Race Report: Super Downhill Mama Rumi 2019

Nov 8, 2019
by Alejandro Janeta  

In Ecuador, the Andes mountains form two big ranges, the central and the occidental that goes along the country. The occidental range has some big volcanoes like Chimborazo, the highest in Ecuador with 6,263 meters above sea level, and it is closer to the Pacific Ocean. Its occidental face drops from about 4,000 to less than a thousand meters of altitude in a few kilometers. The vegetation changes dramatically from Paramo, highlands full of grasses, to the dense Tropical Montane Forest, and then to Tropical forests and agricultural lands. In these steep slopes, you can find some of the best trails in the country, long and technical singletracks that were established by merchants even before the Spaniards came to America.

The most famous of these trails is Mama Rumi, a long track with a mix of technical and fast terrain. Most of it is a single trail full of bobsled sections, called "culuncos", that offer great natural berms and ruts. It also has lots of sharp rocks in every size, slimy roots, and jumps. With only a couple climbs, Mama Rumi offers a beautiful adventure that crosses forests and plantations in 12 kilometers that descend from 2,800 meters above sea level to only 800. Ten years ago, the idea of racing this trail entered the mind of local rider Mauricio Gaibor and the journey began. The trail itself has seen a lot of changes through the years but the last unusually long and dry season made the surface really fast and dusty. With the addition of some jumps at the finish, next to the small town of Telimbela, it was set to be one great race.

Sebastian Reascos led Jose Batallas through one of many green arches on the upper section.

You will get tunnel vision for sure.

There's a lot of places where the trail seems to hang on the border of the mountain.

The dark and green montane forest offers a good start for this adventure.

One of many technical parts in the upper forest, the "Ascensor" (elevator) has seen some changes too.

The trail is lined not only by trees but by big rocks and boulders.

The surface is far from smooth.

There are some rocks big enough to be turned into booters.

Further down the trail, the turns got looser and looser.

Andrés Sotomayor throws a manual while entering the "MX" section.

The the amount of dust and the steepness of the last section made it difficult to brake and stay in control at the same time.

The small town of Telimbela gets busier as the race gets closer.

An early start and some nice light for the younger riders.

Women's winner, Gabriela Loaiza, enters one of the many bobsled sections.

The forest is dense and grows quickly when the rainy season starts.

Turns into turns help the trail navigate the steep mountain face.

You will find some nice flow before the only open section.

The MX is a mix of open and tight singletrack with a rough but really, really, fast surface.

Entering the dark tunnels can be tricky with the high speeds.

There are some nice natural berms too.

The MX was dry as a bone all day long.

The young guys were fast and left some big clouds of dust.

Oscar Bravo crosses the first banana plantation in the lower section.

After the bananas, it's time to cross a sugar cane field.

The views are as amazing as the riding.

Some switchbacks are needed to descend this part of the mountain.

Here, you are close to the finish, but with at least 19 minutes of downhill on your back, it is far from done.

Everyone though Cristian Valdivieso's time will hold has he caught Daniel Romero in the last bit of trail.

Juan Jurado jumping the last hip in the bamboo forest to reach the finish line and the party in Telimbela.

Four out of ten is Mario Jarrin's win record in Mama Rumi.

With a track this long, anything can happen and the last riders down the hill had to start the race in the rain. It was not a problem for the Ecuadorian Downhill Champion, Mario Jarrin. He was the first to break the track record. Behind him was the last Open Shimano Latam winner, Cristian Valdivieso. The third best time was set by Alejandro Cedeño, who spent a long time in the hot seat. Last year's winner, Patricio Pereira was not able to put on a fight after he slipped over a rock and punctured his rear tire in the first section of the track. In the women field, Gabriela Loaiza made a clean run and a set a great time.



1. Mario Jarrin – 19:58.139
2. Cristian Valdivieso – 20:24.226
3. Alejandro Cedeño – 20:32.962


1. Gabriela Loaiza – 32:20.614

More information and photos at Mama Rumi.


  • 3 0
 Excelente reportaje!!!!

Este es un evento que no podemos dejar pasar los amantes del ciclismo y de la adrenalina.

Primera ves que soy parte de este evento como competidor, padre de competidor y amigo de muchos de los presentes. Solo tengo agradecimiento para la vida, mi familia, los amigos y para los organizadores que se esmeraron al máximo para tener un evento a la par de cualquier competencia internacional.

Amigos no duden en visitar el Ecuador y ser parte de esta fiesta “Súper Downhill MAMARUMI”
  • 2 0
 UP! to the regional content in Pinkbike!
  • 1 0
 Thanks, @Montenbaik!

Mountain biking in the region is growing and our trails deserve to be known and preserved. Cheers!
  • 1 0
 Genios, se pasaron con la cobertura!

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