Press Release: Athletes Coached by CTS Dominate 2013 La Ruta de los Conquistadores Mountain Bike Stage Race

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Athletes Coached by CTS Dominate 2013 La Ruta de los Conquistadores Mountain Bike Stage Race

(October 27, 2013 – Colorado Springs, CO) Athletes coached by Carmichael Training Systems dominated the 2013 La Ruta de los Conquistadores mountain bike stage race in Costa Rica (October 24-26), winning the Men’s and Women’s Pro races, the men’s 30-39 and 40-49 categories, and also capturing second place in the Men’s Pro category. In total CTS achieved a 100% Finishing Rate: all 21 CTS Athletes who started La Ruta successfully completed the race that’s billed as “the toughest mountain bike race in the world”.

In the Men’s Pro race, Marconi Duran of Costa Rica won the first stage by more than 11 minutes and stayed up front for the remaining two stages to take the overall win. One of his main challengers was American Alex Grant of the ShoAir-Cannondale team, a 3-time runner-up at La Ruta looking to finally take the win. Both Duran and Grant are coached by CTS and both work with CTS Pro Coach Adam Pulford.

“My goal is for my athletes to be optimally prepared for their goal races. It’s rare to have two of my athletes going head-to-head with each other like Marconi and Alex were, but when it happens it doesn’t change how I support, encourage, and advise either of them,” commented Pulford.

Grant took home his fourth consecutive second-place trophy. “I came in to this year’s race with my best fitness and preparation. When I look back on this season as a whole I have had my best results across the board, in everything from stage races to short tracks,” said Grant. He also joked that, “Next year maybe I’ll come back to La Ruta and aim of the record of 5 second-place finishes!”

ShoAir-Cannondale pro Monique Pua Mata defended her 2012 LaRuta victory, this time winning each of the three stages by at least 20 minutes. Like Duran and Grant, Mata is also coached by Adam Pulford. “I had a good start to the season but a broken leg in March put me off the bike for 6 weeks and out of racing for 3months. That changed many things for me. My teammates, Scott Tedro, and the whole Sho-Air family was there for me, and of course Adam,” said Mata. “I worked my butt off, and went from being off the bike completely to winning the Marathon MTB National Championships and 2nd in XC Nationals, the best results ever and that meant a lot. La Ruta had its own challenges, but I just focused on each day at a time and doing my best in each moment. This season has been amazing and life changing; much of that goes to Team Sho-Air, my own family, and Adam's coaching. I am very grateful."

In the Men’s 30-39 race, a familiar face returned to the peloton to take the victory. CTS Athlete Manny Prado won the Men’s Pro race at La Ruta in 2009 and then retired from professional cycling in 2012. When he decided to come out of retirement and race La Ruta in the Master’s category he contacted his old coach, Adam Pulford, and returned to the ShoAir team. “With ShoAir and CTS I know I have the best support and expertise available anywhere,” said Prado. “Whether I’m racing pro or masters I want to be my best, and CTS and ShoAir are a winning combination.”

CTS Athlete Alfredo Peralta won the first two stage of the Men’s 40-49 race, and finished second in the final stage to take the overall victory. Earlier October, Peralta won his first Costa Rican National Mountain Bike Championship, racing in the 40-49 age group. He works with CTS Expert Coach Clayton Feldman.

In addition to Marconi, Pua, Alex, Manny, and Alfredo, 17 more CTS Athletes and Coaches toed the starting line for the 2013 La Ruta de los Conquistadores, the last of seven events on the 2013 CTS Endurance Bucket List. With pro-level mechanic and soigneur support, CTS Athletes consistently beat the average finishing rates at events like La Ruta, the Dirty Kanza 200, the Trans Andes Challenge, and the Leadville 100. This year CTS achieved a 100% Finishing Rate for La Ruta, including CTS Founder and CEO Chris Carmichael who celebrated his 53rd birthday during Stage 1. “Sharing such a successful La Ruta experience with motivated athletes is a great way to start the next year of my life,” commented Carmichael.

“La Ruta is a tough race, but CTS knows how to prepare athletes for success,” commented race director Roman Urbina. “We don’t worry about the riders in CTS jerseys because every year we know they’ll be ready for anything.”

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About CTS:

A pioneering company in the endurance coaching industry, Carmichael Training Systems (CTS) has improved the performance of more than 10,000 athletes since 2000. Founded by renowned coach and author Chris Carmichael, and home to more than 40 full-time, professional coaches, CTS inspires and empowers the athlete in EVERY BODY to perform at their best. The company provides personal coaching, training camps, and Endurance Bucket List experiences to athletes of all ability levels. For more information, visit

Media contact: Jim Rutberg, 719-635-0645 x118


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