Santisimo Downhill, a Latin American DH Classic - Race Report

Apr 25, 2017 at 10:28
by Diego Sarmiento  
Santisimo Downhill means something half way between Sacred and Blessed DH and is one of the most iconic races in Peru and South America, the same Valparaiso Cerro Abajo is for Chile, Open Shimano for Argentina or Santos for Brazil. It has been held the 3rd weekend of April since 2009. Riders claim it is more than a race, it's the perfect time of the year to come to ride your bike to Cusco. Why? Santisimo DH and the Incavalanche are held one weekend after the other. This means in 10 days riders can put in 2 races and in between there is plenty of time to ride around this top MTB destination.

This past April 23rd the 9th edition of this race was held inside the Sacred Valley of the Incas: Huayllabamba (Cusco, Peru) a place gifted with trails perfect for MTB. This district holds about 9 different trails with an average of an 800-meter drop. This year, the race gathered riders from 6 different countries.

Local kid enjoying a ride
MTB has become a real important touristic activity since Cusco is a top destination for the sport. Local kids love MTBikes.

Huayllabamba es conocida como la capital del Maiz
Since the Inca empire, corn has been and will always be an important part of locals diet. Did we mention Huayllabamba is the capital of the white corn?

SANTISIMO DOWNHILL EN SU NOVENA EDICION CON LOS PAISAJES MAS ESPECTACULARES DEL VALLE SAGRADO DE LOS INKAS
Hardtails, enduro bikes, DH bikes, the Sacred Valley has something for everyone.

DIA DE ENTRENAMIENTO SANTISIMO DOWNHILL NOVENA EDICION
Thin air at 9400 feet (2,800 meters over sea level).

Santisimo Downhill a Latin American DH Classic - Race Report
The road is closed for cars all the week (except for ambulances and rescue team), a very important detail to get 5 road gaps going on.

Santisimo Downhill a Latin American DH Classic - Race Report
Dust is a classic factor in this place, making riders wish for some rain.

DIA DE ENTRENAMIENTO SANTISIMO DOWNHILL NOVENA EDICION
A guy from the hood, Ario Ferri lives right next to the trail. He could watch his house from any place on the trail.

Volando al atardecer
Jumps, drops, road gaps, great views.... this is Santisimo Downhill.

Final senior
Andres Cisneros from Ecuador was pushing hard.

Santisimo Downhill a Latin American DH Classic - Race Report
The Sacred Valley Brewery made the first road gap this year.

Santisimo Downhill a Latin American DH Classic - Race Report
The race gathers about 5,000 spectators who climb walking to different parts of the trail.

LUCIO LOGRO EL PUESTO 1 CATEGORIA INFANTIL
Lucio Vellutino is a 13-year-old rider from Cusco who is stepping it up, taking 1st position in his class by far.

DIA DE ENTRENAMIENTO SANTISIMO DOWNHILL NOVENA EDICION
The ramps and features are only available for 4-5 days, some riders have been waiting all year to try them, others come early trying to check them of their checklist.

DIA DE ENTRENAMIENTO
Peruvian rider Sebastian Alfaro was gliding over the trail all the week.

Santisimo Downhill a Latin American DH Classic - Race Report
The Acurio family has all 4 brothers in the MTB scene. Cecilia Acurio waits patiently for her race run.

Santisimo Downhill a Latin American DH Classic - Race Report
Riders chilling before the race run.

Santisimo Downhill a Latin American DH Classic - Race Report
Pablo Noriega from Argentina made it to 7th.

Santisimo Downhill a Latin American DH Classic - Race Report
Mario Jarrin from Ecuador had a massive crash on Friday, sitting him down all Saturday. Mario handled a 6th place on the race run.

Santisimo Downhill a Latin American DH Classic - Race Report
Mauricio Acuña from Chile was one of the favorites. This year he got to 5th place.

Santisimo Downhill a Latin American DH Classic - Race Report
Juan Pedro Illescas from Peru was killing it all weekend ending up in 4th place.

Santisimo Downhill a Latin American DH Classic - Race Report
Sebastian Alfaro from Peru made it to 3rd, only 2 seconds away from the title.

Santisimo Downhill a Latin American DH Classic - Race Report
Alejandro Paz from Peru made it to 2nd place, only half a second back from the title.

GANADOR POR TERCERA VEZ
Pedro Ferraira from Chile made history taking the top step of the podium for the 3rd time. His time was 3:22:447

Whip Contest
A whip off contest was held in the main Plaza between the race run and the award ceremony.

Whip Contest
Of course, some riders whipped off, others wiped out.

Santisimo Downhill a Latin American DH Classic - Race Report
Lucio Vellutino on the top step of the podium for the Under 14 class.

Primer lugar Infantiles
Will we get to see Lucio in future World Cups? Only time will tell.

Santisimo Downhill a Latin American DH Classic - Race Report
Aria, a 3 year old biker kid, handing the medal to Piero Vellutino (Lucio's dad).

PEDRO FERREIRA GANADOR POR TERCERA VEZ DEL SANTISIMO DOWNHILL RECIBE SU MEDALLA
Aria, handing in the medal to Pedro Ferreira.

Santisimo Downhill a Latin American DH Classic - Race Report
Three Peruvians made it to the top 5 steps of the podium. It was a good race day for Peru.

Santisimo Downhill a Latin American DH Classic - Race Report
Full results of UCI categories.

Meseta de Maras parte superior del Valle sagrado
The old Sacred Valley of the Incas saying good bye to another edition of Santisimo Downhill. Until next April.

Special thanks to the people on the local government and to Beto Santillan for all the pics.
http://www.santisimodh.com


MENTIONS: @diegodhperu




4 Comments

  • 4 0
 Buenazo Diego!!! Congratzzz
  • 3 0
 De lujo! el mejor evento del Peru y uno de los mejores de latino america!
  • 1 0
 Increible Chabas!!! con todo!!
  • 1 0
 Epico! nos vemos en el Santísimo X

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