Hear ye hear ye! TDA Ltd is pleased to announce the inclusion of a Stage Race component as part of our 2015 La Ruta Maya Bicycle Expedition.
While many of the Ruta Maya participants will classify themselves as Expedition Riders, cycling at their own pace each day, and immersing themselves in all the vistas, food, culture, and history that Central America has to offer, we believe that the allure of contending in this unique competition will also attract a good number of semi pro and amateur cyclist-athletes.
Here’s what they can expect in terms of the race:
*Timing to the second using the TP Race system designed for us by TimePilot Inc.
*Of the RM planned 28 stages, at least 20 will have a race component, including full stage races from camp to camp, half stage races from camp to lunch or lunch to camp, individual time trials over long steep climbs and off roads, and fun team trials.
*About 3 “Mando” (mandatory) days which define the toughest stages, be it in terms of amount of ascent, high altitude, roughness of road surface, or stage length.
*Each full tour racer will be allowed to deduct a limited number of “Grace” days from their overall time, to encourage them to slow down when the scenery is drop dead gorgeous, when they are not feeling 100%, or when the attraction of a long stop for a Michelada or other local temptation proves too much. Note: “Mando” days can not be included among a racer’s “Grace” days.
*Recognition for stage and section wins, and unique prizes for the top overall male and female racers.