The Medalla Light Ultimate Dirt Challenge will happen this weekend on March 25 in Rincon, Puerto Rico. It is the only class one UCI race in Latin America; with its points and warm weather, it is expected to draw many top racers from North America.
Last year, more than 300 racers and 2,500 spectators converged upon the island. Already confirmed for the women's cross country are Americans Mary MacConneloug (Team Kenda Seven), Heather Irmiger (Team Subaru-Gary Fisher), and Kelli Emmett (Team Giant), and Chilean Francisca Campos (Team Zenith), and Mexican Lorenza Morfin (Team Turbo).
For the men, look for Americans Todd Wells (Team Hyundai-GT), Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Team Subaru-Gary Fisher), Adam Craig (Team Giant), Jeremiah Bishop (Team Trek-Volkswagen), and Michael Broderick (Team Kenda Seven) and Mexicans Octavio Vicente Chetto (Team Alubike) and Ignacio Torres Acosta to vye for the podium.
This year, a dirt jump contest will add to the action. Dirt Jumpers Cameron Zink (Haro Freeride Team), Kyle Strait (Team Specialized), Jamie Goldman, Adam Hauck (Team Black Market), Nate Adams (Team Santa Cruz), Carter Holland (Team Black Market), and Cameron McCaul (Team Trek) are international riders who will mix it up with locals Pedro "Pulito" Marrero (Marrero Guaynabo Ciclomundo), Christian Reyes (Ponce Ciclomundo), Alejandro Cortes (Ponce Ciclomundo), Anthomy Vazquez, Orlando Fuentes (San Juan Ciclomundo), and Victor Figueroa (Guaynabo Ciclomundo).