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As I’ve said before, cycling is the new trend in Guatemala. There are dozens of cycling events every week.
Today I joined a small group of riders and they took me through some rural roads of the province of Sacatepéquez, near La Antigua Guatemala.
Guatemala has an amazing terrain for this sport, there are hundreds of mountain passes and roads made and used by campesinos and they are great for mountain bikes! And the view and clean air is a plus.
Oh, and something that would only happen in Guatemala; this is the only place in the world where you can go mountain biking on one of these campesino’s dirt roads and find an ice cream truck (pickup), announcing ice cream through the loud speakers.
My bicycle was in the shop for more than two weeks and finally I got it out today.
To test its performance I went on a quick ride from Villa Nueva to Down Town Guatemala City, a healthy 10.5 miles and back.
A red sedan honks at me, passes me and makes a right turn two feet in front of me.
There is an obstacle on my way, I quickly look over my shoulder, there is a car behind me but it is far back enough for me to swirl a little bit to avoid the obstacle, but he honks at me!
I got to Sexta Avenida (Sixth Avenue) and several times people cross the street without looking and I almost bump into them.
But it was a lovely ride. Downtown looks nice, clean, Sexta Avenida is full of life and weather was perfect.
I’ll have to do it again soon.
Vuelta Ciclistica a Guatemala.
Despite its difficulties, there is a small number of people who practice Cycling. I’ve done routes where you can reach 45mph on perfect pavement, and I’ve encountered Steep Hills that have proven too much for me -yet-. And as you can see, there is a large Cycling event every year. I was lucky enough to be walking on the road where Le Tour happen to pass today.
I can not think of any other university in the country with the facilities of the San Carlos University (USAC), although it is criticized constantly you have to recognize that has areas as shown in the picture so that students and even non-students, as far as I know, can make use of the facilities for sports activities.
Located in zona 12 of Guatemala City it’s a great option to have a walk, visit the library or maybe play a tennis match.
On Avenida Simeón Cañas in zona 2 of the Guatemala City what will surely will call your attention is the radical change in architecture, there are no colonial elements found in zona 1.
At the beginning of last century for political reasons and convenience for the government of Manuel Estrada Cabrera the president of that time, decided to use this avenue for cultural and recreational events and so the area became popular at that time, the buildings were ostentatious and the area became an exclusive place.
Over 700 meters long is a pleasant place for walking and sporting activities in the surroundings. This day you could find this group of girls skating, the sport practiced demanded much effort because the ground was not at all friendly I think. It was really refreshing find a sports activity so different in the city.