Stage Four’s reports have been published, and Rock/Creek Race Team member Jaclyn Greenhill continues to vie for the top spot in the Coastal Challenge in Costa Rica. With less than an hour separating the top women (Greenhill at 25:53, Costa Rican Ligia Madrigal at 25:22), the next few stages should be very interesting as they duke it out. Stage Four marks the midway point, so the next stages will be critical.
Jaclyn and Madrigal tied for first in Stage Three with a time of 8:50, which gave Greenhill the overall top spot for a day. According to race reports, that was the longest stage, challenging “competitors with blistering sand, cool rivers, and dusty roads before ending at the pristine coastline of Playa Ventanas.”
In the full report from Stage Three, posted on the event Web site, the race designer describes the course:
“We threw competitors a curveball with a waterfall traverse at the beginning of the course,” said Rodrigo Carazo, race designer, who set up day three so that competitors were forced to cross several rivers. “Today was another difficult trek into remote areas of Costa Rica that visitors would never see or experience on any type of tour.”
Stage Four, named “The Revenge of the Borucas,” after the original inhabitants of the area, the Borucas Indians, gave the racers up and down hill climbs that one competitor described as a “roller coaster.” You can read the full Stage Four report here.
Good luck Jaclyn!