Cycling Mountain: Historic Qualification for Mexico at American Continental Champs

Brazil and Mexico won gold at the men’s and women’s mountain bike cross-country event respectively at the 2015 American Mountain Biking Continental Championships held from March 27th to March 29th 2015. In terms of Olympic qualification the top two nations in the men’s cross-country race qualify while the top nation in the women’s cross-country race will also qualify.

Henrique Avancini of Brazil won gold with a time of 1:34:42, 57 seconds ahead of second place Hector Paez Leon of Colombia whom secured the second quota for his country. Luis Mejia Sanchez whom is also from Colombia won the bronze.

In a historic day for Mexico Daniela Campuzano became the first female mountain biker from Mexico to qualify to the Olympics. She was able to take the gold medal with a time of 1:23:07, 58 seconds ahead of second place Erin Huck of the United States. The bronze went to Chloe Woodruff, also from the United States.

However the Olympic quotas are not set in stone because in the Olympic qualification for mountain biking the world rankings will have priority over the continental championships so if any nation qualifies through the rankings the next highest ranked nation at the continental championship will take the continental spot. Looking at the 2014 rankings Brazil will have a great chance at qualifying in the men’s event while Mexico was on the outside looking in for the women’s event. For reallocation purposes the next best ranked nations in the men’s event were Canada, Costa Rica and United States and for the women’s events they were United States, Canada and Colombia.

Quotas by Nations

  • Brazil – 1
  • Colombia – 1
  • Mexico – 1

References

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