Event coverage provided by Bob Allen and Estela Villasenor
The first-ever urban downhill in the United States attracted 56 racers on a Thursday afternoon from around the region. For the $10 entry fee the racers were treated to shuttle runs all afternoon prior to the main event – the best of three exhilerating runs down the course. The Evel Urban Downhill was part of the annual Evel Knievel Days festival that celebrates this Butte native’s daredevil life.
As publicized, a hip-jump was built over a pit of rattlesnakes to thrill and creep-out spectators and riders alike. | With a shout out to the Evel Knievel legacy and to add thrills on the course, riders launched over caged mountain lions.
The course started in Walkerville, a small mining town above Uptown Butte. The 1.4-mile long course dropped 500 feet as it twisted its way through 140 years of mining history.
The course passed the motor house for the Con Mine, which sits a mile high with shafts a mile deep. The wind effected riders on the wide-open upper sections.
The week prior to the race Butte’s Park and Recreation Department dumped piles of dirt along the entire course for the crew of volunteers to build the jump features.
Pete Costain lets it fly past the Con Mine – the fastest section of the downhill.
As a tribute to the Legend, one of Evel Knievel’s orginal jump ramps was incorporated to the delight of racers and Butte citizens alike. How COOL is that!?! | Booters with views of the Highland Mountains and the Silverbow Valley.
Spectators were treated to fast trains during course inspection. This rustic neighborhood section featured freshly machine built berms leading to the bitchin’ Camaro gap jump.
In the spirit of Evel Knievel a neighbor offered up his vintage Camaro to add more spice to the descent. Who doesn’t want to jump a Camaro? Here Steve Bretson gaps-it at race pace.
From one home town boy to another, Shane Curnow daringly salutes the Legend as he launches off Evel’s ramp.
Tyler Jarosz stylin’ over the pit of annoyed rattlers on the way to the finish.
The snake jump was a crowd pleaser as the riders pinned it toward the final jump and the finish-line frenzy at the annual Evel Knievel Days Festival.
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