Taxco is famous for its silver, much of which is still handcrafted in small shops all over town.
The two favorites lead the way during track walk.
As always the usual City Downhill powerhouse riders like Filip Polc, Bernardo Cruz, and Thomas Slavik were the heavy favorites coming in, but as is always the case in racing nothing is ever certain. Slavik flatted on his first run and Polc made a crucial mistake that allowed Bernardo Cruz set the early fast time and put pressure on the others. It also allowed Matt Walker and Neko Mulally to mix it up at the front as well. During their second runs, Polc would step it up to better the time of Cruz from the first run, and Matt Walker would pull seconds out of Mulally and Slavik to ensure himself at least third with only one rider to go.
With all eyes on the timing clock as Bernardo Cruz scrubbed the final two jumps it became apparent it was going to be an extremely close race. As Bernardo crossed the line the cheers of the crowd told the story, and by 0.56 of a second the Brazilian would win the prestigious Downhill Taxco and its 6k euro prize purse for the second year in a row.
No one hits stairs as fast as Bernardo Cruz.
Mexican National Champion, Javi Lopez.
Local favorite, Javi Lopez.
A flat tire would ruin Tomas Slavik's first run, but he would come back strong on his second run to take 4th.
Fox News Mexico were on hand covering the event for national TV.
All the boys are psyched to kick things off in Taxco.
9th place for Mexican favorite, Alberto Gonzales.
Top Mexican rider and local legend, Ricardo Preciado in 8th.
Matt Walker styling up the final jumps in training.
Finn Iles sprints to the line.
Andrew Neethling's bag and race kit was lost in transit, but he made do with this custom job.
Neko Mullally threads the needle down one of the narrow alleyways en route to 5th.
Kiwi privateer, Matt Walker surprised many with an amazing run that would land him in 3rd.
Always the man to beat, Filip Polc drops into the main square.
Filip Polc gave it everything he had to beat Bernardo's first run time.
Bernardo squashing the final kicker trying to chase down the fast time of Filip Polc.
All eyes on the clock as Bernardo sprinted across the line.
Bernardo Cruz is the king of Taxco for the second year in a row.
2015 Downhill Taxco podium.
With the crowd now properly stirred into a frenzy, the best trick contest took place as a rapid fire 30 minute jam session that saw 10 rider whip trains, flips, spins, and even a few spectacular crashes. Ethan Nell would be the first rider to really throw down and set the bar early on. Soon after Antoni Villoni dropped jaws with a massive cliffhanger that looked to be unbeatable until Cam Zink unloaded a perfect nack/back flip. And with that the competitive side of the 2015 Downhill Taxo came to a close, leaving plenty of time for what some consider the real main event.... The infamous afterparty.
Massive crowds greeted riders once again in Taxco.
With Geoff Gulevich still in the hospital with food poisoning, it was up to Noah Brousseau to throw down for the Rocky Mountain crew.