Video: Chaotic Urban DH Racing in Tomas Slavik's 'Sound of Speed'

Feb 6, 2023
by Ed Spratt  

bigquotesGoing all out against the clock down countless stairs on crowded streets, barely a meter wide, on your bike, sounds pretty chaotic right? It also sounds like a thrill Tomas Slavik lives for and is what makes him travel to Chile year in, year out, to race Red Bull Valparaiso Cerro Abajo - the crown jewel of urban downhill mtb racing. Red Bull

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 Love trail dogs and all, but that pup at 00:48 was a surprise.
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flag kyleluvsdh (Feb 6, 2023 at 15:53) (Below Threshold)
 Pinkbike refused to post this on the front page for some reason so here it is:
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 This stuff looks so scary. Sure DH racing has its dangers too but the possibility of catching your handlebar on one of these fences and handrails (causing your front wheel to turn into it) seems so scary. Especially if there is a decent drop behind that... Obviously this man has proven he is comfortable enough to ride this stuff at speed and jump these narrow stairs. Whereas with other bike disciplines I can imagine myself riding a slower and smaller variation of what the pros do, I just can't relate to this stuff at all. Yes sure I could ride down stairs and all, but it would just be so slow it would be an entirely different skill. So yeah, I'm in awe, it is amazing. I just can't relate to it. I guess it is a bit like how some people like watching F1 car racing.
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 I'd wear elbow pads.
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 @suspended-flesh: Good one. Doesn't help that much if your bars catch a fence or railing though.
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 Back in the late 90’s mtb videos, anytime it was an urban setting they always had the token bystanders with that surprised/disapproving expression when a rider would bunny hop a park bench or ride down some stairs. Imagine if all of them could have seen this! Lol.
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 It’s all fun and games until you clip your bars on one of those rails at 30mph.

In all seriousness, though, these always look like a blast. Wish I could try.
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 he came so close to hitting the rail at like 25 seconds. insane. seems like you could very easily die if you clipped a rail at 30+ MPH.
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 This is awesome and frightening at the same time! Max kudos to Tomas!

Not related but perhaps somebody knows: why is Pinkbike completely disconnected from Freeride Fiesta? As if there was no mindf*cking mtb event a week ago...
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 Popular edit title…
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 Sound of Speed - Southern Hemisphere Edition?
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 @SATN-XC: "Slavik's Urban DH Racing in Chile: Hot Edit!"
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 Content like this... is what keeps me coming back to PinkBike.
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 wow................. scary... I would need full body armor, pads all around... and a set of balls... the cost of failure is sooo high, respect for anyone with that skill set
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 Slavik makes this look so smooth.
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 The question is, what bar width is he running.
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 So many immovable square objects
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 I liked the aero tuck.
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 Yeah me too, sadly the aero drag from his huge balls negates the tuck.
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 My long lost cousin!
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 I meant my brother from another mother!

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