Route - Alajuela, Grecia, Sarchi, Las Antennas
55 miles, 6,600 feet of climbing
Difficulty rating: 8
You will hit the challenge right off the bat on this first stage. Wind through 20 miles of European-esque road that climbs up 4,000 feet. This route has very little traffic and climbs up the side of a mountain through lush rainforest terrain. The weather can change drastically as you gain altitude, and you'll typically encounter mist and some fog. Depending on the time of year, you could get some rain at the very top (so put a rain jacket in the support vehicle). You'll pass a scenic waterfall on the way to the top, it's the source of water for the towns below and the local cyclists will fill their water bottles. The climb pitches to it's steepest gradient during the final 1km.
The final stop is "el Bunker", the local hang out and bike shop for the cycling community. Enjoy cool drinks as we pass out the donated gear we take with us each Challenge. Over the last 10 years, US cyclists and bike shops have donated over $100,000 of new and lightly used cycling gear and bikes. We welcome all athletes to bring gear to donate to this vibrant pura vida cycling community. Learn more about how to donate.
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