The final day is the longest in distance, but possibly the easiest in terrain. Except for the opening five kilometers climb through the coffee plantation into which they descended the day before, there is only one other short climb in the 125 kilometers stage. The rest is gravel and paved descending for the first 55 kilometers, and then flat ground to the Gulf coast, where the riders turn south to head to the finish on the beach in Playa Bonita.
However, it is still no cakewalk... besides the kilometers of riding that have already made muscles deep-down weary, there is one final obstacle to be faced: the train tracks. Two long sections of train tracks -
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with rails and ties intact - force riders to choose between a bone jarring ride or squeezing along single file next to the tracks where possible. Add to that the long trestle bridges some 15 to 20 meters over fast flowing rivers that have to be navigated, and this is definitely not a 'cruise beside the beach'!
But, every rider who heads down the final ramp to slide to a stop on the sand in front of the crashing waves, can feel well satisfied that they are truly one of the Conquistadors of La Ruta
Post Your Mountain Bike Ride To join the Game and Ladder
3 Ways to Post
Post your activity, just type in a few details.
Post your activity from a GPX file.
Get a gpx file of your activity from Garmin Connect or from Strava. For example, upload your activity from your GPS to Strava then save as GPX to your computer. Click this Upload GPX button to then upload it to GeoLadders.
Steps to create GPX from Strava: Open the activity in Strava, click the 'Action' icon on left (wrench), select 'Download GPX' (saves to 'Downloads' on your computer). Go to www.geoladders.com, open the existing route you want to post to, select 'Post GPX to this route' (on left), then click the 'Browse' button (middle of page), find the GPX in your 'Downloads' directory. Double click, save. That's it. Your route appears on geoladders.com/posts and in your dashboard.
Use the GeoLadders App
Download this Route To put on your GPS for navigation
Copy this GeoLadders route to your computer.
To get the downloaded gpx file from your computer onto your GARMIN device, login to Garmin Connect at connect.garmin.com. STEP 1). Select ACTIVITIES (far left menu, 5th option) STEP 2). Upper right, click IMPORT, then click BROWSE, middle of page. STEP 3). Double click the activity, then click IMPORT DATA button. STEP 4). The activity opens (in Garmin Connect), then upper right, of the 5 icons, click the GEAR icon 5. then SEND TO DEVICE (Note: you can rename the acivity before sending to your device). The activity will show in 'Courses' on your Garmin device with the default name or the name you gave it. 6. You'll need to unplug your device to view courses on your device. That's it.
11/18/08 Doug finished 5th overall on Master B, Manny 5th overall open class and myself finished 15th in master A. we had a blast of suffering and fun. I would definitely come back again, now that i know what to expect...