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.
The My Zeil mall with its unique architecture.
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.
First time in Frankfurt in the My Zeil mall which has the longest free hanging escalator in Europe.
It was raining hard outside so it was at good day to stay inside.
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.
Preparation of the bike of Denny Tischendorf.
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.