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Photo Recap: Bratislava City Downhill 2014
Jun 27, 2014
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Check in before you check out. A proper track walk is a must if you want to give your best.
The most second-guessed place at the whole track - this "little" drop with a blind landing.
If you like to think a lot, go to school. Here you just need to send it.
Mr. Call Center aka. Filip Polc. It is not easy to host a big event and ride in it, but Filip did a splendid job.
That's how you do a rider's meeting - BBQ on the rooftop of the hotel during the sunset.
Downtowns are not like a World Championships when it comes to pit space. Riders out here take care of their bikes mostly with their own skills and tools.
While most of the competitors had their tires ready for the race, Andrew Neethling started to cut the knobs just before the start. Better late than never.
The host himself during the training run.
Few moments later, the crazy Colombian - Marcelo Gutierrez fired up just right after Polc. They did a lot of follow ups during that day.
The grudge taker. A lot of riders simply passed this obstacle during their runs, but if you considered yourself as a top 5 finalist you needed to hit it.
Straight from down under, Tom Matthews racing for the lucky 13th spot.
One of the Masters brothers, Edward jumping the mid section.
Short knobs gave Andrew Neethling some extra air time.
The first section of the track ran through the ancient Bratislava's Castle just above the Dunabe river.
Martin Knapec was as fast as this photo shows. 8th position in the overall.
Bernard Kerr was on the podium last year, but this time he lost his luck and finished as one of the last riders.
The second part of the track was not so ancient and led through the newer parts of the town.
The bigger it is, the more attention it gathers. It's a simple rule for the public placement.
Johannes Fischbach took the 2nd spot by a storm with a little help from those V6 engines below his knees.
Filip Polc taking a short breath after claiming the sketchy wallride.
Keep it cool. Downtown scene looks like a big family and it should stay that way.
There are no soft spots for quick bails. Hopefully nobody got seriously injured but Bratislava ate a lot of wheel sets during the finals.
Tomas Slavik won the speed record category and gone home with 500 euros to spend on his car tickets.
The bottom view of the drop. Well, it looks too big to be hucked to flat for sure.
The wallride was a nice touch for the street riders, but sadly mostly downhillers showed up.
Rule of thirds with the Johannes Fischbach in the air.
Eliot Jackson just before the drop in.
Marcelo Gutierrez is not a stranger to the most brutal downtown courses, but in Bratislava he missed the podium by just 0.58 sec.
The capital of Slovakia looks like a good place to start your graffiti career. This time, please don't follow the white rabbit.
Luckily, he got away from the teasing wall with ease.
Let's go back in time to the early 2000s and huck a big stair set. Those were the days.
Full throttle by Martin Knapec.
Eliot Jackson knows how to turn a few heads at once.
Andrew Neethling posted this on Facebook "Man one thing you can say about
racing is the crowds are next level".
Mr. Polc just a split second before the win.
Give this man a life vest, he is drowning in cheering.
The fast five on a deck. Congratulations to all of the riders how made it to the bottom of Bratislava.
See you next year!
Official video from the event
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(Jun 27, 2014 at 15:25)
Going out to do this tonight. There is no crowd though, or other participants, or a race.
(Jun 27, 2014 at 20:36)
Still think they should either make the City DH Tour part of the World Cup Series, or just have at least one Urban DH in the WC
(Jun 27, 2014 at 14:49)
Dude won his own event, home course advantage!
(Jun 28, 2014 at 16:32)
There just seems to be something wrong with that. He could probably win on ANY course but just seems like unfair advantage...
(Jun 28, 2014 at 3:19)
I frigging love these photo epics! Please don't ever stop doing them, I get some many great wallpapers from the photos every time, and this has some of my favourites!
(Jun 27, 2014 at 14:58)
and all this events started in Chile Valparaiso Cerro abajo.
(Jun 27, 2014 at 17:45)
watched it live and was super bummed! was expecting 2-3 min runs of full heartstopping gnar like valparaiso and instead got 1 min / 5 obstacle run anticlimax
(Jun 28, 2014 at 3:34)
That colors and dynamism :O
(Jun 27, 2014 at 16:53)
such awesome pics , and the event looks like such good action to watch
(Jun 27, 2014 at 16:55)
Probably the first time needles has benefited from his short knobs...
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