The four Costa Rican bikers traveled to the U.S. on Wednesday following the health guidelines due to the pandemic.
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Published Friday, March 5, 2021

Tico cyclists to race in the U.S.

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Four Tico hardcore mountain bikers will compete in Tennessee National, part of a series of competitions for the Tennessee National Mountain Bike Festival, announced the Costa Rican Cycling Federation, FECOCI.

Conrad Haehner, Pablo Aguilar, Ian Woodbridge and Juan Manuel Vélez will compete in the dirt bike competition, consisting of off-road racing held on enclosed off-road circuits from March 11-13 at Windrock Park in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Haehner is the current National Downhill Champion in the elite category in Costa Rica. Aguilar is National Champion in the youth category and Runner-up in the elite category. Both athletes will compete against the best athletes on two wheels from the United States and the world in the elite category such as Dakota Norton and Neko Mullaly, the current United States National Champions.

The other two bikers, Woodbridge and Vélez will compete in the Junior Expert category. Both will have their first international experience in competitions of this level, FECOCI said.

According to the federation, the United States National Champion, Mullaly, came to Costa Rica a few days ago to train and take advantage of the country's warm climate.

During his stay, Mullaly tested his prototype bike for his 2021 world season and also competed in the “El Cabuyal Classic” organized by the Costa Rican Downhill Association where he won first place, marking a difference of only 5 seconds with Haehner and Aguilar, according to the federation.

In last year’s exclusive Pro Gravity Tour USA, Aguilar competed in the Junior Expert category where he obtained fourth place.

"That track has a greater difficulty than the ones we have here in Costa Rica and is a challenge for any Costa Rican athlete who competes in that event," Aguilar said. "I consider participation in this type of competition very important, especially for the youngest, since it allows them to gain confidence and experience and evaluate their true competitive level."

He also placed ninth last year in the Junior Downhill World Championship in Austria, and won best rider among American Continent competitors such as the U.S. and Canada, the federation said.

Aguilar also competed in four World Cup races that were held in Slovenia and Portugal, where he managed to qualify on the finalist's list.

This year, Aguilar won eighth place in the Red Bull Monserrate Cerro Abajo competition in Bogotá, Colombia.

The four Costa Rican bikers traveled to the U.S. on Wednesday following the health guidelines due to the pandemic.

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