Costa Rica Mountain Biking: Photo Journal

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January 2nd, 2015

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Sun Salutations on a tropical beach.  White warm sand nestled between your toes.  Thoughts of the days ride induce a smile ear to ear.  The crackle of a beachside bonfire off in the distance. 

 

November 29 to December 6, 2014 marked the launch of our inaugural Pura Vida Yoga and Mountain Bike Retreat in the stunning Guanacaste Province of Costa Rica.

 

This particular trip was unique in the sense of its riders.  The carefully selected group of diverse, super cool mountain biking women were made up of clients (new and repeat), media and Sacred Rides staff.  Each days itinerary was experienced, reviewed, and dissected, determining what was awesome, what would be awesome, and what may never be awesome.  With a few itinerary tweaks here and there, this trip has morphed into a dream mountain bike vacation for the Mom who just needs some solo time, the working professional that needs to break the office desk chain, and the adventure seeking dirt diva alike. Enjoy these photos  and our recap of  mountain biking Costa Rica. 

 

A special shout out to Oakley Active for providing yoga mats and yoga wear for all particpants in the 2014 and 2015 season, as well to  Martina Halik, of Raven Eye Photography, for making our memories last a lifetime with these incredible photographs! 

 

Take a few minutes to dream, gawk and ogle this photo journal. 

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Location:  Pura Vida Bike Park, Las Catalinas, Costa Rica.  

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Mountain biking Costa Rica ... oceanside! Location:  Pura Vida Bike Park, Las Catalinas, Costa Rica.  Riders:  Jessie, Meagan, Gabo, Danielle, Johanna and Annick.  

 

 

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Location:  Pura Vida Bike Park, Las Catalinas, Costa Rica.  Riders:  Meagan, Danielle and Annick.

 

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Location:  Pura Vida Bike Park, Las Catalinas, Costa Rica.  Riders:  Gabo, Carole, Meagan, Johanna, Danielle and Annick.  

 

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Delicious post-ride food! Location:  Pura Vida Bike Park, Las Catalinas, Costa Rica.  Riders:  Meagan, Annick, Carole, Johanna, and Danielle.  

 

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Bike Maitenance Clinic.  Location:  Pura Vida Bike Park, Las Catalinas, Costa Rica.  Riders:  Danielle, Johanna, Gabo, Patrick, unknown and Annick. 

 

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MTB Costa Rica with rad women! Location:  Pura Vida Bike Park, Las Catalinas, Costa Rica.  Riders:  Danielle, Meagan, Jessie, Annick and Johanna. 

 

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Cooling off after a great bike ride! Location:  Pura Vida Bike Park, Las Catalinas, Costa Rica.  Rider:  Meagan. 

 

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Location:  Pura Vida Bike Park, Las Catalinas, Costa Rica.  Rider:  Danielle and Jessie. 

 

 

Location:  Pura Vida Bike Park, Las Catalinas, Costa Rica.  Riders:  Johanna, Danielle, Annick and Meagan. 

 

 

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Location:  Horseback trails of Hotel Hacienda Guachipelín, Guanacaste, Costa Rica.  Positioned at the foot of the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano.  

 

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Location:  The foot of the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano, Costa Rica.  Rider:  Annick.

 

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Location:  Natural volcanic hot springs and mud pools, Guanacaste, Costa Rica.  Riders:  Martina, Annick, Johanna, Meagan and Danielle.

 

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Location:  Natural volcanic hot springs and mud pools, Guanacaste, Costa Rica.  Riders:  Annick and Danielle.

 

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Location:  El Bosque Nuevo Butterfly Farm, Santa Cecilia, Costa Rica.  Rider:  Meagan.

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Location:  Dos Rios, Costa Rica.  Riders:  Johanna, Annick and Meagan.

 

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Location:  Dos Rios, Costa Rica.  Riders:  Danielle and Meagan.

 

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Location:  Quebrada Grande, Costa Rica.  Rider:  Danielle.

 

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Location:  Cabinas Marielos, Tamarindo, Costa Rica.  Rider:  Johanna.

 

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First course of breakfast, followed by eggs, beans and rice.  Location:  Tamarindo, Costa Rica.

 

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Location:  Tamarindo Beach.  Riders:  Meagan and Danielle.

 

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Stand Up Paddleboarding off the Catamaran.  Location:  Tamarindo, Costa Rica.  Riders:  Johanna and Danielle.

 

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Snorkelling off the Catamaran.  Location:  Tamarindo, Costa Rica.  Rider:  Meagan.

 

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Catamaran sunset.  Location:  Tamarindo, Costa Rica.  Rider:  Danielle.

 

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Catamaran sunset.  Location:  Tamarindo, Costa Rica.  Rider:  Meagan.

 

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After experiencing the riding first hand, I can confirm the northwest coastal province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica is an endurance athletes mecca.  What it lacks in technical riding, is made up for with its endless kilometers of back roads and vertical, climbing high over volcano passess and through remote backcountry villages.  Although the local riding community is still quite small, it is mighty.  Sacred Rides, local Guide’s, Carole and Gabo, are heading up the build of multiple new trails of singletrack, many of which we shred in the Pura Vida Yoga and Mountain Bike Retreat itinerary.

 

Have questions about this trip?  

 

Feel free to contact me directly at meagan.broughton@sacredrides.com or leave your comments or questions below.  I would love to hear from you!

 

Guides:

Carole Beaupre, Ride Director and Lead Guide

Gabo Cruz, Guide

 

Riders:

Danielle Kinsie, Two Wheel Racing, Ontario, Canada

Annick Aumont, cool Mom of 3 and long time valued client of Sacred Rides (ask her about Chile, BC and Costa Rica!).

 

Sacred Rides Staff Riders:

Meagan Broughton, Sacred Rides Business Development Director

Johanna Weintrager, Sacred Rides Lead Women’s Guide

Jessie, morning dynamic stretch leader

 

Media:

Martina Halik, Professional Photographer and Journalist with Raven Eye Photography

 

Sponsors:

Oakley Active 

 
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