Where grit meets paradise
Pura Vida ("pure life") isn't just a phrase, it is a way of life in Costa Rica. It is about embracing life and appreciating the beauty and the little moments. We started The Pura Vida Cycling Challenge to share "pura vida" riding with other cyclists and triathletes. For us, Pura Vida riding is about embracing the beauty of the Costa Rican country, enjoying simplicity and joy of cycling, enduring the pain of being pushed to your limit, giving back to the local cycling community, and making lifetime friendships with an extraordinarily diverse group.
Giving back to the community, and helping those less fortunate is at the center of our vision for this experience. For nearly the past decade, we have been bringing new and used cycling gear (even complete bikes at times) and donating this gear to local Costa Rican cyclists in need. It's about helping those less fortunate who need a hand to keep their bikes on the road. Some use their bikes for sport, others for commuting to and from work, and all are extremely grateful for the contributions that we are able to make. You'll meet and ride with some of these individuals, and they make this event truly special.
Have your passport ready, and join us for this 5 day, fully supported cycling challenge that will take you through some of the most scenic and diverse terrain on the planet as you push yourself to the limit! Your senses will come alive as you experience life in the vibrant local towns and pedal through lush tropical rainforests, coffee farms, and sugar cane plantations. Prepare for a transcendent experience in Costa Rica that offers the most unique, authentic and culturally rich cycling challenge available anywhere.
You will train with your fellow athletes, in a small group setting, with an extremely hospitable, friendly, and “pura vida” local cycling community. Be prepared to take on steep climbs, and push yourself to your limits. The elevated heart rate is worth it for the views at the top, and the food, drinks, and laughs.
Each of the 5 stages of riding are challenging, but they are not impossible! We've had cyclists of all ages able to complete each stage. All rides are no drop rides, and you will always have support from our sag vehicle and from our guides. These guides ride with us and make sure everyone has what they need to have a fulfilling experience each day. Pura Vida riding is about supporting and encouraging the entire group. Bonking hard? Legs too thrashed to make it up a steep road? Throw your bike in the truck, take a break, and have a snack. You wont be the first or the last! You will be pushed, but when you reach your limit, we are there to make sure you get back safely and still enjoy your day.
This is an adventure like you have never experienced before, and we'll encourage and push you to be your best. Vámonos!
WHO IS THE CHALLENGE FOR?
Road bikers, crit racers, triathletes, weekend warriors, and experienced group riders. It's for those that want adventure, a cultural experience, and a spiritual escape from their daily grind.
Athletes should be skilled riding in groups and traffic, and enjoy scenic climbs and windy descents. If you enjoy international travel, and would embrace a transformative cultural experience on a bike, then sign up and start training for our next event!
WHAT TO EXPECT
Home base is at the peaceful, tropical, and cozy Pura Vida Hotel.
We will have the entire hotel and each athlete will have a private room with private bathroom. The Pura Vida Hotel is a perfect place to relax after a long day with views of the Poas Volcano and surrounding mountains. It is accessible to local shops and restaurants.
Daily breakfast and post-ride meal is included, as well as an end of Challenge Celebration dinner. Don’t worry about cooking after your daily stage of riding through the rainforest, and climbing epic volcanos. Sit back, relax, review your photos and ride data, and let our team of local chefs prepare authentic cuisine to recharge your body.
Daily Bike Support
An official support vehicle will accompany our group on each stage. They will provide mechanical support, and can transport any extra gear/nutrition you want to bring for the day.
Escorted Daily Group Rides
We will have a group of riders of various abilities on each stage, and all are welcome. You can ride in your comfort zone or go as hard as you want, there will always be someone ready to ride at your pace. Just make sure your legs are ready for the next day too! These are supported, no-drop rides, but make sure your fitness is at a level where you can enjoy the experience. If you need to cut one of the stages short, or you'd rather not tackle a windy descent, you will have the option to load your bike in the support vehicle, and enjoy a stress free ride to your home base.
Athletes will need to be comfortable and safe riding in groups, riding in traffic, descending long, windy roads, and able to climb. Be prepared for challenging rides, and be ready for the most authentic and fulfilling Costa Rican experience. All ages welcome, register here!
Make connections with new friends and training partners, and a week of riding that will have you best prepared for any of your upcoming events!
No need to carry an extensive amount of food and drink. Part of the Pura Vida experience is refueling in the local towns, drinking out of a coconut, and getting fresh tropical fruit at a fruit stand. Our SAG vehicle and cycling guides will also have food and drink at the ready.
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