Race Report: A Wooden Roller Coaster Through the Streets for the Villa De Sarria Urban Downhill

Jul 24, 2019
by José Domínguez  

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.

Off we go

The 'gondola' is not the fanciest thing in the world, but it does the work and it does it fast

Surprised pilgrims watch the jump of a local rider

A couple of riders checking the speed of different lines

Just in case you don't remember where you are...

This Spanish 4X and DH legend knows how to jump

Enduro riders are always welcome to participate in DH races, trying to leverage their pedal power over the bigger travel of the dh rigs

For this eighth edition of the race there were some minor changes to the track that made the finish part a little harder for out-of-shape riders, but the competition was as close as always

Stairs are a must in a downtown race

And, of course, there is always some pedalling effort to make

Ups, downs, berms... Sometimes the track looks like a rollercoaster

The staff are the key to make the race possible

The jumps amaze people from all over the world

There is always time for a little showing off during the training runs

And there is also always time for the camera after the training runs

Lots of people lined the last parts of the track

And the goat (not the actual GOAT, of course) watching the whole show from the top of the medieval tower

Race time means going very, very fast

After a tight race, Marco Veiga achieved his 4th win of the race on men scratch category, followed by the Master-30 European runners-up Manuel Pellón and Daniel Ruiz

Manuel Pellón also won the Master-30 category ahead of Juan Ramón López and Rubén Vazquez

Master-40 category was dominated by the local David Díaz, followed by the also locals Abraham Castro and David Gómez

In the women scratch category, the Master-30 European Champion Fany Cabarcos went for a back-to-back win ahead of the Spanish 4X and downhill legend Eva Castro and Uxía Álvarez

Scratch podium (left to right): Eva Castro, Manuel Pellón, Fany Cabarcos, Marco Veiga, Uxía Álvarez and Daniel Ruiz

After this year’s race, DHU Vila de Sarria strengthens its position as the best urban downhill in Spain, and the DHG Team is already working on bringing the best athletes, bulid new features and definitely to make the entire event even better for the next year

MENTIONS: José Domínguez Photography / DHG Team

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