It’s hard not to hold your breath when you watch Tomas Slavik send it on the urban course of Red Bull’s Valparaiso Cerro Abajo. Every time the Czech rider gaps it over staircases and weaves through alleyways, we ignore the consequences of what could go wrong, for a thrilling display of urban mountain biking at its finest.
The premise of the race mimics conventional DH racing: The fastest to the bottom wins. Simple right? Except instead of fresh loam, riders are forced to navigate asphalt, concrete stairs, and cobblestone in the streets of Valparaiso, Chile. Watch as Tomas Slavik pins in through the narrow course to narrowly claim victory over Kiwi Matt Walker.