Series Preview: iXS European Downhill Cup 2014

Mar 31, 2014 at 1:00
Mar 31, 2014
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Tahnée Seagrave at Pila last year

The iXS European Downhill Cup provides participants with a first-class choice of venues in 2014 as it includes some of the best tracks in the world. The 'EDC' has developed steadily over the years and nowadays it is seen as the perfect stage for continental bike sport. This year, the EDC takes racing to the next level as the the calendar provides a perfect choice of tracks and different venues, all of which have played an important role in different World Cups and championships before. Even if they might not have been a part of the huge events in recent years, they are still far from forgotten in the scene and among the riders. Everyone who is interested in real racing, should save the following dates:

16.05./18.05. iXS European Downhill Cup #1 Maribor (SLO)
20.06./22.06. iXS European Downhill Cup #2 Schladming (AUT)
27.06./29.06. iXS European Downhill Cup #3 Val di Sole (ITA)
04.07./06.07. iXS European Downhill Cup #4 Les 2 Alpes (FRA)
18.07./20.07. iXS European Downhill Cup #5 Spicak (CZE)
15.08./17.08. iXS European Downhill Cup #6 Pila (ITA)
19.09./21.09. iXS European Downhill Cup #7 Leogang (AUT)

Maribor, Slovenia
The season starts in Maribor, second biggest city on Slovenia with about 100 000 inhabitants. This track should be well-known to most of the riders. With memories of a perfect track lined with hundreds of fans and visitors, this should be the perfect starting point of the series.

Schladming, Austria
Only one month later, our next stop will be Schladming in the Steiermark in Austria. The venue recently hosted the 2013 Ski World Championships and after a pause which impacted the summer season due to preparations for this international winter event, Schladming will re-enter the downhill stage this season only one week after the World Cup in Leogang.

Val di Sole, Italy
Another week later, the third classic venue of the EDC 2014 will be Val di Sole in Italy. This is another name that definitely calls for perfect downhill races. There is rarely one person who does not remember Sam Hill’s legendary crash only a few meters before the finish line in 2008. The track is one of the most popular ones, but is also known to be one of the hardest ones. A small facelift will bring a fresh breeze to the classic course. But of course, sections like 'Pippo’s Old School Section' will definitely be part of this year’s competition too.

Les 2 Alpes, France
In the middle of the season, our path will take us to a completely new venue: With Les 2 Alpes, the EDC pays a visit to the Crankworx Europe under the title Polygon Air DH. Both the festival character and the rather huge amount of price money should lure some of the real big names to our fourth stop, especially with a live webcast on redbull.com/bike

Spicak, Czech Republic

The fifth stop takes us to the eastern parts of Europe. Spicak in the Czech Republic is another classic venue and its bike park became more and more popular over the last years. The track might not be among the longest and fastest ones, but the rocky ground definitely takes its toll.

Pila, Italy
In August, the EDC once more returns to Italy. With Pila we do not only visit the highest mountains of Europe, but also get the chance to enjoy the spectacular view of the Matterhorn, Mont Blanc and the Monte Rosa. And the view is not the only thing that is breathtaking - former World Cup winner Corrado Herin has prepared a track that promises a really interesting competition.

Leogang, Austria
At last, the season will end with a final EDC run in Leogang. As the last race often is the most exciting one, the former track of the International Championships in 2012 fits the purpose. This will be the last chance to fight for the 2014 title and therefore a great final event for the participants and visitors.

Changes to regulations
In addition to the well-chosen venues in 2014, there have been some chances in the general regulations. The most obvious one is the introduction of a ‘Super Final’ in which the Top 30 of the Elite Men category will fight for the title once more after their final run.

The second change will concern the standings and the results. Out of 7 races, the standings will consist of only 5 seeding run results and 5 final run results. The other results will be deleted in order to guarantee a fair overall standing. Therefore, a rather bad result due to a technical defect or an injury can be erased without jeopardizing the result of the whole series.

For more information on the series, visit the new website ixsdownhillcup.com or facebook.com/iXS.Downhill.Cup

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15 Comments

  • + 60
 Better tracks than on the world cup...
  • + 20
 Can not believe how good that lineup is compared to the WC! Bring back Maribor and Schladming to the WC!!!
  • + 3
 My thoughts exactly!
  • + 15
 I wouldn't be surprised if the UCI is in kahoots with all the bike manufacturers. They stop racing all the real DH tracks so they can show how much better the 650b wheels are on flat tracks like Pietermaritzburg. Conspiracy theory!
  • + 2
 I just can't wrap my head around a WC series that doesn't include Val Di Sole. I can't. And I won't.
  • + 5
 @grimlydh: so true and most likely the truth. 650 not really usable on real trails.
  • + 4
 I think Brendawg is about right how he said the sport is going downhill when the real dh tracks are disappearing from the world cup series.
mpora.com/videos/AAdpzo7qrzf4
  • + 1
 I know it doesn't follow the conversation, but what in the world is the "Super Final"??? Read the description and i have no idea!
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  • + 26
 Already beat it on Downhill supreme 2 Wink
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  • + 8
 And why does the UCI not go back to Schladming?
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  • + 3
 What a line up, kicking off with Maribor and ending in Leogang... proper DH tracks, not the peddly bike park tracks from the US/SA etc, but bike/back/ball breakers that test rider and machine.... I kinda understand the 'Super Final', top 30 elite getting another run to decide final result, so effectively qualifying, race run... and then final race run ??? isn't that 2 stabs at qualifying ? but it should increase the action for elite :-) the 2nd change looks a lot more simple, and a pretty good idea, should allow for the better riders not to be jinxed by one bad result... and in that be more reflective of overall performance through the series...
It is European Cup, ok, i'm biased, but this is the testing ground for young riders from Europe, they will cut their teeth on some of the best tracks in the world... and frankly be quite disappointed when they make the move up ??? to WC... ;-)

Maribor and Spicak already on my calender, and trying to wangle Leogang in September....
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  • + 3
 The 4th stop will breack the "just for fun" ambience of the polygon air dh, previous years the race wasn't part of any dh cup... this year it'll have loads of riders on the track and hours of wait for the lift...
But it is what it is... Crankworx europe needed way more riders than previous editions... In a way it's good for the promotion of the sport to have a big donwhill race back in this Montain station
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  • + 5
 will we be able to watch these online??
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  • + 4
 YES! Today i sign up for Maribor! Happy as hell Smile
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