Video: Urban Legend - Marcelo Gutierrez

Mar 13, 2014
by Clay Porter  


What's it like to be a pro downhiller from Colombia? And what's it like to speed violently down steep, narrow, broken city stairs, through a tunnel of screaming fans? Giant Factory Off-Road Team rider Marcelo Gutierrez knows. This is his life. He's a rising star in World Cup downhill, and a straight-up legend in the urban downhill game. This is Marcelo's world like you've never seen it before.

Film by: Metis Creative

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100 Comments

  • + 49
 Proud of this guy! It is gonna be one hell of battle for the top 5
  • + 5
 8:01 oh hello there.
  • - 1
 she is not so impressed tohugh
  • + 5
 the mechanic is a boss!! and is the real driving force behind the team.
  • + 39
 Man, this guy is full on in this for all the right reasons, thanks PB and Metis Creative for getting this profile out there, sick riding, amazing destinations, great people!
  • + 33
 did you notice the huge flex of the wheels on the slow mo images
  • + 3
 Oh yea......tons
  • + 3
 DT Swiss wheels?
  • + 1
 doesn't seem like a DT swiss problem
  • + 1
 Definitely a Giant problem, not a DT Swiss problem...
  • + 2
 At the speeds he's hitting things, it's no wonder there's flex. Flex isn't always a bad thing though - It can make the rough stuff a little easier to control, sometimes improving grip and cutting out trail chatter.
  • + 3
 Yep, its a huge problem and is holding him back! Giant should be ashamed of making such a poor handling bike (sarcasm!)

You are always going to get flex in a wheel and as has been mentioned a little flex is not a bad thing.

Amazing video, top guy and awesome dad.
  • + 25
 Im From Manizales Colombia and i meet marcelo and family; Marcelo its more than excepcional athlete hes a Gentleman, good person, good friend. i remember when Marcelo have no more than 8 YO and wanna go with my team for ride (we have 25 YO aprox); and my friends say don go with the litle fat boy, its too slowly. LOL I allways say “the Karma its a Clown“ Go for it Marcelo: “EL MONTA“ m.youtube.com/#/results?q=hd+sostenido+monta
  • + 5
 See this guy next to the best top ten riders on the planet is the same feeling watching my nation flag on Marcelo's helmet ¡¡ Nice bro ¡¡
  • + 20
 What an awesome guy and amazing athlete! I hope he does well in the WC this year.
  • + 5
 sprint on flat land spprox. 1km? before hitting the flowy section ... defiantly preparing for South Africa WC .. super cool dude
  • + 13
 I met Marcelo last summer when he was traveling the North America east coast and had the pleasure of doing a trail ride with him. He is the real deal. I remember asking him about the urban races. I expected him to shrug it off, but he surprised me by saying how parts of those courses cause genuine fear. Fear that has to be overcome. Can't wait to watch him on the WC circuit this year.
  • + 13
 Its videos like this that make you think...Why did I give this shit up for 15 years for ecstacy.cocaine and discoteques?...oh well back racing at 40 and given up the ecstasy...and living the dream!! Bring it on!!!
  • - 6
flag jcjp94 (Mar 13, 2014 at 16:43) (Below Threshold)
 oh you did drugs? cool story bro
  • + 12
 I'd rather examine his discoteque addiction
  • + 11
 Everybody should take a page from his book , super humble , great dad and knows that he is fortunate to be living
his dream ( our dream ) , great clip
This race is sooo sick
  • + 10
 You gave up the ecstasy? What about the cocaine? I hear it's a hell of a drug.
  • + 3
 Apparently quite morish
  • + 11
 would be nice to see him on a WC podium
  • + 9
 Love it!

"the only thing you have to figure out is don't fall down"

Sweet.

What a dad.
  • + 4
 Good to see something by Clay Porter, his work is always top notch, but I always wish he would come out with a bit more material. Now that we are all stoked on his work, it would be a great time to unveil that Peatys documentary is coming out soon. I have been dying to watch that one for ages!
  • + 5
 I'm usually not a clay porter fan but , the was one of the best edited,well put together ,most engaging short films I've ever seen on mtn biking. --seriously glad its all the same volume and nobody is mumbling .Awesome!
  • + 1
 I was going to comment that this is the best video I've seen all year. Reminded me of a Clay Porter film. Then I read this and see that IT IS Clay Porter film. Great job Clay. And what a awesome rider - I'm now a fan!
  • + 4
 I got the chance to meet Marcelo last year when he was here in the states, he was staying with a friend while training at Mountain Creek. He tore up that mountain like no ones business. I swung by the house one day as I picked up some brakes and Marcelo installed them for me. The guy is just so genuine personal and down to earth. I will be rooting for him this year all the way...
  • + 2
 Did the brakes worked right, cus he is not really good with mechanics! hahahaha... He is awesome anyways!
  • + 3
 Lol well i am still alive, :-) He actually pulled it off well and had them lined up perfect...
  • + 5
 great edit, but rockshox come on can we please have the black box forks!? you would be doing all of us a favor by making every bike that has one 43.36547% sexier.
  • + 2
 Judging by your number, you used a number pad to type that? Only on a keypad is that number and decimal point a continuous, albeit curvy, line.
  • + 3
 Es un vídeo precioso, muy bien hecho, Marcelo es un deportista excepcional y admirado por muchos en latinoamerica, Felicitaciones.

En algunos países de Latino América el DH es muy poco popular, posiblemente debido a lo costoso que podría ser tener todo el equipo necesario, pero en algunas regiones se observa cierta tendencia a este deporte y el MTB en general, tal es el caso en mi ciudad Valencia - Venezuela, en la cual somos mas de 2.000 deportistas que practicamos en MTB, y a muchos nos apasiona el DH, pero muy pocos pueden llegar a comprar una Bike de 5.000 $ ya que eso equivale a 425,000 Bs. Es muchísimo Dinero, suficiente como para comprar una casa en una zona de clase rural.

El solo hecho de realizar este deporte es toda una proeza, Felicito a todos los que lo hacen y los animo a que sigan haciendo hasta el fin de los tiempos.
  • + 5
 What's the name of the song in 2:10 ? Smile ...btw. finally really good video on PB Smile
  • + 5
 02:51=Mad cornering skills.
  • + 1
 ^ Right on!
  • + 2
 One of the best edits and cinematography I have seen in a while. The tight slo mo shots are an eye opener. As in how a bike performs under race conditions. The city race is wicked!
  • + 4
 Awesome Video! Love the slow-mo, his dad, and the message.
  • + 3
 Excelente video Marcelo se lo merece por su perseverancia y disciplina congrats lechon and his brother its coming
  • + 2
 Bien trabajo Marcelo!!! What a great ride life is when you believe in your vision. Keep living your dream. I am cheering for you.
  • + 2
 I had the opportunity to make it a interview him the last year for my website, i can tell you he is an AMAZING person.
  • + 4
 much fast so shred
  • + 3
 That Ginger was a touch out of place...
  • + 2
 You've got to give his Dad mad props, what an awesome guy. riding and racing is way better when its a family affair
  • + 3
 That forest action=Sick as F#$k!
  • + 3
 bit of a rad dude!
  • + 1
 Can someone post this from pinkbike? I really wanna see it but the great firewall of China won't let me Frown
  • + 1
 Colombia is a badass place, even if you're not going there to ride you should take a trip there.
  • + 1
 Great video. In Colombia few know, is a great athlete and deserves to be recognized. ¡¡Grande Marcelo....adelante!!!
  • + 1
 Boooyz come on....what's the name of the song in 2:10. It's totally amazing !!!!!!
  • + 1
 Goes to show dreams to come true. Congrats. One great rider that all his training has payed off.
  • + 2
 You know its fast when it looks fast on a GoPro!
  • + 1
 Once on the iPhone at work, again at home on the desktop! Great work Metis!
  • + 2
 Sooooo good...He's going to be un the podium forma sure
  • + 1
 Holy f'@#king sh#t, that was an absolutely crazy speed down those steps. Absolutely no margin for error !!!
  • + 2
 Warning: 6:46 hot policewoman Smile
  • + 3
 No way
  • + 4
 Ummm... If that's your thing.
  • + 2
 "You have to beliebe you can do it" haha
  • + 2
 Cool big threat for next season
  • + 2
 Marcelo ur the best congratulation bro
  • + 1
 I wish Red Bull and Monster would stop making their riders wear their hats.
  • + 7
 Well if you sign a contract and they pay you 40 grand a year they basically own your head
  • + 1
 While Red Bull does seem a bit overzealous with their marketing from time to time, they do put on some pretty kick ass events!! gotta hand it to them, they're an awesome positive "non-bike company" sponsor of the sport.
  • + 1
 Is 40K an accurate number? I always thought it was more.
  • + 1
 It vary's to sport to sport, but biking I believe its around 40
  • + 2
 He is amazing 3 Orgullo colombiano :-)
  • + 1
 He's one of my favorite riders. I'll be rooting for him. Those camera angles were so sick!
  • + 1
 "Twenty-seven 5" license plates coming to a trailhead near you. 3...2...1...
  • + 3
 Grande Marcelo!!!
  • + 1
 Go Go Go Marcelo!!!!!!!!!!! VOD
  • + 1
 Cool rider, cool edit, great pictures. This made my day Smile
  • + 1
 Hey ,whats the song for the edit, awesome riding tho, super sick!
  • + 1
 one rider to look out for this season definitely!
  • + 1
 giant factory off-road team rider ----> urban legend. f*ck logic
  • + 1
 So Rowdy! So Rad! Such a great story...
  • + 2
 Carbon Glory looks fast!
  • + 1
 I am felling so proud , it's colombia !!! Go marceloo!!!!
  • + 1
 Great riding and awesome camera work!
  • + 1
 Loved every second of that!
  • + 1
 amazing edit...Unreal Rider...Go Marcelo!
  • + 1
 7:55, oof! I better get a new speedometer....
  • + 1
 zarpado video se mandaron.... muy muy bueno.... great video...
  • + 1
 VOD! Love this guy! My favorite quote: "I'm living my dream."
  • + 2
 Bien Hecho. Congrats!!
  • + 1
 Riding in the rainforest could be brutal, i'll have to try it one day
  • + 2
 Hay mucho de eso en Xalapa y en la Sierra Gorda en Querétaro.

Saludos
  • + 1
 En la sierra gorda. Interesante. Sabras el nombre de alguna pista? Pa buscarle
  • + 1
 Pista como tal no existe pero hay un monton de brechas y single track para bajadas larguisimas.
llamo al contacto que tiene la información y te la envío en mensaje personal, saludos
  • + 1
 best 10 minutes of my week so far. who did the soundtrack?
  • + 1
 His form reminds me of Gwin a little.
  • + 1
 inspirational...
  • + 1
 Buen Video!
  • + 0
 COLOMBIA!! REPERZENT!!!!!
  • + 1
 What a rider...RESPECT!
  • + 1
 No that's a cool vid!
  • + 1
 VOD!!
  • + 1
 mostro!!!
  • + 1
 SONG?????

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