Valparaiso – still the craziest urban downhill race of them all!

It’s spawned a host of imitators – Bolivia’s Descenso del Condor, Mexico’s Downhill Taxco, Colombia’s Downhill Urbano Manizales – but we reckon Chile’s Valparaiso Cerro Abajo is still the craziest South American urban downhill race of them all! The jumps are massive and a race-ending bar/wall collision is just a hair’s breadth away. No wonder Cedric Gracia needs a breather halfway down the hill!

Check out this practice run, where he’s being followed by Yeti’s Chris Van Dine:

Source: Pista #RBVCA2013 from Valparaiso Cerro Abajo

The massive crowd were hoping for some crashes, and they weren’t disappointed! You’ve got to feel sorry for the poor guy eating dirt at 00:38 in the video below…

Source: Action Clip #RBVCA2013 from Valparaiso Cerro Abajo

Come the finals, it was Columbia’s Marcelo Gutierrez who took the win, with Slovakia’s Filip Polc in second and local rider Antonio Leiva third. It was great to see a post-injury CG back on the podium in fourth, with Chile’s Mauricio Acuna completing the top five.

Here’s a great overview of the event from VitalMTB:

Source: Valparaiso Cerro Abajo 2013 by Omar “Waazaa” Salas for VitalMTB

And here’s Red Bull’s official highlights vid:

Source: Urban MTB in the Streets of Chile – Red Bull Valparaíso Cerro Abajo 2013

Polc was seen rocking some rather special headgear – a 360° camera, like the one Brendan Fairclough put to such good use in Hafjell, Norway last year. Check out the Polcster’s event video below – you can’t control the camera angle this time but it still looks pretty cool…

Source: FILIPOVE VIDEO Z RED BULL CERRO ABAJO VALPARAISO 2013 from Red Bull Slovakia

We couldn’t end the article without showing you this – here’s Gutierrez’s winning run:

Source: CONTOUR: Marcelo Gutierrez’s Winning Run – Valparaiso Urban Downhill 20 from Contour

Turn the page for some great photos from the event…

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