Tinker checked in tonight and he was in good spirits and is ready for the race tomorrow. His weapon of choice is the Cannondale Carbon Flash equipped with a triple chain ring and Kenda Dred Tred tires - perfect for the brutal climbs and pasty mud expected for the next four days. We will post updates and race reports for the next four days so keep checking back. Also check the team website for videos, stories, photos, and updates: www.monavie-cannondale.com.
Tinker and the rest of the MonaVie-Cannondale team spent part of the day visiting a local Costa Rican Children's Hospital where they got a chance to talk with some of the children and hand out hats and t-shirts. The whole team was so happy to be able to meet everyone. They will raise funds for the children through the sell of Costa Rican coffee and a raffle for an all expense trip to the 2010 La Ruta de los Conquistadores race to raise money for the children, who mostly are battling cancer. Anyone can donate and buy tickets on the www.MonaVie-Cannondale.com website so check it out when you get time. The team posted a great video and a story about the visit.
Tinker mentioned there were some changes in the sanctioning with the Costa Rican Cycling Federation. Cyclingnews.com has a good write up about it here: La Ruta & Federation Battle
www.Bikeradar.com has a great preview here: Preview (not sure why the title is '2010'??)