This year the Pan-American Championship takes place in Cota, Cundinamarca, about 45 minutes from Bogota, Colombia's capital city. With many riders from the whole continent, the race is set-up to be a great spectacle. Local riders such as Marcelo Gutierrez from Giant-OffRoad-Team, hope to take the win this year on home terrain.
Although not as long as a WC course, no rider has complained about it. Plenty of roots, dust and jumps make up for a great race with the best riders from across the America's.
We are expecting dust, dust and more dust for the weekend.
Marcelo looks solid as usual and is the favorite to take the win.
But his younger brother, Rafa looks fast and is confident enough to challenge his brother.
Sebastian Alfaro from Chile is one to look for this weekend.
Neko doesn't seem to be all too stressed.
Deep brake bumps, dusty turns and technical drops basically define this years course
Last day of practice was rough on the riders as well as the bikes. The track changed a lot during the day because there's no way to compact the soil so deep ruts were made and lines changed constantly. Because of this. many riders were left with minor injuries such as broken collarbones and fingers, but some were strong enough to keep riding despite a broken thumb, which is the case of Quidio rider Johnny Betancourth.
The ones to look for in the elite category are, defending champion Marcelo Gutierrez, Bernardo Cruz from Brazil, Neko Mulally from USA among others.
Bernardo Cruz on the final section of the track.