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The  Andrey Amador Grand Bicycle Race sports event is expected to draw over 5,000 bikers.

- Photo via Andrey Amador Grand Bicycle Race -

Costa Rica's Pacific Coast main route closes on Sunday

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Published on Friday, February 23, 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Route 27, the major road to the Pacific Coast from San José Province, will be closed to traffic on Sunday, February 25th, for the Andrey Amador Grand Bicycle Race.

According to the Ministry of Transportation, this sporting event expects to attract more than 5,000 bicyclists.

During the first part of the race, cyclists will travel roughly 42 miles on Route 27. Starting from Paseo Colón Avenue, between Central Ave. and 14th St., in San José Province to reach the toll station in Pozon District, Orotina Canton, Ajaluela Province.

The second leg of the competition will be held on the other way, from the Pozon tollbooth to Paseo Colón Avenue. This will allow thousands of racers to tour the full competition path, which is about 84 miles long.

To prevent accidents caused by vehicle traffic, officials decided to block access along the 42-mile road between Paseo Colón Avenue and the Pozon tollbooth.

Partial closures of Paseo Colón Avenue will start on Friday, February 23, at 10 p.m.  The whole shutdown is scheduled to begin at midnight on Saturday, February 24. The roadway is expected to reopen to drivers at 10 p.m. on Sunday, February 25.

Route 27 will be closed to all vehicular traffic beginning at 3:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 25. Authorities anticipate that traffic will reopen the same Sunday at 11:30 a.m.

Authorities are encouraging drivers to avoid crossing the race route due to vehicle access has been strictly forbidden.

For drivers who must travel through Paseo Colón Avenue or Route 27, there will be traffic officers enforcing detour routes during race hours.

Officers warn drivers to consider this closure schedule when planning their trip between the Pacific Coast and San José Province.

The road cycling competition honors Andrey Amador-Bikkazakova (38), a Costa Rican professional road bicycle racer.

Amador is the first Costa Rican to ever compete in the Tour de France. In 2012, he won the Giro d'Italia's hilly stage 14. In the 2016 Giro d'Italia, Amador won the stage 13. He became the first Costa Rican to lead the Grand Tour.

In 2023, he joined the EF Education-EasyPost professional cycling team, which is based in Boulder, Colorado, United States.


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