Downhill battle

Mountain racing riders only know one way to go: all out

Updated: July 11, 2012, 6:30 PM ET
By Austin Considine | ESPN The Magazine

You don't have to be drunk to race a horse down a mountain. But Darren Sulin swears it helped him.

"I do seem to go a bit slower since I quit drinking," says the 42-year-old Canadian, whose grin has been missing its front teeth since they were knocked out during a bull ride 15 years ago. "I guess when I was drinking, maybe I didn't hold back."

On this August day at the Redstone Rodeo in British Columbia, Sulin is the first of five racers to ease his ...

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