The Pan American Cycling Confederation will be represented at the Unified Cycling World Championship that begins in two days in Glasgow 2023 by almost all the nations that comprise it. Here we offer the rosters of three powerful Latino squads: Colombia, Ecuador and Costa Rica.
Colombia will be competing with 63 athletes in nine of the 13 modalities called for the UCI Grand World Championship. They can be seen on the Road, the Track, BMX Racing, BMX Freestyle, Mountain Bike in the modalities of Cross Country, Marathon and Downhill, and Paracycling on track and road, thanks to the support of the Ministry of Sports and Colombian La Our.
On the route there will be 21 athletes who will take part in the competitions that will take place on August 5 and 6, in the case of time trials, and from 8 to 13 in long-distance events, with names such as those of Rigoberto Urán and Harold Tejada, who arrive after competing in the Tour de France; Santiago Buitrago, who has just won a stage in the Giro d’Italia; Paula Patiño, who is competing in the Women’s Tour de France, and Diana Carolina Peñuela, who will seek her second Women’s Tour of Colombia title this week.
There will be six athletes in track cycling: Kevin Santiago Quintero, world bronze medalist at the Saint-Quentin En Yvelines event in 2022; Martha Bayona, national speed figure in the UCI Nations Cup season, as well as Santiago Ramírez, Cristian Ortega and Carlos Daniel Echeverry.
For its part, in BMX Racing, 12 athletes were summoned in the Championship category, in elite, Sub-23 and junior, on a payroll headed by the Olympic medalists Mariana Pajón and Carlos Ramírez; who will be accompanied by Diego Alejandro Arboleda, Mateo Carmona, Juan Camilo Ramírez and Gabriela Bolle in elite.
For the first time, Colombia will be present in a World Championship in the BMX Freestyle modality, with Queen Saray Villegas and Luis Rincón, who will be participating in the park modality, while in Mountain Bike, the list will have 12 names, of which three they will compete in the marathon, with the double world champion (2019-2020) Leonardo Páez; the 2021 world runner-up and recent national champion, Diego Arias, and Mónica Calderón, national and Pan-American champion of the specialty; that they will be together with Valentina Roa and Sebastián Holguín; who will participate in the downhill, in addition to seven runners in the Olympic cross country, including Jhonnatan Botero, Central American and Caribbean champion in El Salvador, and Ana María Roa, bronze medalist in San Salvador and national champion of the modality .
Finally, on the track and the paracycling route, the national team will be made up of 10 athletes, eight of whom are part of category C, with names such as Carolina Munévar (C2), Paula Ossa (C5), Diego Dueñas ( C4), Alejandro Perea (C3) and Juan José Betancourt (T2), as well as a tandem, formed by Nelson Javier Serna and his guide Marvin Angarita (B).
Jhonatan Narváez will be the leader of Ecuador in the Glasgow World Cup
The Carchense Richard Carapaz had planned to attend the World Championship on the road, on August 6, but he will not be able to participate, due to his fall in the Tour de France. The leader of the Ecuadorian team will be Jhonatan Narváez.
The Ecuadorian Cycling Federation (FEC) had formed an important roster with Carapaz, Jhonatan Narváez, Jonathan Caicedo and Alexander Cepeda. Now, the payroll will only be three runners.
The FEC will take a delegation of 18 people to Glasgow: 12 cyclists and six including mechanics, trainers, physiotherapy and logistics.
Miryam Núñez will attend a World Cup for the second time, after his participation in 2015. While Kevin Navas will go for the first time, after getting his place in the Pan American in Panama and winning the place directly.
This is the Ecuadorian team that will run in the World Cup: Elite men’s route: Jhonatan Narváez, Jonathan Caicedo and Alexander Cepeda; Youth route: Kevin Navas; Elite ladies route: Miryam Núñez; MTB elite ladies: Michela Molina; BMX racing elite men: Alfredo Campo, Wilson Goyes; BMX racing men Sub 23: Pedro Benalcázar; BMX racing elite ladies: Doménica Azuero; BMX racing ladies Sub 23: Doménica Mora; BMX-freestyle: Jonathan Camacho.
Costa Rica in the World Cycling Championship in Scotland
Costa Rica will have a total of 13 representatives in the Cycling World Cup to be held in Glasgow, Scotland starting on August 5.
In road cycling, the elite representative will be Jason Huertas, while Dylan Jiménez, Josue Salas, Alejandro Granados and Ricardo Aguilar will travel in sub 23.
“The idea is that the experience that these riders have gained in Spain can be applied in the World Cup, we also have to give them the space and opportunity to show themselves and gain relevance in their teams, we have to see the weather, we have already studied the routes and it is very important that our riders score points in this competition”, said Yurandir Leandro, coach of the Road Cycling Team.
In mountain biking, the Costa Rican participation will be Luis Aguilar and Joseph Ramírez, both runners in the under 23 category.
For its part, the BMX Freestyle will have representation of three riders: Kenneth Tencio, Gamaliel Osegueda and Derek Solano, in addition Sebastián Chavez will represent the country in the modality of BMX Racing or Bicicross.
Finally, in para-cycling the participants who will travel to Scotland will be Henry Raabe and Dax Jaikel.
“The idea is to add points to win a place in the Paris 2024 Games, we hope to have the best result and add points for the Games in Santiago that will be at the end of the year,” added Marco Taylor, in charge of para-cycling.