The 2019 Pan American Mountain Biking Championships concluded today with Olympic quotas being available in the two cross-country events. The highest ranked eligible nations in the men’s and women’s cross-country event qualify a quota to the Olympics. The Pan American Mountain Biking Championship was held in Aguascalientes, Mexico from April 3rd to April 6th 2019.
The women’s cross-country event was won by the 2018 world champion, Kate Courtney of the United States whom was a class above the rest of the field. Also, medaling was her compatriot Erin Huck and Mexico’s Daniela Campuzano whom won the silver and bronze medals respectively.
The men’s cross-country event was a lot closer with the lead changing multiple times between Canada’s Raphael Gagne and Mexico’s Geraldo Ulloa. In the end, Gagne was able to take the lead during the final lap and win with a time of 1:25:47, 16 second ahead of Ulloa. The bronze medal was won by Colombia’s Fabio Castaneda.
As a reminder, the Olympic Nation Rankings will have priority over the continental championships so while Canada and the United States may currently hold the qualification quotas, the quotas may eventually be transferred to other nations should they qualify through the rankings. The next continental qualification event in mountain biking will be in Africa, to be held in Namibia next week.
Update: With the release of the Olympic Nation Rankings, the quota has been transferred to Mexico for both genders.