Every year Chiriqui has it own international bicycle race known as Vuelta Ciclista de Chiriquí. I went down to Parque Cervantes this morning to see what I could see. The race took off at the park and went to the airport and then returned to the park. I was told that that was 8.4 km. Each participant was timed and left the park at about one minute intervals. There he goes.
Here are a couple that have been to the airport and are returning to the finish line.
This fellow is warming up. He is riding in a stationary position.
While the race was taking place, there were other activities going on at the stage in the park. There was dancing competition and there were tables set up by various universities.
Here is some of the dancers.
Here are some photos of the tables I mentioned earlier.
Tonight there are supposed to be more dancing and from what I told this will be worth seeing. I would like to see it, but I don’t know if I can. I also want to go by the Feria Cientifica,Tecnologica y Cultural before it closes. So many things to do and so little time.
Here was last years post about Vuelta Ciclista de Chiriquí.
UPDATE: In the evening, I happened to be out completing a few tasks and was stopped to allow the Vuelta Ciclista de Chiriquí participants to pass. I captured a shot from the car and decided to just park and watch a few laps.
The policeman in the photo was controlling traffic every time the cyclists were approaching. My understanding is that they were making 15 laps. Each lap was about 7.2 km and they were supposed to be traveling at about 40-45kmh.
You will see from the photos, the streets were not free of traffic. The riders had police that preceded them to clear the wau, but there were still a few cars in the middle of the race.
The following is clips from about 3 laps of the race.