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
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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...