The Mexicans and Pan American monarchs, Gerardo Ulloa Arévalo and Daniela Campuzano Chávez Peón shone this Sunday in the XXI Florida UCI C1 Mountain Cycling Classic, which took place in Florida, Puerto Rico, as part of the qualifying process for the Olympic Games Paris 2024.
Both mountain bikers are looking for their passport to the Central American and Caribbean Games San Salvador 2023 to curb the title obtained in the Barranquilla 2018 event, where they came out with favorite forecasts to win the tough Cross Country test and they achieved it.
A fast and muddy track in some sections of the five laps made it a bit difficult for the competitors to act. However, the man from Guanajuato had no problem winning the first competition of the year, registering a time of 1:33.42 hours for the gold medal.
The silver was in the hands of the local Georwill Pérez (1:34.50) and the bronze for the Canadian Leandre Bouchard (1:37.23), the also Mexican Esteban Herrera came in 11th place with 1:49.37.
Gerardo Ulloa faced the XCE world champion, the French Titouan Perrin-Ganier, as well as the runner-up of the world, the Canadian Simon Gegenheimer, who gave an extra to the competition.
As for the women’s sector, Daniela Campuzano from Hidalgo demonstrated her level in the Puerto Rican land by climbing to the top of the podium with a time of 1:37.33 hours, while the second place medal went to Canadian Emily Batty with 1: 38.27 and the bronze for the also Mexican Monserrath Rodríguez with 1:39.38, while the fourth place went to her compatriot Carolina Flores with 1:42.23 and in the Junior women’s category, Yosselin Morales seized the gold.
After this first date, the competitors will continue their journey in the second event, in the HC level Tropical MTB Challenge to be held from the 23rd to the 26th of this month and will continue with the C1 level Puerto Rico MTB Cup on March 4 and 5. next.