Video: Tomas Slavik's 2nd Place Run at the Brutal Downhill Urbano Manizales

Jan 15, 2024 at 11:06
by Tomas Slavik  


bigquotesAlmost forgot how brutal this race is and it's not just me. Downhill Urbano Manizales in Colombia is one of the most historical Urban DH races and definitely one of the most difficult ones. This race really tests your body and your equipment to its fullest! Huge compressions, big stair gaps, big jumps, insane speed and high altitude... I have to truly admit that I probably never went through bigger compressions then in Manizales this year. My main goal was to have a good training session before Red Bull Cerro Abajo series coming up and stay safe. Easy to say, hard to put it into real life. Went through many technical issues during trainings and unfortunately even in my race runs, but was able to take 2nd place which Im honestly really stoked as I look back and realize how many good riders ended up injured. This time it was true carnage....speedy recovery to all the riders that went down hard that day! Well, lets take a look how my day went in Manizales Colombia... enjoy my another vlog from Colombia! Have fun watching!Tomas Slavik




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  • 11 3
 I'd be curious to know what are the incentives to focus on urban downhills. Can you love going downstairs that much that you prefer racing urban and shopping mall races over world cups DH? Or do you focus on urban DH only when you realize you can't really compete with the best downhill riders in the world cups?

I mean I am not the one who will avoid a set of stairs if they are on my path but if I have to choose between staying in a city or go riding in the mountains/woods, there is no way I would ride stairs all day long.
  • 2 1
 love this controversy! obviously you cant make a living by riding downstairs... (slavik might be the exception who confirms the rule)
  • 3 0
 @RedBurn: Remember Slavik is dominant in 4X racing as well and doesn't he (partly) own that iconic JBC bikepark? Surely everyone wants to go there, imagine they're Marosi and overtake their buddies on that wallride Wink .
  • 1 1
 @vinay: "Remember Slavik is dominant in 4X racing"

Does 4x still exist? Maybe I am ignorant but I thought it was dead and had been replaced at crankworx like events by stuff like dual slalom?
  • 2 0
 @opignonlibre: Oh, maybe it is me being ignorant. There were eight 4X Pro Tour rounds in 2022 and five in 2023 but I can't find anything about 2024. Usually the rounds are announced in January but indeed I haven't seen anything yet. If it were "dead" as you say, it would have been mentioned somewhere wouldn't it?
  • 1 0
 @vinay: I see that the 4xprotour.com domain hasn't been renewed and is parked.
  • 2 0
 Ask the fans if they prefer to stay home and watch the race or travel few hours into the mountains
  • 1 0
 @bok-CZ: My questions was about the riders. I am not saying it is bad those races exists, quite the contrary. However my wild guess is that it doesn't change much for the true fans, however this urban dh races are great to give exposure to the sport to population who doesn't get the chance to be able to travel.
  • 1 0
 @RedBurn: it odd that a guy that cames from a county that is 84% farmland and nature becomes the urban downhill king.

Mind you Brendog comes from the south of England that is flat as a pancake and goes to ride Utah so maybe that's the secret to success!
  • 1 0
 @opignonlibre: It looks like the same, it is called downhill, but I´d say it´s a bit different discipline so you see different riders doing it.
  • 4 0
 This needs to make a return to the UK! I miss the urban DH races and have considered going abroad (example Poland) but the logistics of heading to South America rule me out...shame...
  • 3 0
 one question I've always had regarding urban DH, and maybe someone here has the answer or some insight—since these races are predominately on pavement wouldn't it make more sense to ride a pavement oriented tire? Something with less gnarly tread? Is there a reason other than tradition that these riders continue to use big gnarly treads? I've always wondered about this when watching these races which are truly incredible.
  • 2 0
 Great question, all I can guess is maybe they just want something with a really thick compound/sidewall for protection from all the square edges and maybe slicker/pavement oriented tyres don't offer the same protection as DH tyres? I'm quite curious if anyone has a real answer to this
  • 2 0
 Yes the logic would be that one ride slick tires but I guess there are no high volume slick tires with a low enough durometer compound available on the market and those races aren't prestigious enough for a brand to build special tires for it.
  • 1 0
 @opignonlibre: that's what I've heard the racers say too. Thick casings and soft compounds are more important than tread patterns.
  • 1 0
 the ground is not as compact as it seems... there is also a lot of gravel and dirt
  • 2 0
 @owl-X: If that is truly the reason, then why not have the nobbies cut off/down as they do when running mud spikes? Lower the rolling resistance while keeping the sticky rubber and tough casings...

Thanks for asking this Dirt-Mgirt; I have long wondered about this same question and was going to ask it here if I hadn't been beat to it.
  • 3 0
 @SeaHag @owl-X @opignonlibre @Joebohobo @blacktea thanks for entertaining my question and working through it. The compound/casing limitations and lack of availability seems like the most reasonable conclusion. It would be interesting if someday one of the racers did have a pavement tire option—I know given the market for these tires it's not likely. But it would be pretty cool to see if there is a speed/control gain to be had there. Thanks y'all!
  • 2 0
 @SeaHag: was thinking maybe the Dissector is the urban DH tire from Maxxis, as I've never seen it work on dirt...
  • 1 0
 This one was nuts as usual. That said, of all the Urban DH courses I have seen over the years, this one seemed the least gnarly/sketchy. That opinion of course is relative....
  • 1 0
 I don't understand the point of this self-congratulatory post. Tomas is certainly a great driver but some important information about the event is missing, such as the ranking.
  • 3 0
 I'd love go there on site. Seems like awesome athmosphere.
  • 1 0
 Not as hairy as some we've seen, but 100% commitment! Life changing crashes round every corner. I don't understand the psychology of it all. Fair play, but not for me!
  • 2 0
 That dude with his foot on the course!
  • 1 0
 Someone please explain to me the meaning of the longitudinal barriers at 1:02.
A brutal solution for world overpopulation?
  • 2 0
 cose che qui non capiamo ma credimi che in sud america sono molto più "svegli" ... buchi nell'asfalto, coperchi di tombini che mancano ... non cade nessuno e nessuno si fa male. Incredibile
  • 1 0
 Is it possible since he was riding a single crown fork, that he pedaled uphill and this was actually an Urban Enduro????
  • 2 0
 That's just nuts. Bravo.
  • 1 1
 Crazy organization allowing some spectators pulling out their legs where you might open the line...
  • 1 0
 Datle ty hovado takovy presnosti! Davej!







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