In all, around 1,800 registrations were completed in the opening stage of the competition, which takes place between Friday and Sunday (14th and 16th), at the Grande Hotel Termas de Araxá

The Araxá stage of the International Mountain Bike Cup, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this week, has everything to be, in fact, a historic moment. If it depends on the number of participants, this is already a certainty. There are 1,361 registered cyclists, totaling around 1,800 entries made for the event (this is because more than 200 athletes compete in two or three races in the event), a historic record for the most traditional race in Latin American mountain biking. All this information is available on the race registration website ( Ticket Sports ).

The competition officially starts on Friday (14) and continues until Sunday (16), bringing together national and international highlights. In the three days there will be a live transmission from the CIMTB: on Friday and Saturday (15) all the tests will be transmitted on Instagram ( b ). On Sunday, while the first heat of the day will have flashes on Instagram @cimtb, the starts at 10 am, 12 pm and 2 pm will be broadcast on GE Triângulo ( gulo -mineiro/ ) and on YouTube from the CIMTB ( ) .

Inside the tracks, athletes of great international weight will be competing for three days, in competitions that add important points in the Olympic and world rankings. So, whoever wants to be at the Paris 2024 Olympics needs to perform well in Araxá, which is the national event that offers the most points in the two rankings of the UCI (International Cycling Union), a total of 170 points to the elite champions after three races: Friday’s Short Track (XCC), Saturday’s Olympic Cross Country and Sunday’s XCO Hors Class (HC).

Argentina Agu Apaza during training this Wednesday (Credit: Alemão Silva/CBMM)

Among the Brazilians, Raiza Goulão, Isabella Lacerda, Karen Olimpio, Hercilia Najara, Letícia Cândido, Henrique Avancini, José Gabriel Marques, Luiz Cocuzzi, Guilher Muller, Nicolas Machado, Ulan Galinski, among others, are confirmed. From abroad, candidates are also at the height of their quest for victories: among women, the Argentineans Agustina Apaza, Ines Gutierrez, Pilar Adoue, the Chilean Pilar Corvalan, the Colombian Yosiana Quintero and the Ecuadorian Michela Molina; among the men, the favorites are the Argentine Catriel Soto, the Chilean Martin Vidaurre, the Colombians Jhonnatan Botero, Juan Monroy, Jerónimo Botero, and the Mexican Gerardo Ulloa.

Athletes are already in Araxá
Some of the main teams are already in Araxá, training for the competition. The cyclists from the Argentine national team were the first to arrive in the municipality, and some of them have been riding on the circuit since Monday (10). “Coming back here is always a joy. Being able to be here on a later date. For me it is the best race in Latin America”, highlighted Agustina Apaza.

“I wasn’t here last year and this year I found a very different track. The layout resembles the World Cup (in Brazil, in Petrópolis) last year. A very demanding track, but a lot of fun. I’m happy and prepared, knowing that the track will be one of the demands, while the other will be the pace of the women’s competition. The Brazilians are very strong”, added Agustina

Among the Brazilians who have already trained on the circuit, the highlight is the current champion of the International Mountain Bike Cup, José Gabriel from Minas Gerais, and the athlete from the neighboring city of Patrocínio, Nicolas Machado. “I did my first reconnaissance of the circuit this Wednesday morning (12). He hasn’t changed much from 2022, but this year’s weather conditions are totally different. The track is a show”, commented José Gabriel. “The 20th anniversary of the stage will be celebrated, on a track that is sensational. The public will come in force, that is, it will be a show for everyone”, said Nicolas.

Current two-time champion of CIMTB, José Gabriel during training (Credit: Alemão Silva/CBMM)

Thursday’s schedule
The event’s schedule starts on Thursday (13), with the CIMTB Technical Clinic from 10 am to 4 pm. The activity will only be for coaches who make an appointment in advance and, thus, they will be able to access the track, along with their athletes. To gain access to the track, the coach must take the plates from the technical clinic with the organization at the event location and attach them to all participating bikes. Each coach will be able to study the track with their athletes for a maximum period of 2 hours, thus giving space for other coaches to also work with their students/athletes on the track.

Schedule of races in the stage
As of Friday (14th), more than 50 starts for 46 CIMTB categories will begin, during the three days of the event. The first day of competitions is marked by the Short Track (XCC) heats. While the promotional categories start at 2 pm, the female super elite takes to the track at 3:30 pm and the male super elite shortly after, at 4:30 pm. Official training takes place from 10 am to 4 pm on this day, for Marathon, XCC and XCO.

On Saturday (15), three more heats. The first one at 8:20 am, with the E-Bikes disputes. At 10:20 am, the second race for the super elites takes place, with the Olympic Cross Country (XCO) class 1. The last start of the day starts at 2:00 pm, for the Marathon, in its 15 categories. XCO free training is from 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm, but the use of the Marathon section is not allowed.

On Sunday, 22 categories will start to close the schedule inside the tracks in style, with heats at 8 am (Men – Sub17, Sub15, ULTRA, Sub55, Sub60, Sub65, Over65, Sub12), 10 am (Men – Sub30, Sub35, Sub40, Sub45 and Sub50), 12h (Women – Super Elite, UCI Junior Series, Sub17, Sub15, Sub40, Sub50, Over50, Sub12) and 14h (Men – Super Elite and UCI Junior Series).

Off-track programming

The schedule of activities for the event outside the tracks also starts on Thursday (13) from 5 pm, when the Technical Congress of the stage takes place, at the CIMTB Podium. Soon after, in the same place, there will be three lectures: 5:30 pm, “Development of the Pan American MTB” with Charles Evans from the UCI World Cycling Center; 6:30 pm, “The story of reinventing life”, with Ilson Jr; and at 8:00 pm, “Fé Latina, a bike ride through Latin America”, with Beto Ambrosio.

On Friday (14), the program takes place throughout the afternoon: 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm, photo/autograph session with Julien Absalon at the CBMM stand; 2 pm to 3:15 pm, presentation by the artist Karcocha, traveling venue; 5:00 pm to 5:30 pm, launch of SRAM AXS – A Transmissão dos Sonhos, on the CIMTB podium; and from 6:15 pm to 8:30 pm, the first show of the event with Banda Vinith, from Araxá, at CBMM.

Saturday (15) is when there will be the greatest number of attractions outside the runway: 8 am to 10 am, Ballooning Experience, in SECTOR C; 12:00 to 1:15 pm, Karcocha Street Art, itinerant; 1pm to 2pm, Show Vitor Fagundes (Araxá – MG) at CBMM; 2 pm to 3:15 pm, Karcocha Street Art, itinerant; 2pm to 4pm, Show Johnny Go! (Araxá – MG) at CBMM; 4:00 pm to 4:30 pm, autograph/photo session with Julien Absalon at CBMM; 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm, Show Manga Rosa Quarteto (Araxá – MG) on the Festival Stage; 6 pm to 7 pm, Show Black Jack 21 (Uberlândia – MG) on the Festival Stage; 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Show Miltons (Araxá – MG) on the Festival Stage; and from 9 pm to 10 pm, Show Jefferson Gonçalves and Bitencourt Duo invites Nanda Moura (Rio de Janeiro – RJ) on the Festival Stage.

On Sunday (16), the closing day of the event, more shows and experiences: 8 am to 10 am, Ballooning Experience in SECTOR C; 10am to 11am, itinerant Kika no Cerrado (Araxá – MG) presentation; 10:00 to 10:30 am, autograph/photo session with Julien Absalon at CBMM; 11 am to 12:30 pm, Show BÊJAZZ (Araxá – MG) invites: traveling Uberland Street Band (Uberlândia – MG); 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm, Show Vitor Fagundes (Araxá – MG) at CBMM; 2 pm to 3:30 pm, Show BÊJAZZ (Araxá – MG) invites: Mississippi Devils (Ribeirão Preto – SP) itinerant; and 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm, Piano Rock Show (Araxá – MG) at CBMM.

Live broadcast programming

Friday – 04/14/2023
2pm – XCC promotional heats – Instagram @CIMTB
3:30pm – Women’s Super Elite at XCC – Instagram @CIMTB
4:30pm – Men’s Super Elite at XCC – Instagram @CIMTB

Saturday – 04/15/2023
8:20 am – Start and arrival of the E-Bike Batteries – Instagram @CIMTB
10:20 am – Super Elite Women and Men at XCO – Instagram @CIMTB
2:00 pm – Marathon Start – Instagram @CIMTB

Sunday – 04/16/2023
8:00 am – Heat 1 of the day – Instagram @CIMTB
10 am – Heat 2 of the day – and YouTube CIMTB
12:00 – and YouTube CIMTB
2:00 pm – and YouTube CIMTB

About CBMM
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About SRAM
SRAM LLC is a bicycle component manufacturer based in Chicago, Illinois, United States, founded in 1987. SRAM is an acronym that includes the names of its founders, Scott, Ray and Sam, based on the dream of creating a funniest, most efficient and fastest experience on a bike. Today, the SRAM group is made up of a global team of people who share the same passion for improving the experience and expanding the potential of cycling, with brands such as TIME, RockShox, Truvativ, Quarq and Zipp. More information:

History of the CIMTB
The organization of the CIMTB held its first race in 1996. Since then, it has been innovating and actively contributing to the growth and strengthening of mountain biking and the bicycle market in Brazil. Counting points for the International Cycling Union (UCI) world rankings since 2004, the CIMTB has been selective for the Olympic Games in the Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016, Tokyo 2020 and Paris 2024 cycles. its international relevance, with the holding of the opening stage of the 2022 Mercedes-Benz Mountain Bike World Cup, in Petrópolis. In addition, it was responsible for building the mountain bike track for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, considered one of the best in the history of the Games since 1996, the first year of MTB in the Olympics.

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