The Riding Reporter: The Dead Baby Downhill
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The 15th annual Dead Baby Downhill race took place in West Seattle and Georgetown on Friday, August 5th.
Founded in a small Belltown bikeshop 15 years ago, the Dead Baby Downhill has grown into one of the most epic downhill urban races on the West Coast.
The actual race starts at a different hill in Seattle each year and ends in a massive bike party in Georgetown.
This year's race started at 7 p.m. at the Shipwreck tavern on S.W. Admiral way in West Seattle, where hundreds of cyclists gathered before bombing down the hill to an (at the time) undisclosed after-party in Georgetown.
Cyclists rode a wide array of pedal-powered vehicles from super tall welded bicycles to a multi-person, fire-spitting trike.
Not long after 7 p.m., participants took over the sidewalks, trail, and the right lane of W Marginal Way, surprising many of the motorists.
The first spills took place on top of the hill and more followed as the route made its way through loose gravel and across uneven rail road tracks. At the after-party on Doris Street, those unlucky riders were treated for bloody road rashes under a medical tent run by sexy nurses.
At the after-party, water bottles were filled with beer, whole pigs roasted over a fire, and three separate stages entertained a crowd of nearly 2,000.
Entertainment included live bands, bike jousting and performances by Portland's The Sprockettes.