Favela Mountain Bike Race

By Doug Gray, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - Filip Polc of Slovakia was the winner in a historic mountain bike race this weekend in Rio de Janeiro. The Dona Marta community situated on the hill separating Laranjeiras and Botafogo, became the first favela to host an international sporting competition, and the spectacular surroundings and smooth running of the event will doubtless prove to be another feather in the cap of the city’s 2016 Olympic Bid.

The favela has had an intriguing history since its inception in 1935; its once notorious gangs were finally ousted at the end of 2008 . . .

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