Urban DH Going Primetime - City Downhill World Cup Launched 22

Urban DH Going Primetime - City Downhill World Cup Launched

When we heard the news of a brand new City Downhill World Cup Series being launched, we were curious to find out more - so we had a chat with Jana Vasova, founder of the series, to find out more about what it is and where it is headed.

What is the City Downhill World Cup (CDWC)?

CDWC is an upcoming World Series in Urban Downhill racing, which we are setting up as a new dimension of gravity racing, with the aim of further promoting the sport in general and engaging a wider audience.

For 2014 we will have rounds in Brazil, Chile, Slovakia, as well another European city, which I am negotiating with right now. The idea is to join up the most popular existing races for the first years, and then later on to expand the series and take it to the most dynamic and prestigious metropoles of the world.

Check out the series trailer here:

Who are the people behind the CDWC?

EXTREME SPORT FABRIK s.r.o. is a new established events management company. I am the owner, I have 7 years’ experience in marketing, sales, events organization, and working with the media.

For the creation of the CDWC I have enlisted the help of Filip Polc, one of the very best Urban DH racers. Filip will help with the design of all the urban downhill race tracks and in general with the launch and promotion of the series. We have also brought onboard Denisa Nemcova to help with event and marketing management for this year’s pilot round (the Bratislava City Downhill on June 22, 2013). Of course we will also work with the local organizers of each round.

Filip Polc at the 2013 VCA - photo by Dave Trumpore

How did the idea come about?

I have been following the UCI DH WC circuit for 3 years, and going to the races I did not really see significant evolution or growth of the sport or the number of spectators.

At the same time I was really impressed with how strong the Urban DH scene is, both from the media and spectator side. I never really saw such crowds at any UCI DH World Cup, so I decided to approach the individual Urban DH races and try to pull the organizers together, find the win/win deal and create the global series.

Cedric Gracia at the 2013 VCA - photo by Dave Trumpore

Who will be able to race in the series and why should they?

It is going be an invitational race series for about 60 riders. We will invite the top international riders and the top local riders in order of different rankings (national and international).

Our plan is to cover all the travel, accommodation and food expenses for the top 5 running ranked riders, with a 15.000 EUR total prize purse available for each round. Furthermore we will support the teams with space for their pit areas, and organize a banging awards event at the last round every year.

Catering and hospitality for riders during race day and of course a good afterparty...these would be further good reasons to race the series, without mentioning the strong media coverage (including creating and filming a documentary movie from the series).

2013 VCA Hospitality - photo by Dave Trumpore

Have you already secured sponsorship for the main series, or will that follow the trial event in Bratislava scheduled for this year?

The plan is to invite the potential sponsors of the City Downhill World Cup to see the Bratislava City Downhill, to show them the level of organization and racing I intend to provide for the whole series, and to discuss the conditions of cooperation.

The Urban DH races draw massive crowds, including people who are not necessarily DH or even cycling fans in general already. Do you think over time this could help bring back mainstream media interest in the sport?

For the Bratislava pilot event, I am going to produce a live broadcast, and there is already interest to show it live in local mainstream TV.I am also going to negotiate with Eurosport (for the European rounds) and Globo TV (for the South American rounds) for the series. They both already provided a live stream from Urban races in the past, so I am sure we can find a good solution.

How specialized is the Urban DH discipline? Do you feel that any downhill racer can do well in this series, or does it require a particular skill set?

I am pretty sure most of the World Cup DH riders can do well, the only major difference is that you need to adapt to the race track in one day during about 4 training runs and then be ready for the race. Some riders can get fast quite quick on a track, but others need to spend more time before they are up to speed (including top DH riders).

Marcelo Gutierrez, winner of the 2013 VCA - photo by Dave Trumpore

Any final thoughts?

I am convinced we can do this and that the series has a big future, me and my team are working hard to create a professionally run series that will be ready for 2014. For sure, we still need to find the general partners for the project, so that’s the main focus for this year. Ultimately I hope that the City Downhill World Cup will refresh downhill racing, show the sport to the masses, and help to promote the riders in mainstream media worldwide.

For more information about the series contact Jana Vasova at: vasova@hotmail.sk.

We for one think this is really exciting and wish Jana and the team all the best with the series! - VitalMTB


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22 comments
  • Hernando_Bisoño

    6/21/2013 12:19 PM

    where we can see live the hurban race of bratislava

  • GASSparks

    3/14/2013 11:07 AM

    this is sick so stoked that some one is stepping up and moving forward on this! i hope we can get Taxco in to the order and help build some of the other ones!

  • T-Dawg

    3/13/2013 6:59 AM

    Love these types of races, you always get that X factor of the unexpected

  • Waazaa

    3/13/2013 6:35 AM

    you forget to put this

  • stephen.a.gous

    3/13/2013 2:39 AM

    Cape Town

  • Scott_Townes

    3/12/2013 11:14 PM

    All these race series that have been created over the past decade or so has been insane... This is so awesome that it has finally happened with urban DH races. Shit is so buck.

  • mrpowerjd

    3/12/2013 11:14 PM

    Oh yeah!

  • Pininator

    3/12/2013 8:10 PM

    Seems to make sense to set up a series. There are several of these events annually world-wide, so why not tie them together and have an overall Urban DH champion. Plus, DH in general will get that much more exposure from the people that can't travel to WC venues and general local populations.

    I'm looking forward to seeing how this progresses.

  • CombatMutt

    3/12/2013 7:51 PM

    Are they running regular knobby tires?

  • Pininator

    3/12/2013 8:07 PM

    From what I've seen in pics/vids, it appears most/all of them run knobs. I'd think Holy Rollers would be the ticket. Of course, I'm neither a pro nor do I participate in Urban DH races.

  • matthill9660

    3/12/2013 11:23 PM

    I think enduro tires would be ideal for this type of event. outside looking in, so not really sure as well,

  • sadfusde

    3/12/2013 5:14 PM

    Sounds good!!

  • fernando.ferreiraleite

    3/12/2013 4:58 PM

    Where the hell is "Lisabon"?

  • Pininator

    3/12/2013 8:05 PM

    Portuagal?

  • commanderagl

    3/12/2013 9:50 PM

    yeah, its Lisbon, Portugal

  • Nuno_Borralho

    3/13/2013 4:49 AM

    don't forget that all of this urban dh started in Lisboa in 2000 with the DOWNTOWN

  • erwinmruiz

    3/12/2013 4:43 PM

    It would be cool to have one event in the USA, Maybe hilly San Fransisco

  • iceman2058

    3/13/2013 4:55 AM

    Obviously that one would be best raced on a Bullitt...

  • Big Bird

    3/12/2013 6:13 PM

    i've been saying it for years. The UC Santa Cruz campus could easily host one too.

  • Adam_Schaeffer

    3/14/2013 3:36 PM

    The hills running down to the water in Seattle are pretty insane too. Super steep, plenty of alleys, staircases and weird structures for building on. The only challenge is how PC by-the-book it is, don't know how willing the city would be to close streets and put it on.

  • GASSparks

    3/14/2013 3:56 PM

    adam do you have a address that i could look at the streets on google earth maybe?

  • Adam_Schaeffer

    3/14/2013 4:09 PM

    Google maps: Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA. I think 15th and John St. is about as high as it gets, then you can follow any of the streets down west toward the water. Cherry, Pike, Pine, John, James all super steep with flat cross streets so great for boosting off of.