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2015 PanamChamps Finals - Photo Gallery

Mar 29, 2015
by Daniel Sie7e  
The Pan-American Championship took place this past Saturday in Cota, Colombia with athletes from over 10 countries. Almost 200 riders were enough to nearly destroy the track which on Thursday was super smooth but for Friday evening the ratholes, roots and logs were exposed making it pretty different to what riders practised the day before. At 8am riders were cleared for a warming descent, then at 11 everyone was to be at the start line. 11:05 and the race was on, first a seeding run, enough for riders to know their boundaries and see how much its possible to push.

Rafa flows trough the fastest section of the track while riders wait for their turn.

People start to gather and one can almost feel the tension in the air. Off course Marcelo is a big favorite but riders and fans know Mulally won't be easy to beat.

Neko was super smith despite the deep holes and the big layer of dust

It was nothing we hadn't seen here, big names such as Neko, Marcelo and all time local heroes as Mauricio Estrada all gathered here for what promised to be a very big show.

Mao flew all the down from New Jersey to represent the country at his home soil.

PanamChamps Finals 2015

PanamChamps Finals 2015

Marcelo was fast but not enough to take the win.

Seeding run was over and Mulally is on the hot seat with 1:47, next to him, Esteban Zuluaga from Manizales who had a clean run and in third place Marcelo Gutierrez almost 2 seconds behind. Some say he was saving the best for the finals.

Despite a tough crash in practice that morning she was the fastest

The women did and spectacular job too. Despite the hard crashes and tough terrain, the ladies proved to be very strong and determined.

PanamChamps Finals 2015

PanamChamps Finals 2015

PanamChamps Finals 2015

PanamChamps Finals 2015

Some sections were pretty similar to what one sees on the web about WC tracks so public and riders we're super happy to be part of and event this big.

PanamChamps Finals 2015

PanamChamps Finals 2015

Hundreds of people gathered to cheer for their favorite rider and try to avoid one or two flying bikes

PanamChamps Finals 2015

PanamChamps Finals 2015

PanamChamps Finals 2015

Solid rider took home bronze medal.

Some of us even got goosebumps as riders and friends went past the camera and hearing the commentator announce them to take the win. As in this case, young Colombian rider, Diego Hincapie at only 16, takes home the gold after an excellent run and being almost 2 seconds faster than Peru's Sebastian Alfaro and being 9th fastest guy that day. Both young talent are ones to look for in the next few years.

Diego goes for his first Panamerican Championship. Congrats

Neko Mulally takes the win, Followed by Local Marcelo Gutierrez and Brazil fastest Bernardo Cruz.

Neko Mulally - 1 Marcelo Gutierrez - 2 Bernardo Cruz - 3

The juniors, with times pretty similar to elites, were stoked as many of them were competing at such high level for the first time.

Diego Hincapi - 1 Sebastian Alfaro - 2 Charles Harrison - 3

Girls were quick, and this time El Salvador took home the medal.

Mariana Salazar -1 Camila Noriega - 2 Diana Margraff - 3


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2 Comments

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 @Danescob @sie7e aquí ojalà dejemos la huella de que en Colombia también tenemos DH del bueno y con pocos recursos como escenarios seguros.
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 SEVEN QUE BUENA COBERTURA!!! UN EVENTO DE MUCHO NIVEL

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