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World's best downhillers head to Lisboa Downtown

By:
Luke Webber in Maribor, Slovenia
Published:
May 14, 2008, 0:00 BST,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 21:30 BST
Edition:
MTB news & racing round-up for May 14, 2008

Alfama is getting ready to host the athletes who already confirmed their presence at Lisboa Downtown...

Alfama is getting ready to host the athletes who already confirmed their presence at Lisboa Downtown this weekend. With dirt trails replaced by Portuguese pavement, typically urban obstacles such as cars and trams are the challenge. Racers will start at the Castelo de São Jorge and ride down all the way down to the Largo do Terreiro do Trigo.

The ninth edition of the Lisboa Downtown arrives in its usual Alfama urban setting in Portugal on May 17. Steve Peat (Santa Cruz Syndicate) will be there to try for his seventh consecutive win. He'll be joined by recent Maribor World Cup winner Samuel Hill (Iron Horse Mad Catz), Cédric Gracia (Oakley Commencal), Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate), Filip Polc (Gravity Group), and Oscar Saiz (Off Session). Saiz holds the record with a fastest time of 1'25" in 2001.

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