Ecuador's Vuelta al Cotopaxi was held on November 29 to 30 this year. The two-day stage race drew 400 local and international racers to compete around the Cotopaxi Volcano, the world's highest active volcano at 5,890m. Teams of two competed in men's, women's, mixed, masters and super masters categories.
Martin Saenz & Alexandra Serrano (Cikla - Birm) won the mixed pair category ahead of Angelica Ramirez & Ruben Garrido (Cikla - Specialized) and Rebecca Rusch & Greg Martin (Specialized - Redbull). Rusch, the 24 Hours of Adrenalin World Champion, made the trip south from the US to compete with her partner Martin.
"The entire race took place above 10,000 feet and topped out at around 14,000 feet," said Rusch in an emailed account of her race. "The air was extremely thin, the high mountain weather changed from intense sun to freezing rain in minutes and the course was some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen."
Galo Tamayo & Edwin Arroyo (Specialized - Bike Shop) won the men's overall pairing while Daniela Costa Tobar & Daniela Endara Gómez (Danielas) won the women's overall.
See Cyclingnews' full results from the Vuelta a Cotopaxi.