More than 500 participants from different countries and regions of Colombia gathered last weekend for the second round of the Mezuena Egan Bernal International Cup on the track of the Castillo Marroquín in Chía, where exciting moments were experienced during the development of the different competition sleeves with girls and boys of all ages.
“We had participants from Mexico, Ecuador, commissioner from Argentina, girls and boys from various regions of the country. We also had new schools and clubs that had not visited us before and we are very happy to be an important platform for the development, training and union of MTB in the country. Immense thanks to our small but powerful work team at the Mezuena Foundation and of course to all the sponsors, collaborators and friends who make all this possible”, said Pablo Mazuera, Director of the Mezuena Foundation.
The event had a spectacular opening at 8:00 am with the participation of the Push Bikes, Fleas and Hares categories in a beautiful circuit decorated with pennants and surrounded by family and friends. All the children enjoyed a very pleasant time, receiving participation medals and gifts from the organization.
Subsequently, the competitions began on the short and medium tracks, on a morning accompanied by the sun, but with a wet terrain and a muddy track due to the rain that had fallen during the previous night. Hundreds of girls and boys left in numerous pre-infant and infant categories that paraded through the corridor and the finish line of the event, adorned with the logos of all the companies and brands that support our projects. Muddy but happy, the children finished their participation in their respective competitions.
The event was developed, complying with the schedules established by the organization, with the categories of ladies, recreational, enduro, university, elite and master, who opened competition on the long track. A very demanding circuit, with steep and slippery climbs, dizzying descents, natural technical components, many banked corners, rocks and pedaling sections.
Starting in the afternoon a heavy downpour fell that turned the already muddy circuit into a battlefield with large puddles and sections where it was necessary to walk because it was definitely not possible to travel on the bike. The pre-juvenile and junior categories had to overcome a very complicated circuit, but at the same time beneficial, since competing in these circumstances brings important technical components and experience to our runners, who, in high-level international events, usually have to face this type of terrain and climatic circumstances.
“I am happy because we managed to carry out a very nice event in the midst of circumstances of limited local support and a rather complex climate. Seeing all these children and families together regardless of rain or shine is comforting”, added the Director of the Mezuena Foundation.
This time those who took the victory in the Junior UCI categories after facing a challenging track lap by lap, were Shara Helena Quintero from Club Soacha Avanza and Ángel Eduardo Hernández from Ampro EBProject.
The competition will have two other stops, one of which is endorsed by the International Cycling Union. The first will be held on August 7 at the super track of the municipality of Cajicá and the last one in October, which will not be UCI.
Calendar events 2022
Event #3 – August 7 (MTB Track / Cajicá)
Event #4 – October 30 (Halloween Festival)