Every cyclist knows that downhill mountain biking has its own challenges in the form of heavier bikes, rough terrain, and some very creative obstacles. As such, it also holds its own events around the globe and we have selected some of the most amazing ones for your enjoyment.
Mercedes-Benz UCI MTB World Cup
While this is, easily, the most prestigious mountain bike event in the world, it is unclear whether we will get to enjoy it in 2020. Still, if you somehow miss some of its races, try to tune in for the final one. In September, in France, we will, most likely, be able to witness the final race of the World Cup, held in one of the hottest venues for mountain bike racing – Les Gets. This location is no stranger to World Cup races, having hosted many of them in the last 30 years.
Gravity Event Series
Held in the UK, Gravity Event Series actually consists of 4 separate races held in multiple locations. Believe it or not, speeds can sometimes go over 50 kmph, which is why it is of utmost importance that the spectators remain in their positions and not cross the path unless deemed safe by a marshal. All races are classified as Regional A races. In most categories, the racers need to pay around £75.
Mountain of Hell
Up to 700 riders, both professional and novices, come together to challenge the Mountain of Hell in two races, plus one more for the kids. The races are held in the Alps, so besides the usual drops, rocks, narrow roads, there is also snow to worry about. This is especially true of their 25km race on an unmarked route. It is held in June, meaning that it may survive this year, unlike many other sporting events.
This is actually one event on the Crankworx World Tour. The race has been around since 2017 and the first Crankworx race in Europe not held in France. Interestingly enough, it is also the most urban race on the tour. Since it is scheduled for June, there is hope for it yet this year.
This last entry is not an event. It is, instead, a subgenre of downhill racing that has the same format as any Mercedes Benz UCI Downhill World Cup: the competitors start individually and are timed. Urban downhill is different from other races in that there are man-made drops and jumps and it is not uncommon for races to wind up on rooftops as well. The most famous one is Red Bull Monserrate Cerro Abajo in Colombia.