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City Downhill World Tour 2014 Launched

We love Urban DH here at Vital, and we are very excited to see this ambitious project become reality. Attracting more racers to the urban DH scene is only going to have a positive impact on mountain biking as a whole, so make sure you get out there and support the races if they happen to take place near you. And as for the mystery location...we have some idea from watching the teaser below, but time will tell...

Press Release:

22.JANUARY 2014 - Rio de Janeiro, BRASIL -EXTREME SPORT FABRIK announces CITYDOWNHILL WORLD TOUR 2014

- the brand new  global series of  downhill racing in the cities.

HISTORY

Since 1999, when the first CITY DOWNHILL race in Lisbon / EUROPE took place, the extreme sport in the biggest cities all over the world has been getting more and more popular.

Not just because of the increasing number of spectators (avg. 20,000 spectators in each location), but also from the side of strong media coverage (EUROSPORT, TV GLOBO, REUTERS, RED BULL MEDIAHOUSE...)

HOW IT ALL STARTED

The idea came up after attending DH World Cup races in the woods, and the street races in the cities all over the world. We decided to create something new and global, that could bring more publicity and advantages for everybody involved: the sport itself, the riders and the partners/sponsors as well.

In 2012, we started to discuss the idea with our future partners, and the next step was organizing the pilot race of the tour, the BRATISLAVA CITY DOWNHILL, in June 2013. The pilot project was very successful, so we could move forward.

MAIN GOALS

To bring the sport to the people, and to promote the sport on the highest level, with the best riders, in the best locations, with very strong media coverage.

2014 RACING SCHEDULE

8.-9.FEBRUARY - DESCIDAS DES ESCADAS DE SANTOS / BRASIL
23.FEBRUARY   - RED BULL  VALPARAISO CERRO ABAJO / CHILE
21.JUNE              - BRATISLAVA CITY DOWNHILL / SLOVAKIA
SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER - TO BE CONFIRMED SOON

Cedric Gracia at the 2013 Cerro Abajo in Valparaiso, Brazil - photo by Dave Trumpore

RULES

  • MTB bike with minimum 150mm of travel front and also rear suspension.
  • Only  men's category
  • Ranking system: collecting points 1. - 15. Rank ( from 25 points)
  • Top 3 riders in the current ranking - their travel and lodging costs will be covered
  • Prize money for top 5 riders in elite men's category  - 10,000 EUR/race
  • Every round will be registered in the national bike federation race calendar
  • Each track will be designed by a local organizer.

RIDERS

For the top WC riders, it's a tradition to attend this kind of races. Steve Peat, Greg Minnaar, Cedric Gracia, Steve Smith, Mick Hannah...they all love to race it.

At the moment following riders have confirmed to race the CITY DOWNHILL WORLD TOUR 2014: Mick Hannah AUS, Filip Polc SVK, Marcelo Gutierrez COL, Tomas Slavik CZE, Fabien Cousinié FRA, Bernard Kerr UK, Matt Walker NZL, Antonio Leiva CHL, Mario Jarrin ECU, Mauricio Acuna CHL .

EXTREME SPORT FABRIK/ ESF

ESF is a distribution and event production company from Slovakia, made up of Urban DH racer legend Filip Polc and Jana Vasova.

Jana Vasová - managing director
Having been a sales and marketing manager for more than 10 years, Jana has focused on real estate projects and organizing of public, sport and music events. Experienced and determined salesperson in a financial, real estate and sport equipment segment. Since 2010 onwards, runs a distribution company POLCSTER SHOP, organizing DH and ENDURO bike events and producing professional videos for partners.

Filip Polc Track designer, rider
Since 1998, successful professional DH rider on the UCI World Cup circuit.European Champion and a city downhill specialist. Filip is in charge of CITY DOWNHILL WORLD TOUR  race track designing and event locating in order to have the most spectacular and rideable urban races.

MEDIA COVERAGE

We will produce a webpage www.citydownhill.com, and an application for iOS and Android, where the people can check all the news and bonuses. You can also follow us on:

https://www.facebook.com/citydownhillworldtour

http://instagram.com/citydownhillworldtour

City Downhill World Tour 2014 Launched

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