Watch Red Bull ‘Urban Downhill Mountain Biking’: How to Connect
If you haven’t checked out Red Bull’s urban downhill mountain biking, you’re in for a nutritious, fortified mountain bike treat.
From what we’ve seen, the wild sport takes place on a breathtaking plane of skill and adrenaline. No terrain is off limits on the courses that traverse long, narrow stairways, descend structures, and even pass through houses.
Red Bull Monserrate Cerro Abajo kicks off the 2022 urban downhill season in Bogotá, Colombia on February 5. sets.
Here’s everything you need to know to prepare for the race and catch all the action.
Event date, time and how to watch
Tune in to Red Bull TV before 10:20 a.m. EST on Saturday February 5 to watch the race start. To watch it for free online, go to Red Bull TV website.
Note that this is a live event; the site works like old-fashioned television – if you nap, you lose. (You can stop the player in the browser window, but it takes you back to the live stream once you press play again.)
If you’re on the go at race time, download the free Red Bull TV app from the App store Where Google Play Store. Give yourself a few minutes to set it up; you’ll need to log in and then follow a few prompts.
Casting via Chromecast is also available. Once in the app, turn on Bluetooth and you’ll be able to watch Red Bull TV on any Chromecast-connected screen.
If you manage to fire a faceplant and completely miss it, there may still be hope for you. Full replays of most live events, such as the recent Natural Selection Finals at Jackson Holeeventually become available on the site.
Top runners to watch
Red Bull hasn’t released a roster for the 2022 Monserrate Cerro Abajo. But rosters from years past indicate big names promise to show up again.
The world’s best downhillers and enduro racers have competed in previous urban downhill events in South America. Pedro Burns, Filip Polc, Brook Macdonald, Wyn Masters, Johannes Fischbach and Tomáš Slavík all have full race cards.
Red Bull says many events are “open to everyone”, although some require qualification to participate. South American races also tend to spotlight talented locals who may be less prolific on the world circuit. For example, Adrien Loren won Monserrate Cerro Abajo last year, and Chilean Pedro Ferreira took top honors in a stacked peloton at Valparaíso Cerro Abajo 2019.
2022 Urban Downhill Mountain Bike Season Preview
The Monserrate Cerro Abajo kicks off the season, and the first Red Bull-sponsored Valparaíso Cerro Abajo in 3 years follows it on February 27. Valparaíso, Chile is a port city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Its urban downhill course is just over a mile long, depending on where organizers place the start line. Throughout the sport, its steep course is known for producing fast runs.
Ferreira returns to defend his title since the last time Red Bull hosted the race. Meanwhile, Slavík is looking to reclaim it after winning it twice in 2017 and 2018.
After that, the series moves to European stages and out of Red Bull’s purview. He says European races are popular, but they tend to draw smaller crowds than South American races.
You can see how it would be, based on the crowds in Valparaíso in 2018, seen through Macdonald’s helmet camera. Hearing the Kiwi pump up the crowd with colorful language is almost as fun as watching him tear up the course.