And that's a wrap!

It was not a fairy-tale year for Cannondale Factory Racing riders, Ben Sonntag and Alex Grant.  Last year, the riders took the top-2 positions. This year, 7th and 8th Overall.  Ever the professionals, the athletes congratulated this year's champions and celebrated their successful completion of the brutal event. 

One of the most challenging races on the planet, La Ruta incorporates an un-godly amount of climbing, with many teetering over 23% gradient.  Add deep mud, river crossings and other unforeseen obstacles, and you have a truly epic event. 

Next year, we see the black and green back on top!

Sonntag maneuvers a challenging climb.

Grant lifts his featherweight Scalpel for another river crossing on Day 4.