Details Released for the Costa Rican Open 2020

Dec 13, 2019
by Sean Leader  


Costa Rica to host UCI C2 January 2020:

A small Central American country most known for stunning beaches, volcanoes, and jungles is set to host The Costa Rican Open of Downhill. Over the past years with a dedicated core of downhill enthusiasts, Costa Rica has become the hidden secret of Central American downhill racing. As Costa Rica is near the equator, the climate is favorable for year-round riding. January 19th - 20th the first annual Costa Rican Open will be held just outside the city of San Jose on the track known to locals as "El Cabuyal." Travel expenses are cheap, the weather is amazing, and the track is world-class. Whether you're an amateur racer or looking to grab up some early UCI points, The Costa Rican Open is a must on your 2020 calendar.

This track has hosted National Championships, Central American Championships and is looking forward on hosting the 2021 Continental Championship. World Cup riders like Neko Mulally and Rafael Gutierrez spent 2019 pre-season time prepping bikes on the track. Averaging 3 minute laps times over 2km the track offers world-class sections of whooped out, rough, gnar. Built and maintained by the local Alvaro Castillo. Alvaro has assembled a crew of local pros, including Ronny Porras, to prep for the upcoming race and offer the most of Costa Rica.

The event follows a typical downhill schedule. Track walk Thursday, Practice Friday, Seeding Saturday, Race Sunday.

Costa Rica the Ultimate Winter Escape
Costa Rica the Ultimate Winter Escape
Plan your trip with time to soak up the unreal beaches and Costa Rican views.
Check out Neko Mulally and Sean Leader's video of the track from their 2019 trip:

Local Pro Riders Roberto Castillo and Alvaro Hidalgo.
Rafael Gutierrez on a full race run down this track:

Registration is now open at $43 for Pros and $35 for Amateurs.

Tech guide, race schedule, and logistics information can be found HERE. Feel free to contact Promoter Alvaro Castillo, contact information is at the bottom of the website.

Juan Santamaría Airport (SJO) is the closest airport to the track. Transportation can be given by the organization. Lodging can be provided on the property where the track is located, La Lucha, for $10 per night.

The Costa Rican Open Presented by;
Asociación Costarricense de Downhill
House Of Dirt Costa Rica
Fox Centroamérica
Destinos La Lucha
Universidad Hispanoamericana


  • 5 1
 Remember that recently Delta and AA modified their baggage fees, so probably will be cheaper flying carrying a bike under these airlines.
  • 2 0
 The bag has to be under 50lbs or it costs $100 each way (on Delta). Carbon Ripmo + Double Down tires was 53 lbs in an Evoc bag. Still was really convenient picking the bike up in an airport vs going to a bike shop. Gonna buy a wheel bag to get the weight back down.
  • 2 0
 Can any of you Ticos recommend a shuttle/tour company close to Quepos/Manual Antonio/Tulemar? Will be there first week of March! I'll be with the family so only a 1 day thing will work for me, if the wife lets me Wink Gracias!
  • 1 0
 CR Gravity Trails is one of them, anyways regarding the location you'll visit, I can recommend also Rafiki Safari Lodge
Ask for Loki, he'll help for sure for an MTB trip at his bike specific trails, or any other outdoor adventure,rafting, bird watching, surfing, they has a beach camp too. His trails are technical and with nice flow and altitude, you will not regret, and that place is right there in the quepos area.
  • 3 1
 If you want to have a good experience in Costa Rica, you should to call at CR Gravity Trails.
Facebook: CR Gravity Trails
Instagram: CR_gravity_trails
Phone: +506 83159611
  • 2 0
 Traveling with Spirit should be $75 as well each way.

Feel free to ask me any questions or if anyone needs help with something for the race let me know.
  • 4 1
 If planning to visit the area check
  • 2 0
 Stoked, gonna try and make this one!
  • 1 0
 Dude... Let's go. I'm so down.
  • 1 0
 Good luck to Titus Nicholson, Rafa Gutiérrez and Chris Rizzon at this race !
  • 1 0
 Southwest flies to Costa Rica! Bike fees $75 each way.

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