The Pan American Road Cycling Championships took place in Panama and the competition awarded places to the Olympic Games in Paris 2024: it was held by the United States and Canada thanks to the victories of Skylar Schneider and Pierre-André Cot.
And American Schneider got the ticket to Paris among the women, by winning a time of two hours, 48 minutes and eight seconds, after a race of 102.4 km.
“I am very happy. The competition brought together good riders, but we knew that the cyclist to beat was Alison, because of what she did in Paris-Roubaix,” Schneider explained after the difficult test.
Canada’s Allison Jackson started as favorite after giving off the upset in the traditional Paris-Roubaix but was forced to win the silver medal, while Chile’s Catalina Soto finished off the Pan American podium.
For its part, the competition among men was at a distance of 204.8 kilometers, and the direct quota for the Olympic Games was taken over by Canadian Pierre-Andre Cot.
Clarified the Pan American champion, who needed four hours, 47 minutes and 53 seconds to cross the finish line.
Argentine cyclist Germain Nicolas Tiffany finished second at the same time that Cote and another Canadian, Charles-Etty Chrétien, finished third.
In addition to these two premium events with a place on the line for Paris 2024, the Pan American Road Cycling Championships in Panama City had events for the Junior category and Colombia was the big dominant in this category.
The Colombian delegation led the medal table with 10 medals (four gold, five silver, and one bronze), Chile took a total of seven medals (two gold, two silver, and three bronze) and the United States completed the podium with two gold medals.
It should be noted that the places obtained are not nominal and each country will determine the athlete who will represent it at the Olympic Games. Road cycling will have two disciplines: individual time trial and sprint for both men and women.
The time trial is scheduled to start on July 27, while the men’s road race will take place on August 3, and the next day it will be the women’s turn. In total there will be 180 competitors in Paris.
There are three ways to qualify for road races: the UCI Road World Rankings by Nations, the 2023 Elite Road World Championship, and the 2023 Continental Championship (excluding Europe and Oceania).