Video: Tomas Slavik's winning POV from Mad Of Lake Urban DH in Italy

Apr 19, 2022
by Tomas Slavik  

Tomas Slavik is once again the king of the Mad of Lake. The reigning Four-Cross World Champion, who has already won the City Downhill on Lake Garda in 2019, was the fastest of them all yesterday in both the morning qualifying race and the afternoon race.


"I would say that Mad Of Lake is probably the best Urban DH track in Europe. It's not so wild as the South American and it's hard to compare with it, because the structures of the cities are just different here in Europe. But this track is getting better ever year. In the final run I did huge mistake in first section of the track and lost some time....and I knew I have to go to the limit in the rest of my run. I was pushing really hard, touching fences, drifting and really holding good pace. Crossed the finish line on first spot and really stoked that I got away with win after such a mistake."

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On the second step of the podium another name of excellence in the speciality, Frenchman Anthony Vidal, runner-up in the 2019 World Cup downhill top ten, who finished the race in 2'33"840. In third place, the first of the Italians, Cristoph Moser (2'35"111) from South Tyrol, second in 2021.

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15 Comments
  • 21 0
 And he did all that with the puny Lyrik up front? I was led to believe anything other then ZEB is practically unrideable!
  • 4 0
 And while we're puzzling, what the heck does "Mad of Lake" mean? "Made of Lake" could be sponsored by water co. "Maid of Lake" could be about really pretty girl, but "Mad"? Could someone please show organizer how to Google translate?
  • 4 2
 @powturn : mad of lake significa mad of lake! Gara spettacolare, location unica al mondo, thomas un mostro.
  • 3 0
 @fabrizio1973: 3 misused English words: sound & fury, signifying nothing. I'm sure the location is fantastic, but if the organizers are trying to communicate with the world, they're failing. What are they trying to say in Italian?
  • 4 0
 @powturn: i think they want to say "the madman of the lake" because whoever wins the race is considered the craziest but unfortunately in Italy we get by with the English language ... it would be enough to ask ... can you translate me into correct English "il pazzo del lago"?
I remember a competition in the early 2000s that we organized ... one of the members had the task of making the t-shirts for us organizers ... when they handed over the t-shirts on the back there was the word "stuff" instead of "staff"
  • 2 0
 @blacktea: Ha! Good stuff.
  • 16 0
 Is it even urban DH if there's not a feral dog chasing you?
  • 5 0
 Turn the resolution down to 144 and you can nearly not watch him pedal for over 2 minutes! That looked like a brutal 2 minute sprint and not an urban Dh race. Maybe call it an urban Enduro stage.
  • 3 0
 All the pedalling was to escape the feral dog. The last time I watched that much pedalling it was at a California DH race.
  • 1 0
 That definitely didn't look DH. Enduro bordering on XCO I'd say.
  • 2 0
 Took me a while to find out that the race was in Toscolano-Maderno. And where Toscolano-Maderno is. And where the sponsor LB Gelateria is. Now I know where to buy my next gelati.
  • 1 0
 Toscolano Maderno is on the west coast of Lake Garda Smile
  • 1 0
 oh man that trophy makes the Qatar Worldcup in look like a urban local race!
  • 2 0
 Finally somebody who records a DH run at 60 fps. Diky!
  • 1 0
 Fun fact: a 16yo kid flipped the jump at 1:25







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