After being forced to skip Red Bull Rampage due to visa trouble a few weeks ago, speed demon Rémy Métailler took the win at the 2017 Taxco Urban DH. For those not familiar with these races, riders hurl themselves down narrow streets and stairsets through cities all over the world, dodging buildings, the crowd, and sometimes even stray dogs. Rémy's Taxco run is nothing short of incredible.
For those of you who don’t know about the Megavalanche, it’s likely the rowdiest race you’ll ever see on two wheels. Mass tart. Crashes. Glaciers. Rocks. Crashes. Oh, and did I mention carnage? There’s really not much else to say. Take a few minutes to appreciate the gnar, and please pardon Ben Deakin’s French. RELATED: 1500 Mountain Bikers Race Down a Glacier P.S. If you really only have 30 seconds, fast forward to 2:18.
Every year, hundreds of mountain bikers descend on the legendary Megavalanche course in the French Alps to compete in a mass start downhill race. The course starts at 11,000 feet, high on Alpe D’Huez’s Pic Blanc, before descending nearly 9000 feet back to the valley floor over glaciers, snow, and gnarly singletrack. The race takes endurance, incredible bike handling skills, and a whole lot of luck to finish. This year’s winner was EWS racer Damien Oton, with a time of 38:55. Check out
Within the weird subculture that is mountain biking exist even more highly polarized subcultures. Enduro, DH, cross country, you name it. While they all involve rolling around on dirt aboard a two-wheeled machine, sparks would fly if you dared confuse a DHer with an endurbro or a lycra-clad weight weenie. RELATED: Specialized Just Dropper the Best Marketing Video Ever Made The funny thing though, is that bikes these days are attempting to bridge that gap more than ever. With Enduro bikes