Once again the streets in Taxco, Mexico were filled up with thousands of raging fans as this venue is famous for, and not unlike other years big names in Downhill and Slopestyle attended DownTaxco!
Every year more and more people attend Taxco to be a part of this amazing event. Locals are some of the biggest fans, know most of the big names, riders literally take ages to cross a short section of the town thanks to the endless fans that want their autograph signed, rockstars indeed, it is a sight to see!
The main event is divided into two contests, the DH part of the event which consists of the fastest of two runs, and the Best Trick contest, consisting on three jumps and the best score out of the three jumps combined gets the money! And... for its first time at Taxco a new contest that was truly a Mexican-style whip contest! A Piñata party! Two Piñatas were hung just between the main jump in Taxco's plaza and whoever broke the Piñata would get a 500 dollar price, no rules, just break the thing!
Check it out, see what happened...Best Trick
It is a tradition in Mexico to break a Piñata right before Christmas, and why not adapt this to Taxco's most spectacular event. In past years this event was held on Day of the Dead, and the motives evolved around this tradition, but this year the event was held a bit later, and just in time for the Posadas, where traditionally a Piñata is broken. Luckily no blindfolds were mandatory!
At first, no one knew if this setup would work, but rider after rider, everyone started to get a hang out of it and the Piñata was destroyed in no time!
All the way from stylish Whips, Cans, to fist fighting the Piñata, the winner was Alejandro Salas who boldy and bravely crashed head-on with a superman attempt and destroyed the thing with a less than graceful move, but extremely effective!
Goodbye Taxco, see you next year for another crazy event!