Cuba finished with two medals in the women’s road race at the 2016 Pan American Road Cycling Championship. The highest ranked eligible athlete in the women’s road race qualifies her nation to that event. The Pan American Road Cycling Championship was held in San Cristobal, Venezuela from May 19th to May 21st 2016.
The women’s road race began with 46 riders. As the race progressed the leading group contained 10 riders. A sprint towards the finish line became apparent with Cuba’s Iraida Garcia Ocasio winning the race and Olympic quota with a time of 2:38:26. Her compatriot Arlenis Sierra Canadilla finished with the silver medal while Brazil’s Flavia Oliveira won the bronze medal.
While Cuba won the quota the World Rankings which will be published at the end of the month have a higher priority meaning should Cuba qualify through the rankings the next highest ranked nation here will qualify. Currently Cuba is in an excellent position to qualify through the World Rankings. The next three nations in line for the quota are Brazil, Mexico and Venezuela.
Quotas by Nations
- Cuba – 1
- UCI. Campeonato Panamericano de Ruta Women’s Elite Road Race Results. Access on May 21 2016.