The inaugral 3 stage 2-person team race called the "El Reto del Quetzal" rolled out early Friday morning from the steamy city of San Juan Sacatepequez. The race venue included a beautiful historical rustic road near Salama known as the "colonial route" and passed through the towns of Rabinal and San Miguel Chicaj. The route included dense forests, plains, natural springs, streams, and river passages across a countryside spotted with ancient Spanish churches. The territory is inhabited by the pre-Columbian people called the poqomchies who curiously greeted the racers as they passed by.
Athletes finished the race three days and 165 miles later in the colonial town of Coban, Guatemala.
Tinker Juarez (USA) and Heiner Morales (Guatemala) raced together on team Cannondale-Bike Center and placed a strong second in the Open Men category. Tinker's brief update included how beautiful the country was and how good the competitors were. Tinker said, "It's incredibly beautiful here and it's a great race venue. I'm already looking forward to coming back next year."
Final results for the top three teams in the Open Men Category:
1 Endurance-IB: Deiber Esquivel & Yonathan Carballo (Costa Rica) 11:23:14
2 Cannondale-Bike Center: Tinker Juarez & Heiner Morales (USA & Guatemala) 12:26:54
3 Magnarealtycostarica.com: Marcelo Silva & Carlos Marin (Costa Rica) 12:45:37
Here is a link to a local report: http://www.sigloxxi.com/index.php?link=noticias¬iciaid=14871
Cannondale dealer Bike Center in Guatemala City hosted Tinker and supported the duo. Tinker's race report will be posted when he gets back in town.
Next time you're in for a real treat, visit the Bike Center and ask for Gonzolo Quevedo (contact info below).
GUATEMALA: Bike Center, S. A., 20 Calle 24-67 Zona 10, Paris Plaza, Local 2-3, Guatemala City Guatemala, tel: 502-333-4388, fax:502-333-7394, email:firstname.lastname@example.org