Mexico's Women Sprint Cyclists Charge for Paris Gold

Mexico's women's sprint cycling team secures Olympic qualification. Daniela Gaxiola, Jessica Salazar, Yuli Verdugo credit teamwork and meticulous training for success. Coach Ivan Ruiz Munoz plans pre-season at CNAR and abroad to chase Olympic medals in Paris.

Mexico's Women Sprint Cyclists Charge for Paris Gold
Daniela Gaxiola returned from the tour of the United States and Canada with important achievements. Credit: CONADE

The national women's sprint team in track cycling, made up of Daniela Gaxiola, Jessica Salazar and Yuli Verdugo, returned to Mexico after obtaining the pass to the Olympic Games once the qualifying period for the summer competition concluded with the Pan American Championships in Los Angeles, United States and the Nations Cup of the specialty in Milton, Canada,

After their arrival, the riders immediately began planning for the next three months with the goal of arriving at their best competitive moment of the season to Paris 2024 and aspire to a good result.

“I close well and with good feelings in my legs, as well as in results, I am very happy with the whole team, we are working to do better and better, we have no doubt that soon we will be working with the mind focused on Paris 2024 where we are excited to arrive because we want to be fighting for the medals in the final,” said Daniela Gaxiola.

“We have a work team that has seen small details so that we can be in better conditions before, during and after each competition, for example, the aerodynamic part of the uniforms makes the difference to have a better performance with those few thousandths that are needed to win, then in those little things we are being supported so that we can achieve our goals,” she added.

Competitions such as the World Championship, Pan American Championship and the Nations Cup series were part of the cycle to score points that allowed the Mexican team to position itself in the qualification zone during a process that lasted almost two years and earned them fifth place in the Olympic ranking after accumulating 6,592.5 points.

For her part, Jessica Salazar shared that during each date in the season they were improving aspects individually and as a group, which resulted in a better performance on the slopes to have important results.

“What we liked most about this season is that we were improving our level in each competition, in marks, as well as the confidence and integration of the team that we have been looking for a long time to be competitive and look for medals,” explained Salazar Valles.

The next step for the sprinters led by national coach Ivan Ruiz Muñoz, is to concentrate on the summer competition with a preseason cycle that will take place in the National Center for Development of Sports Talents and High Performance (CNAR), as well as in other venues outside the country.

“We are going to meet with the entire technical area and multidisciplinary team to determine what our strategy will be, that is to say, we must have step by step and point by point well-defined the temporality both in the logistics and training programming, which is what dictates this whole process. We have a pre-designed camp program with part in the CNAR, most probably in Los Angeles and finally in Europe,” said Ruiz.