Guatemala’s annual cycle race, the ‘Vuelta a Guatemala’, has been declared part of the country’s Intangible Cultural Heritage by the ministry of culture and sports.
The race, held annually since 1957, takes place between the months of October and November, and forms part of the International Cycling Union’s America Tour, which also includes events in Argentina, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Uruguay, the US and Venezuela.
The 2018 edition covered a course totaling 1,008km over 10 stages, and which was won by Guatemalan cyclist Alfredo Ajpacajá, with his compatriots Manuel Rodas and Jonathan de León in second and third place respectively, while Colombia’s Yeison Rincón was crowned King of the Mountains.
A total of 19 teams participated in last year’s race, from Guatemala, Costa Rica, Mexico, the Netherlands and Peru. This year’s race starts on October 23.