Wild in the Streets - Taxco Urban Downhill Finals

Oct 25, 2014
by Matthew DeLorme  
People are darting about, frantic in getting up and down the track. The square is alive and packed like sardines by 10:30 am. The energy here in Taxco is about as insane as all of the wires that criss-cross from telephone pole to house and up and down and back and forth. In this Taxco edition of the City Downhill World Tour, Filip Polc took the overall lead with a second place finish, and Bernardo Cruz took the win.

good morning Taxco
  Good morning Taxco.

Sunrise warms the face of the hill in Taxco.
  Sunrise warms the face of the hill in Taxco.

It was an early start for practice on the lower section. Racers were shuttled up in the back of pick-ups and in vans to get to the drop of by 8 am.
  It was an early start for practice on the lower section. Racers were shuttled up in the back of pick-ups and in vans to get to the drop of by 8 am.

Taxco Urban DH

Taxco Urban DH

There are artisans working on jewlery in nearly one house per block here in Taxco.
  There are artisans working on jewelry in nearly one house per block here in Taxco.

Not a bad place for a cat to hang out and watch a race if a cat were so inclined.
  Not a bad place for a cat to hang out and watch a race if a cat were so inclined.

This town uses a fair amount of electricity.
  This town uses a fair amount of electricity.

Clipped in and still moto inspired Ropelato had his foot plat scrubs over the spine dialed.
  Clipped in and still moto inspired, Ropelato had his foot plat scrubs over the spine dialed.

Thomas Slavik rallied the stairs to take 3rd
  Thomas Slavik rallied the stairs to take 3rd

Today s eventual top 3 were all riding in a speed train during morning practice
  Today's eventual top 3 were all riding in a speed train during morning practice

Barnard Kerr up close and personal with someone s balcony
  Bernard Kerr up close and personal with someone's balcony

Will White was all limber and ready to throw down first thing this morning.
  Wil White was all limber and ready to throw down first thing this morning.

Mitch wasn t the only one with scrubs dialed as Bas wasn t afraid to slide things sideways.
  Mitch wasn't the only one with scrubs dialed as Bas wasn't afraid to slide things sideways.

A fall in Taxco is never a good idea.
  A fall in Taxco is never a good idea.

Putting the finishing touches on that legedary Taxco silver.
  Putting the finishing touches on that legendary Taxco silver.

Taxco Urban DH

Taxco Urban DH

Filip Polc was 2nd on the day but would take the overall title in the 2014 City Downhill World Tour.
  Filip Polc was 2nd on the day but would take the overall title in the 2014 City Downhill World Tour.

Heal up Jamie Goldman
  Heal up Jamie Goldman

A bloody helmet and handlebars tell the tail of Goldman s day. Luckily he is just scraped up a bit and will be ok.
  A bloody helmet and handlebars tell the tale of Goldman's day. Luckily he is just scraped up a bit and will be ok.

Barnardo Cruz scrubs the final jump en route to the fastest time of the day.
  Bernardo Cruz scrubs the final jump en route to the fastest time of the day.

R-Dog inspired by ever present the crosses here in Taxco.
  R-Dog inspired by the ever-present crosses here in Taxco.

Taxco Urban DH
  Brett Rheeder just getting warmed up with a big back flip.

Remy Metallier skipped the big jump and went for a massive wall ride instead.
  Remy Metallier skipped the big jump and went for a massive wall ride instead.

R-Dog whips as Gully flips during the best trick jam
  R-Dog whips as Gully flips during the best trick jam

Finn Isles shows why he is the the king of the whip.
  Finn Iles shows why he is the the king of the whip.

Finn Iles getting his legendary whip on.
  Another shot of Finn for good measure.

Bernardo Crruz played his cards right today. Cruz walked away with the win.
  Bernardo Cruz played his cards right today. Cruz walked away with the win.

Gully and Reehder took the early lead with text book style
  Gully and Rheeder took the early lead with textbook style

Superman Wil White
  Superman Wil White

Makken and R Dog trained up on their seeding run.
  Makken and R Dog trained up on their seeding run.

CVD got in late last night and pretty much hit ecerything cold. Sure he had a couple spills along the way but he ended up nailing the wall ride to back flip.
  CVD got in late last night and pretty much hit everything cold. Sure, he had a couple spills along the way, but he ended up nailing the wall ride to back flip.

At the bottom of the first set of stairs on his first run yesterday Kerr yeller That was Awful Crealry he got used to it quick.
  At the bottom of the first set of stairs on his first run yesterday, Kerr yelled,'That was awful!" Clearly he got used to it quick.

Antoine Bizet won best trick with a massive front flip for the 2ns year in a row.
  Antoine Bizet won best trick with a massive front flip for the second year in a row.

Rheerder dropping out of the living room and into the street. Rheerder took a respectable 8th today.
  Rheeder dropping out of the living room, and into the street. Rheeder took a respectable 8th today.

Marcello had a crash on his seeding run that nearly tore off the tip of his ring finger. Heal up quick Marcello.
  Marcelo had a crash on his seeding run that nearly tore off the tip of his ring finger. Heal up quick Marcello.

If this was a stadium it would have been sold out... Standing room only
  If this was a stadium it would have been sold out... Standing room only.

Tomas Slavick charging hard mid way down the track. Slavick took third.
  Tomas Slavik charging hard mid way down the track. Slavik took third.

Cruz Polc Slavik Ropelato and Kerr make up the top five in Taxco.
  Cruz, Polc, Slavik, Ropelato, and Kerr make up the top five in Taxco.

Taxco Urban DH
  Your 2014 Taxco Urban DH Champion - Bernardo Cruz.

It s hard not to think the drying laundry here looks very much like the prayer flags of Tibet.
  It's hard not to think the drying laundry here looks very much like the prayer flags of Tibet.

sorry not sorry. It s time to party and the Taxco after party is one of the best all year.
  Sorry, not sorry. It's time to party and the Taxco after party is one of the best all year.

Bandaged up at the end of the race. Marcello had to make a trip to another hospital this evening to ensure his finger is well taken care of.
  Bandaged up at the end of the race. Marcelo had to make a trip to another hospital this evening to ensure his finger is well taken care of.

Mick Hannah was on the out skirts of the autograph mob. Things got wild in the thick of it.
  Mick Hannah was on the outskirts of the autograph mob. Things got wild in the thick of it.

There aren t DH fans anywhere else in the world like this. Well done Mexico Thanks for the love.
  There aren't DH fans anywhere else in the world like this. Well done Mexico, thanks for the love.

Thanks TAXCO we will see you in 2015
  Thanks Taxco, we will see you in 2015



Bernard Kerr's 5th Place Run:




108 Comments

  • 76 8
 I dig the townhill series. It's great to see some heavy hitters there supporting our sport and making an event like this such a big success. The track ain't no joke with drops like that... It's growing folks. Even in war-torn places like this.
  • 25 1
 The Sounthern hemisphere urban events series is what helps me survive winter.
  • 10 0
 awesome event and great photoset

please can we have one of these events in London, England? I have just the right track already earmarked with some steep elevation coming off the NW into Central London Wink
  • 6 5
 Are there any hills/descents in London? I never spotted any Big Grin (Apart from those that led to the underground)
  • 1 1
 I wanna see this run!
  • 33 0
 War-torn? Unless you mean the Federales fighting the drug cartels.
  • 6 1
 the photos were great and all but no video?!
  • 2 0
 There must surely be a better place in the UK to host one of these kind of townhill races rather than London mate, if they want to make it a spectacle then they need real nasty steep staircases and a good length of decent. I couldnt imagine London being that suitable. That said, I hope they hold one somewhere in te UK soon with all these top riders showing up like this......
  • 10 0
 Edinburgh springs to mind - off the castle through the old town? Bristol has some vertical too and probably a gnarly path down to the river.
  • 3 0
 It's cool to see racers and free riders together in the same event throwing down
  • 24 4
 ALL SPONSERS: Give these guys a raise$ You can take it out of your enduro budget.
  • 30 18
 Well, War-torn?????
I just feel sorry for the red neck that wrote that. There are more killings in US schools every day than in Mexico with the drug problem.

War??? you are so dumb my texan friend, you are at war, we are not.
  • 30 3
 345 people have been shot in US schools since 1980. In 2013 there were 940 murders in Acapulco alone (making it a city with the 3rd highest murder rate in the world).
In the list of 50 cities with the highest murder rate in the world 43 are in Latin America. First non Latin American city is Cape Town in 20th place, first US city is Detroit in 24th place.
  • 3 3
 @RLEnglish , high 5 for that one
  • 4 2
 lol war torn
  • 2 0
 Lausunne Switzerland is one if the only european cities i can think of that has a similae elevetion drop within a well populated city, maybe Koblenz in germany too. But nothjng i can think of in the UK
  • 3 4
 Texan? Yes... Redneck? Yeah a college educated one.... Friend? Probably not. I have Mexican bros from down there that call some places there just that, war-torn.
  • 12 0
 guys... stop it with the Stereotype stuff...this is not the place for this type of discussion, dont make a fool of yourselves cheers
  • 1 0
 I don't understand what can be such a big problem to call the magistrat of any town, you guys are living in, and ask for permission to have like a half of the width of some urban stairs taped out for half of a Sunday. An event like this does not need as much organisation as it may seem. Just some will. A mayor won't call you to ask if you want to ride some stairs, because he has probably no idea of, among other, how it should look like. A mayor is usually a very busy person, who sticks to his wife / her husband, family after work, so there is no a tiniest chance to count on his initiative. This seems obvious to me. An event like this can only happen in some free time of a weekend, or even an evening, because other citizens surely do have some life and duties to perform. You should try. "How hard can it be?" Afterall medieval customs belong to the past. It's democracy and everybody is equal, right? It is so easy to ostracise, or criticize an event of others initiative, and when it comes to some devotion, there are only whining puppies left, helplessly looking at each other.
  • 3 8
flag skyguy504 (Oct 26, 2014 at 22:29) (Below Threshold)
 Do you think everyone in the USA is a redneck because Im not one of them. If you think rednecks are people from Texas well thats kinda more correct. Not everyone in the USA is from fucking Texas ya rotter
  • 3 0
 @skyguy504 I have no idea whose comment you are replying to, but USA is one enormous country. Its size is comparable with Europe, so the only major reason for all generalisations and sterotypes is its collective name. This way people address some specific type of personality they think of, describing it American, but it is way to wide term (like European). In my opinion there are people in USA worth every bit of worlds existing respect and people who don't deserve it at all. There are not many countries and nations as big as the USA, so the generalisations should more be labeled with the names of particular States, if ever. However this is known only to Americans or possibly tourists. So please calm down. There are opinions in the world about Americans who are fat, rude, stupid and arrogant, but there are also people who are extremely intelligent, of majestic talents and deserving loads of appreciation and respect. In fact there are all types of people in every country and the only blame the USA bears is the number of the citizens named all Americans and types of personalities concentriated around places, so it is all very visiblle and considerable. This is like saying all Europeans steal cars. It is not true. Some Germans perceive Poles to be car thieves, but I don't know any and I would not steal a car even if had nothing to eat. Generalisations and stereotypes are just the wrong tools to use in life at all, especially among worldwide internet societies like on Pinkbike.
  • 4 3
 @Narro2 while I agree that if 43 of 50 cities with the highest murder rate in the world are in Latin America, it looks like a stereotype, I doubt that it's something we can stop because it's not us who started it.
You can't change the truth by not talking about it.
  • 2 1
 London as a venue?

we certainly have some long, steep sustained road hills coming off the NW towards Central London

a number of years ago some buddies and I seriously looked at holding an event we called "City Super Cross" in the NW location. Some stairs in tight streets, but then leading into the construction on the road of huge dirt jump and timber booters / stunts (wallrides, north shore ladders, etc.) coming down the steeps

Got as far as talking to insurers, local authorities, etc. we quickly found that the costs of operating the event were way beyond our meagre means, but certainly within the realms of Red Bull or a similar sponsor
  • 2 1
 A lot of people recommending London. I think that would be a great venue. A big international city like London would put urban DH on the map.
  • 4 0
 If london really has the steeps that you talk of then they should def make it happen next year. the crowds would be unreal
  • 2 0
 What does 'coming off the NW into Central London' mean? Any urban DH track in Highgate/Hampstead & GG/Swiss Cottage is gonna be NW but hardly going to make it into town
  • 2 1
 @extremmist, get yourself a couple of plane tickets and travel around the world,outside your continent...talk to real people.
That will change that mindset of yours you got going on right now.
  • 2 6
flag lalodh (Oct 27, 2014 at 10:45) (Below Threshold)
 Haha, just what I was thinking, those comments coming from somebody from a little island that had one of the blodiest civil wars of last century and daring to talk about Acapulco......one of the pieces of paradise of the Pacific Ocean.
  • 3 3
 I don't need to fly anywhere to read this: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cities_by_murder_rate
Btw I'm not native Irish, I've only been living here for 5 years, apparently not long enough to witness scenes like this: www.borderlandbeat.com/2010/12/two-men-brutally-dismembered-in.html
  • 1 1
 @lalodh tu estas igual wey
  • 2 0
 Igual a que te refieres? amo a mi pais y me caga que estos pendejos que nunca han salido de sus pueblitos generalicen una situación que si es mala pero que está sucediendo en todo el mundo. He representado a mi país corriendo bmx en centro américa siendo campeón panamericano 3 veces y una vez campeón continental ganadole a los mejores de sudamerica como Colombia. He sido noveno lugar mundial corriendo DH y representando a México con eduación y no con sombreros de charro y pedotas. Así que no creo estar wey
  • 37 0
 Urban downhill makes me think of the Isle of Man motorcycle TT.....get it wrong and your wearing somebody's front door.
  • 2 0
 Right you are Norski, but in this case it is probably more like "somebody's front door is wearing you"!
  • 28 1
 It's cool to be present at events of this level in my country, see you next year
  • 17 0
 I love the shots of the jewelry stuff, it's cool to see into the culture. Also that bloody helmet and handle bar is crazy!
  • 2 0
 ops meant to reply the comment below
  • 16 1
 Great photos. Can't wait for the video. I need to see Bizet's front flip!
  • 2 0
 Instagram #taxco it's there
  • 11 0
 I just came back from a three hour ride on my downhill bike. Bombing down stairs, gaping curbs and doing bike path road gaps. I am ready for next year!
  • 5 0
 fuck yeah urban assault!
  • 15 2
 Where is Tippie with his sombrero?
  • 8 0
 Great article but is missing something. The race wasnt for foreigners only, what about some pictures of the mexican downhillers?
  • 5 0
 This is just so badass. Its like on the opposite side of redbull rampage, with more of a race then freestyle but just enough of both to bring all kinds of characters out of the woodwork.
  • 8 0
 Wallride to back flip? thats sick
  • 2 0
 That's CVD.
  • 10 1
 Sorry if i seem like an idiot but whats CVD
  • 6 0
 I belive it is chris van dine
  • 7 1
 Who is Chris Van Dine? And how did he get on an 'initials only' deal so quickly? Took bloody CG 25 years.
  • 2 1
 CVD has been a pro downhiller and freerider for many years. No international rules for nicknames the last time i checked.....
  • 3 0
 Ahhh, sorry about that. No LOL and a ton of smiley faces. My apologies.
  • 8 0
 How has Rémi come SO SO high on this wall ????
  • 13 1
 That guy is a wizard
  • 4 0
 Yeah honestly, the kid boosts harder then any one I've ever seen. I watched him over the lower candian open section in whistler a few times this year, where he pulls those bikes skills from ill never know.
  • 1 0
 Wall ride to front tire tap on a balcony...creepy!
  • 8 1
 Nac nac, is brendawg there?
  • 7 0
 Bizet's front-flip : instagram.com/p/umn6novh39
  • 2 0
 Holy crap he's nuts ! Landed so clean too
  • 6 0
 Parabéns você merece Bernado Brazil Campeão!!!!!
  • 3 0
 Man if people could stop being closed minded and head down there to just ride... And eat our food. We have so much potential all over the country!
  • 5 0
 wil white \m/
  • 3 0
 Check out the filip polc photo. There's a nasty looking piece of medieval architecture underneath him.
  • 1 1
 GREAT JOB TO ALL!!! THE FANS, THE RIDERS, AND THE PHOTOG. THERE'S AN URBAN DH RACE COMING NEXT MONTH IN ENSENADA, SO IF YOU LIVE IN SO-CAL IT'S JUST A FEW HOUR DRIVE. A COUPLE OF OUR RAMPAGE BIKE EMPLOYEES WILL BE TRYING TO GET BAPTIZED WITH CHAMPAGNE ON THE PODIUM. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE.
  • 3 0
 I own the same bike as Mitch. And ride DH trails with it in Utah. It will do anything!!!!
  • 2 0
 Love the piece of twine holding up all those power lines so the riders don't get hung/electrocuted!!! PODs all over the place here. Insane.
  • 4 0
 So, where are the results? Nice write up, but it leaves you hanging.
  • 1 0
 nothing like this race in taxco, one of the most cities DH full fan people in the world fore sure, theres a lot of history in this event, and the people of taxco have a awesome culture about race DH.
  • 5 2
 Parabéns Bernardo !!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 9 6
 whos this Finn Isles? I've never head of him
  • 14 0
 lol im talking about the typo
  • 3 2
 Blood on your bike is the ultimate show of manliness and dedication. I still haven't washed the blood off my cranks from the last rock that split my shin open.
  • 4 1
 Metallier wallride, dope.
  • 3 0
 Nice to see Wil throwing down!
  • 2 0
 Werd! That kid is gonna win rampage soon...
  • 2 1
 I still don't get why everyone uses knobbly tyres. surely a semi slick would give way more grip. something like a 2.5 hookworm would be ideal for this
  • 2 0
 Might be due to the top part being a normal dirt track , and a lot of the paved areas are pretty worse for wear with uneven surfaces and broken areas
  • 3 0
 Golman was on a hookworm. It was not a good choice. You need knobs to brake on stairs and cobblestones effectively.
  • 1 1
 ah yeah, ok. stairs i understand. i do tend to just slip down them now i think about it. cobblestones i don't have much experience riding on them but i guess it is the same principle.
  • 3 1
 yeeeeeeeeeees, Bernardo won!! Happy for him, he trained a lot this year and deserve that.. www.facebook.com/bernardocruzdh
  • 2 0
 If I ever rob a bank in Taxco, I'm pretty sure i just saw my getaway route...
  • 2 2
 Am I the only one happy a 29r didn't win but disappointed it got 4th. I was hoping for last no need for another DH wheel change.
  • 2 0
 It's good to see Ropelato. Good riding.
  • 2 0
 Stoked for Kerr, great result!
  • 1 0
 wall ride over the last jump wins over stupid hyped out whip from the whistler robot kid.
  • 2 1
 Whenever I see Taxco I think wallride. 3rd storey, white wallride.
  • 1 0
 epic pictures. thanks to the men behind the cameras
  • 2 0
 me want a video
  • 1 0
 absolutely love these photos.
  • 1 0
 so nice, have just no idea what comment is needed)
  • 1 0
 Stairs hate going up them....
  • 1 0
 woooooooooooooooooow awesome pic's!
  • 3 1
 Parabéns Bernado!
  • 1 0
 these races are insanely gnarly
  • 1 0
 Wales would be a better place for this than England.....just saying :p
  • 17 17
 Everytime i see Wil White now, all i think is wahhhhhhhhh
  • 6 6
 I call BULLSH#T with your thoughts gclarida... He'll be in the mix with the steeze he's got like it or not!
  • 13 12
 didn't say he couldn't ride, just said he is whiny. I'm sure when no one picks him up for the next few years because he is sore loser, and he doesn't win rampage again, he will fall off.
  • 9 6
 Fall off of what? One of the highest drops of the event..... Sore looser? There's only one winner of Rampage and I'm sure everyone is sore after an event like that.
  • 9 9
 But not everyone has a full article on pink bike of crying.
  • 5 3
 And that is his fault? All bull,the kid can shred and he is fighting to get his name out. He should have been more mainstream years ago.
  • 5 1
 You do realize he's the only Rider at rampage that can and will expose the politics though right? He has nothing to lose if a big name said what was really going on he would have some voicemails to answer to executives who want to protect image at all costs including politics
  • 1 0
 Curious to know what you guys are talking about - can you link me to a page/article? Cheers
  • 1 0
 Search rampage in articles and there's one about wil white after rampage
  • 3 2
 Brasil!!! Big Grin
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