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Challenging competitions to enter while travelling the world by superyacht

Challenging competitions to enter while travelling the world by superyacht

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La Ruta de los Conquistadores

Costa Rica

The competition: La Ruta de los Conquistadores, (The Route of the Conquerors) is a demanding mountain bike course across Costa Rica from the Pacific to the Caribbean Sea. The route follows the trail of three Spanish conquistadors led by Juan Caballon in the 1540’s.

The route spans over 4 stages and 161 miles, which may not seem like an unmanageable distance but it is the terrain rather than the distance that makes La Ruta such a challenge. The course snakes through the Costa Rican jungle where bikers must battle through dense foliage and knee-deep mud, cyclists will then begin the high altitude climb to the Irazu Volcano. The final stage, which ends at Bonita Beach on the east coast, is the longest but in comparison to what has gone before it is said to be the easiest.

While La Ruta may be named one of the toughest in the world, any keen amateur with dedicated training and commitment can enter the race.

The prize: The male and female riders who finish first after Day 2 each win $1000. First place finishers after the final day’s standings will be given $2,000 each, with second place receiving $700, and $500 going to third place.

The cost: $1350

How to get there: Yachts up to 76 metres can moor at the Golfito Marina Village and either take a private car or helicopter over to Jaco Beach, where the race begins.

Picture courtesy of Facebook.com/ La Ruta de los Conquistadores

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