Guatemala will host the Pan American Mountain Bike Championships as the games visit Central America for the first time.  Drawing on the region’s growing popularity as a mountain bike destination, the Guatemalan Cycling Federation is excited to welcome the world’s best riders to the event.

12 countries have reportedly confirmed their attendance already, and the Games will give riders a chance to boost their UCI ranking with points on the line, helping them boost national rankings as they compete for spots in the 2012 Olympics.

Race action is expected to be broadcast live via video on the event website (which is in all Spanish with no “translate” button…and Google’s Translate messed up the page layout when we tried.)  Give it a whirl at

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