defending, and five-time, champion Federico Ramirez of Costa Rica will return for a try at another win. Fellow Costa Ricans Paolo Montoya and Enrique Artavia rounded out the 2008 La Ruta.

For this year’s race, most of the MonaVie-Cannondale team will compete, including Tinker Juarez, Jeremiah Bishop, Ben Sonntag and Matt Ohran. Coming for his second time is road racer Roberto Heras, four-time winner of the Vuelta a España. He placed seventh in 2008.

California-based Manuel Prado, the Costa Rican national champion, will race with Sho-Air teammate Ben Bostrom, a former Superbike champion.