Helmet Cam Video: Downhill Bike Race in Taxco, Mexico
I recently spotted a link to a “crazy downhill race”, and thought it was for the classic Valparaiso Cerro Abajo. Turns out, there’s a similar kind of race in Taxco, Mexico, where the participants wind around a lot of narrow corridors and streets.
The YouTube video that was referenced is super grainy. And though it’s great to be able to see another rider in the camera’s view, the quality is so poor as to make it unwatachable.
So I did a little digging around, and found a better quality video on Vimeo:
This is labeled a “training” video, so perhaps this was done prior to the official start of the race. It ends a little abruptly, but it’s still pretty amazing to watch (and full-screen is definitely recommended).
Similar to Valparaiso Cerro Abajo, there are a lot of twists and turns. But in the Taxco race, it’s really difficult to see where the “course” is supposed to be. In a few instances, it looked like the rider was going to run into bystanders, only to suddenly swerve and go down an impossibly narrow corridor.
At times, I thought they were going to ride through someone’s living room.
In addition to the narrow walkways, there looked to be some genuine heights involved. A few spots were cordoned off with plastic lines… but I could see a rider easily plummeting over the side. Pretty crazy stuff.