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Pan American Continental Championships 2013 - Jacqueline Harmony

 
Pan American Continental Championships 2013 - Jacqueline Harmony
Pan American Continental Championships 2013 - Jacqueline Harmony
Pan American Continental Championships 2013 - Jacqueline Harmony
Pan American Continental Championships 2013 - Jacqueline Harmony
Pan American Continental Championships 2013 - Jacqueline Harmony
Pan American Continental Championships 2013 - Jacqueline Harmony
Pan American Continental Championships 2013 - Jacqueline Harmony
 
April 24, 2013 - 
 

Dante and I had the great pleasure of attending the Pan American Continental Championships in Tucuman, Argentina. We got a chance to experience some of the best Dulce De Leche Crepes and some of the worst flooding from torrential rains in Buenos Aires before we met up with the rest of the U.S. DH team for the final leg of the journey out to the Tucuman. The race course came down a grazing, high desert, field outside the town of Tafi De Valle. It was somewhat similar to Napa Valley dirt (Excellent wines come from this region) and the soil dried up exceptionally well. The course started off with a few turns and little drops, through the tunnel of love (Basically the only two trees on the side of the course that formed a tunnel) then onto a section that was rough, rocky and steep, and finished off with a couple drops and a nice road gap.

The first day of practice was a bit slippery from rain, however by the next day all the dirt dried up and by race day the dirt was loose and drifty. The Phoenix did its job of hooking up in the corners and floating over the rocks. It is so easy to become comfortable on any trail with our new bikes and we could be more pleased to be on them. With the short course and the stacked Elite men's field, Dante flew through the finish with a respectable 38th place, improving on his qualification run by about a full second. Jackie knew here competition was fierce and was able to eek her way to the top spot on the podium with a 2.58 second lead. The Downhill course was separated from the XC venue, podiums and doping by about 10 miles so immediately after Jackie's winning run she was whisked away and the rest of the U.S. Team missed her podium.

 

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