Downhill goes streetwise at Descenso del Cóndor

Get a flavour of Red Bull Descenso del Cóndor 2012 with our action-packed video clip
By Rajiv Desai

Red Bull Descenso del Cóndor made its racing return this past weekend with Slovakia’s Filip Polc being crowned the champion of this iconic urban downhill race.

Descenso del Cóndor, which was last run in 2006, is the highest urban race of its kind. Riders started their runs in the El Alto district of La Paz at a height of 4,050 meters above sea level.

The course included more than 1,000 stair steps, nine drops and numerous manmade jumps. Riders also had to navigate narrow streets and dusty dirt trails on their way down to the finish.

When you add in a loss of 40% of oxygen when riding at such a high altitude, Descenso del Cóndor is without doubt one of the toughest urban downhill challenges in the world.

Polc and seven other riders contested a Final on October 27 after the field for Descenso del Cóndor has been whittled down from 37 riders who had taken part in qualification the day before.

“I feel very proud of having won my first race in La Paz. It has been a very technical ride, but I liked it from the first moment,” said Filip Polc at the finish line.

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