Video: Kelly McGarry’s POV footage from the Taxco Urban Downhill

City downhill replaces dirt and rocks of typical races with concrete and asphalt

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The small but dense city of Taxco de Alarcón in Mexico annually plays host to one of mountain biking’s most unusual spectacles—the Taxco Urbano Downhill. In it, pro gravity riders take to slopes of not dirt and rock, but asphalt and concrete as the vie for victory. Traditionally held in October, GoPro just posted this video of Kelly McGarry’s run down last year’s twisty, harrowing course.

Taxco Urban Downhill

Though known more for big tricks than racing—like the 72-foot backflip at last year’s Redbull Rampage—McGarry took full advantage of his invite, attacking the track and sending it on the course’s many jumps. Amazingly McGrarry always looks smooth, even when rolling stair sets at mach speed.

Taxco Urbano Downhill

The race starts high in the city with riders crossing the plaza of its signature Christ Statue monument and heading downhill into steeply situated neighborhoods down trails, roads and an endless onslaught of stairs.

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About the author: Don Palermini

Chicago-born editorial director Don Palermini became a cycling-based life-form in the sixth grade after completing a family road bike tour of his home state. Three years later he bought his first mountain bike to help mitigate the city's pothole-strewn streets, and began exploring the region's unpaved roads and trails. Those rides sparked a much larger journey which includes all manner of bike racing, commuting, on- and off-road bike advocacy, and a 20-plus-year marketing career in the cycling industry. Now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area and pedaling for Mtbr, his four favorite words in the English language are "breakfast served all day," together in that order.


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