The Downhill Challenge Medellin has set the Guinness World Record for the longest urban downhill mountain bike race track in the world. The 2,274.485 metre long track snaked through Commune 13 of the Colombian town, which is infamous for its association with drugs baron Pablo Escobar.
The record was corroborated with "topography experts" and the UCI and was confirmed by Natalia Ramirez Talero, official adjudicator of the Guinness World Records. With hundreds of steps, tight corners and a couple of hefty booters at the bottom, the track looks to be a proper test of riders. That said, a lung-busting climb in the bottom third of the track will probably have been the hardest section of the race on downhill bikes - a case of quantity over quality maybe?
The race was won yesterday by Chilean rider Pedro Ferreira with a time of 3:49.79, with Adrien Loron in second and Bernard Kerr in third.
It kind of sucks to see so many including the author connecting this race and location to a troubled history that took place 30 years ago.... time to move on, people. Colombia is an incredible place to visit with I think, 6 different ecosystems all in one country. Its unreal and I cant wait to rip around the coffee region next summer.
A race is a race.....I'm guessing the riders knew what they were entering so who's more upset, you or the guys on the podium?
and if you want not made up on the internet proof please let me know when you are here I am an attorney and have many friends at the Mayors office I can take you there for you to know the thruth. Im seriously not trying to one up you is just that our mayor is very happy selling the narrative that evrything here is great and dont get me wrong for tourism it is but that doesnt take away from the fact that most of the people living in the comuna are living in hell.
And yeah a one day race thing with a lot of police and military proofs nothing as I said the gangs are very smart they probably enjoyed the race and then went on charging their weekly extorsion fee when the police force was gone.
on 2018 just on June in the Comuna 13 there were 37 recorded murders and that is before it got really bad.
Most of this is drug related and thereis no program in place to stop that because the poltcal parties try to use the fear.
Ah OK so I can't speak on the matter and yet you admit I was being factual in reference to the topic at hand- Medellin, where this race is happening. Gotcha.
I’d love to watch you ‘rip around the coffee regions’ within comuna13 !!! Your chat is made for the internet. Listen to people who know what’s up. No one is glamourising anything. The whole reason for the event is that it’s an area that’s struggling. Just because you watched Narcos on Netflix doesn’t mean you’re king of Colombia. ????????????
On the other hand if you have some common sense and respect life in general you'll enjoy all the great experiences.
I've lived in Bogota, Cali and now Manizales and I've spent plenty of time in Medellin the past 9 years and Colombian people good and slightly bad are still the kindest and most friendly people in the world and the Mountain bike scene is the fastest growing in the world and for all the right reasons.
Medellin is like the silicon valley of Colombia. Educate yourself, you self-righteous, bandwagon douche. It really sucks PB doesn't take the time to properly represent areas which in turn hurts that area's reputation and tourist business because it seems PB members are too ignorant and lazy to learn about it themselves.
Also...Track looks rowdy AF
Second never did that shit...
Third it was a joke as a pro mtb girl was involved in that exact type of situation.
Anyways, when in Colombia....
Apparently no one gets sarcasm in Columbia.
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