Photo Recap: Adrien Loron Wins Down Puerto Vallarta 2019

May 23, 2019
by Nicolas Switalski  


For its third consecutive year, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, hosted the Down Puerto Vallarta Speed and Style event. Riders from all parts of the globe and from several disciplines arrived to this venue to enjoy this event that took riders from the highest part of the city bombing down stairs and alleys straight to the beach!

The event, as always is divided into two: the downhill race for the "speed" side and the trick contest for the "style" side of the event.




Speed
The track, as with previous years, was designed by BSI, it was a short, steep but physical track with few pedaling sections and some technical features that all came together for a fastest time of 1:26.30. The format for this race is made up of one warm up run followed by two timed runs, the fastest run would count as the best one.

While all the usual favorites for the podium were there, as with any race, the unexpected happened and made the final result quite an interesting one. Previous years saw riders likes of Tomas Slavik, Remy Metailler and Bernardo Cruz take the win but this time those usual suspects would find it hard to defend their position in the top step and would have to hand over the win to new faces in the Urban Downhill scene.

At the end of the day, the fastest time would go to the Frenchman Adrien Loron with a lead of +0:00.21 over the Chilean winner of Valparaiso, Pedro Ferreira. They were followed by a new face in the Urban Downhill scene, the Colombian Camilo Sanchez with a time of 1:26.54. Watch out for him in upcoming races.

The start of the course was just as it was last year only with a slightly higher drop. Tomas Lemoine dropping in and proving on his final run he has speed as well as the tricks, landing a 6th overall

It was not Remy Metailler's race, some mistakes would deny him another win here

Oliver Cuvet tackling the first sections on the track

John Buckel styling it out

Ray Syron

Such a deserved podium after ending up with no bike sponsor! Adrien Loron had this one coming for a long time!

Watch out for this kid in the coming races, Camilo Sanchez was flying down the course


Bernardo Cruz had a slammer in practice on Saturday and I guess he couldn't shake it off for his final run

Last year's 3rd place was for the Mexican Ray Fournier, this year he was on an all or nothing mission, and unfortunately it didn't work out for him

Ricardo Peredo was the fastest Mexican this year

Pedro Ferreira came confident from his win at Valpo managing to place 2nd here

Tomas Slavik had a flat on his warm up run, was .47 behind Adrien Loron on his first run but couldn't hold it for the second run

Style
The style side of the event is always a favorite among spectators and it brings the sport to a huge audience. Around 40,000 spectators gathered at this year's event to watch riders like, Sam Pilgrim, Ethan Nell, DJ Brandt and Reed Boggs to name a few, style their way into a frenetic crowd that cheered on until the sun set on the horizon.

The contest rules as before should judge the combination of tricks done on the three jumps at the end of the track.

The winning combos were as follows:

First place for the Spaniard Bienvenido Aguado - Front Flip Tuck No Hander, Back Flip Table, Front Flip Superman

Second place for Englishman Sam Pilgrim - Flip Tuck No Hander, Front Flip, 360 Invert

And third place for American DJ Brandt with - Flip Can, Oposite 360, Front Flip

Antoni Villoni

Yannick Granieri

Antoine Bizet flipping for the crowd

Ethan Nell

Bienvenido Aguado took the win this time with a Front Flip Tuck No Hander, Back Flip Table, Front Flip Superman

Sam Pilgrim on a mission to win

Tomas Lemoine

Reed Boggs

DJ Brandt's third place trick combo was Flip Can, Oposite 360, Front Flip

Remy Metailler

DJ Brandt

Reed Boggs

From left to right: Pedro Ferreira, Adrien Loron and Camilo Sanchez for the speed side of the event, and for the style side DJ Brandt, Bienvenido Aguado and Sam Pilgrim



23 Comments

  • + 30
 A year ago you would only see Mexico on pb onces or twice a year.. now we see it onces a week!! We must be doing something right!!
  • + 5
 California Enduro is in Ensenada this weekend and I am sure Pinkbike will have photos next week. Some awesome riding in Ensenada and TJ too
  • + 3
 @femto505: yeah man (Y)
  • + 4
 Give latin american riders the credit they deserve! Pedro ferreira has been a pain in the ass for every top urban dh racer the last couple of seasons, hasn't missed a single podium and is representing a new team, all this year.
  • + 7
 Camilo Sánchez still a Junior, go Paquito!
  • + 6
 Great photos as usual, Nico!
  • + 2
 Nico, amazing work as always. Just wished you got more shots of me in the Trans Vallarta last year, I should learn to not be DFL all the time Wink
  • + 2
 That first picture looks like something out of a video game. Unreal. You really captured the feel of the event and now i want to go to a race!
  • + 2
 Daaamn those are some stellar photos. The colorful flowers, the sunsets...man what a great spread.
  • + 2
 Camilo Sanchez is a hell of a bad ass kid... such a great person and athlete. Go Paquito!
  • + 3
 Amazing pictures here, great venue.
  • + 2
 Great to see Bizet and Granieri back in the mix.
  • + 1
 amen to that those guys are rad
  • + 2
 Niko ídolo!
  • + 2
 Great photos!
  • + 1
 looks like quite a session...
  • + 0
 How come Loron is not sponsored more? Man is a beast!
  • + 7
 no way man. he's a washed-up d-bag french rider at this point. been getting his ass handed to him at crankworx in recent years. can't sponsor someone who's not putting up the results.
  • + 4
 @youknowitsus: agreed. He’s such a pouty bitch when he looses something at CWX too. Awful to watch
  • + 3
 @nskerb: thanks dude. Glad other people see WTF I'm seeing.
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