There are few mountain bike disciplines as savage as urban downhill. With courses cobbled together from residential hillsides, racers are funneled down narrow alleyways and tight stairwells, across rooftops and sheets of plywood, through throngs of spectators elbowing each other to catch a glimpse of possibly the most thrilling three minutes of bike racing in the world.
Red Bull Valparaíso Cerro Abajo is the most infamous race in urban DH. This year’s race marked the 15th installment and a hosted the world’s most skilled racers in Chile to pit themselves against the competition and the terrain. Watch Tomas Slavik’s winning run below and ask the inevitable question: WTF?
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