Urban DH in Medellin, Colombia

Nov 9, 2014 at 17:18
by Daniel Sie7e  
Medellin, Colombia's second most important city, holds a fame that many would like to forget, but every story has two sides.

Middel section drop off between the crowd UrbanBike Medellin 2014

A city which feels like summer all year round is a paradise many envy and is the perfect location for some off season racing. After the Urban DH Cup was over, Polc and Marcelo came to Medellin as guests for a special event held every year which gets bigger and bigger by the time.

Medellin Columbia

This year the race took place in Comuna 13, which one would tell was the infection point for many of this city's problem but now this seems to be almost over and a great opportunity came on for a spectacle many hadn't seen before. Over 70 riders rushed trough narrow alleys full of stairs, sharp turns in an invasion neighbourhood where no architecture and urbanism rules seem to apply. Low rooftops, long balconies and uneven stair sets was the chosen location for this 1:47 min. course.

UrbanBike Medellin 2014 Start. Top of the mountain


UrbanBike Medellin 2014

It's great seeing that the city council could see some potential and got involved in the sport. Marcelo was also of great help trying to get the event out and maybe even one day make this a stop of the City Downhill World Cup.

UrbanBike Medellin 2014

Cityscape


Colombian food s awesome

Polc bombs stairs even on the off season

Urban Bike Medellin 2014

Kids cheering look behind a fence UrbanBike Medellin 2014
People were super happy to see the riders bomb down the stairs people walk on a daily basis.

Thight space no room for mistakes. UrbanBike Medellin 2014

Steep bridges to avoid sharp stair turns. UrbanBike Medellin 2014

Marios from Ecuador loves coming back to the eternal spring town. UrbanBike Medellin 2014

Big wooden ramps and bridges to avoid sharp turns were added to the track, making it much more fun and dangerous. Reason why a couple of riders decided not to race but it did not make an impact on many of the skilled riders who went all in and raced against the champion of Urban Downhill.

Medellin s most iconic rider. UrbanBike Medellin 2014

Shit happens UrbanBike Medellin 2014

UrbanBike Medellin 2014

Sharp turns in between balconies and rooftops. UrbanBike Medellin 2014

although short of height holds a big heart. UrbanBike Medellin 2014

Finish line UrbanBike Medellin 2014

Due to his last carsh at Taxco s UrbanDH Marcelo walks the track on the final un-official stop of the UrbanDH season.

Until next year - a destination for riders all around the world who love to ride all year long and maybe one day, part of the Urban DH WC.


6 Comments

  • + 4
 im just gonna leave this here.

youtu.be/q8yvaBTQFOo
  • + 1
 Good write up, Beautiful city. MEDELL├ŹN HP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 2
 nice pics good post! Medellin se lucio! saludos desde Cali
  • + 1
 Medallo es Medallo
  • + 1
 Good post mate
  • + 1
 Nice!

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