Next friday we will have one of the coolest race ever in Guatemala, Central America, a 3 day race, check the web site http://elretodelquetzal.com/ this will be the 4th edition and it keeps getting better and better, I am new to MTB but I would like to train in order to do it next year, check it out and let me know yout thoughts
El Reto Del Quetzal is an endurance mountain bike race during which each athlete will be able to put their abilities to the maximum test. The race is designed for teams of two or individual in which each team or participant must pass through each checkpoint (CP) together and in a certain amount of time to be determined. If team members fail to stay together or reach the CP in the designated cut-off time, they will be removed from the official ranking but will be permitted to continue in the race
El Reto is a three day stage race. The race will start in Antigua Guatemala and finishes three days later in Retalhuleu. At the end of the three days, accumulated times will be added up to determine the final results.
El Reto Del Quetzal has been designed for cyclist that is physically and mentally prepared. Riders will witness beautiful landscapes as they pass through mountains, tropical rain forests, and active volcanoes of Quetzaltenango. The race course has various different types of terrain, from gravel, asphalt, single tracks, and forest.
Each stage of the race will feature two checkpoints where medical assistance, food and drinks will be provided to each athlete. Fruit, water, sandwiches, energy bars and energy drinks will be supplied at each checkpoint.
El Reto Del Quetzal offers four categories: Open Mens, Mixed, Masters A (the sum of ages must be +80 years) and Masters B (the sum of ages must be +90 years). These will be the official categories if and only a minimum of 5 teams sign up for each category. Individuals under 18 years of age will not be allowed to participate.
Prizes will be rewarded at the end of each stage to winners of that day. The leader of the race will also receive a prize daily. Jerseys will be given daily to the winners of each stage as well as the leader of the general classification. The winners of the general classification will receive a cash prize at the end of the race. The rest of the winners will receive other great prizes and surprises.
The race El Reto Del Quetzal was created to satisfy the hunger of extreme athletes and to share the beauty of our Guatemala.
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