The street course in Madrid is like nothing the riders have ever seen before. Instead of polishing the landings of each jump, the raw urban settings have been left untouched-meaning that some of the landings for the riders are staircases and hard concrete transitions!
Lenosky will be challenging the world’s best mountain bikers (and their bikes) to ride the hard concrete obstacles that he is known for conquering. The riders will have to throw tricks while they are gapping over staircases, handrails and hitting spines made of large concrete pipes.
The Qashqai Urban Challenge course in Madrid is set at the base of the Picasso building downtown. The course is unique because it snakes through the central area of multiple buildings, so spectators will be treated to the world’s best riding no matter what area they are standing in.
The invited riders to the Madrid stop of the Qashqai Urban Challenge are anxious to hit the course. Street is the main discipline of riders like Adam Hauck, and after seeing the photos and video from the past two Qashqai events, he is keen to get in on the action. “This course is dope and there are secret sniper lines all over. It’s definitely not going to be a three-trick contest.”
The specialist riders for Madrid are as follows:
The course will be completed just in time for the riders to walk through it and prepare for practice and qualifying on Friday. The Madrid stop of the Qashqai Urban Challenge begins officially at 10am on Friday morning with practice for the riders, followed by the first round of qualifying on Friday afternoon. Saturday morning will be the second round of qualifying, followed by the final round which determines who will be the most urbanproof rider in Madrid.
The tour riders have made it through two stops of the Qashqai Urban Challenge, and the Madrid event will continue to test their versatility in another urban environment. Paul Basagoitia is currently leading the overall points race, but anything could happen in Madrid!
Qashqai Urban Challenge Overall Standings:
1. Paul Basagoitia (USA) 35pts.
2. Darren Berrecloth (CAN) 32pts.
3. Andreu Lacondeguy (ESP) 29pts.
4. Lance McDermott (UK) 25pts.
5. Greg Watts (USA) 24pts.
6. Ben Boyko (CAN) 23pts.
7. Brandon Semenuk (CAN) 19pts.
8. Kyle Strait (USA) 17pts.
9. Cameron McCaul (USA) 15pts.
10. Christopher Hatton (FRA) 14pts.