Saturday Jun 21, 2014

City Downhill World Tour Practice Pictures!

Practice is going off at the City Downhill in Bratislava. Check out this collection of photos and then tune in LIVE at 5pm CET on here!

Round 3 of the City Downhill World Tour is underway here in Bratislava, Slovakia and the urban track is looking particularly gnarly!

Riders are getting in as many practice runs as they can to get used to the features before qualifying kicks off at 3pm with the finals soon after at 5pm.

Bernard Kerr and Marcelo Gutierrez scoping out the final drop

4X World Champion Tomas Slavik, City Downhill World Tour leader Filip Polc and Downhill World Cup stars Marcelo Gutierrez and Andrew Neethling will all be fighting it out for their share of 10,000euros later on.

And even New Zealand downhiller Neethling admitted there are some inevitable nerves building up as the finals approach with such an insane course lying in wait.

"Some of the stuff is blind but Polcs is doing a good job. He's tweeked the course a bit from last year but even on the first run it went pretty well," he said.

"I'm pretty nervous because it's mid season but i'm just here to have a good time!

Tomas Slavik sends the opening jump out the door of Bratislava Castle

"Urban Downhill is deffinitely the sketcy side of the sport! There are good obstacles and it's going to be exciting but it's not going to be easy!"

"It's cool to bring the sport to the crowds. The spectator access is great, they're right on the side of the track and the vibe is pretty cool."

There is some debate over whether the final obstacle, a huge stair gap followed by a sharp right turn and wall ride, will be open after British rider Bernard Kerr blew a tire landing in practice.

 Last year's winner Marcelo Gutierrez goes big over the 4m blind drop 

And with the fast and furious course taking around one minute to complete, any little mistake could cost riders victory. Race organisor Polc admits he and the rest of the line up are in for a rough ride!

"We have some changes this year," he said. "The biggest change is the new finish area with a new jump. Just before we have a new stair gap with two possible landings. That one will be big and rough!

It will be a crazy race, with great riders, big jumps and high speeds!"

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Riders do some more essential scoping of the massive features on the Bratislava track

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