Urban downhill racing returns to Valparaíso, Chile this Sunday, for a 17th year running. Red Bull is live streaming the action, so you don’t have to miss a single stair gap or rooftop huck.
Last year’s race winner, Czech urban DH specialist Tomáš Slavík is back in Chile to defend his title. In the Valparaíso Cerro Abajo event preview, Slavík gets some last minute help from Chilean enduro motorbiker Benjamín Herrera before his race run. If you want a slightly more accurate preview of what racing the course will look like, check out the Czech’s 2018 winning run further down the page.
For the 17th edition of Valpraíso Cerro Abajo, one of the most extreme urban DH courses in South America has been extended further. 35 racers from around the world will test their skill and endurance on the lengthy, two kilometre course, hitting speeds exceeding 60km/hr on roads, sidewalks, off roofs, and down the infamous Valparaíso stairs.
The course again finishes at the fountain of Neptune at the Plaza Aníbal Pinto in Valparaíso’s town centre. While Slavík is the favourite to set the fastest time down, having won the past two editions, there’s a long list of international and local talent looking to stop the urban DH specialist from claiming a hat trick of wins.
Whistler resident Rémy Métailler and fellow French rider Adrien Loron will join Norway’s Brage Vestavik as the top international contenders. Chilean rider Matías Nuñez knows the streets well, and used the home court advantage to finish third in 2018.
Watch the Red Bull live stream below to join the 20,000 fans expected to line the course on Sunday. A full replay of Slavík’s 2018 winning run is below that.
Tune in to watch live when racing starts on Sunday February 10 at 1:30PM in Ontario, 10:30AM on the West Coast (Pacific Standard Time).
Before that, what Thomáš Slavik speed through the streets on his way to a second straight win in 2018