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Behold the Urban Downhill Mountain Bike Race in Valparaiso, Chile. It gets a little hairy.
Posted at 11:15 in Sports, Travel | Permalink
Mind the dog!
And the ramp!
And the bigger, twisty ramp...!
March 03, 2011 at 11:37
That's a big hill.
John D |
March 03, 2011 at 12:47
It's an hour later and my sphincter is still tight.
March 03, 2011 at 13:45
Jesus Christ on a bicycle ...
A little hairy for everyone. Unbelievable how close the spectators were standing to the course. One wrong move by a cyclist, and your whole day is ruined. I guess you have to be a fatalist to participate in any way.
And waiting for you at the end of your ride: a nice bowl of Quaker Oatmeal! (2nd prize: two bowls! ** rimshot ** Thanks, I'll be here all week. Try the oatmeal.)
John Holland |
March 03, 2011 at 14:12
Those blind ramps are scary!
March 03, 2011 at 14:19
Lotta fun till someone loses their teeth.
March 03, 2011 at 15:06
“A little hairy for everyone.”
With a little effort, it could be hairier. Maybe next year’s event could involve more stray dogs, a few hundred chickens and a runaway pram.
Or lions. Lions are always good.
March 03, 2011 at 15:17
"Lions are always good."
Oh, yes please. Throw in a vicious gang of alpacas, and I'm on the next flight:
John Holland |
March 03, 2011 at 16:21
Did anyone else find himself tilting his head back, trying to look further down the road? Clearly I'm not cut out for this sort of thing.
March 03, 2011 at 23:11
The rider seems to be wearing a pin-striped suit. Now that's class.
Horace Dunn |
March 03, 2011 at 23:29
I have to believe the entrants survey the course before taking their individual runs.
As someone mentioned above,several of the jump landings can't be seen from the uphill side.
The dog was just plain out-of-bounds, but I thought the pin-striped suit was a nice touch....die young, leave a good looking corpse.
March 04, 2011 at 15:11
How come this is a race, when the riders are riding alone? I second the call for more dogs and possibly a dog or two, but certainly more suicidal bikers.
-S, on vacation
Simen Thoresen |
March 04, 2011 at 17:10
Yikes. Some of those ramp jumps were startling. (I am not showing this to my 8 y/o grandsons with the bmx bikes...nope, no, nada)
Ok, maybe it's just me, but I was distracted by the ubiquitous trash lining the streets, sidewalks and in the bushes next to the sidewalks. Ick. Dogs nothing, what if the bike had landed on an empty plastic bottle or wrapper?
March 05, 2011 at 16:02
"Did anyone else find himself tilting his head back, trying to look further down the road?"
I used to race downhill mountain bikes, 20-odd years ago, on a solid-frame "boneshaker". Bombing down maintenance roads at California ski resorts was hairy enough, but that was absolutely insane.
Spiny Norman |
March 05, 2011 at 20:03
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