Cyclists and athletes from the entire country will visit the Playa Carrillo area on May 3 to compete in the 15th annual “Lap of Loneliness” (La Vuelta de la Soledad), an event that mixes views of Guanacaste’s coastal countryside with the adrenaline of climbing and dropping down from mountains.
The day will start with a three kilometer race for kids at 7 a.m., followed by the adults at 8 a.m., who will participate in mountain and track cycling. The cost of registration is 40,000 colones ($80) as a pair or 20,000 ($40) individually.
The race begins and ends at the old airport in Playa Carrillo. The classic “Route of Loneliness” climbs more than 300 meters up Cerro de la Soledad. The course then passes through the forest via paths, arriving at Playa Bejuco, where racers will turn back towards the finish line in Playa Carrillo.
Athletes in the competitive category will ride more than 70 kilometers, non-federated riders will complete 58 kilometers and recreational ones 25 kilometers.
The first 200 athletes to finish will receive a souvenir and the fastest biker will receive a prize.
At the end of the day, competitors and race participants will be able to enjoy a pasta dinner and a closing concert by the band Son del Barrio.
The event is organized by Ciclo Güilly and has sponsors including Scotiabank, Dos Pinos, DHL and Bimbo Bread, among others.