Cross Country Cycling

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Type Of Event
Start Date
Saturday, 8 Apr, 2023

  • 140 miles race
  • Over 100 cyclists
  • Biggest cycling race in Belize
About Event

Annual Cross Country Cycling Race in Belize

Initiated in 1928, the Cross Country Cycling Race has evolved into a symbolic and traditional aspect of Belize. In the early days of 1928, curious and enthusiastic Belizeans took it upon themselves to travel west of the country on their bikes through bumpy, unpaved, dirt roads. From this expedition to San Ignacio Town, the famous annual Cross Country Cycling Race was born after the first award was given to the fastest racer. Approximately ninety years later, it has been one of the biggest and most anticipated cycling races of the year by spectators and cyclists.

Every year, experienced and amateur cyclists join the race in hopes of breaking the national record for the fastest time and winning coveted prizes. Starting at 6:00 a.m., each participant’s stamina and skills will be put to the test as they speed from Belize City to San Ignacio Town and make their return to Belize City.

2023 Cross Country Cycling Race in Belize

Let the festivities continue! As we approach Easter time, Belizeans and travelers all over the world are anticipating the annual Cross Country Cycling Classic being held on Holy Saturday, April 8, 2023. Like the La Ruta Maya Canoe Race, the Cross Country Cycling Race is locally and internationally recognized as one of Belize’s most vigorous and competitive races. Audiences from all over Central America, South America, North America, and, even, Europe come to Belize to witness cyclists competitively pedal themselves to victory from Belize City to San Ignacio Town and back. Hosted for nine decades and counting, this is an intensive hundred and forty miles race to be completed by the cyclists in just a few hours.

Why you should watch the Annual Cross Country Cycling Race in Belize?

As early as 5:00 a.m., those living closer to Belize City, where the race starts, gather at the side of the George Price Highway to cheer on the cyclists as they race their way to San Ignacio Town. Excitement and loud cheering will be heard all along the highway. Join the Easter festivities and witness another momentous race. There’s no other perfect time to start Belizing!!
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What to bring?
  • Water & Other Refreshment
  • Sunglasses, Hat, or Umbrella
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Excitement & Enthusiasm
Outline of Event
Start Time
4/8/20235:50 AMThe race will start at BTL Park, Newtown Barrack, Belize City at 5:50 a.m. with a lead out from starting point unto Freetown Rd., across Belcan Bridge unto Central American Blvd, Lord Ridge Cemetery unto the George Price Highway, where the official start takes place in front of Leslie's Imports.
4/8/202311:45 AMThe race will then travel to San Ignacio Town around Columbus Park and return to Belize City via Central American Blvd. over the Belcan Bridge unto Princess Margaret Drive, passing KHMH, the Marion Jones Sporting Complex and the Hour Bar, unto Newtown Barrack finishing in front of the BTL Park. The winners start crossing the finish line at around 11:45 A.M.
Contact Information
Location Information
Belize City - San Ignacio Town
Belize City - San Ignacio Town
Belize, Cayo
Start Location:
Belize City
Start location for event.
End Location:
San Ignacio
End location for event.
Is Transportation provided?:
Transport Info.
Important Transportation/Pickup Information
Watchers can witness the race along the George Price Highway. Viewers often gather at BTL Park in Belize City and Columbus park in San Ignacio Town. If you do not reside along the race route, you can travel via bus, personal vehicle, rental/shuttle/charter before the road is closed off.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, after the race, the George Price Highway will be opened to the public and regular tours can be conducted. If you have booked your tour on, ensure that the specified date is confirmed by your guide and that the tour will be conducted after the race.
If you do not live along the race route (Belize City, along the George Price Highway, San Ignacio), the you can travel to a location where the race can be viewed by bus, personal vehicle or rental/shuttle/charter. To book a rental/shuttle/charter, browse through a wide selection on (shuttle) (rental/charter)
Since the George Price Highway will be blocked for the race, it is recommended to travel to a preferred location a day prior to the race.
No, viewers often gather at the BTL Park, sidewalks of the selected roads, on the side of the highway, and Columbus park to watch the cyclists in action.
Yes, at the parks and along the route, there will be vendors on carts and shacks selling refreshments.
Whats Nearby
Downtown Belize City is riddled with historical ­remnants of a different time when Belize was only known as British Honduras. One of these time capsules is the well-known Swing Bridge ... morewhich connects the north and south side of the city and is known to be the only bridge in the world still operated by hand. With the Haulover Creek tributary passing underneath to branch into the Caribbean Sea, the bridge was first erected in 1818 when it was only a wooden bridge. Later, it was replaced in 1859 and eventually replaced by a metal bridge in 1923.

Initially known as “The Grand Belize Bridge,” the swing bridge is a popular tourist attraction with a great view of all the sailboats and pelicans surrounding the site. While it has been through a few facelifts, the historic Hurricane Hattie and taken its toll through time, it is still operated today during very special ceremonies.
Type of Attraction:
Belize City is the former capital of Belize and is still the most populous city in the country. It is located on the coast of the Caribbean Sea and is a major gateway to Belize. The ... morecity is home to a variety of attractions, including shopping centers, conference facilities, and hotels.

Belize City is also a great place to experience Belizean culture. The city is home to a variety of museums, art galleries, and cultural centers. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of restaurants, bars, and clubs in Belize City.

If you are looking for a vibrant and exciting city to visit in Belize, Belize City is the perfect place to go!

Through the bustling city, you can still enjoy scenic views of the Caribbean Sea or explore the historical archaeological site, Altun Ha.
Type of Destination:
Phone Service, Restaurants, Parking, Car Rentals, ATM services, Banks, Sports Bars, Night Clubs, Public Parks, Market, Coffee Shops
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Hotel Jungle Lodge Tikal


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Full-day bird-watching tour from Belize

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What You Can Expect

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Overnight in Flores

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