Day 4 of La Ruta de los Conquistadores brought more challenges, this time around, in the form of a Volcano.

Grant was without his trusty teammate, Ben Sonntag, all day as the 2010 race leader had a rough 24 hours. 

"All I can say is that I finished today," Said Sonntag.  "I had some stomach issues last night and this morning.  I was hoping it wouldn't effect me, butthehre was a big hollow of emptiness in my legs today and I had to soft-pedal."  Despite the sickness, Sonntag holds the 9th place position in the General Classification.

Riding solo proved challenging for Grant, as did his foreigner status.  "With all the mud and fog, it was hard to let it rip on the descents.  The leaders put a few minutes on me - local knowledge helps," he said. 

As a side note, the Cannondale Factory Racing crew is accompanied by Cannondale Sales Representative, Matt Ohran.  He has been providing race support and traversing the course aboard a rickety motorcycle with tires that are most definitely not made for mud.  "There are many places that are not passable.  There is slippery mud everywhere.  I have to figure out how to get around and hook back onto the course.  I got lost twice today...In the jungle of Costa Rica."

Check out the video of Day 3 here:

Stay tuned for tomorrow's video and update!
 
Grant tearing it up on one of the road climb portions.
Powerful legs, powerful bike.
Going up.  Again.