2019 downhill is really heating up in Brazil. Here’s some footy from Askavata 2019 Downhill Pro comp at TEUTÔNIA, Brazil and a recap.
Floripa, Brazil native and top Teutonia qualifier Bernardo Brambilla captured the 1st Place podium at Teutonia the weekend of 17 and 18 defeating Murilo Araujo in a closely contested final. While many racers outside of Brazil may consider Teutonia a beloved yet forgotten remnant from the IGSA days of a decade ago, the 2019 Teutonia version organized by Askavata Teutônia PRO 2019 hosted more than 4,000 spectators in the Brazilian countryside state of Rio Grande do Sol to see riders from Brazil, Argentina,, Peru, and Holland ‘unleash their demons’ at more than 120KM per hour.
Brambila was the number 1 qualifier at the IDF La Violenta race last year and won the juniors race at Teutonia in 2012 so he is no stranger to the sketchy pavement and fast narrow asphalt. Brambila credits Darrly Freeman and old time Coasties and former Teutonia champions Micho Erban and Kevin Reimer as major influences in his style and technique as he dominated the 70 MPH hill.
Ceschini Gerson, Brazilian Downhill Photographer took amazing photographs during the weekend and was gracious enough to share his beautiful photographic work and says “Countless smiles, hugs and brotherhood that only Teutonia is capable of. There were strong falls and the ambulance worked but everyone is fine. Prayer, goosebumps, and tears before deciding were seen in the athletes.”
Brambila lives in nearby Floripa and claims they have a nice downhill scene, ” Like 30 riders go skate all weekends and Ian Freire and Arthur Job are my homies. Brambilla adds that ” We have a lot of skateparks in Floripa, Colinas Hill for Downhill is always closed to traffic and 1 hour driving more than ten hills you can get over 100 kmh on”.
Brambila in his best English says when asked about Teutonia, “No words to describe how is race at this mountain. I know maybe have another hills faster than Teutonia but adrenaline and racing is not the same thing”. Brambila said that his semifinal 2 man heat was with two time IDF World Champion and fast rider Thiago Lessa. ” After I won I was motivated to run finals”.
Brambila plans to run all the Brazil races, and says that ” last year I won the national championship and this year I want to do it again and have a plan to run La Violenta but not concrete.” Bernardo’s sponsors include Rogers Bros., Love on Wheels,, Skape Bearings, Madz ( SKate Shop, and Face Skate Wheels. His winning Teutonia set up is Prototype Face Wheels, (74mm 78a), Dont Trip Trucks, 155 mm , 50 degree 30 degree, Fullbag TM 37, Skape Ceramic bearings and and Rodgers Brothers footstop.
A big shout out to Ceschini Gerson who helped with this article and said, “In particular, it was an honor to have been invited to photograph the Teutonic Event. There’s a lot to learn and thank you for the affection I have been receiving in the years that I follow this. Thank you from heart.”
Congratulations riders, spectators, volunteers, course workers, medical staff and Askavata Teutonia for the grand event organization. These are the new Titans of Teutonia!
1 Bernardo Brambila
2 Murilo Araujo
3 Thiago Lessa
4 Wiliam Rubin
5 Daniel Lara
6 Bruno Spengler
7 Tiago Mohr
8 Silon Garcia
9 Nico Waiman
10 Evandro Dorneles