Downmall 2017: Prague - Series Final

Feb 12, 2017
by Sebastian Sternemann  



With a massive, cheering homecrowd, a TV-broadcast, and the longest track, you can say the Downmall series ended with a bang! The third and final stop of the 2017 Downmall series took place in Prague, the beautiful capital of the Czech Republic. After the short but demanding course of Budapest, Prague came up with a course of the same length as in Frankfurt, Germany. But they had an even bigger finish jump, rounded off with a quarter pipe which offered the BMX and MTB-Slopestyle pros a much better playground. With the shiny luxurious cars in between and the ice rink in front of the mall, Prague felt like the perfect venue for the grand finale – rounded up by the huge crowd which had a lot of homeboys to cheer on. Downmall 2017 – That's a wrap! Three different stops, three different winners and one unique series of urban downhill racing.

Hardtails and Slicks 3 at Downmall Prague Final
  Wintersports: Outside ice skating and inside the Downmall race.

  Mariusz Jarek at the wooden obstacle.

Marek Å koch.

  Not only the freestylers are doing tricks. Jan Cepelak flipped in his race run.

Jakub Riha and his small fans
  Jakub Riha and his little fans.


  Prague had a live broadcast from the Czech TV. Awesome!

  Jonas Gauss preparing his bike.

  Because the pits were in a tent in the parking lot, Michael Prokop was warming his wax to get more grip.

  Tomas Slavik also had some younger fans cheering him on.

  Prokop is using his grip in the corner.

  The mall offered everything fun, for the small and the big.

  Tomas Slavik trying to get another victory.

  High luxury cars right between the course while Denny Tischendorf is dropping in.

  The german Daniel Kowalski from Team Nicolai Bikebauer at the slow drop.

  Jakub Riha, cornering so fast everytime.

  The final drop was huge, so was the number of spectators.

  Miki Nevrkia wants to defend his No. 1 plate.

  Amazing to see so many people enjoying the show.


  Feels like watching the action through a snow globe.

  The overall champion Ondrej Stepanek from team CTM Racing.

  Hannes Slavik fokused on the win.

  The lucky winner Hannes Slavik.

  Results Prague

1. Tomáš Zejda, trick - 360 tailwhip to x-up, radius - 540
2. Damjan Siriški, trick - frontflip superman, radius - table
3. Ivan Popov, trick - Frontflip no hander, radius - tailwhip


1. David Janác, trick - 360 double tailwhip to barspin, radius - whip to bar spin
2. Konrád Szabo, trick - 4x tailwhip, radius - fast plant
3. Michal Kovacovic, trick - triple barspin, radius - tailwhip[/PI]

  Winner Budapest

1. Slavik Hannes
2. Tomas Slavik
3. Ondrej Stepanek

  Downmall Tour Slopestye

1. Tomáš Zejda (CZE)
2. Damjan Siriški (CZE)
3. Ivan Popov (RUS)


1. David Janác (CZE)
2. Konrád Szabo (HUN)
3. Vilibald Vítek (CZE)


1. Ondrej Štepánek (CZE)
2. Tomáš Slavík (CZE)
3. Miki Nevrkla (CZE

Here is the race run of the overall winner ONDŘEJ ŠTĚPÁNEK from team CTM Racing Team.
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27 Comments

  • + 48
 You would never see that type of race in the Mall of America......what you will see is a race to Cinnabon when they pull out a fresh tray from the oven Wink
  • + 15
 america is behind europe in so many ways these days
  • + 5
 Auntie Annie's for the cinnamon sugar pretzel bites!
  • + 4
 Actually, we did it first. I ran Red Bull's first go at this in MN. It was called Red Bull SkyRide back in 2007 I believe. haha
  • + 3
 @Ajmarganski: These days? Really?
  • + 20
 The thought of hucking an escalator makes my balls shrink up into my stomache and my teeth hurt all at the same time. May as well be screaming down a giant cheese grater
  • + 1
 Actually riding down an escalator isn't too bad. Unlike a regular staircase the transition to and from the escalator is a bit more gradual so you don't really have to jump when you enter and you don't receive such a hard hit at the bottom. It does help to roll against the direction of the escalator so the steps roll quicker underneath your tires. Just make sure no one enters it from the other side. Sure you don't want to crash or even go slightly off line but the good thing is that it is very grippy so it is all very predictable and under your own control. Actually those urban races in South America look more scary to me!
  • + 7
 I am delighted with the interest of overseas riders over Downmall events. I was personally at the finals and the atmosphere was amazing, especially when 1,000 people at the mall screaming TOMAS - SLAVIK - TOMAS - SLAVIK on the 3 floors at the same Time !!!! A beer in cafes that have 4 steps :-D
  • + 7
 Pads under skinny jeans has to be about the most uncomfortable thing ever. Why??
  • + 35
 Skinny jeans (with high elastic content) seem to be pretty good for pedalling and tricking, and offer some protection against grazing. In combination with the pads for impact protection, the Skinny Jeans would actually hold them in place pretty well, so there would be no chance of them sliding or rotating out of place if you have a bad crash.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • + 1
 I actually thought the same thing until I tried it the other day with an old pair of jeans that had some stretch to them. Most comfortable I've ever been in pads. That being said, this was at an indoor bike park, so I had minimal pedaling to do, but still, don't knock it until you've tried it.
  • + 9
 Needs more cowbell
  • + 6
 A Downhill race with 1.75 slick glued tires??? is this the end of the world?
  • + 5
 I'm just amazed people are waxing their tyres. Love racers and their weird little tricks in every environment
  • + 4
 It's handball wax. More like a resin. Very sticky stuff
  • + 2
 That would be so awesome here. There are so many massive mall in this country. And that is a new way to look at riding.
  • + 1
 who wrote this report? dont you see that winning names are complete spoiled by bad font?
  • + 1
 Sebastard Sternemann
  • + 0
 sorry it is a problem with the formatting in the Pinkbike blog. Hope the Pinkbike Editors are able to change it.
  • + 1
 When a front flip no hander only gets you 3rd... When I grew a front flip was mythical! Crazy the kids these days!
  • + 2
 Why are everyone's pants so tight?
  • + 1
 the skinny jeans guys' awards say mtb and bmx, the ones that say "race" are wearing regular looking dh stuff. was there a slopestyle type competition also?
  • + 2
 lifestyle choice.
  • + 1
 Am I the only one that thought the rider in the 13th photo down was riding the guard rail?
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