Courtesy of Red Bull Newsroom
Czech mountain biker ends wait for Red Bull Valparaíso Cerro Abajo victory.
Czech Republic’s Tomas Slavik dominated this year’s Red Bull Valparaíso Cerro Abajo, securing his first ever title after a tight race against the clock.
The World Heritage Site played host to 40 international athletes in a spectacular urban downhill race, which celebrated its 15th anniversary.
The elite field had to negotiate some of the most testing corners of the year around the cobbled streets and stairs during the 1.8km course in the coastal port.
Slavik clocked a record time of 2minutes 48.48seconds to win by just over two seconds from Britain’s Bernard Kerr with local favourites Pedro Ferreira, Mauricio Acuña and Matías Núñez delighting the home crowd to finish in third, fourth and fifth respectively.
Slavik said, “I’m stoked. After four years of racing Red Bull Valparaíso Cerro Abajo, I did it. It was a great experience to race against these riders in this beautiful location.
“I would definitely come next year and I would tell other international riders to come and try this event too.”
The 15th edition of Red Bull Valparaíso Cerro Abajo demonstrated why this passionate race has become one of the most recognized global urban downhill races.
1. Tomas Slavik (CZE) 2:48,480
2. Bernard Kerr (GBR) 02:50,560
3. Pedro Ferreira (CHI) 02:52,520
4. Mauricio Acuña (CHI) 02:53,640
5. Matías Núñez (CHI) 02:53,720
6. Adrien Loron (FRA) 02:58,260
7. Logan Binggeli (USA) 02:59,250
8. Oscar Harnström (SWE) 03:01,290
9. Santiago de Santiago (ARG) 03:01,830
10. Felipe Agurto (CHI) 03:02,060