The winding streets of Valparaíso not only stand out because of their bohemian and picturesque essence, the same that has given the port city the title of Cultural Heritage of Humanity, but also for serving as the tracks for one of the most extreme races of the world of cycling.
It is the “Valparaíso Cerro Abajo” event, which gathers bike and adrenaline lovers, and which celebrated its 13th version this year at Cárcel hill. From this starting point, the riders had to go over 1,650 mts (1.02 miles) through the narrow streets of the hill, long staircases and numerous hairpin curves. All of these are characteristic elements of the port city’s architecture.
The Slovak Filip Polc won the event for the second time in a row and for the fourth time in this event, who finished the route in less time than his opponents. “The people shouting motivates you to go faster,” the rider said to Cooperativa radio station.
Before the event took place, a tracks recognition and a first qualification round was conducted. This reduced the participants to the 30, who in the end went over the route.