Taxco Downhill 2012 18

Continuing the proud tradition of South American urban downhill races, the Taxco Downhill has all the ingredients you need to put on a good show: lots of vert, narrow streets, dogs, pedestrians, a frenzied crowd, and a good collection of jumps and drops posing various degrees of risk to life and limb...

Will White – Photo Diego Brito

For the 2012 edition, which was held on Nov 2-3, an illustrious list of riders showed up with Brendan Fairclough eventually coming out on top in the men's finals:

  1. Brendan Fairclough 3:17.48
  2. Mauricio Acuña  3:17.94
  3. Neko Mullaly  3:18.03
  4. Chris Van Dine  3:22.25
  5. Ricardo Preciado  3:22.42
  6. Bernardo Cruz  3:24.77
  7. Carlos Castillo 3:32.21
  8. Jose Villalobos 3:36.00
  9. Dante Harmoney  3:40.56
  10. Arthur Babcok  3:41.37

The women were at it as well, with Luana Oliveira taking the win with an impressive margin:
  1. Luana Oliveira  3:49.22
  2. Jaqueline Harmony  4:04.14
  3. Lorena Dromundo  4:12.63
  4. Katie Holden  4:57.92

Coverage is still a bit hard to come by (we'll update this feature as we get more), but we've dug up a couple of videos that do a good job of showing just how gnarly this event was. First up, trying to hang with Brendog is never an easy thing:

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Here's a longer trackside video - don't miss Will White's massive boosts over the jump section...

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Here's a POV edit from Luana Oliveira showing just why she ended up taking such a convincing win in the Women's:

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Stay tuned for more as we get it.
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18 comments
  • jasonvelocity

    10/22/2013 7:13 AM

  • t.martin

    11/15/2012 6:04 PM

    That was so great I'm shaking now.. We need to send Lucent Productions down for next year..

  • ManuCortiñas

    11/5/2012 8:33 AM

    Circuitazo! Me encantaría ir a competir a ese urbano! GOZUMBI www.manuel---martinez.blogspot.com

  • alfarac

    11/5/2012 7:42 AM

    I think only very specific or very famous races (mostly Red Bull ones) are by invitation only... (The RB one in the "favelas" in Sao Paulo is by invitation, maybe Valparaiso in Chile, since it has become so famous), the rest of them, anyone who can register and travel there, can race. This type of racing is getting pretty big now, so you would probably start hearing more of this in advance... But that's sspomer's job though =)

  • johncobbmail

    11/5/2012 2:45 AM

    How do we find out about these races in advance and can you enter or do you have to be invited ?? anyone please let me know, not just for this one for all of them around the world,
    thanks

  • PointOne

    11/5/2012 12:20 AM

    Mexico is in North America fellas! And the Mexicans make for a rowdy crowd, so good to see that many people out spectating!

  • iceman2058

    11/5/2012 12:32 AM

    Geographically, you are correct of course, but in spirit, this event definitely took place in South America.

  • johncobbmail

    11/5/2012 2:43 AM

    I thought Mexico was in central america ??

  • CRFRDH

    11/5/2012 6:37 AM

    No, Mexico-US-Canada are considered North America.......central america region comprehends Hondura, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica....South America is everything down from (and including) Panama....

  • johncobbmail

    11/5/2012 7:59 AM

    there is no right or wrong answer to this it all depends on who you ask and where you live. me and most of europe will say central as well as the spanish speaking mexicans but others say North, if you just go by where it is on a Map its central

  • ALF

    11/4/2012 9:55 PM

    SO SICK!!! YEAH ROCKERO!!!!! CHEOOW! Everyone is invited to the Ensenada version of this race, happening this weekend, November 10-11th. About an hour south of San Diego, CA: http://channelmtb.com/ensenadaurbano/

  • sspomer

    11/4/2012 8:24 PM

    sickest race of the year? DGAF'ing all over the place? hoping not to hit children, dogs or grandmothers in any of the narrow, dark alleyways? KMFDM in videos full of epic headslaps and nose dives? MORE MORE MORE! and bernardo's whips are SO good

  • Ian Collins

    11/4/2012 11:46 PM

    ** rammstein son !! Still raddest video ever.

  • sspomer

    11/5/2012 6:08 AM

    i knew i should have checked my strange music references.

  • sideshow

    11/4/2012 5:50 PM

    Whoa.

  • EIVOMEDIA

    11/4/2012 5:37 PM

    There was a pixel in that first video that resembles Brendog..

  • Andre Palmer

    11/4/2012 5:37 PM

    The track look sick but the jumps looks a bit scary with cobblestones around it ready to scrape your skin. Great race and good event by the look of it

  • tuzo_biker

    11/4/2012 5:00 PM

    That event was amazing!!! I went to Taxco to saw it and the atmosphere was crazy! Everybody wanted to see big jumps, high speeds, and we are very happy with it! This race began some years ago with Red Bull Down Taxco like the Lisbon edition. Viva México Cabrones!!!