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Downhill City Mountain Bike Racing: Fun, Insane Or Both?

Posted in Bizarre, Cool Stuff, Human Powered Vehicles, Racing, Videos by Kurt Ernst | August 18th, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

I’m going with a bit of both. It looks like an absolute blast, but it also looks like you’ve got zero margin for error. I seriously doubt I would have stuck that second landing, and the ensuing crash probably would have put me through someone’s roof. The helmet cam view is cool, but to be avoided if you’re prone to motion sickness.

If I have this right, RedBull sponsored a downhill mountain bike race through a Brazilian favela, specifically Dona Marta. The riders in the video are Dan and Gee Atherton; we might not know them on this side of the pond, but Dan Atherton is a former British national cycling champion who now specializes in downhill and mountain bike racing. Gee Atherton is a multiple World Cup winner and the 2008 Downhill World Champion. Gear heads may best know him as the bicyclist who beat James May, driving a Renault Clio, in a race through the streets of Lisbon, Portugal in Top Gear year 7, episode 4.

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