Helmet Cam: Brendan Fairclough and Mitch Ropelato at Taxco Urban Downhill

Oct 27, 2013 at 9:30
Oct 27, 2013
by Frank Fitzpatrick  
 
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162 Comments

  • + 216
 There is always at least one loose dog on these city courses.
  • + 31
 totally, he was shaking his head for a while on that one Not sure if they change the course every year but this one seemed the best yet
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flag goflowz (Oct 27, 2013 at 11:08) (Below Threshold)
 at least you get a new wheelset after all those concrete....
  • + 15
 Yeah, risking your life on a dangerous course for a free wheelset... not as good of a deal as you think it is.
  • + 7
 shit the bed that was insane
  • + 2
 omg people chill ! it was obviously a joke about the wheel.
  • + 2
 callums- I can't remember if it was 2 or 3 years ago. But what about the guy that did the wall ride on the building off the first jump. Now that shit was crazy
  • + 13
 Yeah you right! Thats dogs name is BREND-DAWG
  • + 8
 Chris Van Dine did a wallride last year - www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8_-Lim9YfY
  • + 0
 Cool wall ride
  • + 2
 If you want to see more of DOWN TAXCO go to this album www.pinkbike.com/u/brunodiaz/album/Down-Taxco-2013
  • + 13
 Whenever a british person in PB says "that was insane" I can only read it in Rob Warners voice lol.
  • + 7
 loved the manuals and endo's Big Grin
forget speed.. syle is +1 tup
  • + 102
 They really need to get a urban downhill world series going! Id love to see these races live!
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flag TheWintermute (Oct 27, 2013 at 10:34) (Below Threshold)
 I think there are very few places globally suitable for this. Most towns in the world don't possess such elevation drop.
  • + 11
 There are loads of places! and theres always alternatives such as indoor races, most major cities have large tall building where event could be staged. like this for example:http://www.redbull.co.uk/cs/Satellite/en_UK/Video/Indoor-Downhill-Action-at-Red-Bull-Ride-the-Palace-021243281253079
  • + 11
 Taxco, Bratislava, Quebec City are just three l can think of off the top of my head. I'm sure there are many, many more if you do a tad bit of searching.
  • + 8
 Lisbon City downhill
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flag WAKIdesigns (Oct 27, 2013 at 11:13) (Below Threshold)
 The Wintermute is right - there aren't many places like that, at least allowing for a urban race course longer than a minute. That is typical for for areas where there was little or no city planning, then little development in construction technology. Mostly Southern countries. Normally, looking even a 100 years back no planning law in a major city would allow construction of housing on such steep slopes, then those districts in SAmerica were built with simple construction methods. It's just a no can do how in a "modern and organized" Western world where the sate makes sure you don't hurt yourself and someone else.

Massini64 - Red-Bull Palace is not exactly the same caliber. But I'd like to see more such races as well!
  • + 14
 @waki what???????
  • + 14
 Hong Kong and San Francisco could work too
  • + 5
 San Francisco for sure,i don't Know about Hong kong
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flag WAKIdesigns (Oct 27, 2013 at 11:38) (Below Threshold)
 Are we speaking of the same thing? 1 minute long+ track going through tight streets with curvy turns and corners, lots of steep stairs, not always straight, perfectly organic urban tissue?

San Fran - What? Are you going to make a urban race on orthogonal street/block grid pattern - a slalom on 15m wide, car dominated street? Whatever, yes i understand that it is me who is really weird, because I am an architect, urban designer, able to connect built environment to politics and economy, and I am particularly good at geography... I might be wrong though, there might be few places for a DH urban race outside of SAmerica - just remember that in nearly every major city there, you'd find more potential tracks than in all other places in the world combined Big Grin
  • - 1
 Sure bro,someone say him that the Dream is over
  • + 4
 How can you generalise & say there aren't many cities in the world where this is possible? South America is the only place with any elevation?

What a load of bollocks! FFS they even had an urban DH race at a tiny little town called Bridgnorth near me.
  • + 3
 WAKIdesigns, our opinion is very unpopular here, lol. Guys, it's not like I don't want it, I've just never seen a city with such huge elevation drop over such small horizontal distance anywhere in Europe or North America. I've never been to Portugal though, but again, I'm not saying there are no such places, I'm saying there is few of them. I'm quite sure there are none in USA or England. Never been to Scotland though, it's supposed to be more mountainous.
  • + 6
 There will be loads of places in Europe for events like this , red tape would probably be the biggest issue , with out being disrespectful to this place , I doubt they have the health and safety laws of more modern places.
  • + 2
 Silo on KRK island, Croatia, amazing place for urban downhill !
  • - 1
 If you look at the map of Taxco, you'll see that the elevation at the point where they usually start is about 1950m and 1.4 kilometers west from there it's about 1650m. That's a drop of 300m over 1.4 kilometers within city. Good luck finding something like that in Europe, guys.
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flag dingus (Oct 27, 2013 at 12:48) (Below Threshold)
 But did the Bridgnorth race have a 4 minute track?

@TheWintermute, they have had an urban downhill race in Edinburgh, Gee Atherton won with a time of 47.62 seconds...
  • + 2
 @wintermute lisbon City downhill is a very popular Event,peaty,minarr and all the pros come here www.pinkbike.com/news/peaty-lisboa-2009.html
  • + 5
 don't forget VCA (valparaiso cerro abajo, Chile) www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hvfYvqS-bE
  • + 1
 Of course
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 If you think you need lots of altitude to have an awesome race, I disagree. www.lytteltonurbandownhill.co.nz
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flag WAKIdesigns (Oct 27, 2013 at 14:24) (Below Threshold)
 All I can say that this video of that track just as few other videos from races from other South American cities (unlike examples some of you have given) can be compared to only one thing, this:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=rh6bwZ4ooTI

Peace...
  • - 2
 I'm throwing Vancouver in there as well. That place seems to have potential.
  • + 4
 vancouver... I can't think of a place that would be good for urban dh in vancouver tbh, and I live there, if the grouse grind counts as urban maybe but that would be a crummy course obviously, maybe ripping down lonsdale if there's enough things to huck
  • + 2
 I'll rephrase that, we have the elevation but I don't know of any sketchy tight long stair sections that would link with each other, redbull might find something though
  • + 1
 Vancouver wouldn't work at all, at least not anywhere near the caliber of this course
  • + 4
 Yeah, doing fixie skids down Lonsdale isn't quite in the same league.
  • + 2
 No, not San Francisco. No where in SF has enough vert, the city is laid out in a grid, and the wealthy homeowners wouldn't allow it through their gentrified streets and walkways.
  • + 10
 It is such a shame somebody so young like waki is so SOUR, never a good comment.
He even had to change his nationality because Poland didnt like him anymore.

Didnt your parents teach you that is better to keep your mouth shot when you dont have something good to say???

Taxco is a nice little mining town in the heart of the mountains and the people that live there are very nice and friendly, Kyle won here, Rene Wildhaber won here and other riders as great as them so take your bs somewhere else and learn to live in a possitive way. I have been invited to race there 3 times in the past and the camaraderie and good fun is better than any normal dh race and the party the nite of the race is until next morning, mexican way.......redbull with Tequila. That is something waki will never enjoy
  • + 1
 I'd be alright with being compared to Senna... and ignore Waki, he likes to screw with people, if you get his humour it's pretty great
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 If you want to see more of DOWN TAXCO go to this album www.pinkbike.com/u/brunodiaz/album/Down-Taxco-2013
  • + 1
 if doing the event with different venues worldwide is an issue, we can do it in Mexico only, I am sure Guanajuato, Zacatecas and Real de Catorce would do just as Taxco for elevation, tight corners and stuff, even Tlaxcala which could include a section going through a piramid, thats 4 new venues right there.
  • + 2
 What about the national race in oaxaca that started in the piramids of Monte Alban????

that was magic with a thousand years of zapotecan scenery

I am sure Europe has some amazing places too for this too, and Claudio Narrating the curse wiil be like the credit card tv commercial..........priceless

Cheers
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns has valid points. Taxco descends about 1300 feet within the span of about a mile. I'm sure they welcome the event as a boon for their local economy, but I'm distracted imagining how many families Ropelato's equipment would feed for a year though. In contrast, San Francisco has about 300 feet elevation, basically just paved streets, and a prohibitively dense population.
  • + 1
 starting a race in Monte Alban would be swell, as long as everybody respect the ruins, that would be the issue, but I am sure it would attract lots of customers all over the world, especially if marketing uses things like ancient cultures and their way of living, that allways sells
  • + 1
 En 1999 hubo una carrera nacional de DH en MonteAlban, empezabas al lado de un edificio del estacionamiento de autobuses y salías a un residencial abajo.
  • + 37
 I was thinking I can do this stuff then they hit the road gap and huge jumps.
  • + 4
 yeah same, looked a little too easy then they hit that drop and i was like OK maybe not..
  • + 4
 exactly the same...until 2.46!! then i crapped my pants!
  • + 25
 Well technically anyone can ride most world cup tracks too. Riding it as fast as them is an entirely different story.
  • + 2
 Them doubles near the bottom where huuuge !
  • + 1
 Shockingly big. Scary shit. Whish I could replicate their mindset.
  • + 1
 a race makes any track that much more gnarly, I would love to try riding all the world cup tracks (well not pmb, I'm shit at jumps) but racing on them wouldn't end well for me
  • + 1
 Just pucker and go... commit... Yeah right...
  • + 24
 did you know there is a best trick competition too? here is Bizet's run www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdCC7fhsMYU
so bummed he didn't got a second run at rampage Frown
  • + 9
 That was fucking crazy.
  • + 6
 This is just NUTS
  • + 2
 Pretty nuts, looked like they were to flat too?
  • + 7
 I spy wil white
  • + 5
 In Rampage didn't they say that Will White doesn't do any other events except Rampage, and in the end of the video, isn't that Will White?
  • + 3
 yeah it was probably just speculation on PB's part, wil didn't write that article
  • + 19
 Love that Ropelato is finally getting some recognition, the guy's got such a stick style. And from the looks of it from this video, likes to mess around and have a little fun too!
  • + 1
 I totally agree, he has so much style and he is a super nice dude!
  • + 1
 Definitely! Señor Ropelato is one of the nicest guys in DH, hands down. It's pretty cool to see him getting coverage.
  • + 1
 Agreed..can't wait to see his arrival segment
  • + 1
 And those manuals, gotta love em
  • + 17
 Unreal!!!! That sidewalk drop was absolutley awesome!!!
  • + 16
 Insane bike control by both of those guys. Manuals at every opportunity.
  • + 10
 even front ones too.
  • + 1
 I want to be able to manual like that…forever..
  • + 13
 I am so glad that places like this still exist on our hyper liability planet where this sort of shit can go down!
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flag WAKIdesigns (Oct 27, 2013 at 10:21) (Below Threshold)
 I recognize your good intentions but not sure if you thought that through - some of those urban races go through slums...
  • + 10
 criscokid meant that most of planet wouldn't allow a race like this due to liability insurance cases.
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flag WAKIdesigns (Oct 27, 2013 at 10:37) (Below Threshold)
 That's why I wrote that I recognize what he was trying to say, it's the way he puts it that makes it a bit sketchy Smile I too wish there was more freedom in that respect in our dream countries, so that slums aren't the the only places on the planet allowing for such race to happen. Then you have to understand that we "Westeners" do not build urban tissue in areas with such topography (because it is too dangerous) and such compounds on steep slopes is what makes those races what they are. There are villages like that in Southern Europe but very very few cities if any, have larger housing areas in such form, giving you an opportunity to make a track longer than 30s. Downtown Lisbon wasn't exactly on the same level, not even close
  • + 29
 Waki...you read way to much into my comment and your rant assumes that I have no idea what is happening outside of my backyard. I simply stated that in a world of liability issues...its cool to see something like this take place. I did not comment on the social economics of the area nor did I speculate on the manipulation of a certain group of less fortunate people. I certainly did not speak to the topography-social economic link. In the future...don't read so much into a post on a mountain bike website and if you feel the need to comment, do so on what has specifically what has been stated.
  • + 14
 WAKI gets owned!
  • + 3
 About time! Good work criscokid25! That was very well put!
  • + 3
 Waki, how long have you been away from your homecountry, so we can psicoanalize you? I am sure you're not Polish nor Kazakhstani, spending long time away from home makes people either very open and accesible or very sour.
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flag WAKIdesigns (Oct 29, 2013 at 2:08) (Below Threshold)
 1.Does it have to be said? 2.Does it have to be said now? 3.Does it has to be said here? 4.Will you accomplish anything by writing or saying that, apart from relieving tension which we relieve using other methods included in your therapy? 1,2,3,4 - NO! That's what my therapist told me to do every time I want to write someth... damn - fail again!
  • + 2
 Bien escrito Narro
  • + 5
 Brendon just seems to love going to any race or event - no heirs and graces just a true love of riding in any form possible - and while he aint standing podium every-time it seems not to matter as he (and others too) just embody the spirit of riding and probably do more positive promo for the sport than many of the higher ranked riders

love this event
  • + 2
 Indeed. Some riders sell bikes or specific components. Guys like Brendog, Mitch, Ratboy, Wyn Masters, Sam Dale, etc. sell the sport.
  • + 5
 What I love most about these races is that they give people a whole new insight into what exactly can be done on a bicycle, and it helps the industry as a whole expand and grow it's roots even deeper.
  • + 7
 That Mitch ropelato is stupid talented.
  • + 1
 That Mitch Ropelato has been working very hard to achieve this. Calling him talented doesn't do his skills justice.
  • + 5
 here is my run, perhaps not as fast haha but still had tons of fun!! www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9J-5PmEYM4&feature=youtu.be
  • + 3
 No bajaste nada lento y mucha gente te grito dando animos por tu nombre, eso es muy chingón.

Saludos
  • + 2
 gracias dude! el proximo año por todas las canicas jajaja
  • + 5
 Who built a city in the middle of our downhill run? Oh well, lets just slay it anyway.
  • + 3
 The mountain in Taxco is higher, what would you guys think of a race that was 2-3 minutes downhill and then coming into 3-4 minutes urban downhill? Combined DH/Urban DH in one sick race for next year??
  • + 2
 You could have riders competing in teams of two, regardless of sponsors. And have one rider do the DH, and one rider do the urban portion. I'd love to see what combination of riders would win.
  • + 7
 I wish I was that good.
  • + 2
 Taxco and Mexico, and now all I can think of is eating a taco. Seriously, though, that was an amazing video. The balls on these downhill guys just blow my mind. When is this stuff going to make it into a James Bond film?
  • + 1
 MEXICO LINDO... Awesome footage. Amazing run by Polc to win. Everyone north of the border thinking of trying out a race or two in Mexico next year should remember our national series of DH races gets seriously fun, too!
  • + 3
 even from a helmet cam SOOO.....MUCH....STYLEEEEE!!
  • + 2
 Glad I'm not the mailman on that route. Good lord the elevation and stairs.
  • + 3
 Ropelato is never not fun to watch ride
  • + 2
 Those stoppies (if that's what they're called) were awesome.
  • + 1
 looks like so much fun.Better hope the neigborhood dogs dont start chasing you Wink
  • + 0
 i think in mexico there are more wild dogs than there are peoples actual pets.Not fun trying to ride and kick dogs off your ankles.This looks like so much fun !
  • + 1
 THAT WAS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! But next time could you please go a lil faster, I think you guys were sand bagging it. :op
  • + 1
 Ouch!! Spectators should be behind barriers thats for sure!! Or... dont cross a race coarse mid-race... just saying.
  • + 1
 There is a barrier, people just dont respect
  • + 1
 Look at all those nose wheelies mitch is doing. Where he is doing them is insane.
  • + 2
 They made it look so easy
  • + 1
 If you want to see more of DOWN TAXCO go to this album www.pinkbike.com/u/brunodiaz/album/Down-Taxco-2013
  • + 1
 That drip came out a no where.... Loving the wheelies, was like What ever Mitch can do I can do better..
  • + 2
 1:05-1:15 Thats a lot of stairs
  • + 1
 urban DH is insane. Just one mistake and you will be hurting more than you can imagine. Serious cahonies
  • + 3
 MORE please !!
  • + 2
 did you see the bizet's front flip ? so fattttt
  • + 2
 OH MY GOD! 2.46 gap! and jumps at end! awesome boys!
  • + 1
 everyone wants more stops on the world cup and we all love urban DH so why not put 2 and 2 together
  • + 3
 the music was terrible!
  • - 1
 i liked the tune...gave it a good chilled/badass vibe .... and the riding .. good video...
  • + 1
 Yeah, those are perfect place for urban dh.....hills, steps and killer dogs...
  • + 2
 As soon as i saw Brendan Fairclough Helmet Cam, My heart SKIPPED A BEAT...
  • + 1
 Around the 2:45 mark I was like omg yes they are going to jump on that roof! Mildly disappointed they didnt but still sick.
  • + 1
 Let's make this happen in North Van!!
  • + 1
 Add claudio and this would be the perfect course preview trio
  • + 1
 And somehow he didn't win?
  • + 1
 the amount of fun that these guys have is outrageous
  • + 1
 How is that not a World Cup DH race!? That was so terrifying and fun!
  • + 2
 2:45 WTF?!
  • + 2
 That was SO SICK!!!!
  • + 1
 showing off with the manuals lol
  • + 1
 there were some tight spots there.
  • + 1
 Able to leap tall buildings...
  • + 2
 soo siiick!!!
  • + 2
 HOLY MOLLY ...speechless
  • + 1
 Brendon's stil as ussual!!!
  • + 1
 That's a lot of stairs..... O.o
  • + 1
 Such style and bike control.
  • + 2
 No Claudio?
  • + 1
 so cool to see ropelato and brendog putting on a show for the spectators
  • + 1
 G.N.A.R.L. One lucky dog
  • + 1
 Good stuff.
  • + 1
 oh my dog!
  • + 0
 Why do I have the feeling that Mitch was holding Brendawg back ???
  • + 0
 That would so cool to see this in Vancouver!!
  • + 5
 Where?
  • + 1
 The film. Aren't they making a film?
  • + 1
 If you want to see more of DOWN TAXCO go to this album www.pinkbike.com/u/brunodiaz/album/Down-Taxco-2013
  • + 1
 The first three years of the race that started in 2003 Redbull made a video, I dont know about this one but they usually film their events.
  • + 1
 Terrific
  • + 1
 Este video é demais !!!
  • + 1
 the dog at 1:20
  • + 1
 so smooth
  • + 1
 great downtown track!!
  • + 1
 Damn nice ride
  • + 0
 song?
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