American mountain bike all-rounder Marla Streb (Luna Chix) fell in love with Costa Rica five years ago, so much so that she and her husband moved there in 2007 with plans to launch Marla Streb Mountain Bike Skills Camp. A handful of women's only camps are scheduled for 2009, with 12 camps scheduled in all.
"I was turned on to Costa Rica when I raced La Ruta for the first time, about five years ago," Streb told BikeRadar. "I thought it would be a perfect place to start building mountain bike trails to really get into the jungles. So I moved here about two years ago and have been building up the trails and the business, on top of racing with Luna."
According to Streb, the very pregnant Luna X-Racer and her team of pro riders have been plugging away with their machetes in the jungle, building trails and stunts. Streb's adventurous camp is all-inclusive, "so you're taken care of for three days and four nights," she said.
"No need to travel with a fancy full-suspension bike, that's included. It looks like we'll be riding Orbea Occams, although we haven't sealed the deal yet," she added. "Camps include comfy lodging, breakfast/lunches/beer, ziplines, surfing, yoga, etc.
"One of the other pro riders/coaches is Jorge Munoz (Sho-Air), a Tico (local) pro dirtjumper/cross-country racer who has been in the X-Games. I also have Gene Hamilton slotted for a few winter camps. A couple others have helped with the trails/jumps."
Streb, eight months pregnant with child number two, told BikeRadar spots are available throughout 2009. Individual rates start at US$810, with discounts for groups.
For more information, visit www.strebmountainbikecostarica.com.