Get ready to clench! Here are ten white-knuckle rides through the city streets and back alleys
Downhill mountain bike racing doesn’t always involve mountains. Sometimes it doesn’t even involve riding off-road. There cult of Urban DH racing is growing stronger every year with new events popping up in every corner of the world.
Marcelo Gutierrez and the Valparaiso
The undisputed King of stupid Urban DH racing, Marcelo Gutierez, sends us hurling (in every sense) down the back streets of Chile.
Where’s the wince? It’s all crazy but how about THAT gap jump out of nowhere at 1m 30s?
The Mayor of Lisbon has a go (painful to watch)
Lisbon has had a popular Urban DH event for a good while now. Join us as we take a trip back down memory lane to when the brave/stupid Mayor of Lisbon had a go at riding down the course.
Where’s the wince? It’s more cringe-inducing than wince-inducing. The highlight/lowlight being the Mayor’s proper endo at 1m 15s. More than bruised ego there.
Chase and Granieri in Nuremberg
Not your classic narrow Urban DH alley way nausea but worth including in this round up nonetheless. Big. No, not big. HUGE.
Where’s the wince? The very first step down where a rather too laid back Granieri looks like he’s still hungover from the night before.
Marcelo and Manizales
Marcelo Gutierrez again. South American madness again. The drawn out delay at the start gate gets the nerves going on its own! The course if full of harsh bike-breaking flat landings. But notice how Gutierrez just doesn’t stop pedalling – even in mid air.
Where’s the wince? The rickety-looking slatted wall rides near the start. DIY-tastic.
Taxco with Kelly McGarry
A fitting tribute to one of the nice guys of slopestyle who left us far too early but did leave us with loads of riding inspiration. Just listen to how hard McGarry is working for the whole length of this course.
Where’s the wince? It all looks quite pleasant and fun for a while but then the back alley madness begins at 1m 50s.
Ouchy crash during Nepalese urban DH
No blood but plenty of tweaking. Ouch. He gets up and walks away. Note how the competitor behind him opts to walk down that bit.
Where’s the wince? You have to ask?! Perhaps the music choice is worse actually…
Semi-rual DH in New Zealand
Lyttelton Urban Downhill down in Kiwi world. on board with Nick Jordan Go Pro Black
Where’s the wince? Either the off-line step down miscalculation early on or the super speedy narrowness at 2m 20s where it sounds like his bike is falling to bits.