CYCLING Preview: Pan American Mountain Bike Champs start Wednesday in Aguascalientes

Mountain Bike World Cross Country champ Kate Courtney (USA)

The Mexican cycling capital of Aguascalientes, famed for its high-altitude velodrome, will be the site for the Pan American Mountain Bike Championships from Wednesday through Sunday. The schedule:

3 April: Cross Country Relay
4 April: Cross Country Eliminator
5 April: Cross Country/Juniors
6 April: Cross Country/U-23; Cross Country/Elite
7 April: International Cup Cross Country

The Cross Country (XCO) circuit is 4.65 km and rises from 1,852 m to 2,094 m in the middle of the circuit before descending. The top XCO riders in the current UCI World Rankings from Pan American countries include:

3. Henrique Avancini (BRA)
21. Christopher Blevins (USA) ~ 2018 World U-23 silver medalist
29. Luiz Henrique Cocuzzi (BRA)
40. Peter Disera (CAN)
43. Catriel Soto (ARG)

6. Kate Courtney (USA) ~ 2018 World Champion
7. Haley Smith (CAN)
8. Emily Batty (CAN) ~ 2018 World Championships bronze medalist
18. Chloe Woodruff (USA)
24. Erin Huck (USA) ~ 2018 U.S. National Champion

For the U.S., Blevins will compete in the U-23 event and U.S. champion Howard Grotts will lead the Elite men’s team.

Look for results here.