Since 2003 the city of Valparaiso Cerro Abajo has played host to one of the craziest urban downhill races in the world. With its endless concrete stairways and serpentine back streets, the Chilean city lends itself to some truly death-defying bike stunts—and over the last 16 years has become a formidable challenge for the world’s best downhillers.
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This year’s 1.8 mile course saw riders gapping both a school bus and a car; riding through a house; launching off a roof; and at one point descending around sixteen flights of stairs in a row (it’s tough to count when they’re jumping two flights at a time). The defending champion, Czech rider Tomas Slavik, again took home a win with a finishing time of 2:42. First-time Valparaiso racer Matt Walker finished just .5 seconds behind, with local rider Matias Nunez rounding out the podium with a time of 2:44.
You’ll definitely want to catch the audio on this one. (See if you can spot the bus at 1:02).
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