The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Tomorrow, a total of six local and six foreign bicycle teams will start the International Tour to Costa Rica 2013, which will end on 29th after 1,530 kilometers in 12 stages.
The international teams competing this year in Costa Rica are Russian, Colombia, Mexico, Canada, Guatemala and Cuba, which totals 46 cyclists.
The remaining 42 riders are Costa Rican teams sponsored by local companies.
The first stage of testing will take place tomorrow in the hot and humid Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, with a distance of 134.4 kilometers in the city of Limon, while passing through the communities of Puerto Viejo and Bribri.
The Colombian Oscar Sanchez, winner of last year’s event, will not be present this year to defend his title, which opens the door for anyone to take the competition.
The Cuban teams usually excel in the flat stages, while Colombians are specialists in the mountains.
This year round will include many flat stages and almost the entire country, from the Caribbean to the Pacific, the rainy area north and center of the country, to the capital San José, which makes the end of the race.
The first stage will be an intense mountain, where cyclists will leave Santa Cruz, Guanacaste (North Pacific), almost at sea level, and ride to San Ramon to reach 1,120 meters above sea level.
The closure of the Tour will be held on December 29 with the stage called ‘Queen’ between Perez Zeledon (south) and San Jose, which riders have the challenge of climbing the Cerro de la Muerte and then undertaking a rapid descent into the capital.
The Costa Rica News (TCRN)
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