Team CRC/Nukeproof rider Matti Lehikoinen was invited to join a select crew of athletes in Bulgaria's capital over the weekend for the Ride the Palace. You can read the race report here.
After the race, Matti said: "It was something completely new to me. I'd never raced inside of a building before; I have done a few urban races in the past but nothing like this. It was a pretty cool and chilled event with big crowds.
"Track was pretty tight, down corridors and escalators and a lot of sprinting. It was cool to see a new country and get to know their culture. It was a fun experience and I'd like to do it again next year."
Matti tweaks his Nukeproof Rook before the race.
Fellow Red Bull athlete Filip Polc discussing line choice.
An unusual uplift service that's for sure – the lift!
The slip-slide of the carpet took some getting used to!
Some of the building's layout provided some spectacular drop-offs and lines.
Dropping off into one of the many palatial hallways.
The Nukeproof Rook slopestyle bike in all its glory.
Bike fans packed into the Palace to cheer on the riders down the eight storey building.
Bush point-of-view was pretty impressive…
Course builders delivered a variety of berms, jumps and drop-offs – the crash pads were there just in case though.
These steps have never seen so much rubber!
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