Today was the third stop of the 2016 DownMall Series. Established 6 years ago with no more than three stops, the series is now growing with races scheduled in Hannover, Berlin, Frankfurt, Budapest, and Bratislava, with the final set to take place in Prague at the end of the European winter.
At the first stop, Johannes Fischbach took the win against Tomas Slavik. Then at the second stop in Berlin, Fischbach made a mistake and was not able to jump a drop, and Slavik was able to take the win. So in today in Frankfurt things were getting exciting with crowds wondering who would take the lead in the overall.
For the first time, DownMall took place in the My Zeil mall, one of the most modern shopping malls in Europe that features a unique view of Frankfurt's skyline.
The weather outside was rainy and windy, so it was a good day to have an exciting race in a mall, even if the roof had problems keeping the water out... Where regular customers were making normal purchases, 30 riders raced against each other on the slippery, tiled floor.
The bikes are very varied. Most use 4X hardtails, others ride small fully's. The tires are mostly street tires and to get more grip some riders use glue or wax.
This track was the longest one in the history of the DownMall. UK urban downhill rider Ben Moore shows us the track in his helmet Cam video.
The track goes straight out of a ramp into the biggest double of the track, then over some small obstacles followed by a long sprint section down to the finish area on the ground floor.
At the beginning of practice, many riders tried to find the right speed for the first jump. Some overshoot and some land at little bit too short.
The race starts with a qualification run which shows that it will be a tough fight between Tomas Slavik and Johannes Fischbach. After the qualification, the last ten riders are cut.
During the second qualification run another 10 riders were cut. It was still a hard fight between Slavik and Fischi, but Fischi took the victory by two-tenths of a second.
During the finale things get exciting but Fischbach wins with a time of 51.03 seconds. Slavik is 00.1.14 back.RESULTS
1. JOHANNES FISCHBACH
2. Tomas Slavik
3. Jakub ŘÍha
4. Bartosz Giemza
5. Miki Nevrkla
6. Hynek Strouha
7. Ben Moore
8. Aiko Gohler
9. Gustaw Dadela
10. Joey Van Veghelfacebook.com/arkady.DownMall