Sarria is a small town located in the north west of Spain, counting barely 14,000 inhabitants and is most famous for being one of the habitual stops of the Camino de Santiago, a walking/riding route Christians do to reach the tomb of St. James in Santiago de Compostela. The actual Way goes through the center of the town, which is full of historical buildings, churches and even a 15th Century medieval fortress. And that is where a downhill race also takes place every year.
For one week, the local DHGTeam convert the streets, paths and the riverside of Sarria into the best wood park you can think of. They have been working side by side with local authorities and businesses since 2012 to make this event into reality and it is getting bigger and bigger every year. They transform the town into a great bike festival for everyone, from pilgrims to riders, youngsters and some clueless people who don’t know what is happening there.
The track, considered by the riders as the best urban downhill in Spain, is crowded from top to bottom with wooden structures and features like doubles, wall-rides, jumps over vehicles and even a drop from the roof of a warehouse, where the riders can maintain the flow and show off if they fancy. Of course, there are also some big stairs to make it more fun and challenging for the riders, but the main sensation is that there is wood all around.
And the goat (not the actual GOAT, of course) watching the whole show from the top of the medieval tower
MENTIONS: José Domínguez Photography
/ DHG Team