The 17th edition of La Ruta de los Conquistadores is set to begin on Wednesday. 225 riders from all over the world will be competing in the multi-day race in Costa Rica. 80 of the 225 riders are local, and the rest are international. “It’s not about making it to the finish line, it’s about working with what you’ve got, giving it all your might and surviving the adversities that you might come upon along the way. Lending a hand to someone else, a sip of water, a spare tube, a word of encouragement, a friendly smile… while you compete against yourself… that’s the true spirit of La Ruta,” says organizer Roman Urbina. Some favorites for the men’s La Ruta race are Tinker Juárez, Jeremiah Bishop, Bingen Fernandez, Marc Trayter, Mauricio Patiño, Rune Christopher Hoydahl, Manuel ‘Manny’ Prado, Ben Bronston and Milton Ramos, and five-time winner and defending champion Federico “Lico” Ramirez. Past winners Adrian Bonilla and Edgar Zumbado will be there, as well as Pan Am champion Deiber Esquivel. For the women’s race, the favorite is Louise Kobin. Check back for results of La Ruta De Los Conquistadores 2010.