The Out of Bounds Festival is over and the Bikepark Leogang can look back with pride to the possibly best event in its eleven-year history. The 26TRIX fueled by Monster Energy on the massive dirt jump course, as well as the iXS European Downhill Cup were held on a absolute world class level. While Greg Minnaar (RSA) and Rachel Atherton (GBR) won the downhill competition, the young Belgian Thomas Genon was the surprise of the 26TRIX, showing an incredible performance. The official highlight clip is now online on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abHSn5PGlgg&feature=youtu.be
Not only that the weather conditions in the Salzburger Land were almost perfect this year, also the participants and visitors of the Out of Bounds Festival were in best form.
At the iXS competition, Leogang presented the who is who of the world elite. The reason was not only to compete for the victory in the prestigious iXS European Downhill Cup, but also to touch the notorious and extremely fast “Speedster”-trail (with average speed of about 40km/h) in the Bikepark Leogang. For almost the whole World Cup circus the event was a test run for the upcoming UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships at the end of August. In total 416 riders from 27 countries were lined up to chase down as fast as possible the 2,3 km and 480 Meters of altitude difference comprising “Speedster”.
Within the women’s elite competition where 30 powder-puffs started off, the podium was to fight out between last year’s winner Floriane Pugin (FRA), seeding run winner Emmeline Ragot (FRA), Jill Kintner (USA), Tracey Hannah from Australia and absolute favorite Rachel Atherton (GBR). The British GT pilot placed on top of the podium in the end, showing an almost perfect final run with an impressive time of 3:52 mins, 5 seconds faster than Ragots’ seeding run. The Frenchwoman took second place, followed by Kintner, Pugin and Tracey Hannah.
In the men’s competition South-African rider Greg Minnaar could fortify his current excellent shape with another victory. Already at the split time it was clear, that he would beat Brook MacDonald’s present best time - without crashing of course. In the end Steve Smith placed right behind Minnaar by almost 2 seconds time difference. MacDonald finished third and Damien Spagnolo from France landed in fourth place, in the tiniest of margins in front of Gee Atherton (GBR). Atherton mulled his seeding run and had to go into the finals with one of the early starting numbers. In his first race after his leg injury, he could at least make himself comfortable for a long time on the hot seat, until Spagnolo, MacDonald, Smith and Minnaar replaced him to fifth place.
The dirt jump competition was dominated by a surprising run of the 18 year old Belgian Thomas Genon. With a technical straight and extremely versatile mix he was able to push the Swedish trick machine Martin Soderstrom and Sam Reynolds (GBR) on the two lower spots of the podium. Genon a good example for the rapid progression in freeriding, showed almost everything that the world elite has in repertoire in 2012: From front flip, 360 barspin to x-up, to double tailwhip, a decade aswell as an gigantic 360 flatspin at the last jump. His broad variety, greatamplitude and high trick difficulty was rewarded with the first place in the end.
All riders benefited from the ideal weather conditions that allowed a lot of time for practice resulting in an extreme high trick level during the finals of the 26TRIX fueled by Monster Energy. Also the performances of Soderstrom (triple tailwhip) and Reynolds (double backflip) were definitely on Genon’s level, but the Belgian well-deserved took home the biggest chunk of the overall prize purse of 15,000 Euro.
Second placed Soderstrom could however win a title in Leogang. As title defender he won sovereignly the bunny hop contest on Friday evening with an unbelievable height of 1,20meters.
To conclude the Out of Bounds Festival, the pride winner Genon and his rider colleagues, as well as the one or other downhiller (though they had to start early on Sunday at the iXS finals) had the possibility to celebrate a great event at the Override Afterparty fueled by Monster Energy.
The Bikepark Leogang is proud of having hosted an extraordinary and high-classy Out of Bounds Festival 2012. Bikepark Leogang’s general manager Kornel Grundner subsumes it in the following words: “This year we were really lucky and we had a perfect event: an awesome rider’s line up at the downhill and at the 26TRIX, as well as perfect weather conditions, a lot of visitors, bringing the right mood for the contests. After this felicitous rehearsal here in Leogang, we are looking forward to the UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships at the end of August in Saalfelden Leogang!”
The official Out of Bounds Festival highlight clip 2012 is available on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abHSn5PGlgg&feature=youtu.be