MEXICO. The Pan-American Road Cycling Championship, scheduled from May 3 to 5 in Hidalgo, will be a parameter for Mexican cyclists ahead of the 2019 Pan-American Games Lima, where the mission is to surpass the silver medal achieved in Toronto 2015.

In the modality of route, Ignacio Prado, obtained the silver in the Canadian regional appointment of four years ago and in this occasion it is presumed that it will go by his second continental attendance in the way to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

The Mexican Cycling Federation, in charge of Edgardo Hernández Chagoya, will define in the next few days the official list of the team that will go to the Hidalgo event, where the national competitors will measure the intrepid Colombians, Chilean surprise and Argentine battle.

The Guanajuatense Prado is so far the only firm rider in the national representation to fight for the podium and has earned a place thanks to its results on the road in international jousts such as the Vuelta a Guatemala, Costa Rica and of course in Mexico.

Hernández Chagoya said that the Pan American Road Championship represents an opportunity for Mexico, since it will have the best competitors in the area that will push the locals to raise their competitive level.

He indicated that after Zacatecas declined to organize the event, Hidalgo took the initiative in a fair that will award units for the Olympic ranking and we trust that the Mexicans will go to the podium and get the units. “We’re going with a team with a level for this kind of jousting. Undoubtedly, Ignacio Prado is going for his best performance and the results he has obtained recently would place him as a finalist. It is only a matter of defining who will go on the background tests and who on the counter clock”, he said.

The two thousand 400 meters above sea level in which Hidalgo is located, represents an extra for local competitors, since they know the area and that could stop the Colombians who come to defend the crown.

The sports director considered that in addition to the fair there will be an exchange platform for the UCI International Cycling Union, where Mexico has a presence in this field to analyze the development of cycling in America.

This meeting of leaders of America will be led by the president of the UCI, David Lappartient, as well as the leader of cycling in the area, the Cuban José Manuel Peláez, president of the Pan-American Cycling Confederation (Copaci). (Notimex)