Costa Rica News – An impressive 87-year-old Tico is to travel the country from border to border by bike.
The total distance will be 572 kilometers and it will be done over six days, from Paso Canoas to Peñas Blancas.
The man, Javier Barrantes, is a neighbor of Ciudad Cortés, in Osa. His trip will start on Friday. He has done many recreational races and cycling competitions before. His son, age 57, will accompany him in the bike tour. They have been partners in riding.
They have gone annually, since 2014, from Ciudad Cortés to Santa Cruz by bike to visit family. Javier says he felt very good on those trips. He calls it a “golden dream,” because getting to Santa Cruz was a dream and golden because of his age.
Javier is dedicating this next ride to the Costa Rican Gerontological Association. It’s a team effort, with one son riding with him and another driving a motorcycle in front and yet another driving a bus in back.
His wife also goes along and cooks for him. He thinks, “the more the merrier.” He will also be accompanied by the national ex-cyclist Efrén Castillo, 65 years old.