• Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Mountain biking champ opens camp in Costa Rica

March 20, 2009

Professional mountain biker Marla Streb has won world and U.S. national championships, taken gold in the extreme-action-sport X Games, and biked professionally across the globe. Now she´s ready to tackle the jungles of Costa Rica, and is inviting beginner and advanced bikers along for the ride.

This year, Streb debuts her mountain bike skills camp in the jungle around Montezuma, a Pacific beach community on the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. Her three-day, four-night camp aims to help bikers of all abilities improve their riding skills and techniques, while allowing them to enjoy Costa Rica´s myriad other attractions.

Streb, 43, says she chose Costa Rica as the site for her camp after racing La Ruta de Conquistadores five years ago with her pro team, Luna. The world-class, four-day race starts in Jacó, on the central Pacific coast, and ends in the Caribbean port of Limón.

“After I raced (La Ruta) the first time, I stayed with a friend in Montezuma,” Streb says. “I loved the town and its relative remoteness. After exploring the country further, I found the Nicoya Peninsula to be a good place for trails, because it doesn´t get as much rain as many other areas.”

Adventures with Streb and her camp will include morning skills clinics in which participants will work with Streb and her team of other pro coaches to learn about the mechanics of biking, tricks and jumps, as well as proper balance and bailout techniques. Afternoons will give the bikers the opportunity for yoga, surfing, ziplining and snorkeling.

Participants don´t have to worry about getting their bikes down to Costa Rica, as Streb provides the bikes for the camp. This year, participants will have the use of 10 Orbea Occams, high-end mountain bikes that retail for about $4,000 each, Streb says.

“Participants can literally bring only a helmet and shoes,” Streb says. “We´ll take care of the rest.”

See the Weekend section of this week´s Tico Times print or digital edition for the full article on Streb and the camp.

You may be interested

IMF approves $1.8 billion loan for Costa Rica
Costa Rica
1351 views
Costa Rica
1351 views

IMF approves $1.8 billion loan for Costa Rica

The Tico Times - March 1, 2021

The IMF approved a 36-month credit agreement for $1.778 billion dollars with Costa Rica, the entity reported Monday, which immediately…

Immigration to headline talks between Biden, Lopez Obrador
Guatemala
1037 views
Guatemala
1037 views

Immigration to headline talks between Biden, Lopez Obrador

AFP - March 1, 2021

The flow of migrants and trade, legal and illegal, across the US-Mexican border will be the focus Monday when President…

Costa Rica has administered nearly 150,000 vaccine doses
Costa Rica
16385 views
Costa Rica
16385 views

Costa Rica has administered nearly 150,000 vaccine doses

Alejandro Zúñiga - March 1, 2021

Costa Rica has administered 149,812 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, the Presidency said Monday. The nearly 150,000 jabs mean…