Red Bull’s Downhill Bike Race Provides Enough Adrenaline for a Lifetime
If you’ve never heard of the Red Bull Monserrate Cerro Abajo or “RBMCA,” for short, you’re definitely not alone. Those who are anything like your author, though, might just have to do a little bit of a deep dive on YouTube, now, though, to see even more!
The race is billed as the longest urban downhill race in the world. Essentially, competitors hop on their purpose-built bikes and roll down an incredible course with all sorts of diverse terrain that throws the rider through literal loops and swoops as they hit the curves.
The crazy part about it all is that these riders need to have absolute nerves of steel. One misstep in one direction or the other could potentially mean things are going to hurt in the morning. In addition to a stay in the hospital, there might be fatal consequences lurking over one of these falls should a rider end up in the wrong direction.
The result of this extreme sport is an absolutely adrenaline-pumping display that you have to see to believe. Tomáš Slavík was crowned champion out in Bogotá, Columbia, as he rolled down the stretch with a timer of 4 minutes and 42 seconds.
The champion took a moment following the run to say “All the guys who made it to the bottom are real heroes and true champions. The track is one tough cookie. It’s not about one good line, it’s about saving energy and keeping the flow because the run is so hard.”
Down in the video below, we check in with the first-person point of view that will give us just a small taste of what it’s like to make such a journey. Not only does it take insane talent but the confidence level here is off of the charts. Just imagine being behind the handlebars and taking on a wild course like this.