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MTB Challenge Datanlí El Diablo: practical information

Róger Solórzano Canales | Mar 1, 2013

Description of some useful details for those register and interested in the cycling race.

The countdown is already running for the starting shot, and in this article we show you practical information. This Saturday March 2, a dozen of Nicaraguan and foreigners cyclists will participate in the MTB Challenge Datanlí El Diablo, a mountain biking race that will be held in urban streets next to the Apanás Lake, among coffee farms, near to waterfalls and forests, passing through picturesque villages in Jinotega. It looks interesting, right? Well, the registrations are still open.

In the following paragraphs you can know details about the competition: Registration information, schedules, events of interest, places to eat, sleep and how to get to Jinotega. Below you will find a map of the route. If you have more questions, you can contact the event technical coordinator, Julio Alvarado: (505) 8527 8362 or the organizer Róger Solórzano Gaitán: (505) 8657 8825.

The Race

On Saturday March 2, the competition departure point -and arrival- will be at 7 AM at central park of the city of Jinotega. The race will start from this point for the most demanding categories such as elite, open and master A and B, as well for those who seek to get the first prize. The complete route is 49.4 miles, which passes through several municipalities and the Datanlí El Diablo Natural Reserve . Along the way there will be different supply spots.

The less demanding categories must be at the departure area on the stated time. From there, they will be transferred by bus to the second departure point, located 18.3 miles away, in the Finca Corinto junction. And then travel 31 miles to the city's central park. A van will go along with the competitors through the entire race, giving assistance to any participant who presents problems to continue with the competition.

The Prizes

The first prize is US$1,000 one thousand dollars. The three first places of all categories participating will obtain other prizes such as hotel nights, restaurant services, bikes kits, articles and gifts of the sponsoring companies, among others.

Technical Congress

If you are going to compete, you have to be present at 7 PM, this Friday March 1st at the restaurant Soda El Tico, where it will held a technical congress. The coordinators will provide all the route details and indicate the supply spots, as well as other information. Also, dinner will be offered to the participants, which is included in the inscription price.

Those competitors who can't make it on time to the congress, can always participate. However, we recommend talking with one of the coordinators to know if there were any last minute changes.

The Registrations

The inscriptions are still open. Any person can register on the morning of Saturday March 2nd, the same day of the competition. The registration price is US$20 for national participants and US$50 for foreigners competitors. This amount includes dinner during the congress, race number, official shirt, accident insurance, beverages, fruits and assistance in the supplies spots.

For the interested people, registrations are available online:
registration online here

Also, the are registration spots available:

Jinotega: Hotel Café lobby
Managua: ProRider shop, in Santo Domingo: principal entrance of Las Sierritas, 100 mts West.
Phone: (505) 2276 0159
Masaya and Granada: Departmental offices of INTUR.

Eat, Sleep

Each competitor can choose to hire their own hotel and restaurant services of their preference. Although some hotels and restaurants may be already booked, it is still possible that you might find available accommodations.

As well, camping areas are offered for those who are interested in spending a night outdoors. Adventurers can choose to bring their own tenting camp or rent a nice tenting for 2 people for only US$7. The camping areas are: The Cerro de la Cruz graded area, which offers beautiful sightseeing views, located 200 meters away from the central park and the Finca Ecoturística Entre Brumas y Montañas.

If you are traveling on public transportation, you can take a bus to Jinotega from your city terminal. Also, there will be private transportation available for an extra cost (Managua-Jinotega-Managua). For more information you can call the following numbers: (505) 22676122, (505) 8885 2263.

Map and elevations

Translated by Olga Ortiz Kurashvili