True Cycling Excitement: 2012 Valparaiso Urban Downhill
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I keep hearing talk about how exciting the beginning of the 2012 road race season has been. On Sunday, the season's biggest prize thus far, Paris-Nice, came down to the 9.6-kilometer uphill time trial on the Col d'Èze, with Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins taking the final stage and the overall by a scant eight seconds. And today, Liquigas-Cannondale's 2010 Vuelta a España winner Vincenzo Nibali beat American Chris Horner in the final time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico by 20 seconds to win the the GC by an even slimmer six seconds.
I'll admit it's nice to have some ProTour drama other than all of the doping turmoil earlier in the year. But judging by this video from the 2012 Valparaiso Urban Downhill, road racers and their fans are much more easily entertained than mountain bikers. Thrilling? I'd be surprised if the guy on the stairs at 2:34 wasn't so “excited” from that near miss that he had to clean his undershorts post run.
With thanks to Mavic for sharing this video.