Red Bull Valparaiso Cerro Abajo 2013 - Photo Recap

Feb 25, 2013
by Fraser Britton  
The iconic stairs of the Valpo urban event. Hopefully this gives a little perspective on just how steep and how long they really are.
  The iconic stairs of the Valpo urban event. Hopefully this gives a little perspective on just how steep and how long they really are.

The views from the top of the course are pretty stunning in every direction.
  The views from the top of the course are pretty stunning in every direction.

That peak is the largest mountain outside of the Himalayas. Talk of a heli shuttle session is being tossed around for some time in the future.
  That peak is the largest mountain outside of the Himalayas. Talk of a heli shuttle session is being tossed around for some time in the future.

A rare misty morning early in the week in Chile.
  A rare misty morning early in the week in Chile.

Parts of Valparaiso are a Unesco World Heritage site and are definitely worth visiting.
  Parts of Valparaiso are a Unesco World Heritage site and are definitely worth visiting.

UCI meeting with race organizer Victor Herressman and officials from the UCI and folks from RedBull.
  UCI meeting with race organizer Victor Herressman and officials from the UCI and folks from RedBull.

Anyone order some ramps Most of the obstacles were built at the Oxford bikes factory in Santiago this year and delivered on a flat bed truck giving the course workers much more time to do detail work and reinforcing work once they were in place.
  Anyone order some ramps? Most of the obstacles were built at the Oxford bikes factory in Santiago this year and delivered on a flat bed truck, giving the course workers much more time to do detail work and reinforcing work once they were in place.

The ramps got a few finishing touches and reinforcements this week after being delivered.
  The ramps got a few finishing touches and reinforcements this week after being delivered.

The biggest jump on the track was built in place and took 3 days to get completed. They were adding finishing touches on race morning but it looked bigger and better than ever before.
  The biggest jump on the track was built in place and took 3 days to get completed. They were adding finishing touches on race morning, but it looked bigger and better than ever before.

Street art is highly regarded here. This project was going in on Friday on the side of someone s house on course. Scroll down to see what it eventually looked like
  Street art is highly regarded here. This project was going in on Friday on the side of someone's house on course. Scroll down to see what it eventually looked like!

The final product Another piece of stunning Valparaiso artwork immortalizes from TLD gear
  The final product! Another piece of stunning Valparaiso artwork immortalizes some TLD gear!

Everything is for sale. Some signs were more creative and race themed than others though.
  Everything is for sale. Some signs were more creative and race themed than others though.

Polc decides to help baste the meat with some beers while Mitch Delfs digs in.
  Polc decides to help baste the meat with some beers while Mitch Delfs digs in.

Eliot gets his meat on during the pre race BBQ on Friday. They know how to grill meat here and the hospitality knows almost no bounds.
  Eliot gets his meat on during the pre race BBQ on Friday. They know how to grill meat here and the hospitality knows almost no bounds.


Tricky gaps are everywhere here in Valpo. This one almost claimed a few riders as they had to air off the top set and hopefully clear the curb while turning left int he air.
  Tricky gaps are everywhere here in Valpo. This one almost claimed a few riders as they had to air off the top set, and hopefully clear the curb while turning left int he air.

Neko Mulally made his first trip down here for the event this year and loved every minute of it.
  Neko Mulally made his first trip down here for the event this year and loved every minute of it.

Sometimes your day just doesn t go as planned. This rider got hung up on the black railing to the right and got spun around and thrown on his head in the high speed stairs. He got up and rode away after shaking out the cobwebs.
  Sometimes your day just doesn't go as planned. This rider got hung up on the black railing to the right and got spun around and thrown on his head in the high speed stairs. He got up and rode away after shaking out the cobwebs.

Pinkbikers know Rafa. He shreds the bike park at Whistler on 2 prosthetic legs. he races everything at crankworx and he certainly has some cojones grandes. He had a massive crash here on Sunday in practice and was taken out on a backboard. To show he was ok he pulled off a leg and waved it at the crowd much to their delight.
  Pinkbikers know Rafa. He shreds the bike park at Whistler on 2 prosthetic legs. He races everything at crankworx and he certainly has some cojones grandes. He had a massive crash here on Sunday in practice and was taken out on a backboard. To show he was ok he pulled off a leg and waved it at the crowd, much to their delight.

Guido Tschugg is another first timer in Chile. he had a great time hucking himself all over the track.
  Guido Tschugg is another first timer in Chile. he had a great time hucking himself all over the track.

Mitch Delfs leads out Eliot Jackson on the Valpo stairs.
  Mitch Delfs leads out Eliot Jackson on the Valpo stairs.

Now this takes balls. 1 hander off of the Canon gap.
  Now this takes balls. 1 hander off of the Canon gap.


Another sketchy stair exit. Go wide right and hug the wall and then turn a hard left out onto the street and over the curb
  Another sketchy stair exit. Go wide right and hug the wall, and then turn a hard left out onto the street and over the curb

Eliot Jackson does his best Icarus impression and flights close to the sun. Luckily his wings didn t melt.
  Eliot Jackson does his best Icarus impression and flies close to the sun. Luckily his wings didn't melt.

Got crowds This is looking up the ski jump at the very top of the course. Spectators lined both sides this year and were treated to quite the show.
  Got crowds? This is looking up the ski jump at the very top of the course. Spectators lined both sides this year and were treated to quite the show.

The dangers of urban racing Filip Polc had a bit of a blow out when a massive roofing nail decided to make a new home in his tubeless setup.
  The dangers of urban racing! Filip Polc had a bit of a blow out when a massive roofing nail decided to make a new home in his tubeless setup.

Autralian Tv 7 sent out a huge Tv crew to cover the event this year and even brought in a drone.
  Australian TV 7 sent out a huge Tv crew to cover the event this year, and even brought in a drone.

Some of the sections of road are so fast you spin out fairly quickly time to get aero
  Some of the sections of road are so fast you spin out fairly quickly, time to get aero!

Winner winner chicken dinner Under those goggles Marcello has the eye of the tiger. He kept the throttle wide open all weekend and took home the hardware on Sunday.
  Winner, winner chicken dinner! Under those goggles Marcello has the eye of the tiger. He kept the throttle wide open all weekend and took home the hardware on Sunday.

Marcello wins his first big race right after signging with Giant and Redbull this off season. There are big things to come for the kid from Colombia.
  Marcello wins his first big race right after signing with Giant and Redbull this off season. There are big things to come for the kid from Colombia.

1. Marcelo Guitierrez (Colombia)
2. Filip Polc (Slovakia)
3. Antonio Lieva (Chile)
4. Cedric Gracia (Andorra)
5. Mauricio Acuna (Chile)


52 Comments

  • + 54
 duuude cedric gracia doin the harlem shake highlight of the week!
  • + 8
 I lost it when he started humping the ground hahaha
  • + 7
 every one hates the harlim shake idk why but you cant hate this one!
  • + 12
 I think we can all agree on one thing, Cedric is the man!!! Awesome to see him back at it!
  • + 7
 Gracia's back!!!
  • + 1
 Sorta looks like theres one of them rare urban wolfs walking behind the fence in the video
  • + 1
 ..RE-HAB FOR CEDRIC DID GOOD...RACING AND DOING THE SHAKE?.....
  • + 3
 Today I met Cedric on the top of a local hill here in Santiago, Chile. Great guy, easy going and very approcheable. Great ending for a great day Smile
  • + 1
 @tineira you are so lucky! wish i got to meet cg! i met aaron chase here in va. only pro mtb rider ive met. oh and conrad stoltz.
  • + 1
 "now your going to follow MY ASS! alright bitches! what oh...."

haha Cedric your crazy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 1
 Awesome harlem shake!

Where would our sport be without ambassadors like Cedric and Peaty?
  • + 1
 Marcelo´s winning run, impressive guy is killing it this year www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hvfYvqS-bE&feature=player_embedded
  • + 17
 Every time I watch urban DH race videos I almost shit a brick! Shit is intense.
  • + 2
 Looks so much fun though!!
  • + 0
 Now you will shit large paving stones www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbVLEdIHaN0 Almarza's crash
  • + 2
 nar thats fine, he found the only grassed part of the course to crash on, but if that had happened on the concrete :o
  • + 2
 Looks like a gnarly event!! and that was an awesome Iron Maiden flight of icarus reference in the description of that eliot jackson pic!!
  • + 3
 Something tells me Marcelo is going to have a big year........
  • + 2
 Excelent photos!! A very great job Frasier... congrats!!
The guy with the "one had trick" is my friend Ricardo Muñoz...
  • + 1
 Awesome to see Neko Mullay out and trying his hand at urban downhill. He tore up the US Grand Prix this year. Keep it up Neko!
  • + 1
 Nice reportage and some insanely good photos! I hate harlem shake, but it was the shit seeing CG race and shaking it.. He`s back!
  • + 1
 That harlem shake is just epic
Here's another great video
www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152591259520608
  • + 1
 Awsome !. Plenty of color in these shots! The welding image is cool. Nice work Fraser!
  • + 1
 Yet again a breath of fresh air .. In the words of the English C G Bloody good old chap
  • + 1
 that looks like so much fun! Although, im not sure if i would have the balls to hit that cannon gap Wink
  • + 1
 Some stunning shots, I love how colorful they are. Beautiful place and a crazy event Smile
  • + 2
 Dust, sun, crowds, pinned riders! I'm so ready for summer!
  • + 2
 thats just plain scary
  • + 1
 see yeah at the bigger and better Canon gap next year!
  • + 1
 awsome race! Cedric IS the man, jaja he is awsome
  • + 1
 Cedric's shake saves the day ! COLOQUELORITA !
  • + 1
 the showman is back in the best way cedric rules
  • + 1
 Show all the standings not just top 5
  • + 1
 great pix, all the best wishes for "parafina" Almarza on his recovery!!!
  • + 1
 such a crazy course. those stairs take balls
  • + 1
 Damn! These guys are so fast.. incredible
  • + 1
 Urban races look terrifying, but at the same time fun.
  • + 1
 Concepts Sketchy Fear Balls Excellent Photo recap
  • + 2
 Cedric Gracia the best
  • + 1
 those are some nice stairs
  • + 1
 you missed cg doing a no hander of a big jump¸!
  • + 0
 The street was so exciting game!
  • + 1
 Nice Photo..!
  • + 1
 shazaam, color!
  • + 1
 Sick riding.
  • + 1
 haha Garcia is awesome!
  • + 1
 Fantastic!
  • + 1
 crazy!

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