The third round of the Copa Chile Jeep 2008 mountain bike series will head to Cajón del Maipo in Santiago, Chile, October 18-19. Cross country races will be held Saturday and downhill races on Sunday. 300 racers are expected on Saturday and 400 on Sunday.
The race is just one of three UCI category one mountain bike events in South America. Pan American champion Cristóbal Silva leads the series, but will have to defend it against a host of foreign riders expected to attend. In the elite women's race, Bernadita Pizarro will return to competition and be among the favorites.
After a serious crash in round two in La Serena earlier this month when he broke his femur, Chilean national champion Antonio Leiva will not be racing the downhill, leaving the race wide open for his competitors.
"The Pan American Championship will be held here, so the construction of the track will be at the highest level," said promoter Thomas Hardy.