The Pan American Cycling Confederation (COPACI) and the Panamanian Cycling Federation (FEPACI) ratified the holding of the Pan American Road Cycling Championship from April 17 to 23 in Panama City, which will have as its main attraction to deliver two direct quotas to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

This contest will bring together the best cyclists in America in the elite, sub 23 and junior, female and male categories, in the modalities of individual time trial and route. The champions of the latter will be the first classified in cycling on our continent towards the five rings joust in the French capital.

 According to the organizers, including the youth range is a novelty in this type of fair, which could increase participation up to 800 cyclists. The circuit will be located in the east of the Panamanian capital and has a distance of 12.8 kilometers (per lap) and a positive slope of 213 meters.

Likewise, this Championship will offer 19 places for men and the same number for women towards the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games, so it is predicted that the best figures from each country will attend in search of these additional prizes to be among the top three on the podium.

“At the sporting level we have grown a lot, today Panama is recognized worldwide, our greatest satisfaction is that we develop a 100% educated sport, where culture, values, integrity, education and sports development are a priority; today we make a difference and the country’s contribution is fully upright and respectful, being the venue for the Pan American Games is meritorious for the great evolution that we have developed”, commented Vicente Carretero, president of the Panamanian Cycling Federation (FEPACI).

The occasion will also serve to celebrate the Pan American Cycling Congress with the presence of all the nations belonging to COPACI, and for which the presence of the president of the International Cycling Union (UCI), David Lappartient, the presidents of the continent’s federations is confirmed. , and, as guests of honour, the president of the Spanish Cycling Federation, José Luis Cerrón, and that of Portugal, Delmino Pereira.

Source: Federación Panameña de Ciclismo y Agencia EFE