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Downhill Mountain Bike Racing

This video is called [Downhill Mountain Bike Racing at a shrine in Kyoto](【ダウンヒル】大迫力!京都の神社でマウンテンバイク(MTB)のダウンヒルレース), and it was made by Gadgetwear.

Watch and enjoy the thrilling white-knuckle race down the Shrine stairs.
In this article, we'll introduce a video that shows the marvel of Downhill Mountain Bike Racing.

This Downhill Mountain Bike Race Runs Down the Stairs at Intense Speed!

Downhill Mountain Bike Racing is bike racing competition where riders go down steep mountains.
The Redbull Holly Ride competition was held at a historical sacred shrine in 2014.

The competition was held at Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine in Yawata city, Kyoto. Bikers raced down the shrine stairs on downhill mountain bikes.
You can see the racing style from 0:06 in the video.

As you can see in the video, a crowd has gathered at the finish to watch this thrilling race on the road of Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine.

Downhill Mountain Bike Racing

The total length of the race at Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine is about 800m and the height difference is about 100m from top to bottom. The maximum decline is about 22 degrees and the stairs have 396 steps in total. As you can see at 0:50 and 1:17 in the video, it shows how the course makes use of the landscape, aside from jumps.

A qualification match will be held with a time trial and those who win can move on to the final tournament.
The final tournament will be held in 4 cross-style which means 4 riders race at the same time.
A downhill race is not at all like a climbing course in concept, It is a bike race that goes down through the mountains and wilderness from high places.
Advanced riders can reach a speed of about 60 km per hour. This takes a lot of skill (and courage).

Wearing a full face helmet and protector is mandatory for riders since there are some spots on the trail ways where it is easy to lose balance and crash.
There is a scene where two bikers go off the course before the curve at 1:30 in the video.

Racing Bikes

image of Mountain Bike
Photo:Mountain Bike

Dedicated mountain bikes are used in intense races such as downhill races or cross-country.
A mountain bike has specialized parts such as tires, a frame and brakes to go fast, climb, ride on rough roads, and withstand high jumps.

An all-mountain is a bike that works for uphill and downhill so it is good even for a ride on rocky mountains.
Manufacturers such as Trek and Giant sell various kinds of models that are great for mountain bike racing.

Tire sizes for mountain bikes are usually 27.5 inches, and the suspension and brake technology has greatly improved over the years.
Of course, there are other more affordable models that are good for beginners and daily use as well.

Downhill Mountain Bike Racing Summary

This video clip, made by Gadgetwear, shows a form of bike racing called Downhill Mountain Bike Racing at a shrine in Kyoto.

It is truly impressive to see these riders fly down these stairs.
You can see gut wrenching thrills in every minute of the video.
After watching this video, you'll surely be hooked on Downhill Racing. Just be sure to wear a helmet!

【Official Website】Red Bull Holy Ride 2017

Written By
Last Updated : Sep. 15, 2020
鈴木 正孝(Masataka Suzuki)
A writer born and raised in Asakusa, Tokyo who loves traveling and novels
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