26 Daredevil riders put their lives on the line as they descended through the barrios of Medellin, Colombia with huge jumps and narrow tracks in the world’s longest-ever downhill mountain bike race.
The 2,274.485 metre long track snaked through Commune 13 of the Colombian town, which is infamous for its association with drugs baron Pablo Escobar.
The track was adapted by experts on a slope of the popular neighborhood, as thrill-seekers and extreme sports athletes gathered from all corners of the globe to participate in the record-breaking race.
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Tomas Zejda (L) of the Czech Republic performs a stunning backflip during Sunday’s race in Medellin, Colombia
US extreme mountain bike athlete Ray Syron takes part in the world’s longest-ever downhill mountain bike race
Pedro Ferreira of Chile flies down escalators at an incredible velocity as he navigates through the 2,274.485 metre long track
A video camera wore by one of the riders on their head reveals the sheer extent of the thrilling and steep descent
Riders also had to drop down several flights of stairs as they raced through the Commune 13 neighbourhood
And it would have really put the riders’ abilities to the test with the participants having to navigate the circuit which included hundreds of steps, tight corners and a couple of hefty jumps at the bottom.
If that wasn’t enough, there was also a lung-busting climb in the bottom third of the track – which arguably would have been the hardest section.
Colombia were awarded a Guinness World Record for the longest urban downhill cycling race after hosting Sunday’s dramatic and thrilling event.
The record was corroborated with ‘topography experts’ and the UCI and was confirmed by Natalia Ramirez Talero, official adjudicator of the Guinness World Records.
Mexican extreme mountain bike athlete Nicolas Cantu makes a jump during the race as locals look on in astonishment
Henry Wilkins of the USA rides on the side of a graffiti-ed fence as he hits the middle section of the challenging course
Guinness World Records recognised the Downhill Challenge race as the longest urban downhill race in the world
Ferreira (C) holds up his check as he celebrates his win with second-placed Adrien Loron (L) and third-placed Bernard Kerr (R)
‘This record is to position the city. It is to tell the world that Medellin is one of the best places for action sports,’ said Downhill Nation President Javier Garcia.
Chilean racer Pedro Ferreira scooped the first prize of $5,000 (£3,900) after a stunning performance saw him complete the course in a time of 3 minutes 49 seconds and 79 hundredths.
Ferreira was joined on the podium by Frenchman Adrien Loron who came second and third-placed British rider Bernard Kerr.
This was the first event of its kind to take place in the heart of the Antioquia and arrived with the purpose of promoting sports, tourism and the local economy of what used to be one of the most crime-ridden areas of Medellin.
Organisers also wanted to capture Commune 13’s struggle, transformation, resilience and its potential for the future with the extreme sport event attracting a worldwide audience.
Yannick Granieri of France performs an insane trick as he descends down the track at a great speed
British cyclist Kerr, who finished third, rides down a steep flight of stairs during the race in Colombia on Sunday
Remy Metailler of France and Sebastian Posada (R) pictured competing in the Downhill Challenge race