The longest urban downhill race in the world took place on the famous Monserrate mountain that overlooks the City of Bogotá, Colombia last month.
The 2.4km long course featured more than 1 000 steps and is recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the longest of it’s kind. The Czech rider Tomáš Slavík, cruised down the course in a time of 4m 42s which proved to be untouchable by the rest of the field. Slavík topped the podium ahead of Ecuador’s Mario Jarrín and Felipe Rodríguez of Colombia, becoming the first rider to win the two Cerro Abajo competitions: Red Bull Monserrate Cerro Abajo and Red Bull Valparaíso Cerro Abajo.
Speaking after his win, Slavík commented: ”All the guys who made it to the bottom are real heroes and true champions. The track is one tough cookie. It’s not about one good line, it’s about saving energy and keeping the flow because the run is so hard.”
Watch the POV of the Winning Run
The race saw more than 40 riders from 11 nationalities come to measure themselves against the 1,605 steps that make up the track’s cobbled path. The course, which measures 2.4km, is recognized by Guinness World Records as the longest downhill race in the world. The track is 95 percent steps and consists of 27 obstacles, Including La Iglesia and La Estrella jumps, the passage through the tunnel and two new features: a 7m-high jump in La Cascada and the air gap over the turnstiles.
1. Tomáš Slavík (CZE) – 4:42.880
2. Mario Jarrín (ECU) – 4:43.279
3. Felipe Rodríguez (COL) – 4:51.049
4. Sebastián Alfaro (PER) – 4:54,386
5. Wallace Miranda (BRA) – 4:56.078
Tomas Slavik and participants celebrate the winner’s ceremony at the Red Bull Monserrate.
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