Down Puerto Vallarta, Speed and Style – Photo Epic

May 17, 2017
by Nicolas Switalski  

Down Puerto Vallarta Speed and Style Photo Epic
WELCOME TO PARADISE
BY NICOLAS SWITALSKI
Dj Brandt adding some spice to the Mexican taco

Puerto Vallarta is located on the Mexican Pacific in the state of Jalisco, Mexico. It has been, for many years, a top tourist destination because of its warm beaches, great resorts, food, and nightlife. This first edition of Down Puerto Vallarta comes from the same people (Altius Events) behind one of the most famous urban downhill events in the world: Down Taxco.

Although Taxco is a great, picturesque town, and its steep staircases make it perfect for this type of event, Puerto Vallarta has several elements that can make this event a repeat, but one that is obvious and makes this venue so special is… the beach.

As for last year’s Down Taxco, this new venue’s track was designed by Olly Wilkins, Christian Fariclough, and Duncan Ferris who went all out in making a top class race track and jumps for everybody to have fun.

Down Puerto Vallarta Speed and Style Photo Epic

Down Puerto Vallarta Speed and Style Photo Epic
Down Puerto Vallarta Speed and Style Photo Epic

Down Puerto Vallarta Speed and Style Photo Epic
Down Puerto Vallarta Speed and Style Photo Epic

Down Puerto Vallarta Speed and Style Photo Epic

Down Puerto Vallarta Speed and Style Photo Epic
Down Puerto Vallarta Speed and Style Photo Epic

Down Puerto Vallarta Speed and Style Photo Epic
Down Puerto Vallarta Speed and Style Photo Epic

Down Puerto Vallarta Speed and Style Photo Epic

Down Puerto Vallarta Speed and Style Photo Epic
Down Puerto Vallarta Speed and Style Photo Epic

Down Puerto Vallarta Speed and Style Photo Epic

SPEED

Down Puerto Vallarta Speed and Style Photo Epic
Tomas Slavik right out of the start gate

Down Puerto Vallarta Speed and Style Photo Epic
Bernardo Cruz

Down Puerto Vallarta Speed and Style Photo Epic
Ricardo Peredo

Down Puerto Vallarta Speed and Style Photo Epic
This was one of the few steep staircases there was, here Will White tackles them down

Down Puerto Vallarta Speed and Style Photo Epic
Glenn King

Down Puerto Vallarta Speed and Style Photo Epic
Remy Metailler

Down Puerto Vallarta Speed and Style Photo Epic
It was incredible to see the speed Brian Lopes had on his race run

Down Puerto Vallarta Speed and Style Photo Epic
Cody Johnson

Down Puerto Vallarta Speed and Style Photo Epic
This way sir!

Down Puerto Vallarta Speed and Style Photo Epic
Tomas Slavik on his way to first place

Down Puerto Vallarta Speed and Style Photo Epic
Adrien Loron finding his way through the crowd

Down Puerto Vallarta Speed and Style Photo Epic
Remy Jumping into second place


STYLE

Down Puerto Vallarta Speed and Style Photo Epic
DJ Brandt amazed with crowd

Down Puerto Vallarta Speed and Style Photo Epic
Antoine Bizet

Down Puerto Vallarta Speed and Style Photo Epic
Ethan Nell

Down Puerto Vallarta Speed and Style Photo Epic
Reed Bogs

Down Puerto Vallarta Speed and Style Photo Epic
Ray Fournier

Down Puerto Vallarta Speed and Style Photo Epic
Reed Bogs

Down Puerto Vallarta Speed and Style Photo Epic
Sam Reynolds

Down Puerto Vallarta Speed and Style Photo Epic
Ethan Nell

Down Puerto Vallarta Speed and Style Photo Epic
Nicolas Cantu

Down Puerto Vallarta Speed and Style Photo Epic
Will White

Down Puerto Vallarta Speed and Style Photo Epic
Alejandro Salas

Down Puerto Vallarta Speed and Style Photo Epic
Ricardo Peredo

Down Puerto Vallarta Speed and Style Photo Epic
Antony Villoni


PODIUM

For the Speed side of this event, a short track made the top three guys so close to each other that the results were within the hundreds of a second. There weren't many parts of the track that could make up seconds, and any mistake would result in a great loss of precious time to this race.

On the style side of the event, I would not have liked to be judging this one bit, since there were quite a few guys making the crowd go as wild as it gets. You could literally hear the crowd screaming from the start gate at the top of the hill like a rock concert, none the less, Antoine took the win despite having injured his ankle the day before. Hats off to all the guys who sent it out there, it was quite a show.

Down Puerto Vallarta Speed and Style Photo Epic
From left to right: Bernardo Cruz 3rd: 1:27.93, Tomas Slavik 1st: 1:27.77, Remy Matailler 2nd: 1:27.81
Down Puerto Vallarta Speed and Style Photo Epic
Down Puerto Vallarta Speed and Style Photo Epic

Down Puerto Vallarta Speed and Style Photo Epic
From left to right DJ Brandt 2nd, Antoine Bizet 1st, Reed Boggs 3rd


FRANZ GROSSMAN

This story is dedicated to Franz. He was hurt in the race and is in bad shape. If you'd like to help a fellow rider, visit a Go Fund Me link that was set up for him here and help him out with what you can! #staystrongfranz.

Down Puerto Vallarta Speed and Style Photo Epic


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33 Comments

  • + 25
 So... 2nd & 3rd get hot chix, and the winner gets 2 fat dudes Big Grin awesome footage...
  • + 1
 Was all somber reading the comments about Franz. Then I roll across this gym and bust out laughing. lol
  • + 0
 and if you look at the look on Cruz's face....not sure if it's the Monster or the (im sure) fine tahtahs that the Energy Girl is carrying around Smile
  • + 22
 Stoked to see the bit about Franz. First time I met him was at this event and he was a really nice guy. He's going to have a long road ahead for this recovery so lets help make that road smoother with some donations! Big or small, help this guy out!!!
  • + 13
 Risked your life for 5 grand. We need to change prize money!
  • + 1
 Thank you for making the oldest and most obvious statement in MTBing.
  • + 6
 100% positive energy to Grossman, the video and the first hand accounts of the accident are horrific. I seriously hope he's doing better and he pulls through. So sad. On a happier note, that photo of Peredo is absolutely crazy good (as are so many others).
  • + 4
 #staystrongfranz

Thanks for the kind words...!
If you can spare some money, please donate. Even if it's just a small amount. Every cent helps.

I know him from the time we worked together...
Such an awesome guy.
Always smiling, even when he's mad.
I hope so much, that he'll be back on the bike again.
Because that's what he loves the most.
  • + 4
 Epic pictures and magic words!
  • + 1
 This is an accident that never should have happened, shameful course design, who the f*ck ok'd that line? Please pull through bud x
  • + 1
 P.s, i'd literally just watched the clip and was still shocked by it. I in no way want to attack the build crew or apportion blame to anybody, i'm sorry if i caused offence or hurt anyone in any way with my abrupt comment. Just want the dude to pull through, my heart goes out to everyone involved.
  • + 1
 @deadmeat25: I had the same exact thought when I watched it. I still feel the clearance of that was a gross oversight and someone should be held responsible to at least ensure it never happens again.
  • - 1
 This is no different than a thick, low branch on a conventional track. Stop playing the blame game.
  • + 1
 One of the 'tubes is still up with a bunch of comments about how it should be taken down and how there's a course description/debrief/video or some such thing and all the racers should have been aware. Blah, blah, yada, yada. Just because he's a racer or there are low trees elsewhere doesn't mean this is okay. Hopefully several factions learn a lesson here.

I geared up for a 7:32 long video and at the :03 mark I'm done with my jaw on my desk. Holy shit...one of the most ungodly sudden sounds in a video.

There's way too many factors at play here to appropriately assign any blame. Best of thoughts to Mr. Grossman, his family and his friends.
  • + 1
 your fellow British Olly Wilkins, Christian Fariclough,
  • + 1
 @inter71: you're a dick
  • + 1
 @inter71: you're a dick
  • + 1
 @vtbert: Nah, I'm a nice guy.
  • + 3
 Pull through Franz!!!!!!!
  • + 1
 BTW, Does anyone close to the situation have any updates?
  • + 3
 Monster girls
  • + 1
 Looks like Bernardo's got his eyes on the prize...
  • + 1
 Que buenas fotos Nico!!!!
  • + 1
 Excellent story and photos, congrats Nico!
  • + 1
 Puerto Vallarta beautiful place Smile
  • + 1
 Rifado como siempre Nico!! Que chingonas fotos! saludos!!
  • + 1
 Amazing shots and deep words Nico. Gracias!
  • + 1
 Awesome photos bro! the track seem pretty cool too!
  • + 1
 nice shot.
  • + 0
 Rembrandt looks like the saddest guy in Mexico in that picture
  • + 1
 Glenn king! Killing it!
  • + 1
 Great pics Nicolas!!!
  • + 1
 Remy has nice abs.

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