Valparaiso is one of Chile’s most important seaports and has long been a cultural center point for Latin America.
In similar fashion of the city’s historical firsts –the continent’s first volunteer fire department, Chile’s first public library, the oldest Spanish language newspaper– it shouldn’t be surprising that the city opened up its streets, sidewalks and cobblestone alleyways to create this insanely-impressive urban downhill mountain bike race course.
And what a course it was. Weaving and dropping through “The Jewel of the Pacific,” riders charged full-speed down the steep, urban hillside while a massive crowd watched in awe.
Video courtesy of Valparaíso Cerro Abajo.
Here’s a video from the 2011 running –thanks to WOLF in the comments who pointed it out– which features a POV helmet cam angle of a dude wearing a suit. Classy. He even ollied a stray dog.