Asia Pacific Downhill Challenge Bali 2015

Nov 3, 2015
by Fraser Britton  
After a long World Cup race season, there is no better way to wind things down than one final race in a tropical paradise. Mountain Bike racing is surprisingly popular in Indonesia, and the APDHC allows the island nation to showcase not only it's own very best talent, but also to allow riders here to get up close and personal and share a race track with some of the world's best. Sam Hill, Troy Brosnan, Remi Thirion, Brook MacDonald and Mick Hannah are just a few of the World Cup riders who have been lucky enough to come end their race seasons here in Bali.

Put on by Patrol Bikes with the help of Trek Bikes, Shimano, and Maxxis, the APDHC takes place right on the South Eastern shore of the island and affords epic views from all over the track. Dusty, steep, and loose, the track may not be of a World Cup standard, but what it lacks in technical difficulty it more than makes up for with the brutal heat and humidity and insanely slippery surface.

Alongside Thirion, this year's race included Brook MacDonald, Wyn Masters, Thibault Ruffin and a large Japanese contingent led by Kazuki Shimizu.

The largest race category here in Indonesia is Masters by far with 4 different levels. Add to that an open category expert and elite and you have a long day of people on course.
  The largest race category here in Indonesia is Masters by far, with 4 different levels. Add to that an open category, expert and elite and you have a long day of people on the race course.

The second jump on the track caught most racers off guard and only a few were making the backside without casing it in a big way.
  The second jump on the track caught most racers off guard, and only a few were making the backside without casing it in a big way.

Asia Pacific Downhill Challenge Bali 2015
Asia Pacific Downhill Challenge Bali 2015
Asia Pacific Downhill Challenge Bali 2015
Spectators came out in force once again here in Bali but it s the local children who have the most fun sitting in their own yards as the track weaves down the mountain.
  Spectators came out in force once again here in Bali, but it's the local children who have the most fun sitting in their own yards as the track weaves down the mountain.

This is the view from the second corner... you can see why it s easy to get distracted here
  This is the view from the second corner... you can see why it's easy to get distracted here!

It wasn t the rocks or even the brutal sunshine that took their toll on racers here this week it was the moon dust. Most of the track was slick as ice from the loose over hardpack and it was a struggle to find the grip you needed to push it.
  It wasn't the rocks or even the brutal sunshine that took their toll on racers here this week, it was the moon dust. Most of the track was slick as ice from the loose over hardpack and it was a struggle to find the grip you needed to push it.

Thibault Ruffin had no problem figuring out this corner sliding the rear end through and powering his way out into a long off camber.
  Thibault Ruffin had no problem figuring out this corner, sliding the rear end through and powering his way out into a long off camber.

Brook Macdonald was having a great time on track pulling hard off of almost everything. Here he decided to send it directly through some low hanging branches while trying to stay on the high line.
  Brook Macdonald was having a great time on track, pulling hard off of almost everything. Here he decided to send it directly through some low hanging branches while trying to stay on the high line.

Remi Thirion won here last year and was charging all week trying to repeat.
  Remi Thirion won here last year and was charging all week trying to repeat.

Wyn Masters is basically a Bali local by now spending weeks upon weeks here. The has been riding a ton and knows exactly how far he can push it before the dirt gives way. Unfortunately he overlooked that information and went down hard enough to need 7 sticthes in his elbow saturday morning during practice.
  Wyn Masters is basically a Bali local by now, spending weeks upon weeks here. He has been riding a ton and knows exactly how far he can push it before the dirt gives way. Unfortunately, he overlooked that information and went down hard enough to need 7 stitches in his elbow Saturday morning during practice.

Alex Springenschmidt is the owner of the Chillhouse bike and surf retreat and is one of our gracious hosts this week. He s always stoked on life and bikes. He went down hard in practice and managed to dislocate a vertebrae and some ribs. He s in one piece but won t be surfing for a couple of weeks. Heal up Alex.
  Alex Springenschmidt is the owner of the Chillhouse bike and surf retreat and is one of our gracious hosts this week. He's always stoked on life and bikes. He went down hard in practice and managed to dislocate a vertebrae and some ribs. He's in one piece, but won't be surfing for a couple of weeks. Heal up, Alex.

The views on this track just don t stop. Even the pit is scenic jammed in an opening in the jungle.
  The views on this track just don't stop. Even the pit is scenic, jammed in an opening in the jungle.

Brook Macdonald heads towards the finish and some legendary Bali surf breaks. His race wouldn t go to plan as he caught a pedal in a straightaway and went over the bars. Then he decided to go all out and yanked at the finish line landing to flat and rolling his bars. Animal.
  Brook Macdonald heads towards the finish and some legendary Bali surf breaks. His race wouldn't go to plan, as he caught a pedal in a straightaway and went over the bars. Then he decided to go all out and yanked at the finish line landing to flat and rolling his bars. Animal.

Local hero Popo Airio makes his way down the track in practice.
  Local hero Popo Airio makes his way down the track in practice.

Remi Thiron
  Remi Thiron.

Most of the elite field almost missed their races as well as practice due to a 5km long traffic jam. We all had to get out and walk about 5km from the venue in order to get there. Traffic was a parking lot literally for over 4 hours.
  Most of the elite field almost missed their races, as well as practice due to a 5km+ long traffic jam. We all had to get out and walk about 5km from the venue in order to get there. Traffic was a parking lot (literally) for over 4 hours.

Asia Pacific Downhill Challenge Bali 2015
Remi isn t afraid to get loose but this section climed many riders in finals and almost claimed the Frenchman when he slid out and put his rear wheel over the edge.
  Remi isn't afraid to get loose, but this section claimed many riders in finals and almost claimed the Frenchman when he slid out and put his rear wheel over the edge.

Asia Pacific Downhill Challenge Bali 2015
It s hard to capture how steep this last section is. Blown out deep dust and you just have to let off the brake and hold your line. Braking is not possible.
  It's hard to capture how steep this last section is. Blown out, deep dust and you just have to let off the brake and hold your line. Braking is not possible.

Kazuki Shimizu of Japan didn t manage to hold his line and had an incredibly scary crash in the last section in his race run. After being taken to hospital with fears of a shoulder dislocation or broken collarbone he was released with just some major bruising. Ninja.
  Kazuki Shimizu of Japan didn't manage to hold his line and had an incredibly scary crash in the last section in his race run. After being taken to hospital with fears of a shoulder dislocation or broken collarbone, he was released with just some major bruising. Ninja.

Posted by Jake Royle on Sunday, November 1, 2015
Kabuki Shimizu's Crash - Video by Jake Royle.

Asia Pacific Downhill Challenge Bali 2015
Asia Pacific Downhill Challenge Bali 2015
Asia Pacific Downhill Challenge Bali 2015
Asia Pacific Downhill Challenge Bali 2015
Another rider falls victim to the dust.
  Another rider falls victim to the dust.

Even when you made it to the bottom of the final section the G out at the bottom was hard enough to send riders flying off track into the marbles.
  Even when you made it to the bottom of the final section, the G out at the bottom was hard enough to send riders flying off track into the marbles.

Asia Pacific Downhill Challenge Bali 2015
Asia Pacific Downhill Challenge Bali 2015
Remi Thirionmanaged to repeat as APDHC champion this year keeping it low over the double towards the finish.
  Remi Thirion managed to repeat as APDHC champion this year, keeping it low over the double towards the finish.

... and then going big over the final table.
  ... and then going big over the final table.

Bulldog went absolutely massive over the last small table hucking all the way to the finish line and to a huge flat landing.
  Bulldog went absolutely massive over the last small table, hucking all the way to the finish line and to a huge flat landing.

Fans love the bulldog.
  Fans love the bulldog.

From left Hajime Imoto Thibault Ruffin Remi Theirion Wyn Masters Jackson Davis.
  From left: Hajime Imoto, Thibault Ruffin, Remi Theirion, Wyn Masters, Jackson Davis.

Asia Pacific Downhill Challenge Bali 2015
  Elite Men Results

What a great race and wind down for many of us. I am looking forward to next season already!


MENTIONS: @fraserbritton




35 Comments

  • + 26
 Bulldog doesn't feel the same way about the fans
  • + 1
 he has slimmed down too, no homo
  • + 3
 ^ too late
  • + 13
 That track is absolutely brutal. Steep, loose and definitely fast
  • + 7
 where is claudios course preview???
  • + 8
 I spy an Ironhorse
  • + 7
 Just like any other sunday
  • + 2
 down the Hill
  • + 7
 Am I seeing double on the podium? 2 x Remi Thirions?
  • + 5
 this track absolutly Hard, big hope next year can be there.. Bali, Indonesia. i love it!
  • + 4
 Wyn looks like Randy Macho Man Savage.
  • + 2
 I like how Shimizu's name got changed from Kazuki to Kabuki in the caption. Harsh crash. Those suck. がんばって、しみず さん。
  • + 3
 Damnit. That's my fault. Everything I typed it it got auto corrected! Sorry kazuki!
  • + 2
 Wow - when I first read the title I thought it was the Asia Pacific Downhill Challenge BAIL. I was like, "dude, these guys are so hardcore they're TRYING to bail..."
  • + 3
 Video is coming. Internet is slow here and we are currently trapped thanks to a volcano erupting!
  • + 2
 Imagine the face of Shane Wode when he saw the results, 5 sec behind Thirion and 11 sec front the 'dog. That's ok, you can rest now, where are the sponsors ? Check your mails
  • + 3
 proud to be one of the builder team, good article fraser
  • + 2
 1- That carbon Kabuto helmet is very good looking ....
2- yeah jackson !!! #vanzacs
  • + 2
 shoutz to the dude in the 3rd picture with the most 80s throwback kit ever.
  • + 3
 Wyn masters is the man! 7 stitches and then 3rd is impressive
  • + 4
 That Patrol though...
  • + 1
 What about them?
  • + 3
 How was any of that a wind down? That all looked insane! Smile
  • + 1
 That track looks awesome. It would be good to have a World Cup round in Asia again!!!!
  • + 3
 ateng B-BOY
  • + 2
 yeh jackson !!!
  • + 1
 Everyone's on mud tyres? I guess it was a sandy course....
  • + 1
 i really wait a full race vidio...
  • + 1
 Did any women race?
  • + 1
 Yeah but just a handful.
  • + 1
 where is the video?
  • + 1
 what? bike first???
  • + 1
 videoooo
  • + 1
 simply amazing

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