Fraser Britton gives us the photo lowdown from the 2013 Valparaiso Cerro Abajo Urban DH
Australian TV crews look on as I give you a gratuitous Go Pro shot of Guido Tschugg to show you just how big the hotel gap really is. A japanese TV cew is under the redbull umbrella below. This event has officially gone mainstream!
Valpo. It goes on forever it seems, the potential for track choices here is HUGE.
The man with 2 first names, Santiago de Santiago of Argentina gets a little wild on his way down the stairs. There's 2 or 3 sets you can double, the difficulty is remembering which ones they are, around slight bends blind, at full speed. Riders have to dodge phones, cameras, dogs and fans the entire way down.
Filip Polc has won this event more than a few times. He kept it wide open from his very first run but was no match for Marcello.
This is how the ramps rolled into town on Friday this year. No more late nights all week building. These were welded at the Oxford bikes factory and delivered right on schedule. It's like pizza, only not as tasty.
Meat showers! Friday night BBQ for the athletes and staff in the hotel open air courtyard.
Antonio Leiva of Chile made a comeback this year and took home 3rd place. Here he sends the ski jump high above town. The crowds in this section were bigger than ever before, now living both sides of the steep dirt landing.
Some of you may recognize Rafa. He shreds the whistler bike park on 2 prosthetic legs and races every single event at Crankworx. He IS more manly than you. Here he is backboarded off after the worst crash I have ever seen at the VCA. Most people wave to show they are ok, Rafa fist pumped… his leg. The crowd loved it.
Filip Polc tries to get the crowd fired up during the course hold to carry off Rafa.
This is what racers have to try and stay up on all day. Not only are the cobbles deep, but they have been polished mirror smooth in some places from hundreds of years of use.
Ricardo Munoz of Chile stays low and fast on the newly rebuilt wallride mid course. It's now half wallride, half berm and you can hit it at mach one.
Yannick Wende of Bolivia sends the newly modified Hotel gap. Crowd control issues this year meant fans were kept to one side of the track in this section, which meant turning the ramp to accomodate it. The run in is now a no-brakes affair, grip it and rip it.
The views here in Valparaiso are fantastic as always. With RedBull coming on board this year, hype was in full overload mode, fans hung off of every balcony and window sill on the track.
Chris Van Dine, the honorary south american, makes his way down the iconic Valparaiso staircase.
Enrique Genova of Chile gets a little style going on the Canon gap. Canon had a full professional services setup for photographers in that white tent. Thanks for the cleaning and the 1DX, Canon!