Dominical

A very though test of endurance that starts in La Lima, Cartago and rides up the mythic “Cerro de la Muerte”, the highest paved road in Central America at 3126 meters above sea level, for a total accumulated ascent of 1.950 meters in 62.5 kilometers, a “HC” category port. A daring decent of 45 kilometers  into San Isidro del General where participants experience 38°+ degrees of heat to take on the “Alto de San Juan” , a 7 kilometer ascent with gradients averaging 9%  and up to 20% in some sections. The Alto de San Juan will be followed by a 21 kilometer downhill descent into Baru community and eventually Dominical Beach.

Dominical
  • Date: February 2018.
  • 160 kilometers. ( For more accurate distance and accumulated ascent, please visit our Strava Club @: https://www.strava.com/clubs/GFLF )
  • 3573+ meters of accumulated ascent
  • Altitude: Departure: 1311mts. Max: 3126 mts. and 5 mts. minimal.
  • 65 kilometers of ascent from Cartago to the top of Cerro de la Muerte ensures warm legs, followed by a 45 kilometer decent to the city of San Isidro del General, to reach the unexpected obstacle of the Alto de San Juan, that although, only measures 7 kms., the gradient is around 9% average and usually riden at 38/40 degrees.
  • Temperature variations ranging from 9° to 38° degrees, hypoxia, sun – mist – rain – high humidity, all possible along the way.
  • 3 Fully loaded Aid Stations.
  • A unique natural scenery on the way through the highest paved road in Central America culminating in the beautiful beach of Dominical in the Central Pacific of Costa Rica.

Route Details

Approximate Distance: 160 kms.

GFLF Dominical

The Route: Zona Franca “La Lima” en La Lima de Cartago, the Tobosí flats to warm up, Casa Mata, El Empalme and up until the top of “Cerro de la Muerte”, La Georgina, down to San Isidro del General @ Pérez Zeledón, Alto de San Juan, Baru, towards Playa Dominical.

Best to use Waze to find the “Zona Franca La Lima” .

For more accurate distance and accumulated ascent, please visit our Strava Club @: https://www.strava.com/clubs/GFLF

Elevación Dominical

WARNING 

The Down Hill that follows the ascent to the top of “Cerro de La Muerte” into San Isidro del General requires a lot of care,  the road is in excellent condition, but as you might expect, there are dangerous curves, there are cars, buses and trucks !!

We recommend and expect extreme care and responsibility in this section of the course to avoid mishaps that can be very serious if these recommendations are ignored.

For those unfamiliar, the Cerro de la Muerte can be very cold (for tropical types :)), temperatures can drop down to 8 or 9 degrees in the sun and below that if it rains, please take the necessary precautions, carry at least vest and / or jacket.

In San Isidro del General it is generally it is very hot and humid, the temperatures could be from 35 to 39 degrees.

Temp GFLF Dominical

The downhill into San Isidro from Cerro de la Muerte: We strongly recommend special care in this section; it is not a competition so downhill carefully. The descent is very accessible, the road is in very good conditions, but watch out for cars and trucks, this is a mayor roadway (#2) where cars and trucks will be present. For the Elites, special care here, we do not want accidents!!

The downhill into Dominical from Alto de San Juan: This downhill, although shorter, is faster and steeper than the Cerro to San Isidro, MORE CARE PLEASE!!

Otherwise there are other sections that are of greater care than usual when cycling.

Turns and Junctions:

The first service station ending downhill before reaching San Isidro is called “GASOTICA” there are approximately 500 meters and is the junction that leads to the Alto de San Juan, Baru and the coast @ Dominical. The last Aid station will be at GASOTICA.

Cruces

NOTES:

  • Bring clothes for COLD riding!
  • Prerequisite: Wear clothing or reflective elements in case of fog or rain @ Cerro de la Muerte.
  • Prerequisite: Bring back light flashing red if in fog or rain @ Cerro de la Muerte.
  • Review and / or repair bicycles with time! Tires, tire pressure, brakes, chains, pins etc.


VERY IMPORTANT:

It’s not a race, so no closed streets or police escort; everyone participates at their own risk and understand the dangers of a trip of this nature.

All foreign participants MUST have and show proof of travelers insurance before participation!

Aid stations:

  • Crossing Empalme (Chespiritos # 3)
  • Before Georgina,
  • GASOTICA service station in Perez Zeledón,
  • There will “broom” bus from La Lima de Cartago.

 

For GFLF Dominical we have two options of distance and price:

Option 160 kilometers, leaving from Cartago:

Basic Package: US $ 80.00
· Number Plate
· 3 aid stations and a full station in the finish at Dominical.
· Mechanical assistance on the road
· Digital Photo Pack
· Basic Insurance policy (for foreign participants a travelers insurance is required for number pick-up)
· Timing Chip
· Event T-shirt
· Right to raffle
· Right to showers on arrival destination
Intermediate Package: US $ 100.00
· Number Plate
· 3 aid stations and a full station in the finish at Dominical
· Mechanical assistance on the road
· Digital Photo Pack
· Basic Insurance policy (for foreign participants a travelers insurance is required for number pick-up)
· Timing Chip
· Event T-shirt
· Right to raffles
· Right to showers on arrival
· Right to lunch upon arrival
Full package: US $ 115.00
· Number plate
· 3 aid stations and a full station in the finish at Dominical
· Mechanical assistance on the road
· Digital Photo Pack
· Basic Insurance policy (for foreign participants a travelers insurance is required for number pick-up)
· Timing Chip
· Event T-shirt
· Right to raffle
· Right to showers on arrival
· Right to lunch upon arrival
· Transportation back with bicycle

Option 120 kilometers, departing from El Empalme:

Basic Package: US $ 100.00
· Number plate
· 3 aid stations and a full station in the finish at Dominical
· Mechanical assistance on the road
· Digital Photo Pack
· Basic Insurance policy (for foreign participants a travelers insurance is required for number pick-up)
· Timing Chip
· Event T-shirt
· Right to raffle
· Right to showers on arrival
· Transport to El Empalme
Full package: US$115.00
· Number plate
· 3 aid stations and a full station in the finish at Dominical
· Mechanical assistance on the road
· Digital Photo Pack
· Basic Insurance policy (for foreign participants a travelers insurance is required for number pick-up)
· Timing Chip
· Event T-shirt
· Right to raffle
· Right to showers on arrival
· Right to lunch upon arrival
· Return transportation by bicycle.
There is no intermediate package in the option of 120 kilometers since transport is needed to take those starting at El Empalme to El Empalme.

For Foreign Participants, please inquire about our all inclusive travel packages! (plane tickets not included)