Video & Race Report: Mariana Salazar & Roberto Castillo Win Costa Rican Open DH 2020

Jan 27, 2020
by Alvaro Castillo  

The first annual Costa Rican Open was a perfect weekend of pura vida downhill racing. Over one hundred riders representing ten nations came out to race the world-class downhill track. Track walk and practice day had dry dusty conditions. With overnight rain before qualification day, the track conditions were prime. The event ran as a promoter's dream, on schedule, no injuries, no rain, and happy racers. Among the 40 elite riders, World Cup racer Mariana Salazar from Dorval AM team showed up to the race to get some pre-season testing. The men's elite race heated up after qualifying day as Costa Rica National Champion Teto Castillio was felling the pressure from the USA.

Shuttles ran fast, getting the riders all the laps they could handle

Alvaro Castillo, race organizer and event promoter, making sure all rules were clear at the marshals meeting.


Mariana Salazar sending the cabuya's drop just before seeding. Salazar will come up with the fastest time in the women's class with a 3:13.074.

Central American champ, Mariajosé Montoya (left) qualified second, almost 40 seconds behind the world cup racer, Mana. Riley Weidman (right) qualified third.

Conrad Heahner qualifying fifth
Teto Castilio qualifying fourth

Titus Nicholson from United States Qualifies third

Windrock Bike Park owner, Sean Leader, sets the pace Qualifying First.

bigquotesOver the past four years making the trip to Costa Rica, I have watched the downhill community here develop. From spectators to participants, the passion for downhill racing in this small country keeps me coming back. Grateful to have such a family here. - Sean Leader


On Sunday, the women's class stood the same. Mariajosé Montoya from Honduras improved her time by almost 40 seconds. Mariana Salazar will go 10 seconds faster to get the top step of the podium.

Alvaro couldn't make any practice runs on Sunday because of the event organization. He managed to put his riding gear just 10 minutes before his run and finished in the top 15.

Damon Sedivy finishes 5th
Sean Leader finishes 4th

Seventeen year old, Pablo Aguilar from Costa Rica, finished 2nd overall and 1st junior.

National champ Roberto Castillo sent his life on race day and made the fastest time by over 4 seconds.

From left to right, 5 - Damon Sedivy (USA), 3 - Titus Nicholson (USA), 1 - Roberto Castillo (CRC), 2 - Pablo Aguilar (CRC), 4 - Sean Leader (USA).

Roberto and Mariana.

Good times all weekend.

All results can be found: HERE

Thanks to all sponsors for making this event happen. Also thanks to all those who came out and supported the event. Costa Rican Open DH 2021 will be January 24th, 2021.

Event sponsors:
House of Dirt Costa Rica
Universidad Hispanoamericana
Fox Racing Costa Rica
Star Cars
Destinos La Lucha
FOX Centroamérica
Teletica Radio
Asociacion Costarricense de Downhill

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 I was blown away by the road cycling scene in CR when we visited a few years back. We were in Guanacaste and Montezuma areas, so we didn't really get to check out the more gravity focused area, but we did rent and ride at Las Catalinas, which was nice. It was awesome to be driving through the countryside and see a whole team of young school kids in full kit on road bikes taking a break at a soda tipico. Our guides told us that cycling is really scene as a path to success for a lot of the youth, so it makes sense that the gravity scene would start to grow parallel to it.
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 Que buen evento!! I know a lot of people that have gone to Costa Rica and they all have nothing but great things to say about that place!! Definitely a place that is in my bucket list!!
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 Link to the track. Looks sick. As if I needed more reasons to move to CR. pura vida
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 After starting to follow Mariana on instagram I learned that I am not the only Salvadoran that does winter sports. My dream of being a multi-sport winter Olympic athlete may be over.
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 Where r your goggles Riley?!
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 I was blind after Cabuyas with them on so I took them off ????????
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Lol still drizzling for yall?
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 @mtbmaniatv: it was a bit moist
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 If you planing to visiting CR. I recommend to CR GRAVITY TRAILS to be best experience to riding in our country .
  • 2 0
 Good times! Thanks for hosting us!
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 It miss a good rainstorm on this dusty root garden Wink
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 It's fun when rains too, butter smooth corners are the key, they're only few of them in this fast straight rough race track. Enjoy
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 That mic guy was lit! Felicidades Teto!

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