The mountains of Costa Rica are once again doling out the pain, as this year's Ruta De Los Conquistadores is now in full swing. The race was recently named as one of Time magazine's 10 toughest endurance events in the world, and this year's race is no exception. It's not too often you see professional riders walking their bikes up hills, but then again, it's not often you see courses like the ones featured day in and day out in La Ruta.
With the first three stages under their belt, German rider Ben Sontagg, American Alex Grant, and Costa Rican local (and five-time La Ruta winner) Federico Ramirez occupy the top three places in the standings respectively.
In the women's category, Columbian Angela Parra has two stage wins under her belt and currently leads the race over Americans Louise Kobin and Rebecca Rusch.
With tomorrow's stage concluding the race, riders will have some extra motivation to keep their legs firing over the 75-mile slog from Turrialba to Limon.