2014 Valparaiso Cerro Abajo In Photos

Mar 4, 2014 at 9:43
by John Wellburn  

Bienvenidos a Valparaiso, Chile! Every year for the last 12 years Valparaiso has hosted this urban DH race. Living in Argentina at this time of year, it is close for me to pop over the mountains for the race. That said, this was the first time I have been able to make it! It was an experience I won't forget soon and I hope to be able to make it back next year. The amount of spectators that come from all over South America and beyond is huge. Judging by the murals of bikers in the streets, the people are pretty welcoming to the sport here.

  Guillaume Cauvin on his first lap of the course.

  Hutchinson UR represent!

  Sik Mik Hannah with some of the best style of the day by far. Mick ended up taking home 4th this year.

  The stair gap. Timing out the gap over this set of stairs was a move that only a few of the racers opted for, shaving seconds off their run.

  Marcelo Gutierrez, defending champion from last year, stayed on the podium, but dropped to second place this year.

  The crowds that gather for the Valparaiso Cerro Abajo are incredible. People love racing in Latin America.




  Filip Polc on his way to 1st place during his race run.




  Jumping the fence onto the race track with a little romance...



  Tomas Slavik , finishing in third this year.


  Thanks for a great time, until next year Valparaiso!

We leave you with an onboard view of Marcelo Gutierrez's race run:
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17 Comments

  • + 18
 I would be kind of scared running into a dog or even worse hitting my handle bar on a hand rail going like 50.
  • + 4
 +1 Those chutes look soo narrow. Need full body armor for this course.
  • + 11
 And a brainectomy...
  • + 10
 *lobotomy
  • + 17
 A frontal lobotomy would just flatten you mate. Ventral amygdalofugalectomy (which isn't a real procedure but the main pathway of the brain associated with fear) would be helpful, but it is closely wired to your pleasure centres. Guess that's why we love a danger buzz Smile
  • + 0
 Definitely not a lobotomy; I'd want the whole thing taken out before I tried to race that!
  • + 1
 Hah, so funneh.
  • + 6
 That was Impressive, rarely do POV vids look this fast. I was scared. Also, Amazing Photos
  • + 1
 Yeah, the video is very good, it really transfers the feeling of speed!
  • + 3
 that's a whole calendar's worth of images. beautiful pics.
  • + 3
 I feel like this is MTBs answer to the Isle of Mann TT
  • + 1
 I do a ton of urban riding but this shit!WTF!its crazy and looks fun as hell
  • + 2
 yeahh Awesome pics and great video of Colombiano. Grande Chile..
  • + 1
 guy at the start whit clock looks like couldnt manage to get until race end Big Grin
  • + 1
 Why is Polcster riding Formula Discs on his Saint Brake? Any benefits?
  • + 2
 this is crazy
  • + 1
 Urban downhill, not even once!

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