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Astrid Samayoa Mendez • Guatemala City, Guatemala

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Astrid grew up in a town called Huehuetenango, in Guatemala, a place full of beautiful mountains. Her father inspired her passion for bicycles and has raced in cross-country, enduro, and downhill events. Downhill is her main passion which she discovered when she was almost 30 years old. She has attended two Pan American downhill championships, one in Peru and the other in Colombia and also participated in Trans BC enduro in Canada.

Lately, she has stopped competing due to the high demand between work and studying for a degree in clinical psychology. She is a food engineer and works in a family bakery. She still attends a few races now and then just for fun. The last one she did was the Megavalanche race in Alpe d'Huez, France. She loves the sense of community and fun that comes with mtb, loves the feeling of being outdoors, and the learning that comes with mountain biking.


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